Michael Brown won by major decision Thursday night, helping Oklahoma City University trim Bacone 25-21 in NAIA wrestling at Abe Lemons Arena. The sophomore from Noble whipped Vincent Opuiyo 9-1 at 197 pounds. The bonus-point victory proved even more valuable as Bacone's Cesar Ponce decisioned Stanley Lattimore 6-2 at heavyweight in the last match of the dual.
OCU (2-1) entered the dual ranked No. 16 in the country. Bacone (1-1) stood No. 19.
“It was a good way to finish the match ... we have a lot of confidence in Mike Brown,” OCU coach Archie Randall said. “Mike Brown does a good job. He should be ranked in the top two or three in the next couple of weeks.”
Oklahoma City won five of the last six matches. Mark Meyer (157 pounds) and Tyson Campbell (174) won by fall. Zach Skates won by technical fall, 23-7 over John Kahler at 165 pounds.
STATE COLLEGE HOOPS
Kaitlyn Morris and Krista Stevens hit a free throw each within the last 19 seconds Thursday night, and Oklahoma Christian held on for a 62-56 women's small college basketball win over Panhandle State in Goodwell. Katy O'Steen finished with 17 points, and Stevens added 11 as the Eagles improved to 4-3. Whitley Coca, who drew Panhandle State within four with 3-pointer with 1:46 left, topped the Aggies (2-6) with 17 points.
*Jessica Weatherford had 32 points and 12 rebounds as Arkansas Tech smothered Southern Nazarene 81-61 in small college women's basketball Thursday night in Russellville, Ark. Oumoul Thiam had 29 points for Southern Nazarene (3-3). Arkansas Tech (2-2) outscored SNU 40-16 in the paint, and the Golden Suns' bench outscored the visitor's bench 23-9.
RIVERHAWKS HAVE 2 ALL-AMERICANS
Bo White of Northeastern State was named a first-team Daktronics Soccer All-American. The senior midfielder from Durant started all 21 matches and finished second in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with 14 goals. He led the league with 33 points. Teammate Juan Peralta, a sophomore forward from Tulsa East Central, was an honorable mention pick. Peralta led the MIAA in goals and tied White with 33 points.