ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling team placed third at the 75th Annual Division I NCAA Championships at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday.
The Sooners ended with a team score of 77.5 points, five and a half points behind second place Michigan.
OU's Teyon Ware earned his second national title at 141 pounds.
The Sooners came away from the tournament with a national champion, four All-Americans, three place winners and seven total qualifiers.
“This was a big time performance;” said OU head coach Jack Spates. “This is the third time in the last four years we’ve been in the top three in the country and the fifth time in the last six years we’ve been in the top four.”
“This is a team that has struggled with injuries all year; never gave up and fought back,” added Spates. “To take third in this tournament was a big time performance.”
141 pounds was a Big 12 rematch with Ware and Nate Gallick of Iowa State. Ware lost to Gallick in the finals at the Big 12 Championship in an 11-minute match, 4-3.
Going into the match, Ware had a career record of 0-4 against Gallick and was 0-2 on the season. After a scoreless first period, Ware chose down and scored an escape and a takedown to end the second period, 3-0. Gallick counteracted with an escape and Ware was called for stalling, but with less than 30 seconds left, Ware clinched the NCAA Championship by a decision, 3-2.
“Gallick was up 4-0 on me in the bouts that we’ve been in,” said junior Teyon Ware. “All of our bouts came down to a takedown or overtime. My coach told me, one goods takedown and that’s the match,’ and that’s what I was trying to get.”
“Most of the time it has been on his side and this time it was on my side,” added Ware. “He won the Big 12, as much as I wanted that, he’s the Big 12 champion and I’m the national champion. I’d rather have that.”
Ware ended his junior campaign with his second NCAA title, a season record of 32-3 and a career record of 85-12.
“I think there’s a ton of pressure put on Teyon,” said OU head coach Jack Spates. “He won the championship his freshman year and had a injured neck and high ankle sprain last year.”
“There is a ton of pressure, which speaks of his character. He has the most courage and character I’ve ever seen,” added Spates.
Oklahoma finished the season 16-6 in duals, 1-4 against Big 12 teams, fourth in the Big 12 Conference Championships, third in the NCAA Championships, four All-Americans, three place winners and a national champion.
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NCAA Championship Finals Results
125: Joe Duduque (Indiana) dec. Kyle Ott (Illinois) 2-0
133: Travis Lee (Corrnell) dec. Shawn Bunch (Edinboro) 6-3
141: Teyon Ware (Oklahoma) dec. Nate Gallick (Iowa State) 3-2
149: Zack Esposito (Oklahoma St.) dec. Philip Simpson (Army) 5-2
157: Ryan Bertin (Michigan) dec. Joe Johnston (Iowa) 8-5
165: Johny Hendricks (Oklahoma St.) dec. Mark Perry (Iowa) 5-2
174: Chris Pendleton (Oklahoma St.) dec. Ben Askren (Missouri) 10-5
184: Greg Jones (West Virginia) dec. Tyler Baier (Cornell) 5-3
197: Jake Rosholt (Oklahoma St.) dec. Sean Stender (Northern Iowa) 5-4
HWT: Steve Mocco (Oklahoma St.) dec. Cole Konrad (Minnesota) 3-1
Teyon Ware First Place
Sam Hazewinkel Third Place
Joel Flaggert Fourth Place
Matt Storniolo Seventh Place
E.K. Waldhaus Qualifier
Justin Dyer Qualifier
Jake Hager Qualifier