NORMAN — In a wide open 133-pound weight class, Oklahoma’s Cody Brewer is looking to make a statement this postseason.
Ranked 12th in the country, the sophomore All-American has had plenty of chances to thrust himself into the top five during the season, but he’s just 4-6 against top 20 opponents.
His last opportunity to prove he can contend for a national title before the NCAA championships will come during Saturday’s Big 12 Wrestling Championship at McCasland Field House.
“The weight class has been up and down all year with everyone being able to beat everyone,” Brewer said. “But the rankings and records don’t matter anymore, everyone is 0-0. I’m hoping, now that it’s March, that I can be that guy to go to the top. That’s the plan for me.”
Brewer, 19-6 overall, will potentially meet No. 4 Jon Morrison of OSU in the championship finals on Saturday. Two of Brewer’s losses this season have come against Morrison, who Brewer is winless against in five career matches.
“Against (Morrison), it’s just about staying focused for the whole match and not giving up certain little things,” Brewer said. “It’s always one of the bigger matches when we wrestle and my coaches have talked to me a lot about the importance of staying focused in those matches and staying solid for seven minutes. If I can execute that plan, hopefully I can get a win against him this time and go into nationals being a Big 12 champ.”
The Sooners’ schedule hasn’t made things easy for Brewer with 10 of his 25 matches coming against top 20 opponents, but the experience of those big matches is something he thinks can help him close the season strong.