March 20, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - University of Oklahoma senior wrestler Kyle Terry earned third place at the 2010 NCAA Championship, barreling through the tournament with a 5-1 record at 149 pounds.
Additionally, Zack Bailey (31-8) placed fourth at 141 pounds for the Sooners. The junior suffered an opening-round loss on Thursday but battled back to win six-straight matches in the consolation bracket.
Entering the Championship's final session, Oklahoma stands in third place with 69 points. Iowa paces the field with 122.5 points, ahead of Cornell's 86. Iowa State has 67 points and Wisconsin owns 66.5. Oklahoma State (65) and Ohio State (62) round out the top seven.
The finals commence at 6:30 p.m. CST and will be televised by ESPN.
"First of all, Zack Bailey is a hero after all he has overcome. To lose in the opening round and come back through the consolation bracket and take fourth is magnificent. And what a way to go out for Kyle Terry. He came to wrestle every match. It is great to see him place third on the national stage, he more than deserves it."
A year after falling one win short of becoming an All-American, Terry (32-3) produced two wins on Saturday inside the Qwest Center to capture the bronze medal.
"This feels really good," Terry said. "I fell short last year, came within one win of becoming an All-American and I kept that taste in my mouth. I only had one slip up this tournament against (Brent) Metcalf. Other than that, I think I wrestled a great tournament. This is a great way to end my senior season. I'm proud."
Terry ends his Sooner career as a three-time NCAA qualifier, two-time Big 12 champions and the team leader in overall wins with 88.
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Tyler Caldwell (31-14) and Eric Lapotsky (29-8) also placed for the Sooners, picking up fifth-place finishes at 165 and 197 pounds, respectively.
"What a great way for Lapotsky to go out and what a bright future Tyler Caldwell has for the Sooners."
Caldwell's impressive run through the championships included three upset wins over seeds, including the fifth, ninth and twelfth.
Earlier in the Championship, the Wichita, Kan., product became the first Sooner freshman to earn All-America status since 2005 and just the 13th in this year's field to be unseeded and earn the honor.
Lapotsky took down two seeded opponents to place in his third and last NCAA Championships.
Just one year after finishing in 31st place at the Championships, OU returned to the national stage by crowning four All-Americans, which is tied for second-best in this year's field, and the most for the program since crowning five in 2006.
Third-seeded Bailey used to early takedown to lead, 2-0, over the No. 10 seed Tyler Nauman of Pittsburgh. A Panther escape made it 2-1 to end the opening period. After choosing the down position to start the second, Nauman deadlocked the match at two heading into the final period. It was the Sooner's turn to start down, and with under a minute to go Bailey scored a deciding escape to win, 3-2.
The win marked Bailey's sixth straight of the Championship after suffering an opening round loss.
His run ended in the third-place match, as fourth-seeded Reece Humphrey topped the Sooner by a 3-2 final. A takedown in the first period by the Buckeye proved to be the difference.
Now an All-American, Bailey ends his junior campaign with a 31-8 record, including a 7-2 record at the Championships.
Terry then turned in a dominating performance at 149 pounds, cruising to a 10-1 major decision over Edinboro's Torsten Gillespie behind a takedown, reversal and two nearfalls. The senior also racked up two minutes 31 seconds of riding time in the victory.
The senior then turned his focus towards No. 4 Kyle Ruschell of Wisconsin. The Sooner scored an early takedown in the first and another in the third period to hold off the Badger, 5-4, and earn the bronze medal.
Stanford's Nick Amuchastegui tripped up Oklahoma's 165-pound Tyler Caldwell 6-1. The Sooner could only muster an escape in the second period.
The Sooner bounced back in dramatic fashion, using takedown and two-point nearfall with 12 seconds to go down 3-2 to win, 6-3, over No. 9 Andrew Rendos of Bucknell. Caldwell ends his impressive run through the Championships with a 4-2 record, improving his freshman season record to 31-14.
Eric Lapotsky then struggled against Cornell's fourth-ranked Cam Simaz at 197 pounds, as the sixth-seeded Sooner gave up three takedowns and a two-point nearfall to lose by major decision, 9-1.
The senior turned the dominance around in the fifth-place match, dominating No. 5 Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin, 7-0. The Sooner racked up 4:42 of riding time in addition to two takedowns and a two-point nearfall to win.
|SESSION V RESULTS|
141: No. 5 Zack Bailey (OU) dec. No. 10 Tyler Nauman (Pitt), 3-2
141: No. 4 Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) dec. No. 5 Zack Bailey (OU) vs. , 3-2
149: No. 3 Kyle Terry (OU) maj. dec. vs. Torsten Gillespie (Edinboro), 10-1
149: No. 3 Kyle Terry (OU) dec. No. 4 Kyle Ruschell (Wisconsin), 5-4
165: Nick Amuchastegui (Stanford) dec. Tyler Caldwell (OU), 6-1
165: Tyler Caldwell (OU) dec. No. 9 Andrew Rendos (Bucknell), 6-3
197: No. 4 Cam Simaz (Cornell) maj. dec. No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (OU), 9-1
197: No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (OU) dec. No. 5 Trevor Brandvold (Wisconsin), 7-0
|UPDATED TEAM SCORES|
1. Iowa (122.5)
2. Cornell (86)
3. Oklahoma (69)
4. Iowa State (67)
5. Wisconsin (66.5)
6. Oklahoma State (65)
7. Ohio State (62)
8. Minnesota (59)
9. Penn State (49)
10. Missouri (44)