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.
“DeAngelis wrestled with a lot of heart like he always does,” Cody said. “He's been in several matches like that where the other guy technically may be a little bit more sound, but DeAngelis has so much fight and heart that you better be ready to battle for seven minutes with him.”
UNI (6-0) has now upset the Sooners in consecutive seasons after also winning in Cedar Falls, Iowa, last year. Both wins have served as evidence of a program on the rise under fourth-year coach Doug Schwab.
“We've been working to build not just an OK program, but an elite program,” Schwab said. “OU's an elite program. Coach Cody does a great job, and this year they've got a very good team. To come down here and beat the No. 4 team in the country, it's a very good win for our program.”
OU's next action will be on the road in Corvallis, Ore., where the Sooners will take on No. 20 Oregon State at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
OSU FALLS AT PITT
Fifth-ranked Oklahoma State suffered its fourth loss of the season, and third by just one point, after falling 19-18 to No. 13 Pittsburgh on Sunday.
The dual finished tied at 18-18, but the Panthers were awarded the tiebreaking point due to Mike Racciato's pin in 1:37 over OSU's seventh-ranked Josh Kindig (OSU) at 149 pounds.
Jon Morrison (No. 5 at 133 pounds) and Chris Perry (No. 2 at 174 pounds) were the only Cowboys to pick up victories over ranked opponents. Morrison earned a 2-0 win over No. 17 Shelton Mack, while Perry defeated seventh-ranked Tyler Wilps in sudden victory, 5-3.