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.
“I think having already been on the mat with a lot of those top guys does help, because you’re already somewhat familiar with how they wrestle,” Brewer said. “After the losses I’ve had to the other highly ranked guys, I started looking forward to seeing those guys again. That’s what this this time of year is all about, wrestling the top competition. I think everyone looks forward to that.”
Brewer’s performance Saturday can also go a long way for the Sooners’ chances of winning their first Big 12 team title since 2002.
After getting hit with the injury bug in the middle of the season, OU has fallen from fourth to 14th in the coaches’ poll. But with a fully healthy lineup this weekend for the first time in nearly two months, the Sooners are confident in their chances.
“I feel like Coach (Mark) Cody has us on a good plan, and everyone is feeling good,” Brewer said. “I feel great going into the (postseason) and that’s been the main objective all along. When everyone has been healthy this year, we’ve done really well and shown that we can be as good the best teams in the country. Everyone is feeling good and ready to go now, so we’re all excited.”