“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.”