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DII Roundup: Newberry, St. Cloud State win

St. Cloud State's Josh Howk

No. 3 Newberry 22, Shorter 21

NEWBERRY, S.C. -- Third-ranked Newberry survived a scare from a future regional opponent before earning a 22-21 win against Shorter on Thursday in Eleazer Arena.

Newberry moved to 17-1 on the year and has won 13 home matches this season.

The Hawks started the dual with an upset victory at 125 pounds, as Ben Smith eked out a 4-2 decision against No. 6-ranked Jeff Vesta.

The Wolves rebounded at 133 pounds when freshman Trung Duong tied up the dual with a 9-5 decision against Clint Jones.

Third-ranked B.J. Young pushed Newberry’s lead out with a dominant but short-lived match at 141 pounds, needing just 55 seconds to pin Demarcus Thomas and put the Wolves up 9-3.

Seiji Borja powered to a 15-4 major decision at 149 pounds, pushing the Wolves’ advantage to 13-3, with his four team points proving to be crucial in the result.

Shorter responded with pins at 157 and 165 pounds and decisions at 174 and 184 pounds, flipping the momentum into a 21-13 lead for the visitors.

Needing bonus point wins to win the dual in the last two bouts, Joey Grisko gave the Wolves the momentum they needed. He was dominating the 197 pounds bout with a huge riding time advantage. His opponent was disqualified after getting five stalling warnings.

Second-ranked Matt Wade earned the Wolves’ victory at heavyweight with a takedown in the second period to push him to a 3-1 decision, giving the Wolves the one-point victory.

No. 4 St. Cloud State 26, Southwest Minnesota State 10

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Fourth-ranked St. Cloud State (16-1, 5-0 NSIC) notched its ninth consecutive victory with a 26-10 win against visiting Southwest Minnesota State (10-5, 4-2 NSIC) on Thursday on the mats in Halenbeck Hall.

The Huskies dominated the dual meet at the lower weight classes to claim the victory against the Mustangs. SCSU opened the night at 125 pounds with an 18-6 major decision by Tanney Johnshoy, which was followed by a 10-6 victory by SCSU's No. 2-ranked Andy Pokorny against the Mustang's No. 8-ranked Justin Reinsma.

At 141 pounds, the Huskies extended their lead to 10-0 with a 2-1 win by Matt Nelson against SMSU's Ethan Hildebrandt. At 149 pounds, the Huskies' Josh Howk scored a 10-2 major decision win against Beau Buysse of SMSU to make it 14-0. To cap the first half of the dual, SCSU sophomore Clint Poster claimed a pin at 3:00 against SMSU's Codie Lane to give the Huskies a commanding 20-0 lead.

SMSU rallied with a major decision win at 165 pounds and a victory at 174 pounds to make it 20-7. The Mustangs finished their scoring with a victory at 184 pounds to make it 20-10 heading into the final two matches of the evening. At 197 pounds, SCSU senior Chris Brassell got the offense back on track with a 4-1 win against SMSU's Micah Larson. To end the evening, No. 3-ranked Austin Goergen rallied to win a 6-4 victory against SMSU's Cole Wilson.

No. 5 Central Oklahoma 38, Newman 4

EDMOND, Okla. -- Senior Night was a smashing success for Central Oklahoma on Thursday at Hamilton Field House as the No. 5-ranked Bronchos walloped Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Newman 38-4.

UCO used all eight seniors and won nine consecutive matches after losing the opener at 125 pounds in rolling to its 21st consecutive home victory. The Bronchos improved to 13-4 on the season and 5-1 in the league.

It was the eighth win in a row for UCO.

Seven of UCO's eight seniors earned wins, with 133-pound Casy Rowell and 149-pound Jordan Basks recording technical falls. Cory Dauphin (157 pounds), Zach Aylor (174), Znick Ferrell (184) and heavyweight Cody Dauphin earned decisions and 184-pound Kasey Wilcox picked up a forfeit.

Rowell had five takedowns and four near-falls in a 19-3 rout, while Basks needed just 3:38 to rack up seven takedowns and three near-falls for a 22-5 romp.

Cory Dauphin won his 43rd consecutive match with an easy 10-3 triumph behind a three-takedown attack, Aylor prevailed 3-0 on a first-period takedown and riding time point and Ferrell used two takedowns in a 5-1 win after bumping up from 184 to 197.

Cody Dauphin ended the night with a tough 4-3 win, edging NU's Lorenzo Serna on a 3-second riding-time advantage after the overtime tiebreakers.

UCO's other win came at 141 pounds where Dustin Reed scored a second-period pin, piling up a 15-3 lead before getting his first fall of the season at the 4:48 mark.

No. 6 Fort Hays State 23, Central Missouri 15

HAYS, Kan. -- Sixth-ranked Fort Hays State scored five major decisions and one decision en route to a 23-15 victory against Central Missouri on Thursday.

FHSU improved to 8-4-1 (2-2 MIAA) while UCM dropped to 6-5 (1-3 MIAA). Rory Wilkinson, C.J. Napier, Mitchell Means, Jon Inman, Trey Page and Bradley Little each had wins for the Tigers.

FHSU fell behind 3-0 early in the team scoring, as seventh-ranked Adam Ludwin (125) dropped a double-overtime decision to Malacai Collins 7-3.

At 133 pounds, Wilkinson picked up nine near-fall points to defeat Andrew Robinson 14-1, just missing the technical fall.

Fifth-ranked Napier scored the Tigers' second major decision of the evening, racking up four takedowns in a 10-2 win against Eric Mateo at 141 pounds.

After Noah Killip dropped an 11-5 decision at 149 pounds to No. 3 Frank Cagnina, Means (157) picked up more than 2:30 of riding time and grabbed a 9-0 major decision against Brennan Johnson.

At 165 pounds, Little's 6-1 decision against Josh Thomsen gave FHSU a 15-6 lead in the team score.

Josh Rodriguez's 4-2 setback at 174 pounds put UCM within striking distance, but Inman's major (10-2) against Josh Ploof at 184 pounds set the Tigers up for the win.  Inman ran up 3:24 of riding time to push the decision to a major.

Chad Rous lost by fall (3:58) to Todd Brier at 197 pounds, but Page closed out the dual with an 8-0 major against Jacob Clark. Page had 3 minutes of riding time and scored a takedown in each period.

No. 8 Western State 20, Adams State 12

GUNNISON, Colo. -- Nearly 500 fans packed Paul Wright Gym to see the much anticipated Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference showdown between Western State and Adams State on Thursday night. The hometown crowd went home happy as the Mountaineers won their fourth consecutive dual by a score of 20-12.

The rivalry dual lived up to all the hype as the lead changed hands three times during the course of the night. No. 8 Western (8-2, 5-1 RMAC) took control of the dual out of the gate as Dammion Heard at 125 pounds and Zach Shank at 133 pounds both earned decision wins against their opponents. 

Adams State (4-6, 2-3 RMAC) regained control of the dual winning the next four matches, all by decision. Entering the 174-pound match, Adams took a 12-6 lead.

Elliot Copeland, ranked third at 174 pounds, wasted no time for the Mountaineers in his match. Copeland put Western back on the board after earning a three-point decision, 10-5 against Adams' Mario Garcia.

Copeland's teammate Kyle Piatt used momentum from the previous match to propel him to a 12-4 victory in the 184-pound bout. Piatt, ranked seventh at 184 pounds, won by major decision, giving the Mountaineers four more team points and the dual lead 13-12.

Not to be outdone by Piatt, Sam Mangum followed his teammate's major decision with one of his own. Mangum defeated Joe Bencomo 13-1, giving the Mountaineers a five-point cushion heading into the final match of the evening.

All-American football player Lane Stuht proved he also gets the job done on the mat for the Mountaineers by ending Adams State's hope for a comeback, winning 3-2 against Tuli Laulu and making the final score 20-12.

The Mountaineers are currently first in the RMAC dual standings.