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College wrestling: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State among teams upset on Sunday

The No. 4-ranked Sooners lost at home to No. 9 Northern Iowa. The No. 5 Cowboys dropped a one-point decision at 13th-ranked Pittsburgh.
by Trent Shadid Published: January 19, 2014

NORMAN — College wrestling's season of upsets gained some more momentum on Sunday.

Fourth-ranked Oklahoma became one of the latest victims of this season's trend after falling to ninth-ranked Northern Iowa, 19-17, at McCasland Field House.

OU (7-1) was one of three top five teams knocked off on Sunday with second-ranked Minnesota falling at No. 19 Michigan and fifth-ranked Oklahoma State losing at No. 13 Pittsburgh. This comes in a season that has already seen six individual national champions and eight top-ranked wrestlers upset.

“I guess that makes me feel a little bit better,” OU coach Mark Cody said jokingly after hearing of the other upsets on Sunday. “Don't get me wrong, I still don't feel good about it, but we lost to a pretty good team.”

OU and UNI split five of the 10 matches, but the Panthers' Joey Lazor picked up a surprising first-period pin over OU's Nick Lester at 141 pounds to help setup the upset.

“I thought we wrestled flat,” Cody said. “We had a couple guys go against the plan we had laid out for them. You've got to have the courage to stick with the plan sometimes, and some of our guys just didn't show that.”

The dual might not have been the Sooners' biggest loss on Sunday. Senior All-American Jarrod Patterson, ranked No. 5 at 125 pounds, suffered a knee injury during the third period of a 4-1 loss to seventh-ranked Dylan Peters.

Patterson finished the match, but he was noticeably bothered as Peters scored four straight points after the injury to earn the win. Patterson is expected to have an MRI on Monday, but Cody said the injury is less serious than it was initially believed to be.

One bright spot for the Sooners was junior Justin DeAngelis at 157 pounds. Trailing 9-2 entering the third period, DeAngelis rallied to score 13 points in the final two minutes to send the match into overtime. He completed the comeback with a takedown in sudden victory to win 17-15.

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by Trent Shadid
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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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