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Wrestlers Earn Third Over Talented Field in Nevada
December 05, 2009

Dec. 5, 2009

PRIMM, Nev. – The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (4-0-1) took home five individual medals and placed third over a talented field of 42 teams at the 28th Annual Cliff Keen Invitational in Primm, Nev.

Ohio State won the title and Cornell took home second.  OU finished higher than many impressive teams at the tournament, including No. 9 Boise State and No. 11 Nebraska.

Senior Eric Lapotsky, ranked sixth in the country, led the way for Oklahoma by advancing to the finals at 197 pounds. Lapotsky dropped his first match of the season (12-1) to No. 2 Craig Brester of Nebraska in the finals, 5-3, to earn the silver medal.

Finishing in third place for the Sooners were Zack Bailey (141 pounds) with a 6-1 effort on the weekend, 149-pound Kyle Terry and heavyweight Nathan Fernandez, both with 5-1 records.

Defending Big 12 champion and fifth-ranked Terry was defeated in the semifinals by Ohio State’s Lance Palmer, 4-3, marking the second time this season the fourth-ranked Buckeye topped the Sooner.

Jeff James also earned a medal with a fourth place finish, as the eighth-ranked Sooner compiled a 4-2 record after reaching the consolation finals at 174 pounds.

Additionally, senior Shane Vernon picked up three wins en route to a seventh place finish.

The Sooners now break for the holidays before resuming competition on Jan. 3 when Cal Poly visits Norman at 2 p.m.

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