Sooners Upend Northern Colorado, 28-10

Andie Beene
By Andie Beene
Assistant Director of Communications

Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado

OU vs. Northern ColoradoFinal Results

133 Rico Montoya (UNC) dec. Jake Rubio (OU), 4-3
141 Mike Longo (OU) fall Ben Polkowske (UNC), 2:47
149 Davion Jeffries (OU) tech. fall Jimmy Fate (UNC), 17-0
157 Justin Thomas (OU) dec. Tyler Kinn (UNC), 10-4
165 No. 19 Keilan Torres (UNC) dec. Dawaylon Barnes (OU), 12-5
174 No. 11 Yoanse Mejias (OU) dec. Seth Bogulski (UNC), 12-6
184 Dylan Gabel (UNC) maj. dec. Matthew Waddell (OU), 8-0
197 Andrew Dixon (OU) dec. Tanner Davis (UNC), 6-1
HWT Marquise Overton (OU) dec. Robert Winters (UNC), 4-3 TB-2
125 Christian Moody (OU) tech. fall Michael Johnson (UNC), 21-5

NORMAN – The Oklahoma wrestling team triumphed over Northern Colorado, 28-10, on Sunday afternoon inside Lloyd Noble Center as part of the Beauty and the Beast event with OU women's gymnastics.

The Sooners claimed seven bout victories in the dual, including a pin from Mike Longo (141 pounds) and technical fall wins from Christian Moody (125 pounds) and Davion Jeffries (149 pounds).

“I think that we did a better job at getting bonus points and being more aggressive and being solid,” OU head coach Lou Rosselli said. “We had some issues with guys getting all over the place and finding out where they really are good. I think today they firmed up a little bit of their wrestling, and I think that they need to continue that. If you stay where you are really good and you keep focused and you keep trying to score points, I think a lot of good things happen for you.”

Longo earned OU’s first points with a win by fall at 141 pounds. The senior pinned Ben Polkowske in 2:47 to claim six Sooner points and record his fourth pin of the season.

Jeffries built on OU’s momentum in the 149-pound bout, downing Jimmy Fate by technical fall, 17-0. He opened the match with a takedown and three two-point nearfalls to jump out to an 8-0 lead in the first period. Jeffries added a reversal, a four-point nearfall and the riding time point to claim his second technical-fall win of the season.

At 157 pounds, Justin Thomas added three more points for the Sooners with a 10-4 decision over Tyler Kinn. He used a takedown and a two-point nearfall to take a 4-1 lead after the first frame. Thomas added an escape and a takedown in the second followed by another takedown and the riding-time point in the third.

No. 11 Yoanse Mejias claimed his 20th win of the season by downing Seth Bogulski in a 12-6 decision at 174 pounds. After building a 2-1 advantage in the first period, Mejias grew the lead to 7-3 in the second with an escape and two takedowns. He added three more takedowns in the final frame to secure the win.

In the 197-pound bout, Andrew Dixon won by decision over Tanner Davis. Following a scoreless first period, Dixon used a four-point nearfall to build a 4-1 lead in the second. He added an escape and the riding-time point to earn a 6-1 victory.

Marquise Overton earned his first OU wrestling win in dramatic fashion at heavyweight against Robert Winters. Regulation ended 1-1, and the tie was not broken during the first sudden-victory period. Both wrestlers escaped in the first tie-breaker periods, sending the match into the second sudden-victory frame in a 2-2 knot, which again held through the period. Although Overton rode Winters out in the first period of the second tiebreaker, he was called for stalling for the second time and Winters was awarded a penalty point. Overton escaped at the start of the next tiebreaker frame to tie the match at 3-3, and he was given the winning point with the riding-time advantage.

“I think that we have to give a little shout-out to Que (Overton),” Rosselli said. “Coming off the football field and he gets put in last week, struggles a little bit, out of shape, but he found a way to win today. It is really nice to see a guy that wants to fight that hard for the Sooners. The people that want to fight that hard are the people I want in my program.”

The match ended at 125 pounds, where Moody claimed his second technical fall of the season, downing Michael Johnson, 21-5. He built a 6-1 lead in the first period with two takedowns and a two-point nearfall. The Sooner added an escape and five more takedowns in the second to extend his lead to 17-5. Moody claimed the win with another escape, another takedown and the riding-time point.

In the dual-opening 133-pound bout, Jake Rubio dropped a 4-3 decision to Rico Montoya. Dawaylon Barnes was defeated by No. 19 Keilan Torres in a 12-5 decision at 165 pounds. Matthew Waddell was downed by Dylan Gabel in an 8-0 decision in the 184-pound match.

Next weekend, the Sooners wrap up their homestand as they host Iowa State on Friday, Jan. 26 and South Dakota State on Sunday, Jan. 28. Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424.