EDMOND, Okla. -- Colton Gallo scored a first-period fall in his return to the mat after a lengthy layoff to cap a four-match pinning spree and Central Oklahoma opened the dual season with a 46-4 shellacking of Missouri Baptist on Tuesday night at Hamilton Field House.
It was the 11th consecutive win overall and the 16th in a row at home for the No. 3-ranked Bronchos, who earned bonus points in eight of their nine wins. The NAIA No. 17-rated Spartans picked up a major decision in the final match of the night at heavyweight for their lone victory.
UCO got consecutive falls from Jordan Basks at 149 pounds, Cory Dauphin at 157, Chris Watson at 165 and Gallo at 174, while 141 Kaleb Cradduck had a technical fall. The Bronchos added major decisions by 133 Casy Rowell and 197 Garrett Henshaw, with 184 Kyle Buckley winning a 4-2 march and 125 Ryan Brooks picking up a forfeit.
"We got bonus points in eight of the nine matches we won and when you dominate like that it's a positive thing," head coach David James said. "Those four falls were pretty exciting and I like to see that. It was a good night for us."
Gallo had two quick takedowns against Ryan Thomas in taking a 4-1 lead before ending the match at the 1:52 mark. It was the first action since Feb. 5, 2011, for the Perry sophomore, who has missed the past two and a half years with a variety of injuries.