Four Wrestlers Advance to Big 12 Finals

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 06, 2010  2010 Big 12 Wrestling Championship
March 6, 2010 | Norman, Okla. | McCasland Field House | Tickets | Parking |  Brackets | VideoWebcast | Stats Scoring
2010 Big 12 Wrestling

 Schedule of Events
 2:30 p.m.
 Doors open for Session 2
 4:00 p.m.
 Consolation/Third-place matches
 7:00 p.m.
 Championship matches

NORMAN, Okla. -- Four Sooner wrestlers advanced to the finals at the Big 12 Championships Saturday afternoon in front of 2,397 fans packed inside the Howard McCasland Field House. The Sooners stand third after session one, trailing Iowa State by 18 points (51-33).

Jarrod Patterson (125 pounds), Zack Bailey (141), Kyle Terry (149) and Shane Vernon (157) each won their opening round match and will compete for titles at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

Session two begins at 4 p.m. with consolation semifinals. Tickets are available at the door.

OU's semifinal round matches began at 125 pounds where freshman Patterson knocked off Oklahoma State's Chris Notte, a senior, for the third time in four matches this season, 2-1. The two traded escapes before Notte was called for a technical violation (fleeing the mat) in the third period. That penalty gave Patterson the decisive point.

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At 133 pounds, Kendric Maple had absorbed a major decision at the hands of Iowa State's Nicholas Fanthorpe on Jan. 22. The Sooner freshman kept it closer this time, but still dropped a 2-0 decision.

Bailey, at 141, scored a pair of first-period takedowns, but gave up a reversal in the closing seconds of that frame to Iowa State's Dalton Jensen and led just 4-3 after one. He added an escape then a take down with just 10 seconds remaining in period two before tacking on another takedown with one minute remaining in the match. He won 11-6.

OU's 149-pounder, Terry, notched a first-period take down then rode Missouri's Luke Silver for 1:34 before surrendering the escape. He added three points on a near fall in the second and eventually pulled away for a 13-4 major decision.

Vernon's semifinal match was decided when he took down Nebraska's Tyler Koehn with 50 seconds remaining in the first period and made it stick for a 3-1 victory.

Tyler Caldwell ran into top-seeded Jon Reader of Iowa State at 165 pounds. Reader was methodical in dispatching the Sooner freshman, 5-2. Caldwell had lost in a 19-4 technical fall to Reader during the regular season.

At 174, Jeff James trailed for the duration of the match and dropped a 6-2 decision to Oklahoma State's Mike Benefiel.

Craig Brester of Nebraska prevailed over Oklahoma's Eric Lapotsky, 6-1, at 197 pounds, the strongest weight class in the tournament. It was the third time this season that Brester had defeated the Sooner wrestler.

OU Went 1-2 in the morning's first action, the Nos. 4-5-seed matches.

At 165 pounds, OU's fourth-seeded Caldwell scored a three-point near fall at the 1:08 mark of the third period to blow open a close match with Nebraska's James Nakashima, and won, 5-0.

Nebraska's Josh Ihnen prevailed over fifth-seeded Erich Schmidtke at 184. The OU wrestler jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Ihnen reeled off seven unanswered points en route to an 8-3 win.

At heavyweight, Tucker Lane of Nebraska scored a takedown in overtime to decision Oklahoma's Nathan Fernandez, the No. 5 seed, 3-1.

Team Standings after Session One
1. Iowa State, 51
2. Oklahoma State, 49
3. Oklahoma, 33
t4. Missouri, 16
t4. Nebraska, 16



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