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Oklahoma's Shane Vernon (top) pinned UCO's Kelly Henderson.

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Oklahoma got its wrestling season going with a bang at McCasland Field House Thursday night.

The Sooners won all 10 bouts in a 39-0 dual victory over Central Oklahoma.

“We are really pleased with this victory because we have a lot of respect for UCO’s program,” OU coach Jack Spates said. “We battled in a lot of tough matches tonight and we can build on this victory.”

The rout started when 125-pound Joey Fio defeated UCO’s Willie Gunter in overtime. In the sudden-death period, Fio scored a takedown to win 7-5.

David Armstrong also needed sudden death to beat the Bronchos’ Tim Elliot. The win gave OU a 6-0 team lead.

Brian Shelton gave the Sooners three more points when he defeated Scott Berens 6-4 in the 141-pound match.

Kyle Terry beat Colby Robinson 9-1 at 149 pounds, and Shane Vernon recorded a fall on Kelly Henderson at 157 to put OU up 19-0.

Sooner Ryan Smith had two nearfalls in the first period on UCO’s Cody Rowell, and a late takedown gave him a 12-1 victory at 165 pounds.

Jeff James downed Cody Rowell 17-7 in a major decision at 174 pounds, Pat Flynn pinned Daniel Morrison at 184 pounds and Eric Lapotsky won 7-5 over Jarrett Edison at 197.

Heavyweight Nathan Fernandez wrapped things up for the Sooners with a 5-1 decision over Cameron Gladd to seal the shutout.

The victory gave Spates 199 for his career, and he’ll go for No. 200 next week.

OU is back on the mat Nov. 20 at McCasland Field House. The Sooners play host to Oklahoma City at 7 p.m.

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