Sooners Take Second Place at Virginia Duals

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Micah Thompson
By Micah Thompson
Communications Assistant
JANUARY 14, 2017

HAMPTON, Va. – The No. 15 Oklahoma wrestling team went 3-1 at the 2017 Virginia Duals to finish the tournament in second place. The 12-team event was held at the Hampton Coliseum.

The Sooners downed No. 19 Arizona State, 25-11, in the semifinal contest before falling to No. 5 Virginia Tech, 24-10 in the championship match. The Sooners improve to 5-4 on the season after wrestling four duals in the event.

The Sooners return home on Sunday, Jan. 22 at noon CT for a Big-12 contest with West Virginia inside McCasland Field House. Tickets are available online at SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.

No. 15 Oklahoma 25, No. 19 Arizona State 11

Christian Moody matched up with ASU’s Joshua Krammer in the 125-pound bout, and the two were knotted at 0-0 at the end of the opening frame, but Moody went to work over the next two periods, tallying six takedowns and a reversal for a 15-8 decision to give the Sooners an early 3-0 advantage.

In the 133-pound bout, Jacob Rubio went to work early, tallying three takedowns in the first period for an early 8-2 lead over Ted Rico. Rubio tacked on two more takedowns in the second period and the riding-time point for a 13-6 win to keep the momentum rolling for Oklahoma.

Mike Longo recorded a 5-0 decision over Nicholas Villarreal of ASU in the 141-pound bout. All of Longo’s points came in the second frame as he escaped to start the period then connected for a takedown and a 2-point nearfall for the win.

At 149 pounds, Davion Jeffries got the first bonus-point win for the Sooners with an 11-3 major decision over Joshua Maruco. Jeffries tallied a first-period takedown and 4-point nearfall en route to the bonus-point victory.

Junior Andrew Dixon tallied a first-period takedown, an escape and secured the riding-time point for a 4-1 decision in the 184-pound bout over ASU’s Jacen Petersen.

At 197 pounds, Brad Johnson clinched the win for Oklahoma with a 7-1 decision over Austyn Harris. Johnson registered a takedown early in the first period and tacked on an escape, takedown and a stall point in the second before securing the riding-time point.

Redshirt senior Ross Larson capped off the dual at heavyweight with a win by fall in 19 seconds over Sullivan Cauley.

Clark Glass dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 13 Joshua Shields at 157 pounds, and No. 9 Anthony Valencia downed Yoanse Mejias in a 12-3 major decision in the 165-pound bout. At 174, No. 3 Zahid Valencia registered a 12-3 major decision over Matt Reed.  

No. 5 Virginia Tech 24, No. 15 Oklahoma 10

Mike Longo downed Virginia Tech’s Brenden Ryan by 10-2 decision in the 141-pound bout. Longo recorded a first-period takedown and added an escape and a takedown in the second to hold a 5-0 advantage through two frames. The junior tacked on two takedowns and secured the riding-time point in the third period for the bonus-point win and to put the Sooners on the board.

Clark Glass, ranked No. 12 at 165 pounds, tallied a big win for the Sooners in the 157-pound matchup with a 5-4 decision over No. 14 Sal Mastriani. Mastriani struck first, but Glass escaped twice over the first two periods to lock the score at 2-2 entering the final frame. Mastriani connected on a takedown, but Glass escaped and countered with a takedown of his own for the win.

In the 165-pound bout, junior Yoanse Mejias knocked off David Bergida by 7-2 decision to put the Sooners within two points in the team score. Mejias recorded two first-period takedowns and added another in the third in the victory.

No. 2 Joey Dance of Virginia Tech pinned redshirt freshman Christian Moody in 5:47 at 125 pounds, and redshirt sophomore Jacob Rubio dropped a 3-2 decision to Dennis Gustafson in tiebreaker two.

In the 149-pound bout, No. 11 Davion Jeffries lost to No. 7 Solomon Chishko by 5-3 decision, and redshirt senior Matt Reed dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 2 Zach Epperly at 174 pounds.

At 184 pounds, No. 4 Zachary Zavatsky beat Andrew Dixon, 4-2, and No. 3 Jared Haught downed Brad Johnson by 5-1 decision. No. 19 Ross Larson dropped a 9-3 decision to No. 3 Ty Walz in the heavyweight matchup. 

OU vs. Arizona State Final Results

125 Christian Moody (OU) dec. Joshua Krammer (ASU), 15-8
133 Jacob Rubio (OU) dec. Ted Rico (ASU), 13-6
141 Mike Longo (OU) dec. Nicholas Villarreal (ASU), 5-0
149 No. 11 Davion Jeffries (OU) maj. dec.. Joshua Maruca (ASU), 11-3
157 No. 13 Joshua Shields (ASU) dec. No. 12 at 165 Clark Glass (OU), 3-0
165 No. 9 Anthony Valencia (ASU) maj. dec. Yoanse Mejias (OU), 13-3
174 No. 3 Zahid Valencia (ASU) maj. dec. Matt Reed (OU), 12-3
184 Andrew Dixon (OU) dec. Jacen Peteresen (ASU), 4-1
197 Brad Johnson (OU) dec. Austyn Harris (ASU)
HWT No. 19 Ross Larson (OU) fall Sullivan Cauley (ASU), :19

OU vs. Virginia Tech Final Results

125 No. 2 Joey Dance (VT) fall Christian Moody (OU), 5:47
133 Dennis Gustafson (VT) dec. Jacob Rubio (OU), 3-2 (TB-2)
141 Mike Longo (OU) MD. Brenden Ryan (VT), 10-2
149 No. 7 Solomon Chishko (VT) dec. No. 11 Davion Jeffries (OU), 5-3
157 No. 12 at 165 Clark Glass (OU) dec. No. 14 Sal Mastriani (VT), 5-4
165 Yoanse Mejias (OU) dec. David Bergida (VT), 7-2
174 No. 2 Zach Epperly (VT) dec. Matt Reed (OU), 4-3
184 No. 4 Zachary Zavatsky (VT) dec. Andrew Dixon (OU), 4-2
197 No. 3 Jared Haught (VT) dec.  Brad Johnson (OU), 5-1
HWT No. 3 Ty Walz dec, No. 19 Ross Larson (OU), 9-3

 

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