Jan. 9, 2010
HAMPTON, Va. - The 10th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling squad (8-1-1) capped off the Virginia Duals with a 22-15 victory over No. 14 Penn State to earn third place Saturday evening in Hampton, Va.
The victory over the Nittany Lions was the second top-20 win for Oklahoma this weekend and the fourth of its season.
The Sooners tallied a 3-1 record in Virginia, including a win over No. 18 Virginia Friday afternoon. OU also topped Bucknell, 28-7, and dropped its first dual of the season to Lehigh, 18-16.
"Overall, it was a good weekend," OU head coach Jack Spates said. "We had an exceptional first day and then dropped a heartbreaker in the semifinals today where we failed to seal the deal. Our team was greatly disappointed and we had an opportunity to bounce back against a great Penn State team this evening, which we did. I think it shows the character of our guys by not hanging our heads and ending with a great win."
Picking up victories for the Sooners against Penn State were Kendric Maple at 133 pounds, No. 5 Zack Bailey at 141 pounds, No. 4 Kyle Terry at 149 pounds, No. 8 Jeff James wrestling at 174 pounds and No. 3 Eric Lapotsky at 197 pounds.
Bailey (14-5) and Terry (16-2) both turned in impressive performances, each going a perfect 4-0 at the tournament.
“We had some great performances this weekend, especially from our rookies,” Spates said. “I believe this weekend has only bolstered our confidence.”
Next up, the Sooners will head to the Lonestar Duals next Saturday, Jan. 16, where they will be challenged by Harvard, Nebraska-Kearney, Northwestern and Brown in Arlington, Texas.
125: No. 12 Brad Pataky (PSU) dec. No. 13 Jarrod Patterson (OU), 8-6
133: Kendric Maple (OU) pinned Bryan Pearsall (PSU), WBF (5:27)
141: No. 5 Zack Bailey (OU) maj. dec. Adam Lynch (PSU), 16-4
149: No. 4 Kyle Terry (OU) dec. No. 5 Frank Molinaro (PSU), 5-2
157: No. 2 Cyler Sanderson (PSU) dec. No. 11 Shane Vernon (OU), 5-2
165: No. 8 Dan Vallimont (PSU) dec. No. 16 Tyler Caldwell (OU), 6-4 (sv)
174: No. 8 Jeff James (OU) dec. Justin Ortega (PSU), 2-1 (tb)
184: No. 4 David Erwin (PSU) dec. Erich Schmidtke (OU), 9-3
197: No. 3 Eric Lapotsky (OU) pinned Clay Steadman (PSU), WBF (2:31)
285: No. 18 Cameron Wade (PSU) dec. No. 12 Nathan Fernandez (OU), 2-0