Three Wrestlers Earn Quarterfinal Bids

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 18, 2010

March 18, 2010

OMAHA, Neb. – At the conclusion of day one at the 2010 NCAA Championships, University of Oklahoma wrestlers Kyle Terry, Tyler Caldwell and Eric Lapotsky are one win away of becoming the school’s newest All-Americans.

The trio advanced in the second round of Thursday evening’s session two inside a sold out Qwest Center, earning spots in Friday-morning’s semifinals. 

Additionally, five Sooners picked up wins in the consolation bracket to remain alive for Friday’s action.

After day one, Oklahoma stands tied for fourth place with Ohio State and Wisconsin with 23 points.  Iowa leads the field with 34.5 points.  Oklahoma State is second (26) and Iowa State stands in third (24).

“I couldn’t be prouder of how we bounced back this evening after a tough and challenging start to the tournament,” OU head coach Jack Spates said.  “In a national tournament, everything is not going to go your way and we have battled back magnificently.”

Action picks back up Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.

 Session One Results |  Updated Brackets |  Updated Team Standings | Live Results


Terry (28-2) won his 19th-straight match this season with a 10-0 stomping of Bobby Ward of North Carolina State at 149 pounds.  Leading 7-0, Terry earned a two-point nearfall and was awarded riding time to advance.

Caldwell (29-12) provided arguably the biggest win of the day for Oklahoma, as the 165-pound true-freshman upset No. 5 Colt Sponseller of Ohio State.  Tied at two entering the second tie-breaker period, Caldwell rode the Buckeye the entire 30 seconds.  Needing an escape to win, Caldwell broke away from the grip of Sponseller as time expired to earn the victory. 

“This is a freshman that was struggling about a month ago, but he kept fighting, kept his head up,” Spates said.  “He battled back, had a good outing at the Big 12 Championship and now he is in the quarterfinals of the NCAAs.”

Senior Lapotsky (26-6) then shined for the second straight match at 197 pounds, as the Mt. Carmel, Pa., product recorded his second pin of the day (both in the first period) over Pitt’s Matthew Wilps (2:23).  The fall was his 11th of the season, a team high.

“That pin by Eric was just huge,” Spates said.  “Those extra bonus points are big.  I couldn’t be prouder of Eric.”

Unable to score a win in the second round was 157-pound Shane Vernon (21-6), who fell to seventh-seeded Chase Pami of Cal Poly, 7-5.  The fifth-seeded Sooner will resume competition tomorrow morning in the consolation bracket.


Facing elimination on day one of the Championships, six Sooners competed in the consolation bracket in session two.

Jeff James (24-11) bounced back from an opening-round loss to overtake Keith Witt of Kent State by a 7-3 final in the 174-pound pig-tail consolation match.  Also scoring a win in heavyweight’s pig-tail consolation match was teammate Nathan Fernandez (26-11) with a 3-1 sudden victory decision over Joshua Arnone of Cornell.

James won his second consolation match against Shane Smith of Millersville, 4-3, to remain alive for Friday’s action.

Jarrod Patterson (125 pounds), Kendric Maple (133) and Zack Bailey (141) then reeled off three straight wins within a span of 30 minutes to stay alive in the tournament.  Ninth-seeded Patterson (29-10) defeated James Knox of Maryland, 9-2, Maple (32-11) upset No. 11 Scotti Sentes of Central Michigan, 5-0, and No. 5 Bailey (26-7) dominated Cal-State Fullerton’s No. 12 Adin Duenas, 11-3.

Sooner Erich Schmidtke was knocked out of the Championships after a 4-3 defeat by Stanford’s Zack Giesen.  Schmidtke ends his redshirt-freshman campaign with a 26-19 overall record.

Nathan Fernandez also exited the Championships Thursday evening, losing to No. 7 Jarod Trice of Central Michigan, 5-4.  Fernandez concludes his junior season with a 26-12 record. 


149: No. 3 Kyle Terry (OU) maj. dec. Bobby Ward (NCSU), 10-0 
157: No. 7 Chase Pami (CP) dec. No. 10 Shane Vernon (OU), 7-5 
165: Tyler Caldwell (OU) dec. No. 5 Colt Sponseller (OSU), 3-2 (TB2) 
197: No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (OU) fall Matthew Wilps (Pitt), 2:23


125: No. 9 Jarrod Patterson (OU) dec. James Knox (Maryland), 9-2 
133: Kendric Maple (OU) dec. No. 11 Scotti Sentes (CMU), 5-0
141: No. 5 Zack Bailey (OU) maj. dec. No. 12 Adin Duenas (CSF), 11-3 
174: Jeff James (OU) dec. Keith Witt (Kent St.), 7-3 
174: Jeff James (OU) dec. Shane Smith (Millersville), 4-3
184: Zack Giesen (Stanford) dec. Erich Schmidtke (OU), 4-3 
HWT: Nathan Fernandez (OU) dec. Joshua Arnone (Cornell), 3-1 (SV1)
HWT: No. 7 Jarod Trice (Central Mich.) dec. Nathan Fernandez (OU), 5-4




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