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Bedlam wrestling: Cowboys dominate Sooners

The second-ranked Cowboys dominated the dual, winning eight of ten matches in route to a 26-9 victory over the 10th-ranked Sooners. Oklahoma State freshman Alex Dieringer upset Oklahoma's Matt Lester 8-5.
by Trent Shadid Published: December 9, 2012
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photo - OU's Matt Lester wrestles OSU's Alex Dieringer during the wrestling match between Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State University at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.,Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman
OU's Matt Lester wrestles OSU's Alex Dieringer during the wrestling match between Oklahoma University and Oklahoma State University at McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.,Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, For The Oklahoman

The 165-pound match featuring the third-ranked Caldwell against Oklahoma's sixth-ranked Bubby Graham was the biggest of the afternoon. After falling behind in the first period, Caldwell was able to collect a riding time point in the third period to send the match to overtime. Following a long scramble, Caldwell scored a sudden victory takedown to earn a 5-3 win and avoid the upset.

“It was kind of ugly and a lot closer than I wanted it to be,” Caldwell said of the match, “but a win is the win.”

Like it has for much of the season, Oklahoma's lineup featured four freshmen who got their first taste of Bedlam on Sunday.

“Nothing can take away the sting of losing a dual like that, but this is not unfamiliar territory to me,” Oklahoma coach Mark Cody said. “I've been in this situation before with building a program, you're going to have highs and lows.”

The Sooners' most impressive performance came from top-ranked Kendric Maple (9-0), who remained undefeated at 141 pounds with a pin over the Cowboys' Julian Feikert.

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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