EDMOND — Central Oklahoma coach David James' description of senior Cory Dauphin includes all the ingredients of what it takes to be a great wrestler.
Dauphin will enter Sunday's Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament 26-0 and riding a 44-match winning streak after capturing a national title at 157 pounds last season.
“He's just such a competitor with great athletic ability,” James said. “If you watch him wrestle, he's quick, he's strong, he's explosive, so he's blessed and gifted with those types of things. But he's also a great competitor who works hard. At any level, you don't become a national champ with people just giving it to you. You really have to earn that and Cory certainly did that last year and you can see him working towards that again this year. He's just a great person to have on our team.”
Dauphin, an El Reno native who was a four-time high school state champion, has posted a remarkable 59 takedowns in his 26 matches while surrendering just five.
“Luckily, I've been able to stay on top of my game this year and wrestle to the best of my ability,” Dauphin said. “But it's not all me here. We have a tough squad. There's two other guys around my weight that are just as good as I am.”
The two other guys are Jordan Basks at 149 pounds and Chris Watson at 165 pounds.