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Sooners Storm Back to Defeat Nebraska, 22-15
February 04, 2010

Feb. 4, 2010

LINCOLN, Neb. - Trailing 15-0 after four bouts Thursday evening in Lincoln, the ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (13-2-1, 1-1-1 Big 12) stormed back to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 22-15, to earn its first Big 12 victory of the season.

"Big 12 wins are tough to come by," head coach Jack Spates said.  "We are pleased to get the win, but we are a better team than we wrestled tonight.  We weren't as sharp as we have been.  At the same time we had some guys show some great character to secure the win."

Beginning at 174 pounds, Nebraska (9-9, 0-2) claimed the initial four matchups to lead 15-0.  Stephen Dwyer, ranked No. 4 at 174 pounds, put Nebraska on the board first by posting a 10-2 major decision win over No. 18 Jeff James (19-6).  Josh Ihnen made it a 7-0 NU lead by topping 184-pound Erich Schmidtke (14-12), 5-1.  

Second-ranked Craig Brester then defeated sixth-ranked Sooner Eric Lapotsky (18-5) by technical fall, 18-2, to extend the Husker lead to 12-0.  Nathan Fernandez (22-8), ranked No. 12 at heavyweight, next fell to No. 19 Tucker Lane, 6-3. 

With the team score 15-0 in favor of Nebraska, the remainder of the match belonged to the Sooners.

True-freshman Jarrod Patterson (22-9) posted Oklahoma's first points with a 4-3 overtime decision over David Klingsheim at 125 pounds.  The Cushing, Okla., product, ranked No. 18,  posted an escape in the extra period then prevented Klingsheim to tie the match by riding the Husker the entire 30 seconds to win.

Kendric Maple (27-10), a freshman at 133 pounds, then posted his first Big 12 victory of his career with a 4-0 decision over C.J. Napier to pull the Sooners to within nine, 15-6.

Third-ranked Zack Bailey (19-5) then dominated Mike Koehnlein by a 12-4 major decision, and 149-pound and third-ranked Kyle Terry (20-2) was then awarded a victory by forfeit, giving Oklahoma its first lead of the evening, 16-15.

Shane Vernon (16-4) extended OU's lead to 19-15 by blanking Tyler Koehn, 2-0, at 157 pounds.  No. 12 Vernon posted an escape in the second period after choosing the down position and racked up 1 minute 56 seconds of riding time to earn his second Big 12 win of the season.

Leading by four, Tyler Caldwell (23-9) secured a Sooner victory by shutting out James Nakashima by a 3-0 decision at 165 pounds.  It marked the 16th-ranked freshman's first Big 12 win of his career.

Oklahoma will trek from Lincoln to Columbia, Mo., to take on No. 17 Missouri (7-4, 1-0 Big 12) this Saturday, Feb. 6.  Oklahoma will attempt to win two Big 12 matches in a season for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.

"Fans will see some great action on Saturday night," Spates said.  "One of the challenges for us will be in the upper-weights where we didn't perform so well tonight.  We will have to be much better than we were."

No. 9 Oklahoma 22, Nebraska 15
Feb. 4, 2010 Devaney Center
Lincoln, Neb.
Attendance: 1,640

174-#4 Stephen Dwyer (NU) by major decision over #18 Jeff James (OU), 10-2 (NU 4, OU 0)
184-Josh Ihnen (NU) by decision over Erich Schmidtke (OU), 5-1 (NU 7, OU 0)
197-#2 Craig Brester (NU) by technical fall over #6 Eric Lapotsky (OU), 18-2 (NU 12, OU 0)
285-#19 Tucker Lane (NU) by decision over #12 Nathan Fernandez (OU), 6-3 (NU 15, OU 0)
125-#18 Jarrod Patterson (OU) wins by decision over David Klingsheim (NU), 4-3 (NU 15, OU 3)
133-Kendric Maple (OU) wins by decision over C.J. Napier (NU), 4-0 (NU 15, OU 6)
141-#3 Zack Bailey (OU) by major decision over Mike Koehnlein (NU), 12-4 (NU 15, OU 10)
149-#3 Kyle Terry by forfeit (OU 16, NU 15)
157-#12 Shane Vernon (OU) by decision over Tyler Koehn (NU), 2-0 (OU 19, NU 15)
165-#16 Tyler Caldwell (OU) wins by decision over James Nakashima (NU), 3-0 (OU 22, NU 15)

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