March 19, 2010
OMAHA, Neb. - University of Oklahoma wrestlers Kyle Terry and Tyler Caldwell are two wins away from national titles at 149 and 165 pounds, respectively, as the duo advanced to the NCAA semifinals in Omaha Friday morning.
With the victories, the two became Oklahoma's first All-Americans since 2007, increasing OU's total to 258 all-time.
Entering Friday's night cap, the Sooners stand alone in fifth place with 44 points. Iowa leads the pack with 73 total.
"I couldn't be prouder of how we came to wrestle today," OU head coach Jack Spates said. "Kyle Terry beat an All-American to advance. And then what can you say about Tyler Caldwell, who has become the talk of the tournament. A true-freshman making a run at the NCAA Championships. I am so proud of both of those guys."
Caldwell (30-12) became OU's first freshman to earn All-America honors since Joel Flaggert in 2005. It also marked the first time since 2006 Oklahoma has claimed multiple honorees.
Terry advances to face second-seeded Brent Metcalf of Iowa in the semifinals Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m. CST. Caldwell will match up with the top-seeded Andrew Howe of Wisconsin.
The semifinals will be televised live on ESPNU, as well as streamed online at ESPN360.com and NCAA.org.
Additionally, Zack Bailey (141 pounds), Shane Vernon (157) and Eric Lapotsky (197) remain alive in the consolation bracket and are one win away from also earning All-America honors. The trio is back in action tonight at 6 p.m.
"It certainly doesn't get any easier," Spates said. "I am so proud of our guys' hearts and character."
|Session Three Results | Updated Brackets | Updated Team Standings | Live Results|
Third-seeded Terry matched up against No. 6 Matthew Kyler at 149 pounds and scored the match's first points with 15 seconds remaining in the first. After choosing the down position to begin the second, Terry quickly escaped to take a 3-0 lead. The senior added a takedown and a two-point nearfall to close the match, winning 8-0.
It marked the Midwest City, Okla., product's 20th-straight win this season and his second win in consecutive years over Kyler at the NCAAs.
Caldwell continued his hot streak this week, as the freshman recorded his third win in two days by topping Chris Brown, 2-1, to advance to the semifinals.
Caldwell scored the match's first points in the second period with an escape. The Sooner then racked up over one minute of riding time in the third period when Brown chose the down position in the final period that proved to be the difference.
Sixth-seeded senior Eric Lapotsky (26-7) needed a win over third-ranked Hudson Taylor of Maryland. His bid to advance to the semis came up short, as the Terrapin posted a 9-3 decision over the Sooner to send Lapotsky to the consolation bracket where he will next face No. 12 Brent Haynes of Missouri.
Jarrod Patterson (30-11) was victorious in his first action on Friday, as the true-freshman controlled Pittsburgh's Anthony Zanetta by a 5-2 decision. Patterson scored takedowns in the first and second period and was awarded riding time to advance in the consolation bracket.
Competing in his second consolation match of the day, Patterson was upset by No. 11 Michael Martinez of Wyoming to be expelled from the NCAAs.
Kendric Maple (33-12) sported a 5-1 lead against Kelly Kubec at 133 pounds when the true-freshman scored Oklahoma's third fall of the Championships (5:29). It marked his 10th pin of the season and his team-leading 33rd win overall.
However, Maple was unable to advance in the next round, as No. 7 Mike Grey of Cornell eliminated the Sooner from the Championships, 7-3
Zack Bailey turned in his most impressive performance of the NCAAs with a dominating 15-2 final over Derek Valenti of Virginia. The junior (28-7) scored five takedowns and a two-point nearfall to run away from the Cavalier.
Fifth-seeded Bailey kept his momentum rolling with a 9-5 win over No. 7 Filip Novachkov. He advances to face No. 9 Levi Jones of Boise State Friday evening.
Shane Vernon (22-6) kept the Sooners rolling with a 6-5 win over Tyson Reiner. Leading 5-4 in the third period, Vernon secured riding time advantage to hold on.
He followed it up with another win versus Oregon State's Keegan Davis by decision, 2-1. Vernon will take on Northern Colorado's Justin Gaethje in the night cap.
Jeff James (24-12) exited the tournament after suffering his second loss of the Championship. The 174-pounder lost to Ohio's Jacob Ison, 7-4.
|SESSION III RESULTS|
149: No. 3 Kyle Terry (OU) maj. dec. No. 6 Matthew Kyler (Army), 8-0
165: Tyler Caldwell (OU) dec. Chris Brown (ODU), 2-1
197: No. 3 Hudson Taylor (UM) dec. No. 6 Eric Lapotsky (OU), 9-3
125: No. 9 Jarrod Patterson (OU) dec. Anthony Zanetta (Pitt), 5-2
125: No. 11 Michael Martinez (Wyoming) dec. No. 9 Jarrod Patterson (OU), 6-3
133: Kendric Maple (OU) fall Kelly Kubec (OSU), 5:29
133: No. 7 Mike Grey (Cornell) dec. Kendric Maple (OU), 7-3
141: No. 5 Zack Bailey (OU) maj. dec. Derek Valenti (UV), 15-2
141: No. 5 Zack Bailey (OU) vs. Filip Novachkov (Cal Poly), 9-5
157: No. 10 Shane Vernon (OU) dec. Tyson Reiner (UNI), 6-5
157: No. 10 Shane Vernon (OU) dec. Keegan Davis (Oregon St.), 2-1
174: Jacob Ison (Ohio) dec. Jeff James (OU), 7-4
|UPDATED TEAM SCORES|
1. Iowa (73)
2. Cornell (54)
T3. Iowa State (46)
T3. Ohio State (46)
5. Oklahoma (44)
6. Oklahoma State (43)
7. Minnesota (35)
T8. Penn State (33)
T8. Wisconsin (33)
10. Missouri (30)