ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling team advanced two wrestlers to the semifinals of the 75th Annual Division I NCAA Championships at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Mo., Friday morning.
OU entered the quarterfinals in fourth-place with 26.5 points, 12.5 points behind leaders Oklahoma State. OU ended the morning session in sixth-place with 44.5 points. OU’s semifinal resembled the Big 12 Championships with four match-ups against Big 12 opponents.
At 125 pounds Sam Hazewinkel, No. 1 seed, avenged his only lose of the season against Coleman Scott of Oklahoma State. Scott was pulled out of redshirt on January 13 against Michigan State and defeated Hazewinkel in overtime, 2-1, at the Big 12 Championships finals.
This time, Hazewinkel controlled the match and after a scoreless first and second period Hazewinkel scored an escape at the beginning of the third and added 1:38 in riding time to clinch the victory, 2-0.
Victory at 141 pounds came at the last second as No. 2 seed Teyon Ware trailed No. 7 seed Daniel Friskorn of Oklahoma State 3-1 at the end of the second period. Ware chose down to start the third and got the quick escape, but was still behind one point with no riding time.
With less than 30 second left in the match Ware scored a takedown at the edge of the mat to win by decision, 4-3. This was the first time Ware and Friskorn faced each other this season.
“Teyon and Sam had very hard fought bouts and their opponents were extremely conservative and that’s probably smart,” said OU head coach Jack Spates. “Sam had to ride his opponent the whole period and that’s call winning tough, but at this level you have to win tough. Teyon showed a lot of character chasing his guy down and coming back from behind. Those are hard fought wins.”
The Sooners entered the quarterfinals with five wrestlers, but three wrestlers suffered a loss and will wrestle in the consolation bracket tonight.
After defeating Eric Tannenbaum of Michigan earlier in the season, Matt Storniolo (149) lost in the quarterfinals by decision, 4-3. At the end of the first period the match was scoreless. Storniolo chose down and scored an escape, but Tannenbaum counteracted with a takedown.
In the second period Storniolo score two more escapes and Tannenbaum earned one more takedown. The match ended with a scoreless third period with Storniolo trying to get a last minute takedown.
For the third time this season No. 10 seed E.K. Waldhaus (174) was defeated by No. 2 seed Ben Askren of Missouri. Askren dominated the match and won by major decision, 17-4.
At 184 pounds Justin Dyer faced Travis Pascoe for the third time this season. Dyer upset Pascoe during the home dual in February, but lost by decision at the Big 12 Championships. Dyer came out strong and scored the first takedown, but Pascoe fought back to win by decision, 17-10.
“Justin Dyer was magnificent,” added Spates. “He battled his heart out.”
In the morning consolation bracket OU had two wrestlers who wrestled two matches each in the fight to stay in the running for top-eight finish: Joel Flaggert (197) and Jake Hager (HWT).
In the first matches Joel Flaggert (197) earned his sixth fall of the season and pinned Thayer Paxton of Navy at the 5:40 mark. Jake Hager won with a 5-4 decision over Joel Edwards of Penn State.
In their last matches Flaggert beat Ryan Bader of Arizona State by decision, 8-2, and Hager defeated Tanner Garrett of Navy by decision, 3-2. This was Hager’s second time to wrestle Garrett after a dual loss earlier in the season.
“The bottom line is that we have to keep battling and win the tough ones,” said Spates.
Oklahoma will return to action for the semifinals of the NCAA Championships Friday evening at 6 p.m. ESPN will broadcast live coverage of the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. and the finals Saturday, March 19, at 4 p.m.
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125: Sam Hazewinkel (OU) dec. Coleman Scott (OSU) 2-0
141: Teyon Ware (OU) dec. Daniel Friskorn (OSU) 4-3
149: Eric Tannenbaum (Michigan) dec. Matt Storniolo (OU) 4-3
174: Ben Askren (Missouri) maj. dec E.K. Waldhaus (OU) 17-4
184: Travis Pascoe (Nebraska) dec. Justin Dyer (OU) 17-10
Friday Morning Consolation Bracket Results
197: Joel Flaggert (OU) fall Thayer Paxton (Navy) 5:40
Joel Flaggert (OU) dec. Ryan Bader (Arizona State) 8-2
HWT: Jake Hager (OU) dec. Joel Edwards (Penn State) 5-4
Jake Hager (OU) dec. Tanner Garrett (Navy) 3-2