Feb. 20, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. -- The eighth-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling squad fell to the No. 3-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, 24-9, in Jack Spates’ final dual meet as head coach of the Sooners inside McCasland Field House Sunday afternoon.
The Sooners (13-2, 3-2) jumped out to an early, 3-0, lead before a crowd of 2,454 on senior day, but saw their in-state foes from Stillwater retaliate by taking the next three bouts and seven-out-of-ten overall.
“It’s obviously disappointing because it’s Bedlam and you want to win,” Jack Spates said. “We’ve had a great season and our guys have wrestled incredibly tough. The good news is there was a lot of action out there and I thought we gave people their money’s worth. The bad news is there were a couple situations in which we just didn’t do enough to make it happen.”
The dual began at 165 pounds where OU’s reining All-American Tyler Caldwell, ranked No. 2, earned a decisive 4-0 win over OSU’s 10th-ranked Dallas Bailey. In that bout, Caldwell earned an escape, takedown and added 2:59 of riding time to earn the Sooners’ first Bedlam win.
Oklahoma State (15-2-1) rebounded with a win at 174 pounds as No. 12-ranked Mike Benefiel handled Oklahoma senior Jeff James, 8-1. James’ only point was scored on an escape in the third period as the senior from El Reno ended his Sooner dual career with 70 wins.
The 184 pound bout between OU’s Erich Schmidtke, ranked No. 15, and OSU’s ninth-ranked Chris Perry went down to the wire. Perry took a 2-1 lead going into the second after acquiring a takedown and Schmidtke earning an escape. Perry scored the only point in the second off an escape. Schmidtke tied the score, 3-3, after posting a takedown with 1:10 remaining in the third and made sure riding time was not a factor, cutting Perry free with 0:48 remaining. Schmidtke tried to get a takedown to take the lead but Perry never gave the Sooner a shot, ending the bout with a final score of 4-3.
OSU’s third-ranked Clayton Foster gave the Cowboys’ an 11-3 lead after he defeated OU’s Keldrick Hall by technical fall, 19-4.
OU senior Nathan Fernandez gave the Sooners three more points after he got revenge over Oklahoma State’s Blake Rosholt. Fernandez, ranked No. 12, led 5-0 after he earned a takedown and added three near fall points in the first period. Rosholt’s only points came off escapes in the second and third periods. Fernandez added a takedown, a point off a Rosholt stalling penalty and 1:05 of riding time to run away with the 9-2 victory. The Lawton native ends his dual career at OU with 80 victories.
The rematch between OU’s Jarrod Patterson and the Cowboy’s Jon Morrison at 125 pounds was heated. Patterson, ranked No. 7, took an early 1-0 lead after posting an escape in the second. However, Morrison, ranked No. 8, added a takedown, escape and 1:07 of riding time to defeat Patterson, 4-1.
The Cowboys’ top-ranked Jordan Oliver extended OSU’s lead to 13 after he rolled the Sooners Jordan Keller by way of major decision, 17-6.
The bout between OU’s sixth-ranked Zack Bailey and the Cowboys’ No. 16-ranked Josh Kindig personified just what Bedlam wrestling is all about. Bailey looked like he was going to run-away with the victory after he earned two early takedowns, but Kindig reversed Bailey to close out the first. Bailey had a one point advantage going into the second and added a quick escape, but Kindig evened the score, 5-5, after posting a takedown of his own. The Sooners’ reining All-American fought to earn an escape and 1-point lead going into the third. However, Kindig again evened the score after posting an escape to start out the period. With just 0:24 remaining, Bailey earned a takedown, but was reversed by the Cowboy. Bailey remained composed and drew an escape and closed out the bout with a takedown, giving Bailey an 11-8 win. The senior from Kansas City closed out his dual career by earning his 102 career-victory.
The Cowboys’ closed the door on any thoughts of a comeback by taking the final two bouts of the evening at 149 and 157 pounds, respectively. OU’s Matt Lester, ranked No. 15, dropped a 3-1 decision to OSU’s fifth-ranked Jamal Parks. Twelfth-ranked Chase Nelson was then defeated by the Cowboys’ Neil Erisman, ranked No. 16, by a final of 8-4 at 157 pounds.
While it was not the way Spates hoped his final dual meet would play out he does look for the Sooners to reach new heights as they enter the Big 12 Championships and NCAAs.
“Right now there really is no significance (Being his last dual meet). The bottom line is we are just focused on the task at hand which is Big 12s and the NCAA Championships. All my emotions, memories and all that stuff—there is going to be a time for that and that will be later.”
Up Next, the Sooners return to Ames, Iowa, to battle for the Big 12 title at the 2011 Big 12 Championships. Last year the Sooners finished in third place with 64 total points and claimed three individual conference titles. Oklahoma State won the title with 70.5 points, while Iowa State placed second with 69 points.
165 - Tyler Caldwell (OU) dec. Dallas Bailey (OSU), 4-0
174 - Mike Benefiel (OSU) dec. Jeff James (OU), 8-1
184 - Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Erich Schmidtke (OU), 4-3
197 - Clayton Foster (OSU) tech. fall Keldrick Hall (OU), 19-4
285 - Nathan Fernandez (OU) dec. Blake Rosholt (OSU), 9-2
125 - Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. Jarrod Patterson (OU), 4-1
133 - Jordan Oliver (OSU) MD. Jordan Keller (OU), 17-4
141 - Zack Bailey (OU) dec. Josh Kindig (OSU), 11-8
149 - Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Matt Lester (OU), 3-1
157 - Neil Erisman (OSU) dec. Chase Nelson (OU), 8-4