OU Makes it Two Straight vs. OSU

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 07, 2008

Dec. 7, 2008

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NORMAN, Okla. -- Not in 15 years has the University of Oklahoma wrestling team defeated its in-state rival, Oklahoma State, back-to-back. On Sunday afternoon that streak came to an end, as No. 20 Oklahoma edged the No. 9 Cowboys, 18-15, to make it two-straight Bedlam victories at the McCasland Field House in Norman.

Last season, the Sooners topped the Cowboys by an identical score on Feb. 21, breaking a 19-match win streak by Oklahoma State.

“We are proud of two wins in a row over a great program like Oklahoma State,” head coach Jack Spates said. “Bedlam is a very emotional match and I am extremely proud of our guys for getting the win.”

Joey Fio, ranked No. 17 at 125 pounds, began the day with an upset win over No. 8 Obenson Blanc by a 2-1 final. The sophomore from Sandpoint, Idaho, only needed two escapes to post the opening victory that gave OU a 3-0 lead.

The 133-pound match ended in the second period when an injury by Tyler Shinn of OSU gave Oklahoma’s David Armstrong an injury default win. Armstrong was leading the No.-15th ranked wrestler, 5-3, when the match was called, giving Oklahoma a 9-0 lead.

Cowboy Jamal Parks recorded OSU’s first win of the afternoon, upsetting No. 12 Zack Bailey at 141 pounds. Parks scored four takedowns to Bailey’s one to win, 10-7.

Kyle Terry, No. 15 in the nation at 149 pounds, extended the Sooner lead to 12-3 with a 10-3 decision over Luke Silver. The redshirt junior from Midwest City, Okla., scored four takedowns, including two in the final period, to post his 10th-straight win of the season.

OSU’s Newly McSpadden, ranked 12th, picked up a win over OU’s Shane Vernon, edging the redshirt junior, 6-5 in the 157-pound match. Number 12 Brandon Mason then took the 165-pound match, edging OU’s Ryan Smith by a 1-0 decision. The back-to-back wins brought the Cowboys to within three, 12-9.

OU’s Jeff James put three more team points on the board at 174 pounds with a 7-5 decision over Kyle Griffin. The redshirt sophomore picked up his ninth win on the season and is a perfect 4-0 in dual action.

Sooner Pat Flynn then upset No 20th-ranked Jared Shelton at 184 pounds, winning by a 7-2 final. The redshirt sophomore led 7-0 after two periods, recording a takedown, reversal and a nearfall to put the match out of reach and gave the Sooners an 18-9 lead.

Clayton Foster next posted a 12-9 win over Sooner 197-pounder Eric Lapotsky. Foster, ranked 15th, gave Lapotsky (No. 8) his first loss of the season (now 12-1) and brought OSU back to within six, 18-12. Trailing by six meant Oklahoma State would need a pin in the heavyweight bout to tie the Sooners.

Jared Rosholt, ranked No. 1 nationally, took the floor against OU’s Nathan Fernandez to attempt to leave Norman with a tie. After three periods, all the top-wrestler could manage was an 8-2 decision over the redshirt sophomore, giving Oklahoma an 18-15 victory over its arch-rival.

“Our theme coming into this afternoon’s match was ‘take it,’” Spates said. “Nothing is given to you and I believe we did just that with the win.”

The Sooners will get back to action next weekend, Dec. 13, when they travel to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to compete in the Big 12/Pac-10 Challenge. Challenging the Sooners in California will be Cal-Bakersfield, Cal Poly and Cal-Fullerton.

  Match-by-Match Results

125: No. 17 Joey Fio (OU) dec. No. 8 Obenson Blanc (OSU), 2-1
133: David Armstrong (OU) inj. def. No. 15 Tyler Shinn (OSU), 3:36
141: Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. No. 12 Zack Bailey (OU), 10-7
149: No. 15 Kyle Terry (OU) dec. Luke Silver (OSU), 10-3
157: No. 12 Newly McSpadden (OSU) dec. No. 14 Shane Vernon (OU), 6-5
165: No. 12 Brandon Mason (OSU) dec. Ryan Smith (OU), 1-0
174: No. 9 Jeff James (OU) dec. Kyle Griffin (OSU), 7-5
184: Pat Flynn (OU) dec. No. 20 Jared Shelton (OSU), 7-2
197: No. 15 Clayton Foster (OSU) dec. No. 8 Eric Lapotsky (OU), 12-9
HWT: No. 1 Jared Rosholt (OSU) dec. Nathan Fernandez (OU), 8-2



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