ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling team, ranked seventh, advanced five out of six wrestlers to the quarterfinals of the 75th Annual Division I NCAA Championships at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Mo., Thursday night.
ESPNU will broadcast the quarterfinals live Friday, March 18, at 10 a.m. and ESPN will broadcast live coverage of the semifinals Friday at 6 p.m. and the finals Saturday, March 19, at 4 p.m. OU entered the second round in fourth place with 16.5 points, seven points behind the leader Oklahoma State.
OU ended the night in fourth-place points with 26.5 points, 12.5 points behind leaders Oklahoma State.
“This has been a great round for us,” said OU head coach Jack Spates. “To have five quarterfinalist is big time and we beat some really good people doing it.”
“We’re wrestling sharp and we’re wrestling aggressively. We’ve had the right training; the right balance of hard work, smart work and good tapering. So we’re fresh and we’re eager.”
Opening the evening for the Sooners, in front of a crowd of 15,931 people, was No. 1 seed Sam Hazewinkel (125). Hazewinkel defeated Adam Smith of Penn State for the second time this season. The match was scoreless at the end of the first period, but Hazewinkel picked up the pace and scored seven points and 2:00 in riding time to clinch the win, 8-2.
Adding extra points to the team score were Teyon Ware (141) and Matt Storniolo (149) with major decision wins over their opponents. Ware controlled the match and allowed Jason Jones of Appalachian State to score only one point. Ware added nine points to the board in the third period with three takedowns, a two-point nearfall and 2:12 in riding time. Ware defeated Jones by major decision, 16-2. Storniolo dominated his opponent and allowed no points to be scored against him. Storniolo defeated Mark Cartella of Drexel by major decision, 9-0. This is Ware’s 11th major decision for the season and Storniolo’s third.
“Teyon has worked so hard and we are so pleased with the way he has wrestled and the price he has paid,” said Spates. “He wants it.”
At 174 pounds No. 10 seed E.K. Waldhaus upset No. 7 seed Andy Roy of Rutgers by decision, 4-0.
“E.K. has really wrestled well,” added Spates. “Andy Roy beat him last year in the NCAA Championships and beat him before in the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic at Brockport. So, we’re real pleased with the way he wrestled.”
No. 11 seed Justin Dyer added major team points to the board for the Sooners with a technical fall over Ryan Halsey of Cal Poly at the 2:42 mark, his second win over Halsey this season and his fourth technical fall for the season.
After upsetting No. 11 seed Bode Ogunwole of Harvard in the first round, Jake Hager lost for the second time this season to No. 6 seed Matt Feast of Pennsylvania by decision, 3-1.
After a tough lose to No. 5 seed Sean Stender of Northern Iowa, Joel Flaggert beat Chad Hoare of Bloomsburg in the first round of the consolation bracket. After defeating Hoare by a 13-0 major decision earlier in the season, Flaggert defeated Hoare by a major decision, 13-3.
“Our two guys that have lost, they can come back and score points and get on that stand,” added Spates. “From now on it’s all tough matches, so we have to keep wrestling aggressively and sharp”
Oklahoma will return to action for the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships Friday morning at 10 a.m.
For live updates and full results go to www.ncaasports.com.
Thursday Evening Second Round Results
125: Sam Hazewinkel (OU) dec. Adam Smith (Penn State) 8-2
141: Teyon Ware (OU) maj. dec Jason Jones (Appalachian St.) 16-2
149: Matt Storniolo (OU) maj. dec Mark Cartella (Drexel) 9-0
174: E.K. Waldhaus (OU) dec. Andy Roy (Rutgers) 4-0
184: Justin Dyer (OU) tech fall Ryen Halsey (Cal Poly) 17-0 (2:42)
HWT: Matt Feast (Pennsylvania) dec. Jake Hager (OU) 3-1
Thursday Evening Consolation Bracket Results
197: Joel Flaggert (OU) maj. dec Chad Hoare (Bloomsburg) 13-3