Central Oklahoma rolls Neb.-Kearney
Reed collects 6-4 victory to spark Bronchos upset
EDMOND, Okla. -- Dustin Reed's upset at 133 pounds sparked Central Oklahoma to an early lead and the No. 6 Central Oklahoma pulled out a bevy of close wins to knock off No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney 25-6 Thursday night at Hamilton Field House.
Nine of the 10 matches were decided by two points or less and UCO won seven of those, including Reed's 6-4 win against No. 7-rated Stephen Weimer and overtime victories by 184 Tanner Keck and heavyweight Cody Dauphin.
Casy Rowell had the only bonus-point win of the night with a 12-3 major decision at 141 to cap a dual-opening three-match winning streak that staked the Bronchos to a 10-0 lead and UCO answered back-to-back UNK wins by taking the final five weights to end a three-match losing streak to the Lopers.
“Obviously we're very excited and happy that we won the match,” head coach David James said. “I anticipated it to be a tough dual tonight and it was. I liked our effort tonight, our guys were really determined and looked like they had a strong desire to win.”
Ryan Brooks gave UCO a lead it would never relinquish with a tough 3-2 win in the opening match at 125 pounds, scoring the deciding takedown with 42 seconds left in the second period.
Reed followed with his upset of Weimer, collecting two first-period takedowns for a 4-2 lead and then riding Weimer the entire second period. He escaped early in the third to make it 5-2 and gave up two late penalty points while adding a riding time point.
Rowell dominated Kazuhiro Fujinawa at 141 to up UCO's lead to 10-0, racking up five takedowns and more than three minutes riding time.
UNK came back to take the next two matches, with second-ranked Raufeon Stots topping Ky Corley 8-6 at 149 and No. 2 T.J. Hepburn edging No. 4 Cory Dauphin 5-3 at 157.
That pulled the Lopers within 10-6, but UCO quelled any thoughts of a UNK comeback by winning the final five bouts.
Chris Watson started the dual-ending streak with a gutsy 6-5 win at 165, overcoming a 5-1 deficit against Islam Abitov in the process. Watson -- who was pinned by Abitov in an early-season tournament -- pulled within 5-3 on a takedown with 1:34 remaining, tied it on a two-point near-fall at 0:22 and won it with a riding time point.
The Bronchos picked up another 6-5 win at 174 when Kelly Henderson took an early 4-0 lead and then held off Brock Smith down the stretch, with the second-ranked Keck topping No. 8 Ross Brunkhardt 3-1 on a takedown 38 seconds into the one-minute sudden-victory period.
UCO ended the dual with two more close wins, getting a 2-0 triumph from Jarrett Edison at 197 and a 3-2 tiebreaker victory from Cody Dauphin at heavyweight on a takedown at the buzzer in the first tiebreaker period.