NORMAN — The atmosphere inside McCasland Field House was so intense that Oklahoma's Ross Larson had to find a way to calm himself down.
Halfway through Sunday's dual against Bedlam rival OSU, the freshman knew it would come down to him in the final match at 285 pounds.
He was right, and he delivered in the clutch.
Larson's 3-2 decision over OSU's Austin Mardsen lifted the fourth-ranked Sooners to a 16-15 win over the fifth-ranked Cowboys in front of a sellout crowd of 3,355 on Sunday.
“I went back (to the locker room) after the (157-pound) match and laid down on the couch to try and calm myself,” Larson said. “I had to get my heart rate down a little bit. That atmosphere can really get you riled up.”
Larson's decisive win was set up by Andrew Howe, Danny Chaid, and Travis Rutt all picking up wins to reduce a 12-point OSU lead to just two.
Rutt, ranked No. 5 at 197 pounds, used four takedowns to defeat No. 10 Blake Rosholt by major decision, 12-3.
“I knew coming into the dual it would come down to bonus points,” Rutt said. “Before my match, I knew if things went the way I expected them to we'd be tied at the end, so something needed to happen.”
Rutt's bonus-point win made the team score 15-13 and gave the Sooners, who would have lost on criteria in the event of a tie, a realistic opportunity to win the dual going into Larson's match.
“I was ready to go,” Larson said. “Travis getting the major decision, I knew if I got the win, we were going to win the dual. I wasn't nervous at all at that point. I just carried the momentum into my match.”
Howe won the most anticipated match of the dual. The top-ranked senior defeated No. 2 Chris Perry 4-2 at 174 pounds.
“It was just another match really,” Howe said. “I wrestled the way I wanted to wrestle. That's why you train and work hard, for the competition like that.”
Chaid's win was the most dramatic. Trailing for much of the match, the freshman used a takedown and three near fall points to earn a 7-3 decision over Kyle Crutchmer.
Things didn't look good early for OU (5-0) after All-Americans Nick Lester and Kendric Maple both suffered shocking upsets.
OSU freshman Anthony Collica defeated Lester 8-7 at 141 pounds, and No. 9 Josh Kindig knocked off No. 1 Maple 4-3 at 149 pounds.
“Getting upset at the two lighter weights, I was concerned, but I wasn't really feeling like we were completely out of it,” said OU coach Mark Cody. “Of course, it doesn't matter how I feel, it matters how the guys going out there to wrestle for you feel. Our last four guys just think they can win. That's there whole attitude, and that's what it came down to. They're doing a lot of things right, and it showed today.”
Cody, whose team defeated OSU for the first time in their past 10 meetings, credited the crowd with giving the Sooners a boost in the comeback win.
“Going forward, this dual helps (the program) a lot,” Cody said. “There's still a lot of areas we have to improve on, and that includes keeping fans in the seats every dual meet. It means a lot to our guys. That crowd really had a lot to do with us winning today.”
No. 5 Oklahoma 16, No. 3 Oklahoma State 15
125: No. 6 Jarrod Patterson (OU) dec. Eddie Klimara (OSU), 4-0
133: No. 3 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. No. 4 Cody Brewer (OU), 8-2
141: Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Nick Lester (OU), 8-7
149: No. 9 Josh Kindig (OSU) dec. No. 2 Kendrick Maple (OU), 4-3
157: No. 2 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. No. 17 Justin DeAngelis (OU), 11-5
165: No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. Clark Glass (OU), 10-4
174: No. 2 Andrew Howe (OU) dec. No. 1 Chris Perry (OSU), 4-2
184: Danny Chaid (OU) dec. Kyle Crutchmer (OSU), 7-3
197: No. 4 Travis Rutt (OU) MD No. 9 Blake Rosholt (OSU), 12-3
285: No. 12 Ross Larson (OU) dec. No. 7 Austin Marsden, 3-2