Jan. 23, 2009

Courtesy of Central Oklahoma Athletics

EDMOND, Okla. - A shocking turnaround at 165 pounds led to a stunning upset as unranked Fort Hays State knocked off No. 5 Central Oklahoma 21-19 Thursday night at Hamilton Field House.

The Tigers won three of the last four matches to pull off only their second win in 28 tries against UCO, with Troy Lussenhop’s second-period fall at 165 the momentum-changer and Tyler Gonzales’ 4-1 victory at 184 in the final bout the clincher.

The Bronchos appeared in good shape after overcoming an early 6-0 deficit to take a 15-9 lead with three matches remaining and No. 3 Mikey Morgan on the mat at 165.  Things looked even better after Morgan took a 5-0 lead over Lussenhop while nearly scoring a first-period fall.

But Lussenhop turned the tables in the second stanza, catching Morgan in a banana split early and scoring a fall just 25 seconds into the period to put the Tigers on top 18-15.

UCO went back in front 19-18 on Tommy McCarty’s 15-1 major decision at 174 to set the stage for Gonzales, who used a takedown with 17 seconds remaining to break a 1-1 tie with Daniel Morrison and secure the 4-1 victory that capped the monumental upset.

“Fort Hays has a good team and I knew it was going to be a battle,” UCO coach David James said.  “Obviously the match at 165 was a big one, but we had some chances at other weights that we didn’t take advantage of.

“It’s a tough loss, but nobody’s going to feel sorry for us.  We have to learn from it and keep getting better.”

The dual started at 197 pounds and FHSU jumped to a quick 6-0 lead with a first-period fall, but the Bronchos rebounded to win the next three matches.

Top-ranked Dustin Finn had a pair of takedowns in a methodical 6-2 win at heavyweight and UCO went in front at 125 when Tim Elliott reversed Tommy Edgmon to his back in the third period and scored his eighth fall of the season at the 5:28 mark.

Scott Berens followed with a dominating 7-0 shutout at 133 to up the lead to 12-6 before FHSU’s second-ranked James Annon pulled out a 4-2 sudden-victory decision over No. 3 Colby Robinson at 141.

Robinson appeared close to scoring the winning takedown midway through the one-minute sudden-victory period, but Annon came out on top in a scramble to secure the win and pull the Tigers within 12-9.

UCO prevailed in another overtime match at 149, with Luke Elmore getting past Levi Younkin 8-6 on a takedown with 13 seconds left in the second sudden victory period.

That made it 15-9, but FHSU rallied to win three of the final four matches to pull off the upset.  McCarty had the lone win down the stretch, piling up four takedowns and two near-falls in an easy 15-1 major decision.

The Bronchos, now 9-4-1 on the year, return to action next week with road duals against No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney and No. 1 Nebraska-Omaha.

Fort Hays State 21, UCO 19
197:  Ben Evans, FHSU, pinned Zach James, 1:05.
Hvy:  Dustin Finn, UCO, dec. Justin Glenn, 6-2.
125:  Tim Elliott, UCO, pinned Tommy Edgmon, 5:28.
133:  Scott Berens, UCO, dec. Travis Kuhn, 7-0.
141:  James Annon, FHSU, dec. Colby Robinson, 4-2 (SV).
149:  Luke Elmore, UCO, dec. Levi Younkin, 8-6 (2SV).
157:  Danny Grater, FHSU, dec. Kelly Henderson, 5-2.
165:  Troy Lussenhop, FHSU, pinned Mikey Morgan, 3:25.
174:  Tommy McCarty, UCO, major dec. Shawn Kuhlman, 15-1.
184:  Tyler Gonzales, FHSU, dec. Daniel Morrison, 4-1.