“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.”