FHSU Sports Information
Sixth-ranked Fort Hays State won five of the nine matchups with No. 5 Central Oklahoma, but dropped the dual, 22-16, on Thursday evening in Hays, Kan.
Due to an open weight class at 285 pounds, Fort Hays State would spot UCO six points at the conclusion of the dual, but at 125 pounds, Adam Ludwin started things off right for the Tigers. The sophomore gave FHSU a 3-0 team lead with an 8-2 win over UCO’s Josh Breece – just missing the major decision.
At 133 pounds, Symon Seaton hung tough with UCO’s Casy Rowell (ranked fifth nationally) through the first period, but Rowell won by fall at the 4:39 mark of the match.
C.J. Napier gave FHSU another lead (7-6) at 141 pounds when he picked up an 11-3 major decision over Dustin Reed, but three straight wins for UCO’s top-ranked wrestlers at 149, 157 and 165 pounds put the Bronchos in the lead for good.
At 149 pounds, No. 1 Jordan Basks (UCO) won by major decision, 15-1, over Joey Dozier, and in the 157 pound weight class, No. 1 Cory Dauphin topped Mitchell Means, 6-3.
Bradley Little nearly pulled off the upset at 165 pounds, leading No. 1 ranked Chris Watson after the first period, 2-1. Watson, however, tied the match, 2-2, in the second period and won by decision, 5-2.
With the Tigers down 16-7 in team scoring, Josh Rodriguez’s 6-2 decision over UCO’s Zach Aylor at 174 pounds started a string of three straight decisions for the Tigers, tying the match at 16-all.
Jon Inman led Znick Ferrell throughout his 184 pound match, winning 6-4, and Zack Grimes closed out the night for the Tigers with a 4-2 decision over Garrett Henshaw (197 pounds). Grimes and Henshaw were tied, 1-1, heading into the third period, but after a UCO stalling point, Grimes scored a late takedown to gain the upper hand.
No. 8 Cody Dauphin earned the forfeit for UCO at 285 pounds, giving the Bronchos a victory in team scoring.
The Tigers will travel to Kearney, Neb., this Saturday (Jan. 18) for the Midwest Duals. FHSU will face off with Northern State, Minot State, Southwest Minnesota State and California-Baptist at the one-day tournament.