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By Glen Miller
EDMOND – From as far back as either can remember, Cory and Cody Dauphin, like most brothers, have strived to accomplish goals in athletics at the same time.
The former El Reno High School standouts went from elite youth grapplers to rewriting the EHS record books with a combined seven individual state titles.
Now on the college level, they have done it again.
The Dauphins became conference champions on the same day as the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, ranked third nationally, took second place overall at the inaugural Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestling Championships.
“Being roommates, it was sure good for both of us to win it and not just one of us winning it all,” said Cory.
“We knew before his match (Cody) that we could not win the team title, but I still wanted him to get his title and not let the team thing keep him from winning his title.”
The Bronchos, winners of the MIAA Duals Championship, placed second to Nebraska-Kearney by seven points in the final tournament team standings.
“We took second as a team and it was starting to get a little heated in the crowd between the UCO and Kearney fans,” said Cory. “We had seven head-to-head matches in the finals against Kearney, so it was like a mini-dual. Kearney is a rival for us.”
It was that rivalry which has become a spur for Cory, who won both of his matches at the MIAA Championships to extend his current winning streak to nine. His last loss came on Jan. 17 to Kearney’s Chase White by a close 3-1 decision.
“So far this has been my best season. I’ve had two losses and the last one was one that I should not have lost,” said Cory.
He would avenge that setback at the MIAA Championships, scoring a 12-6 decision over White, fueled by a takedown and 3-point near fall in the first period. He added two third-period takedowns.
The win over White came on the heels of a 3:44 fall over Lindenwood’s Derrick Weller.
“I beat him (White) for the conference title so that was gratifying. I hadn’t seen him for a while so I had a lot of time to build up some hatred for him,” said Cory.
That win lifted Cory to 19-3 on the season and into the No.2 spot in the latest NCAA Division II national rankings at 157 pounds. He is 13-1 against division foes and has scored five falls and two major decisions, and carries a 12-1 record in matches decided on points.
Three of those falls have come during his nine-match win streak as Cory has scored a total of 65 points this season for the Bronchos.
“Since that last loss I’ve been trying to get going and bring the momentum into regionals and then hopefully keep it up from there. Winning nationals is my goal, I want to be a national champion for sure,” said Cory.
And like he was at the MIAA Championships, Cory will be right there cheering on his brother in his same quest in the 285-pound bracket.
Cody posted a 2-0 record en route to the MIAA title, scoring an 8-2 win over John Close of Fort Hays State. In the finals he pulled out a close 3-2 win over Kearney’s Nick Bauman for one of five titles for the Bronchos. He earned the one-point difference over Bauman on riding time.
“As usual I was right there pulling for him. I was wanting him to get the fall in the finals, but it was good to close out the tourney with a win. A win is a win,” said Cory.
Ironically, Cody also has 19 wins on the season against four losses, while sporting a 12-4 divisional record. He has won nine out of his last 10 matches and has earned 73 total team points for UCO this season.
Among his 16 wins are eight pins, seven decision wins and one major decision. Cody has lost back-to-back matches only once this season, while three of the setbacks have been by a combined 15 points.
Cody, like his brother, is favored to be an All-American this season and contend for the national crown. He took third at regional last season before posting a 1-2 record at the national tourney.