ALAMOSA, Colo. — No late surge was needed Friday night as No. 11 Adams State claimed a team victory in the first five matches against No. 6 Central Oklahoma. The Grizzlies earned bonus points in three of their seven wins on the night to claim a 28-10 win at Plachy Hall.
Adams State improved to 4-0 in dual meets, and are without a loss after four duals for the first time since starting 3-0-1 during the 2008-09 season. The win was also their second in as many nights against a nationally ranked squad, as the Grizzlies topped No. 15 Fort Hays State Thursday.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 St. Cloud St. 33, Conc.-Moorhead (DIII) 6|
|No. 2 Newberry 25, No. 16 Pitt.-Johnstown 16|
|No. 5 Augustana (S.D.) 31, Mary 3|
|No. 11 Adams St. 28, No. 6 Central Oklahoma 10|
|No. 8 Mercyhurst 21, Kutztown 17|
|No. 10 Limestone 42, Belmont Abbey 0|
|No. 14 W. Liberty 28, American International 15|
Sophomore Jerry Huff improved to 4-0 in dual action and got put Adams State up 4-0 with a 12-1 win by major decision against Ryan Brooks at 125 pounds. Huff scored three takedowns in the match, and racked up five points in the second period with 3-point and 2-point near falls.
After three consecutive decisions at 133, 141 and 149 pounds, sophomore Daniel Kelly upped the Grizzlies’ lead to 19-0 at the midway point. He topped Austin Quinton by fall at three minutes and 56 seconds. It was Kelly’s fourth win by fall this season, and improved his record to 3-1 during the dual meet slate.
The Bronchos got their first team points at 165 pounds, as Chris Watson used a pair of first period takedowns and a near fall in the first to hold off sophomore Justin Samora 9-7. Samora scored five points in the final two periods, but ran out of time in his attempt at a comeback.
Central Oklahoma’s only bonus points came at 184 pounds, where second-ranked Tanner Keck allowed just five escapes in topping sophomore Darian Roberts by major decision. UCO’s third and final came by a 2-0 score in the heavyweight bout.
Senior Luke McPeek scored his team-leading sixth win by fall of the season shortly after looking to be in bad position. The Grizzly 197-pounder, ranked second in Division II, was taken down twice in the opening period, but immediately after the Bronchos’ Jarret Edison received two points for a near fall, McPeek reversed his position and won by fall at 1:52 into the match.
Along with Huff, both junior 141-pounder Max Ortega and senior 149-pounder Josh Hensley remained undefeated in dual meets. Ortega recorded a 7-4 win, while Hensley won 11-4, ending a streak of three consecutive wins by technical fall.
In addition to Keck, UCO also boasts DII’s fourth-ranked 157-pounder Cory Dauphin, and sixth-ranked 133-pounder Trison Graham, neither of whom competed on Friday.