No. 10 Wrestling Rolls No. 16 Cal Poly, 27-13

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 03, 2010

Jan. 3, 2010


No. 10 Oklahoma 27, No. 16 Cal Poly 13
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No. 10 Oklahoma
No. 16 Cal Poly
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NORMAN, Okla. – The 10th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (5-0-1) began the New Year by recording its second top 20 victory of the season over No. 16 Cal Poly (3-2) by a 27-13 final Sunday at the Howard McCasland Field House in Norman.

It marked the first dual of the season Oklahoma appeared as a top-10 team.  OU vaulted up the rankings after a 16-16 tie versus then-No. 3 Oklahoma State on Dec. 1.

“Cal Poly is a good team and we knew that coming in,” head coach Jack Spates said.  “We knew we had to come to wrestle.  One big positive for us is the third period belonged to us.  If you look at the third periods in all of our matches, we did most of the scoring.  That is a compliment to our training.”

Freshman Jarrod Patterson (16-3) put the Sooners on the board first with a 6-1 decision over Micah Ferguson.  The Cushing, Okla., product scored takedowns in the first and third period and accumulated over two minutes of riding time to record his second dual win (2-0) of the season.

Cal Poly took a 10-3 lead after ninth-ranked Boris Novachkov blanked Greg Cannon at 133 pounds, 9-0, and No. 13 Filip Novachkov pinned No. 4 Zack Bailey of Oklahoma (4:18) at 141 pounds.

Fifth-ranked Kyle Terry closed the Mustang lead to 10-7 with a dominate 12-3 major decision win at 149 pounds over Eric Maldonado.  Terry posted five takedowns in the victory to push his season record to 12-2. 

Cal Poly then extended its lead, 13-7, when No. 4 Chase Pami defeated 11th-ranked Shane Vernon by a 4-1 decision at 157 pounds.  Pami scored all four points in the final period with an escape and a takedown and was awarded a riding time point.

A 10-1 major decision by 17th-ranked 165-pound Sooner Tyler Caldwell (13-5) brought Oklahoma within two team points, 13-11.  The Wichita, Kan., product dominated Mustang Steven Vasquez by recording four takedowns and accumulating three minutes 18 seconds of riding time.

Jeff James, ranked eighth at 174 pounds, gave Oklahoma its first lead, 14-13, since after the opening bout with a 7-2 decision over Ryan DesRoches.  James posted three takedowns in the 174-pound win to improve his season record to 14-2.

Erich Schmidtke (12-6) then posted an impressive 16-8 major decision over Kelan Bragg at 184 pounds.  The redshirt freshman recorded a match-high eight takedowns in the victory while gathering 2 minutes 13 seconds of riding time to give Oklahoma an 18-13 team lead.

Sooner heavyweight Nathan Fernandez (17-4) closed out the afternoon with a 2-0 victory over Jim Powers.
A Cal Poly forfeit at 197 pounds gave Eric Lapotsky his 14th victory of the season (14-1) and the Sooners a 24-13 team lead heading into the final bout of the afternoon.

Next up, the Sooners will travel to the highly competitive Virginia Duals in Hampton, Va., on Jan. 8.  The team will resume its home slate on Jan. 22 when it takes on Big 12 foe Iowa State at 7 p.m. 

“There will be some great competition at the Virginia Duals with teams like Oklahoma State, Lehigh, Penn State and Edinboro,” Spates said.  “We will have to be ready, prepared and tough.”


No. 12 Jarrod Patterson (OU) dec. Micah Ferguson (CP), 6-1
133:  No. 9 Boris Novachkov (CP) maj. dec. Greg Cannon (OU), 9-0
141:  No. 13 Filip Novachkov (CP) fall No. 4 Zack Bailey (OU), 4:18
149:  No. 5 Kyle Terry (OU) maj. dec. Eric Maldonado (CP), 12-3
157:  No. 4 Chase Pami (CP) dec. No. 11 Shane Vernon (OU), 4-1
165:  No. 17 Tyler Caldwell (OU) maj. dec. Travis Rasmussen (CP), 10-1 
174:  No. 8 Jeff James (OU) dec. Ryan DesRoches (CP), 7-2 
184:  Eric Schmidtke (OU) maj. dec. Tyler Holt (CP), 16-8 
197: No. 4 Eric Lapotsky winner by forfeit  
HWT:  No. 9 Nathan Fernandez (OU) dec. Jim Powers (CP), 2-0



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