Feb. 12, 2010
Wrestling alongside the top-ranked OU women's gymnastics team in front of 1,777 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center, Oklahoma won the first seven matches of the evening and posted 27 total takedowns to Chattanooga's three.
"I think this is our best performance of the season overall in terms of being dominant in every way," OU head coach Jack Spates said. "It is not who you wrestle, but how you wrestle. I liked the way we came out and performed in front of a great crowd."
On the women's side, the Sooner gymnasts (9-0) earned their highest team score under head coach K.J. Kindler to top No. 16 Iowa State (197.250-196.225).
Jarrod Patterson got the ball rolling for Oklahoma with an 11-6 decision over Demetrius Johnson at 125 pounds. The 18th-ranked Sooner posted four takedowns to improve to 24-9 on the year.
Kendric Maple (29-7) then turned in a dominating 16-1 performance over 133-pound Josh Statum to put Oklahoma up 8-0. Third-ranked Zack Bailey (21-5) made it a 12-0 Sooner lead by recording a 12-1 major decision over Ben Johnson at 141 pounds.
Senior Kyle Terry, ranked No. 3 at 149 pounds, next topped Dean Pavlou by a 22-7 final behind 10 takedowns. Dating back to last season, Terry (22-2) has won 33-straight dual matchups.
Shane Vernon (18-4), ranked No. 12, next defeated Josh Condon by a 4-3 final by scoring a takedown with six seconds remaining in the final period. Vernon's win at 157 pounds gave the Sooners a 20-0 team lead.
Tyler Caldwell (25-10) next defeated Brandon Wright, 3-0, at 165 pounds, followed by an 8-2 decision by No. 15 Jeff James (21-6) over 174-pound Jake Young.
Jason McCroskey claimed Chattanooga's only win of the evening with a 4-0 shutout over Erich Schmidtke (14-14) at 184 pounds.
Eric Lapotsky (20-5), ranked sixth at 197 pounds, turned in a 9-3 decision over Niko Brown to give Oklahoma a 28-3 team advantage. Heavyweight Nathan Fernandez (23-9) gave OU its ninth win of the night by posting a commanding 18-5 major decision win over Matt Lettner.
Next up, Oklahoma hosts its final home dual of the season against No. 15 Oregon State this Sunday, Feb. 14 inside Howard McCasland Field House at 2 p.m.
With a win over the Beavers, it would mark the second straight 16-win season for the Sooners.
"Oregon State is a very tough team," Spates said. "If we wrestle Sunday like we wrestled tonight, we will be fine. What a great home finale it should be as we say goodbye to four special seniors. What a great cause worth celebrating after all they have accomplished."
125: No. 18 Jarrod Patterson (OU) dec. Demetrius Johnson (UTC), 11-6
133: Kendric Maple (OU) tech. fall Josh Statum (UTC), 16-1
141: No. 3 Zack Bailey (OU) maj. dec. Ben Johnson (UTC), 12-1
149: No. 3 Kyle Terry (OU) tech. fall Dean Pavlou (UTC), 22-7
157: No. 12 Shane Vernon (OU) dec. Josh Condon (UTC), 4-3
165: No. 15 Tyler Caldwell (OU) dec. Brandon Wright (UTC), 3-0
174: No. 15 Jeff James (OU) dec. Jake Young (UTC), 8-2
184: Jason McCroskey (UTC) dec. Erich Schmidtke (OU), 4-0
197: No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (OU) dec. Niko Brown (UTC), 9-3
HWT: No. 15 Nathan Fernandez (OU) maj. dec. Matt Lattner (UTC), 18-5