Wrestling Overpowers Central Oklahoma, 27-10

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 11, 2009

Nov. 11, 2009



No. 18 Oklahoma
Central Oklahoma
Near falls


EDMOND, Okla. -- Trailing 7-0 after the initial two bouts, the 18th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team rallied to take control of Central Oklahoma by winning the next seven matchups to earn its first win of the season, 27-10.

"We got off to a tough start but our team never lost confidence," head coach Jack Spates said.  "Our guys will be fine and I am proud of the way they fought back.  For the most part, we wrestled well but certainly have some areas where we need to improve."  

Zack Bailey righted the ship for Oklahoma, dominating Scott Berens at 141 pounds with four takedowns and a reversal to win, 17-4

Senior Kyle Terry turned in another impressive Sooner performance at 149 pounds, putting Oklahoma in the lead for the first time, 8-7. The defending Big 12 champion used five takedowns and a nearfall to claim the victory over Austin Standage, 14-3.

Chad Terry extended OU's lead to 11-7 with a 12-5 victory over Eden Bernstein at 157 pounds. The Midwest City, Okla., product scored three takedowns and two reversals, including one in the first period, to record his first win of the season. 

Sooner redshirt sophomore Derek Peperas scored the match's first points at 165 pounds after a scoreless first period with a takedown in the second. Broncho Derrick Adkins inched within one point, 3-2, with an escape in the third. Adkins was unable to come back, as Peperas used 2 minutes 16 seconds of riding time to win by a 4-2 margin. 

Jeff James was a takedown machine at 174 pounds, scoring 10 takedowns against Cody Rowell to win by major decision, 23-10. The victory extended Oklahoma's team lead to 18-7.

Erich Schmidtke then shutout Broncho Kenny Meredith, 5-0, at 184 pounds with a takedown in each of the second and third periods.

With 1 minute 20 seconds remaining in the third period at 197 pounds, Sooner senior Eric Lapotsky scored a takedown against Jarrett Edison to lead 5-1. With the clock showing 40 seconds remaining in the match, Lapotsky recorded Oklahoma's first fall of the dual season. 

The evening's drama peaked in the last match of the evening between OU's Nathan Fernandez and Broncho Dustin Finn. Finn scored a takedown in the first and added an escape in the second to lead 3-1. Another Finn takedown in the third made it 5-3 in favor of the Broncho before Fernandez scored a takedown with one second remaining to force overtime. With 24 seconds left in the sudden death extra period, Finn scored a takedown to win, 7-5. 

Central Oklahoma led 7-0 after the first two bouts of the evening. Casey Rowell shutout Sooner Justin Forrest at 125 pounds, 8-0, with three takedowns. Broncho Trison Graham then earned an 8-5 decision over Alex Ekstrom at 133 pounds. 

Next up for Oklahoma is the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic this Saturday, Nov. 14 in Brockport, N.Y.  The Sooners will attempt to win their 11th straight team title at the event.



125: Casy Rowell (UCO) maj. dec. Justin Forrest (OU), 8-0
133: Trison Graham (UCO) dec. Alex Ekstrom (OU), 8-5
141: Zack Bailey (OU) maj. dec. Scott Berens (UCO), 18-4
149: Kyle Terry (OU) maj. dec. Austin Standage (UCO), 14-3
157: Chad Terry (OU) dec. Eden Bernstein (UCO), 12-5
165: Derek Peperas (OU) dec. Derrick Adkins (UCO), 4-2
174: Jeff James (OU) maj. dec. Cody Rowell (UCO), 23-10
184: Erich Schmidtke (OU) dec. Kenny Meredith (UCO), 5-0
197: Eric Lapotsky (OU) fall Jarrett Edison (UCO), 6:20
HWT: Dustin Finn (UCO) dec. Nathan Fernandez (UCO), 7-5




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