Central Oklahoma has five place, two take titles at Fort Hays State Open
No. 2 Cental Oklahoma at Fort Hays State Open
HAYS, Kan. -- Jordan Basks and Chris Watson claimed individual titles to lead five Central Oklahoma placers in the Fort Hays State Open here Saturday.
Basks (149 pounds) and Watson (165) -- both ranked second nationally and seeded first in the one-day tourney -- each went 5-0 on the day for the Bronchos, who also got a runner-up finish from 174-pound Colton Gallo and fourth-place efforts from 125-pound Ryan Brooks and heavyweight Cody Dauphin.
Tyler Tustin and Kaleb Cradduck both won four matches at 141 and came within one match of making the placement round.
It was the third tournament crown of the season for Basks, who improved to 16-0 on the year. Watson was never pushed in sailing to his second tournament title of the year and improving to 11-0, picking up five bonus-point wins while not giving up a point.
No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney at Fort Hays State Open
HAYS, Kan. -- Four Nebraska-Kearney Lopers cracked the top four in eighth-ranked Mark Fiala (third at 184 lbs.), sophomore Connor Bolling (second 125 lbs.) and true freshmen Hunter Bamford (third at 133 lbs.) and Ivan DeLeon (second at 285 lbs.).
In the non-team scoring tournament, Bolling (Central City) went 3-0 to reach the 125 lbs. finals. Along the way, he recorded a 21-6 tech fall of a Central Oklahoma Broncho and a 4-0 decision of an Oklahoma State Cowboy.
Freshman Eli Hale of Oklahoma State nipped Bolling by a 6-5 score to place first.
Bamford went 4-1 on the day, having a fall in 3:12, an 8-0 major decision and a 12-6 decision in the third-place match against 2013 All-American Jerry Huff of Adams State.
Huff currently is ranked No.1 in Division II at 125 lbs. He has wrestled up a class in the past few tournaments.
No. 4 Newberry at Newberry Duals
NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Head coach Jason Valek and the No. 4 Newberry Wolves picked up the program's 150th all-time dual victory in just its ninth season of competition with a 41-6 win against the Limestone Saints.
Newberry (6-0) completed the sweep of the seventh annual Newberry Duals.
Jeff Vesta started the dual with a pin just more than a minute into the 125-pound match, followed by Travis Laxton moving up a class to 133 pounds and pinning his opponent in the second period.
B.J. Young fought through a togh bout to earn a decision at 141 pounds which was followed up by a dominating 17-0 technical fall by Seiji Borja at 149 pounds.
No. 5 St. Cloud State at MSU Dragon Open
MOOREHEAD, Minn. -- The St. Cloud State Huskies capped the day at the MSU Dragon Open with five first-place finishes in the open format tournament. No team scores were kept at the tournament.
At 125 pounds in the Red Division bracket, Tanner Johnshoy won top honors for the Huskies with a 3-0 record. He finished the day with a 5-3 decision against Blake Bosch of Minnesota State-Moorhead in the title bout.
In the White Division 133-pound bracket SCSU's Cody Paulsen placed first with a 3-0 record. He brought home the gold with a 13-8 title bout win against Adam Sutlief of Ridgewater Community College.
SCSU's Ryan Zumwalt also placed first at the Dragon Open with a top finish at 165 pounds in the White Division. Zumwalt posted a 3-0 record and won the title bout with a pin at :39 against Austin Boniface of Augsburg.
At 174 pounds in the White Division, SCSU's Josh Berg finished with a 3-0 record and won the crown with a 4-1 victory against Logan Henning of Augustana (S.D.). The Huskies' Luke Belich earned the fourth crown with a 3:50 against teammate Gabe Tudor in the title bout at 285 pounds in the White Division. Belich was 3-0 on the day while Tudor was 3-1, which included a pair of pins on the day.
No. 7 Indianapolis at Little State Tournament
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. -- The Greyhounds had five champions and another three runner-up finishes at the 2013 Indiana Little State tournament.
UIndy swept the championship bouts of five of the first six weight classes, with Alex Johns (125), Josh Kieffer (133), Justin Kieffer (141), Cameryn Brady (149) and Jeff Weiss (165) all taking LIttle State titles. In addition to the six champs, three Greyhounds earned second-place finishes on the day, with Sheldon Struble (157), Shelby Mappes (174) and Evan Wooding (285) all coming in as runners-up in their brackets.
Taylor Scott also took a third-place finish at 197, with Weston Davis (165) and Brian Snyder (285) both taking fourth. Clayton Monebrake took fifth at 165, with Jared Boehm rounding out the placers on the day with a sixth-place finish in the 197 bracket.
En route to his second career Little State title, Johns went 4-0 through the 125 bracket as the top-seed in the class. He closed out the championship with a 5-1 win against Wabash's Alex Sparks.