KEARNEY, Neb. – Cory Dauphin and Jordan Basks captured individual championships to lead Central Oklahoma at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open here Saturday.
Dauphin took the 157-pound crown and was also named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler, with Basks claiming the title at 149 for the No. 3-ranked Bronchos. UCO also got a runner-up finish from 133 Casy Rowell and a fifth-place showing from 141 Kaleb Cradduck in the Elite Bracket, while 197 Garrett Henshaw took fourth in the Amateur Bracket.
"It wasn't a bad day, but it could have been better," said head coach David James, who left behind several front-liners with nagging injuries. "Cory, Jordan and Casy obviously did a great job in making the finals and it was good to have a couple of other placers. We're making progress, but we need to get some other guys healed up and on the mat."
It was the second tournament title in two tries for Dauphin and Basks, with Basks earning Outstanding Wrestler honors in last week's Central Missouri Open before Dauphin took the award this time.
Dauphin breezed to three wins on the day, following an opening-round bye with 7-2 and 6-1 victories before scoring a first-period fall in the finals. The defending national champion improved to 8-0 on the season in running his winning streak to 26 in a row.
Basks went 4-0 in the tournament with a pair of falls in moving to 9-0 for the year. The No. 2-ranked senior started with a first-period fall, needed riding time to pull out a 4-3 quarterfinal victory and won 7-2 in the semifinals before recording a second-period pin in the title bout. Rowell breezed into the finals with a bye, 14-3 major decision and 10-3 victory before falling to Chadron State's Dustin Stodola 3-1 in the finals. The eighth-ranked Stodola scored a takedown in the final seconds of the first period and that was the difference against the fourth-rated Rowell.
No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney at UNK Open
The second-ranked Nebraska-Kearney wrestling team placed nine individuals in the top six at the 3rd Annual UNK Holiday Inn Open Saturday.
In the Elite bracket, 8th-ranked Mark Fiala was fourth at 184 lbs. with junior Matt Oliver sixth at 165 lbs. and sophomore Connor Bolling fifth at 125 lbs.
True freshmen Ivan DeLeon (285 lbs.) and Hunter Bamford (133 lbs.) had UNK's best efforts of the day, each finishing third. Bamford bested teammate Ryan Bauer in the third-place match with true freshman D'Andre Brumfield fourth at 125 lbs.
Finally, Grand Island sophomore Andrew Riedy was fifth at 141 lbs. and Chadron true freshman Chance Bila was sixth at 174 lbs.
No. 10 Indianapolis at Lake Erie Quad
PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- Tenth-ranked Indianapolis went 1-2 in its first dual action of the season at the Lake Erie Quad Saturday.
UIndy opened the event with a loss to Alderson-Broaddus, 40-11. The Greyhounds took wins in eight of the 10 bouts of the match, including falls by Alex Johns (125), Jeff Weiss (165), George Lopez (184) and Taylor Scott (197). In addition to the four pins, Cameryn Brady (149) won by tech fall, 18-2, while both Sheldon Struble (157) and Shelby Mappes (174) won via major decision.
In its second dual of the day, UIndy fell to Ashland 29-15. The Greyhounds got wins from Johns, Brady and Weiss in the matchup, with Johns and Brady both winning via pin.
UIndy closed out the day with a 31-13 loss to host Lake Erie, winning three of the 10 bouts of the dual. Johns took a W via a forfeit at 125, with Brady closing out a 3-0 day with a major decision win 20-8 against Justin Smith at 149. Evan Wooding also took a win, his second of the day, 3-1 in the 285 match.