NCAA Wrestling Championships: Upsets highlight first day of nationals

Three-time defending champion Penn State leads going into Friday’s action. Oklahoma State is tied for second, and OU is tied for fourth.
by Trent Shadid Published: March 20, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State's Edeward Klimara takes on Appalachian State's Dominic Parisi in the 125 pound match during the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Edeward Klimara takes on Appalachian State's Dominic Parisi in the 125 pound match during the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

OSU No. 4 seed Jon Morrison was pinned in a first-period cradle by OU’s No. 13 seeded Cody Brewer at 133 pounds. Morrison was 6-0 in his career against Brewer heading into the match.

“I don’t think (Morrison) was ready,” said OSU coach John Smith. “He just didn’t seem focused.

“It’s a tournament, and you’re going to have things happen in a tournament with 10 guys. You just want more surprises than disappointments, and I think that’s where we’re at right now.”

Penn State appeared primed to take a strong lead until No. 3 seed Morgan McIntosh was topped by Virginia Tech’s No. 14 seed Chris Penny at 197 pounds.

The upsets weren’t done at 197 as OU’s No. 7 seeded Travis Rutt fell to unseeded Conner Hartmann of Duke.

If anyone is going to take hold of the team race, it could very well come from a strong performance in the wrestlebacks over the next two days.

“If you have a disappointing loss, whether it be tonight or tomorrow, you’ve got to be ready to fight when you come back through the consolations,” Smith said. “It’s a tough tournament. It’s going to be tough, and you’ve got to come back through (in the consolations). If you’re not willing to show up and fight, you don’t make it through these brackets.”

by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
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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