Jan. 17, 2009

Courtesy of Central Oklahoma

EDMOND (Jan. 17) – Dustin Finn’s third-period fall in the final match capped a late rally that enabled No. 5-ranked Central Oklahoma to escape with a 20-20 tie against sixth-rated Adams State Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House.

The Grizzlies jumped out to an 11-0 lead after the first three matches and led 14-3 midway through the dual before UCO got back-to-back bonus wins from Mikey Morgan and Tommy McCarty to tie it.

ASC then won decisions at the next two weights to surge in front 20-14, but Finn arranged the tie with his 12th pin of the season.

The top-ranked junior heavyweight broke a scoreless tie with Jeff Schossow in the second period with a two-point near-fall and then turned Schossow early in the final stanza to get the fall at 5:24.

“In a lot of ways we were fortunate to come out with a tie, but we also lost a couple of matches we shouldn’t have,” UCO coach David James said. “Bonus points are huge in duals like this and we certainly proved that.”

The Grizzlies broke on top at 125 pounds where second-ranked Arsenia Barksdale built a 10-1 lead through two periods before holding on for a 10-6 triumph over Tim Elliott, with ASC getting another decision at 133 and a technical fall at 141 from top-rated Raymond Dunning in going on top 11-0.

Luke Elmore gave UCO its first win with a clutch 8-1 upset of fourth-ranked Joey Deaguero at 149, using a takedown and three-point near-fall in the first period to take control of that match.

ASC came back to get a 2-0 win at 157 from No. 3 Noomis Jones over Kelly Henderson to make it 14-3 before intermission, during which UCO recognized its 1979 NAIA national championship team.

The Bronchos came back strong after the brief break, getting a first-period fall at 165 from Morgan – his 12th win in 13 outings – and a 16-0 technical fall from McCarty at 174.  Morgan needed just 1:22 to score his seven fall of the season, while McCarty had five near-falls and took just 3:04 to end his match early.

That tied the dual at 14-all, with ASC getting a 4-1 win at 184 and a 3-2 victory at 197 on a takedown with 18 seconds remaining to grab the 20-14 lead and set the stage for Finn’s dramatics.

UCO, now 9-3-1 on the year, returns to action Thursday when it hosts Fort Hays State at 7 p.m.

UCO 20, Adams State 20
125: Arsenia Barksdale, ASC, dec. Tim Elliott, 10-6.
133: Dominic Valencia, ASC, dec. Scott Berens, 8-5.
141: Raymond Dunning, ASC, tech. fall. Michael Walkup, 15-0 (6:03).
149: Luke Elmore, UCO, dec. Joey Deaguero, 8-1.
157: Noomis Jones, ASC, dec. Kelly Henderson, 2-0.
165: Mikey Morgan, UCO, pinned Jacob Jurney, 1:22.
174: Tommy McCarty, UCO, tech. fall Don Medina, 16-0 (3:04).
184: Kyle Sand, ASC, dec. Danie Morrison, 4-1.
197: Torben Walters, ASC, dec. Zach James, 3-2.
Hvy: Dustin Finn, UCO, pinned Jeff Schossow, 5:24.