STILLWATER — Before the wrestling even started, it became evident this season's second edition of Bedlam likely wouldn't be able to match the dramatics of the first matchup.
Sunday's pre-dual lineup showed three Oklahoma starters — Jarrod Patterson at 125 pounds, Justin DeAngelis at 157 pounds, and Danny Chaid at 184 pounds — would be sitting out with injuries. That left the Sooners with little hope against an Oklahoma State team that appears to be fulfilling its high potential at the right time.
No. 8 OSU took seven of the 10 matches from No. 10 OU in route to a 29-9 win inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“I like the score, and 29 points in Bedlam tells you that you won a lot of matches and scored some good bonus points,” said OSU coach John Smith, whose team suffered a 16-15 loss at OU on Dec. 1 after blowing a 15-3 lead. “The matchups were a little different than I thought, but it's definitely something that we can move forward with. Getting back on the winning side of Bedlam is always good.”
As the overpowering Cowboys began to take control, winning five of the first six matches, the only intrigue remaining was whether the Sooners' top-ranked Andrew Howe would be at 174 pounds to wrestle the Cowboys' second-ranked Chris Perry.
It didn't happen. Howe, who has now competed at 184 pounds the past four duals, was bumped up once again by OU coach Mark Cody.
“I've known Howe, he knows me, and he's not that type of competitor (to avoid wrestling me),” said Perry, who appeared to express frustration with the decision after picking up a first-period pin over OU's Derek Geiges. “I just don't think they had a guy. It wouldn't be him that said no and it would never be me that said no either. It doesn't matter until March anyway.”
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.