NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 4 Oklahoma wrestling team (7-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) suffered its first dual loss of the season as it fell to the No. 9 Northern Iowa Panthers (6-0 overall, 3-0 MAC) 19-17 Sunday afternoon inside McCasland Field House.
The Sooners dropped the first three matches of the dual and fell behind 12-0 before registering a win at 149 pounds as No. 3 Kendric Maple defeated UNI’s Tyler Patten by major decision, 10-1.
“Sometimes it takes courage to go out and attack how we ask you to, and I didn’t see it today," OU head coach Mark Cody said. "I think they (UNI) got some bonus points where we didn’t expect them to get them. I was really surprised even with the closer matches that we had."
In the 157-pound bout, No. 19 Justin DeAngelis trailed 9-2 after two periods but stormed back to tie sophomore Jarrett Jensen at 15. Early in the overtime session, DeAngelis registered a takedown to claim the decision, 17-15.
“DeAngelis wrestled with a lot of heart like he always does," Cody said. "He’s done several matches like that where the guy comes out technically maybe a little more sound, but DeAngelis just has so much heart and so much fight that you have to be ready to battle. You’re never safe, no matter how far ahead you are with him.”
OU also recorded wins at 174 pounds, 197 pounds and 285 pounds from Andrew Howe, Travis Rutt and Ross Larson, respectively.
No. 1 Howe topped sophomore Cody Caldwell by a 22-8 major decision in the 174-pound match, bringing his season record to 15-0 and dual record to 7-0, while No. 3 Rutt defeated Basil Minto by decision, 6-3.
Entering the final match, the Sooners trailed the Panthers 19-14. No. 18 Ross Larson came away with a 5-4 decision of Blaize Cabell, but it was not enough to give OU the dual victory.
The dual began at 125 pounds, which saw No. 5 Jarrod Patterson fall to No. 7 Dylan Peters by a 4-1 decision. In the third period, Patterson injured his knee and took a timeout before returning to the mat, but Cody said following the dual that the injury was not as serious as previously feared.
At 133 pounds, OU redshirt sophomore and eighth-ranked Cody Brewer looked to top No. 1 Joe Colon but fell just short in a 7-5 decision. UNI’s No. 15 Joey Lazor upset No. 10 Nick Lester by a 2:06 fall at 141 pounds.
OU redshirt freshman Clark Glass lost by decision, 6-2, to No. 11 Cooper Moore at 165 pounds, and freshman Danny Chaid suffered a 13-0 major decision loss to No. 5 Ryan Loder.
The Sooners return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25, as they travel to Corvallis, Ore., to take on No. 20 Oregon State at 1:30 p.m. CT. OU's final home dual is slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, when the Sooners will face No. 7 Missouri inside McCasland Field House.
Northern Iowa: 19
125: No. 7 Dylan Peters (UNI) dec. No. 5 Jarrod Patterson (OU), 4-1
133: No. 1 Joe Colon (UNI) dec. No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU), 7-5
141: No. 15 Joey Lazor (UNI) fall No. 10 Nick Lester (OU), 2:06
149: No. 3 Kendric Maple (OU) maj. dec. Tyler Patten (UNI), 10-1
157: No. 19 Justin DeAngelis (OU) dec. Jarrett Jensen (UNI), 17-15 OT
165: No. 11 Cooper Moore (UNI) dec. Clark Glass (OU), 6-2
174: No. 1 Andrew Howe (OU) maj. dec. Cody Caldwell (UNI), 22-8
184: No. 5 Ryan Loder (UNI) maj. dec. Danny Chaid (OU), 13-0
197: No. 3 Travis Rutt (OU) dec. Basil Minto (UNI), 6-3
285: No. 18 Ross Larson dec. Blaize Cabell (UNI), 5-4
*Individual rankings from InterMat as of Jan. 14, 2014