Cody clarified that even though the dual was mostly decided in OSU's favor heading into the match, he still had to move Howe up.
“It doesn't look good for our sport and it doesn't look good for the University of Oklahoma if we forfeit any weight classes,” Cody said. “We don't even have another option at that weight class, so that's why we did that. Nobody wanted to see that matchup again more than I did.”
With Howe and Perry not facing each other, the top matchup came at 133 pounds between No. 4 Jon Morrison of OSU and No. 7 Cody Brewer for OU.
OSU (8-4) came out on the winning side of that as well, as Morrison scored a 7-3 decision to improve his career record against Brewer to 5-0.
OU (9-3) is expecting to have all three of its injured starters back at least by the Big 12 Championship on March 8 in Norman.
Patterson, a senior All-American ranked No. 7 at 125 pounds, has been out since suffering a knee injury against Northern Iowa on Jan. 19. DeAngelis and Chaid were both out after recently undergoing emergency surgery.
DeAngelis' operation occurred as a precaution after a blow to the nose caused him to develop what OU coaches called “cauliflower nose,” while Chaid had an appendectomy.
The bright spot for the Sooners came at 149 pounds with No. 2 Kendric Maple defeating No. 9 Josh Kindig, 7-3, to avenge a loss in the first Bedlam dual.
OSU's next action will be a noon dual at Clarion (Pa.) on Saturday, followed by a 1 p.m. dual on Sunday at No. 1 Penn State. The Nittany Lions suffered their first loss of the season, 18-17 at Minnesota, on Sunday.
OU takes the mat again Feb. 16-17 at the National Duals in Columbus, Ohio.