Oklahoma wrestling: Sooners fourth after first day of NCAA Championships

by Michael Baldwin Published: March 20, 2014
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Oklahoma is in fourth place at the NCAA Wrestling Championships after advancing four entries to the quarterfinals, highlighted by Cody Brewer’s pin of Oklahoma State’s Jonathon Morrison at 133 pounds.

Other Sooners that won matches in both sessions Thursday at Chesapeake Arena included: Andrew Howe (26-1), Kendric Maple (24-4) and Jarrod Patterson (20-2).

HIGHS

The No. 13 seed, Brewer was 0-6 in his career against Bedlam rival Morrison, the No. 4 seed. Brewer was leading the second-round match, and created a buzz throughout the arena with a late first-period fall to improve to 22-7.

Brewer attributed his win to simply having fun.

“The change from how I wrestled before is I’m now smiling before every match,” Brewer said. “It’s been working. I don’t know what it is. I’m just having fun. This is the tournament where you want to have the most fun, try everything you can.”

Howe, the No. 2 seed at 174 pounds, dominated, scoring 37 points in his two matches.

Maple, a defending national champion who is the No. 4 seed at 149 pounds, looked much sharper in his evening match, a 13-5 win over Iowa’s Brody Grothus.

Patterson, the No. 6 seed at 125 pounds, owned a riding time edge to defeat Rider’s Robert Deutsch 2-1 in the second round.

LOWS

Travis Rutt, the No. 7 seed at 197 pounds, lost 6-0 in the second round to Duke’s Conner Hartmann, an unseeded entry who posted two first-day upsets.

The Sooners lost both pigtail matches to start the day—Nick Lester at 141 pounds and Justin DeAngelis at 157 – but both rebounded to win two evening matches.

WEIGHING IN

Going 9-1 in the evening session, the Sooners are in position for a top five finish. All eight OU entries remain alive, four in the winners’ bracket, four in the wrestleback bracket.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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