ASHLAND, Ohio — Basks needed overtime to claim his championship, pulling out a 6-4 triumph over Truman State’s Ryan Maus on a takedown with 22 seconds left in the one-minute sudden victory period. The second-ranked Basks had a third-period reverse to make it 3-3 and appeared en route to winning on riding time before being called for a locked hands penalty with two seconds left that forced OT.
Dauphin made it two close wins in a row at 157, slipping past Notre Dame’s Jeffrey Pelton 3-2 on a riding time point. Dauphin had the only offensive points in the tense, physical showdown with a second-period reverse and his 2:21 riding time was the difference after Pelton tied it with escapes in the second and third stanzas.
Graham used a pair of takedowns to claim a 6-4 consolation semifinal victory over Findlay’s Joseph White before dropping a tough 10-8 sudden victory decision to Central Missouri’s Eric Mateo in the third-place match. Graham was penalized for locked hands with two seconds in regulation to force overtime and Mateo got the winning takedown 20 seconds into the one-minute sudden victory period.
Watson won two matches to claim third and earn his second straight trip to the national tournament, jumping to a big lead in the semifinals before scoring a third-period fall and then racking up more than four minutes riding time in a methodical 5-1 victory over Ouachita Baptist’s Dexter Carter.
Ferrell all pulled out two wins to come back from Saturday’s overtime semifinal loss to capture third. The junior blanked Lake Erie’s Mike Samijlenko 4-0 in the semifinals and then used a final-minute takedown to secure a 3-0 shutout of Limestone’s Justin Tribble in the consolation finals.
Cody Dauphin gave UCO its third bronze medalist with a pair of tough wins. He was clinging to a 2-0 third-period lead before reversing Ashland’s Tyler Houska to his back and getting a fall and then used a riding time point to trim Tiffin’s Kevin Christman 2-1 for third.