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DII Central Oklahoma beats Colorado State-Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. -- Jordan Basks and Cory Dauphin recorded back-to-back falls to spark Central Oklahoma to a 32-12 victory against Colorado State-Pueblo here Friday night.

The No. 5 Bronchos won seven of 10 matches, claiming three bonus-point wins and two overtime victories in winning their sixth consecutivedual to improve to 11-4 on the season. UCO dominated offensively, holding a 20-2 advantage in takedowns and 11-0 edge in near-falls.

"We'll take the win and move on," head coach David James said. "Our main guys got bonus points for us, which is always big in a dual, and Cody [Dauphin] and Chris [Watson] both found a way to win tough matches. It'll be a tough dual tomorrow and we've got to be ready to go."

Basks had a first-period fall at 149 pounds and Dauphin a second-period pin at 157 pounds for the Bronchos, who also got a technical fall from 133 pounds Casy Rowell and a forfeit at 125 pounds. Heavyweight Cody Dauphin and 165-pound Chris Watson both prevailed in tough overtime battles, while at 184 pounds Znick Ferrell had the other win for UCO.

The dual started at 174 pounds and Ferrell's 5-3 victory was sandwiched between two CSU-Pueblo victories to leave the Bronchos in a 6-3 hole.

Cody Dauphin tied it with a 2-1 overtime triumph, getting an escape in the first 30-second tiebreaker to snap a 1-1 tie before riding Niko Bogojevic in the second tiebreaker period to pick up the tough win.

Josh Breece picked up a forfeit at 125 pounds to put UCO in the lead to stay and the fifth-ranked Rowell followed with an impressive 17-1 technical fall, racking up five near-falls and three takedowns.

The Thunderwolves got a fall at 141 pounds to pull within 17-12, but UCO's top-ranked trio of Basks, Dauphin and Watson won the final three weights to put the dual away.

Basks needed just 2:20 to notch his team-high 15th fall of the season and Dauphin stormed to a 14-2 lead before getting the pin at the 4:38 mark 4:38 mark for his 41st consecutive win.

Watson ended the dual in dramatic fashion, edging Ray Hall 4-2 on a takedown midway through the second sudden-victory period in improving to 26-1 on the season.

No. 4 St. Cloud State 49, Minot State 0

MINOT, N.D. -- Fourth-ranked St. Cloud State (14-1, 3-0 NSIC) opened its weekend road trip to North Dakota with a 49-0 victory at Minot State on Friday.

The Huskies dominated from start to finish with five falls and one forfeit win in the match against the Beavers. The night opened with a pin by Tanner Johnshoy, while the other pins for the Huskies were charted by Mike Rhone at 149 pounds, Clint Poster at 157 pounds, Clayton Jennissen at 174 pounds and No. 3 Austin Goergen at 285 pounds.

No. 10 Kutztown 31, Millersville 9

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Kutztown took to the mat on Friday night at Keystone Arena for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup against Millersville. The Golden Bears went on to win 31-9, highlighted by No. 7 Evan Yenolevich's return to competition.

Yenolevich, ranked seventh in the nation and second in the region at 133 pounds, hasn't wrestled in more than two months since his squad beat No. 8 Pittsburgh-Johnstown on Nov. 22. Yenolevich earned his first takedown three seconds into the match, immediately followed by a three-point nearfall. His opponent, Thomas Nulty, escaped, but Yenolevich countered with another quick takedown and a three-point nearfall to go up 10-1. Only 1:04 into the match, Yenolevich turned Nulty in the middle of the mat and pinned his opponent for the triumphant victory.

Kutztown (8-4, 3-1 PSAC) began the match up 12-0 after Nick Lamoreaux (125 pounds) and Mitch Voelker (141 pounds) kicked off the match with two wins by decision.

At 149 pounds, Jackson Stabile stepped in for an injured Joe Esposito, but dropped a tight 13-10 decision to Anthony White. Kutztown was forced to take an unexpected injury forfeit at 157 pounds, inching Millersville back into the match.

The Maraurders cut the deficit to 12-9, but two major decisions by Bo Candelaria and Andrew Kinney in the 165- and 174-pound matches regained Kutztown's comfortable cushion.

Giovanni Ortiz and Brandan Clark cruised to wins by decision in the next two bouts to put KU up 26-9. In the final bout, No. 1 Ziad Haddad dominated Elijah Flasher from the onset, ultimately earning the 17-0 technical-fall victory in 6:27 to improve to 14-0 on the season.