OU Takes Down Virginia, Advances to Semifinals

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 08, 2010

Jan. 8, 2010

HAMPTON, Va. – The 10th-ranked University of Oklahoma wrestling team (7-0-1) successfully closed out the first day of the Virginia Duals by defeating No. 18 Virginia, 21-13.

With the win, the Sooners advance in the championship bracket and will face No. 11 Lehigh, the third seed, in the semifinals Saturday at 1 p.m. CT.

Earlier in the day, the second seeded Sooners soundly defeated Bucknell by a 28-7 final in the opening round.

“I’m really proud of our team today,” head coach Jack Spates said. “We won a lot of close, tough matches and I thought our guys really showed up to compete. We had some heartbreakers, but guys battled through and came up with some big wins.”

Oklahoma began the match versus Virginia by winning six straight, starting with a 2-1 victory by No. 13 Jarrod Patterson (18-3) over Ross Gitomer at 125 pounds. It marked the true-freshman’s second win of the day and now boasts a 4-0 dual record since coming out of redshirt on Dec. 1.

Freshman Kendric Maple (15-5) picked up his first dual win of his career at 133 pounds by blanking Matt Cubillos, 7-0, and giving Oklahoma a 6-0 team lead.

“This morning, Kendric was thrown into the fire against a top-ranked guy,” Spates said. “He came back this afternoon and battled and picked up a nice win. Our staff is very pleased and excited about his talent moving forward.”

Fifth-ranked Zack Bailey (12-5) then made it a 9-0 Sooner lead with a 3-1 decision over Derek Valenti at 141 pounds, scoring a takedown with four seconds left in the match to steal the win.

Fourth-ranked Kyle Terry (149 pounds, 14-2) and No. 11 Shane Vernon (157, 13-3) then posted back-to-back decisions over Kellon Balum and No. 18 Danny Gonsor, respectively. Sixteenth-ranked Tyler Caldwell (15-5) then earned a 4-1 decision over Beau Fisher to put Oklahoma on top, 15-0.

Virginia attempted to rally beginning at 174 pounds, as the Cavaliers posted three straight wins against the Sooners. Fourth-ranked Chris Henrich scored an 11-1 major decision over No. 8 Jeff James (14-4) at 174 pounds, No. 19 Mike Salopek posted a 3-1 decision over Erich Schmidtke (13-7) at 184 pounds and No. 16 Brent Jones stunned No. 3 Eric Lapotsky (15-2) by recording a pin in 15 seconds.

Twelfth-ranked Nathan Fernandez (19-4) ensured an Oklahoma victory at heavyweight by posting an 8-2 decision over Jack Danikowicz.

The Sooners will wrestle Lehigh tomorrow afternoon for the right to advance to the championship match Saturday evening where they would face the winner of the No. 4 Oklahoma State/No. 14 Penn State matchup at 7:30 p.m. CT.

“Lehigh is a tough Pennsylvania team,” Spates said. “We will have to come to battle and wrestle tough to have a chance to win.”

 MATCH-BY-MATCH RESULTS

125 - Jarrod Patterson (Oklahoma) over Ross Gitomer (Virginia) Dec 2-1
133 - Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) over Matt Cubillos (Virginia) Dec 7-0
141 - Zack Bailey (Oklahoma) over Derek Valenti (Virginia) Dec 3-1
149 - Kyle Terry (Oklahoma) over Kellon Balum (Virginia) Dec 6-1
157 - Shane Vernon (Oklahoma) over Danny Gonsor (Virginia) Dec 7-5
165 - Tyler Caldwell (Oklahoma) over Beau Fisher (Virginia) Dec 4-1
174 - Chris Henrich (Virginia) over Jeff James (Oklahoma) Maj 11-1
184 - Mike Salopek (Virginia) over Erich Schmidtke (Oklahoma) Dec 3-1
197 - Brent Jones (Virginia) over Eric Lapotsky (Oklahoma) Pin 0:15
HWT - Nathan Fernandez (Oklahoma U) over Jack Danilkowicz (Virginia) Dec 8-2

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