NORMAN — Oklahoma notched a double win Friday night during the annual Beauty and the Beast event, which features women's gymnastics at one end of Lloyd Noble Center and wrestling at the other.
The No. 5-ranked gymnastics team thumped No. 20 North Carolina State 196.475-194.075. The Sooners' 10th-ranked wrestling team trimmed No. 23 Virginia Tech 19-12. A Beauty and the Beast-record crowd of 2,492 watched.
“The event was awesome,” said first-year OU wrestling coach Mark Cody. “It was a really neat atmosphere, and I hope that we can draw some fans from this event and that gymnastics can draw some wrestling fans. Both sports are a lot alike and are very technical.”
Oklahoma had its second-highest team score of the gymnastics season, and it came in the Sooners' first home dual. OU swept all four team event titles and all five individual crowns, plus the all-around from Taylor Spears. It was the second consecutive all-around title for Spears, who scored a 39.200 on Friday night.
At the other end of the arena, the OU wrestling team improved to 11-2 in duals. Kendric Maple, ranked third at 141 pounds, was the only Sooner to get a bonus point win. He beat No. 19 Zach Neibert by a 13-1 major decision. The Hokies did get an upset victory at 149 pounds, when unranked Nick Brascetta decisioned No. 9 Nick Lester, 5-3.
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Top-ranked Oklahoma State is 9-0 in wrestling duals this season after a 35-3 whipping of North Carolina State on Friday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.
Once again, OSU's Jordan Oliver provided a momentum boost as he recorded 10 takedowns in the first period, before pinning Ben Elliott at 4 minutes, 7 seconds. It was the 11th fall this season for Oliver, who is No. 1 in the nation at 133 pounds. He has 43 takedowns in just nine matches this season.
OSU heavyweight Alan Gelogaev had a 16-1 technical fall over Josh Davis. Gelogaev had a team-best 14 bonus-point wins to complement a 19-0 record.