March 19, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. – Oklahoma added two more wrestlers to its All-American list Friday evening at the 2010 NCAA Championships, as Zack Bailey (141 pounds) and Eric Lapotsky (197) each recorded two wins in the consolation bracket to earn the honor.
The duo joins Kyle Terry and Tyler Caldwell who secured All-America honors earlier in the day, giving Oklahoma 260 honorees all-time.
“Four All-Americans. Bailey is a hero, plain and simple,” OU head coach Jack Spates said. “To go through the surgeries and struggles he has to come back and be battling for third place at the NCAAs is outstanding. And then there is Lapotsky, who is big time. He continued to battle even though he was down the whole match and won in the last second.”
The four All-Americans produced at this year’s NCAAs are the most for Oklahoma since earning five in 2006.
“It feels great,” Bailey said. “I wish I wouldn’t have lost so early in the tournament, but it feels great to come back and win five straight after losing in the opening round.”
Entering the final day’s competition, Oklahoma stands in sixth place with 58 points. Iowa paces the field with 120.5 total.
Also Friday evening, Terry and Caldwell each dropped semifinal matches against top opponents at 149 and 165 pounds, respectively, to fall to the wrestleback bracket.
“Those two have nothing to hang their heads about,” Spates said. “Kyle was one point away with 30 seconds to go to a guy that pinned him last year. Tyler is a true-freshman going up against a defending national runner-up and battled him tooth and nail.”
Bailey, Terry, Caldwell and Lapotsky will all return to action tomorrow morning to compete for third through fifth places in the consolation bracket. The session begins at 10 a.m. CST and will be televised by ESPNU.
Third-seeded Terry (29-3) battled two-seed Brent Metcalf to a scoreless first period at 149 pounds. The Sooner scored the match’s first points with an escape in the second to lead, 1-0.
The Hawkeye, who is a two-time national finalist and one-time national champion, took the lead, 2-1, with a takedown in the second. After an escape by Terry to end the second, Metcalf surged back ahead in the third with two takedowns to win, 6-2.
At 165 pounds, top-seeded and undefeated (33-0) Andrew Howe of Wisconsin struck first with a takedown in the first to lead, 2-0. Caldwell (30-13) brought the match within one, 2-1, with an escape in the second before the Badger scored an escape of his own in the final period to lead 3-1. A riding time point gave Howe his second consecutive trip to the NCAA finals.
Bailey (30-7), the three seed, sprinted out of the gates against Boise State’s ninth-ranked Levi Jones, scoring two takedowns in the opening period to lead 4-2. After a Jones escape, Bailey posted his third takedown of the match to end the second period and was able to hold off the Bronco,7-5, after racking up one minute 17 seconds of riding time.
Bailey posted his fifth-straight win of the Championships with a 3-2 upset over No. 3 Michael Thorn of Minnesota. A takedown and an escape proved to be the difference, as Bailey survived in the consolations.
Tenth-seed Shane Vernon used an early takedown against Justin Gaethje of Northern Colorado to lead 2-1 to end the first. An escape in the second gave Vernon a 3-1 lead entering the final period. Gaethje would own the third, scoring an escape and a takedown with under a minute to go to tie the match at four. In overtime, Gaethje took care of business, topping Vernon by a 6-5 final.
Vernon, who fell one win short of becoming an All-American, ends his Sooner career with a 22-7 record this season and 58 overall wins in a Sooner singlet.
Eric Lapotsky (28-7) recorded his third win of the NCAAs with a 4-0 decision over Big 12 foe and 12th-ranked Brent Haynes of Missouri. The victory was the third for Lapotsky over Haynes this season.
The senior then provided last second heroics against in-state rival Alan Gelogaev to win, 6-4, and gain his third win of the season over the Cowboy. Down 5-1 in the third period, Lapotsky scored a takedown, was awarded a stalling point and posted a takedown with five seconds remaining to win.
|SESSION IV RESULTS|
149: No. 2 Brent Metcalf (Iowa) dec. No. 3 Kyle Terry (OU), 6-2
165: No. 1 Andrew Howe (Wisconsin) dec. Tyler Caldwell (OU), 4-1
141: No. 5 Zack Bailey (OU) dec. No. 9 Levi Jones (Boise State), 7-5
141: No. 5 Zack Bailey (OU) dec. No. 3 Michael Thorn (Minnesota), 3-2
157: Justin Gaethje (Northern Colorado) dec. No. 10 Shane Vernon (OU), 6-5 (TB1)
197: No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (OU) dec. No. 12 Brent Haynes (Missouri), 4-0
197: No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (OU) dec. Alan Gelogaev (OSU), 6-5
|UPDATED TEAM SCORES|
1. Iowa (120.5)
2. Cornell (75)
3. Iowa State (67)
4. Wisonsin (62)
5. Oklahoma State (60.5)
6. Oklahoma (58)
7. Ohio State (56.5)
8. Minnesota (55)
9. Penn State (47)
10. Missouri (44)