Oklahoma wrestling: Sooners beat West Virginia

On Friday night, OU coach Mark Cody lit into his team after the ninth-ranked Sooners were upset. On Sunday, his team responded with a 25-14 win over West Virginia at McCasland Field House.
by Trent Shadid Published: January 20, 2013

“There is a sense of urgency and relentlessness with Bubby that we have to get across to the rest of the team,” Cody said.

Graham's major decision capped off a streak of five straight wins that helped put Oklahoma (6-4) comfortably ahead of West Virginia (1-5) at 22-3.

The most anticipated match of the afternoon featured Oklahoma's top-ranked Kendric Maple against 14th-ranked Nathan Pennesi at 141 pounds. After a competitive opening period, Maple used three takedowns over the final two periods to turn a close match into a 10-2 major decision win. Maple is now 19-0 on the season.

The dual marked the conclusion of the Big 12 regular season dual schedule for Oklahoma. The Sooners finished 2-1 in conference competition.

West Virginia was competing in just its second Big 12 dual as a member of the conference. The Mountaineers are now 0-2 in the conference.

The Sooners' next action will be a 6 p.m. dual on Friday at Lehigh.

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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