By Mike Kirk
Central Oklahoma Sports Information
ALAMOSA, Colo. (Feb. 1) – Kasey Wilcox’s last-second defensive fall highlighted a five-match winning streak that propelled No. 5-ranked Central Oklahoma to a 28-12 romp over No. 15 Adams State here Saturday afternoon.
The Bronchos took seven of the 10 matches to pick up their seventh straight win and complete a rugged two-day, two-match Colorado road sweep in improving to 12-4 on the season.
Wilcox’s fall at 174 pounds came with just four seconds remaining when the senior was able to bridge back and get the pin against Mario Garcia while trailing 3-2.
Znick Ferrell followed with an sudden victory decision to push UCO’s lead to 28-6 before the Grizzlies won the final two matches – both in overtime – to arrange the final margin.
“The guys did a really good job,” said head coach David James, whose team beat Colorado State-Pueblo 32-12 Friday night. “The biggest thing was we wrestled with a lot of effort and toughness. We kind of got physical with them and did a good job taking the attack to them.
“It’s been a pretty challenging week for us to be at home Wednesday and then on the road for these two duals, but I’m proud of our guys and we’re ready to move on.”
The Bronchos never trailed after Ryan Brooks opened the dual with a 3-2 victory at 125 pounds on the strength of a first-period takedown and Casy Rowell followed with an 11-2 major decision at 133. It was the sixth straight bonus-point win for Rowell, who racked up four takedowns and a reverse in the rout.
ASC’s top-ranked Ryan Fillingame got a fall at 141 to make it 7-6, but UCO won the next five matches to put the dual away.
Jordan Basks started the winning streak with an easy 11-4 win at 149 behind a five-takedown attack and Cory Dauphin notched his 42nd straight victory with a second-period fall at 157. It was the seventh pin of the season for the top-ranked Dauphin, who improved to 24-0.
No. 1-rated Chris Watson built an 8-0 lead en route to a 9-3 romp at 165, Wilcox followed with his dramatic fall and Ferrell’s takedown midway through the one-minute sudden-victory period gave him a 4-2 win that pushed UCO’s lead to 28-6.
The Bronchos end the dual season next week, hosting Newman in the home finale Thursday before going to Ouachita Baptist Saturday.
UCO 28, Adams State 12
125 – Ryan Brooks, UCO, dec. Ian Wingstrom, 3-2.
133 – Casy Rowell, UCO, major dec. Martin Ramirez, 11-2.
141 – Ryan Fillingame, ASC, pinned Kaleb Cradduck, 4:16.
149 – Jordan Basks, UCO, dec. Max Ortega, 11-4.
157 – Cory Dauphin, UCO, pinned Daniel Kelly, 3:35.
165 – Chris Watson, UCO, dec. Mark Mabry, 9-3.
174 – Kasey Wilcox, UCO, pinned Mario Garcia, 6:56.
184 – Znick Ferrell, UCO, dec. Nevada Bencomo, 4-2 (SV1).
197 – Dakota Bencomo, ASC, dec. Garrett Henshaw, 3-2 (TB1).
Hvy – Tuli Laulu, ASC, dec. John Finn, 3-1 (SV1).