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Oklahoma wrestling: Sooners have disappointing morning session, now in ninth

A disappointing session Friday morning most likely squashed any chance of Oklahoma posting a top-five finish at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, but the Sooners are in position for their best finish under coach Mark Cody.
by Michael Baldwin Published: March 21, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Jarrod Patterson takes on Penn State's Nicholas Megaludis in the 125 pound match during the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Friday, March 21, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Jarrod Patterson takes on Penn State's Nicholas Megaludis in the 125 pound match during the 2014 NCAA Div. 1 Wrestling Championships at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Friday, March 21, 2014. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

A disappointing session Friday morning most likely squashed any chance of Oklahoma posting a top-five finish at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, but the Sooners are in position for their best finish under coach Mark Cody.

Bolstered by three entries earning All-America honors Friday night, OU is in ninth place heading into Saturday’s two sessions at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

HIGHS

Andrew Howe, the No. 2 seed at 174 pounds, will meet Oklahoma State’s Chris Perry in the finals Saturday night. Howe, who three years ago won a national title at Wisconsin, defeated Minnesota’s Logan Storley 6-3 in the semifinals.

Three Sooners earned All-American honors — Kendric Maple (149 pounds), 133-pounder Cody Brewer and Howe.

Brewer, the No. 13 seed who pinned OSU’s Jonathon Morrison in the second round, lost in the quarterfinals Friday morning but rebounded with a 13-2 win over Michigan’s Rosario Bruno.

Ross Larson, a redshirt freshman from Ankeny, Iowa, was unseeded but went 2-2 at nationals, including a win Friday morning over No. 14 seed Jonathan Gingrich of Penn State.

LOWS

Maple, who won the 141-pound national title last year, lost 2-1 in a tiebreaker in the quarterfinals to Northwestern’s Jason Tsirtsis. Maple, though, became OU’s 25th three-time All-American with a 7-4 win over Clarion’s Justin Arthur but failed to protect a 4-1 third-period lead and lost his second match Friday night 5-4 to Michigan’s Eric Grajales.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
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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