Central Oklahoma captures title
Branchos win three events to earn victory at Newman Invitational
WICHITA, Kan. -- Trison Graham, Jarrett Edison and Cody Dauphin captured individual titles to lead Central Oklahoma to the team championship in the Newman Invitational.
The seventh-ranked Bronchos edged out Labette Community College by 5.5 points in the team race, with Edison's 3-1 final victory at 197 pounds clinching the crown. Graham rolled to an easy win in the 133-pound final and Dauphin capped the night with a 3-2 overtime victory at heavyweight.
UCO also got runner-up finishes from Cory Dauphin (157 pounds) and Tanner Keck (184), while Ky Corley (149) was third and Casy Rowell (141) and Eden Bernstein (174) were both fourth. The Bronchos were without two injured starters in Chris Watson (165) and Kelly Henderson (174), going without an entry at 165 pounds.
“It seems like we do everything the hard way and we did it again today, but credit to our guys for finding a way to get it done,” UCO coach David James said. “Jarrett obviously won a big match for us at the end to wrap it up and that was good to see. We made some positive strides, no question about that, but we've still got a lot of things to work on.”
The Bronchos ended with 96 points in the 11-team tournament, while Labette finished with 90.5 and Oklahoma City 82.5.
UCO trailed 90.5-90 going into Edison's match, but the senior standout and Wichita native notched his 104th career win by edging Labette's Zach Anderson 3-1. Edison led 1-0 entering the third period and made it 3-0 with a two-point nearfall in the opening 20 seconds before giving up an escape, but Anderson never came close to a tying takedown.
The top-seeded Edison had no trouble making the final, following an opening bye with back-to-back second-period falls.
Graham overwhelmed the field in winning his second consecutive Newman Invitational title, outscoring four opponents 61-10 in recording two technical falls and two major decisions as the No. 1 seed.
Graham scored seven second-period points to break a scoreless deadlock with Labette's Eric Hughes in the finals, clinching his fourth consecutive bonus-point win with a reverse and two-point nearfall in the final 10 seconds.
Cody Dauphin drew a first-round bye and then registered an 8-0 major decision before earning one-point wins in his final two matches. The top-seeded sophomore used a riding-time point to pull out a 2-1 semifinal victory and then got a penalty point and escape in the tiebreaker to edge OCU's Mike Brown 3-2 in the final.
Second-seeded Cory Dauphin dropped a tough 3-2 final decision to Oklahoma City's No. 1 Nik Turner, with Turner's first-period takedown the difference. Dauphin followed an opening bye with a tough 4-2 quarterfinal win before notching a third-period fall in the semifinals.
Keck suffered the same fate in the finals, giving up an opening-period takedown in a 3-2 loss to Fort Hays State's top-seeded Walker Clarke. The No. 2 seed, Keck had a first-round bye, won by injury default in the quarterfinals and coasted to a 12-5 rout in the semis.
Rowell, Corley and Bernstein all lost tight semifinal matches to drop into the consolations, but all three rebounded with dominating consolation wins to make it to the third-place match.
Rowell, who lost a 9-7 sudden-victory decision in the semis, scored a second-period fall while Corley needed just over a period to notch a 15-0 technical fall and Bernstein coasted to an 8-1 victory.
Freshman 125 Ryan Brooks was the lone Broncho to not make the final four, dropping two straight matches after getting into the semfinals.