’ve been training in practice to win the one-point matches.”
Patterson was a four-time state champion at Cushing. Still, the magnitude of what he has accomplished hadn’t fully registered. When he arrived at OU, he thought he would be watching from the bleachers this year, but with dominating practice room performances, Spates couldn’t keep him off the mat.
"I never thought I’d be here right now,” Patterson said.
Neither did his coach.
"If you would have told me last year, I’d have been thinking I wouldn’t bet a whole lot of money on that,” Spates said. "It’s great when kids prove you wrong.”
Unlike Patterson’s victory, Terry’s win was expected. The former Carl Albert wrestler entered the tournament as the top seed. He beat ISU’s Mitch Mueller 4-2.
"I’ve won all five against him so I was confident coming in,” Terry said. "I knew I had to be solid on my feet and get that first takedown and it would be OK after that.”