HAMPTON, Va. — The Oklahoma wrestling team claimed fourth place in the competitive Virginia Duals, dropping two matches with top-11 opponents in the championship bracket on Saturday inside Hampton Coliseum.
OU was defeated by No. 9 Virginia Tech (32-3) in the semifinals and No. 11 Northern Iowa (25-9) in the third-place dual. The Sooners finished the 13-team event with a 3-2 record overall.
Redshirt sophomore Christian Moody (125 pounds) was undefeated on the weekend with a perfect 5-0 record, including an upset win on Saturday.
The Sooners return home on Jan. 21 to take on Northern Colorado at 2:45 p.m. CT. The dual will be held at Lloyd Noble Center in conjunction with OU women's gymnastics as a part of the Beauty and the Beast meet. Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424.
No. 9 Virginia Tech 32, Oklahoma 3
No. 19 Moody claimed the Sooners’ sole win of the dual, defeating Kyle Norstrem by 5-3 decision at 125 pounds. The Sooner built a 2-1 lead in the first period and extended his advantage to 3-1 with an escape in the second. Moody used a third-period takedown to secure the win.
At 133 pounds, Jake Rubio narrowly dropped a competitive contest to No. 13 Dennis Gustafson, 4-2. Mike Longo was downed by Brent Moore in a technical fall, 16-0, at 141 pounds. In the 149-pound bout, Davion Jeffries fell to Ryan Blees in the first sudden-victory period, 6-4. Justin Thomas was edged by B.C. LaPrade, 3-2, at 157 pounds.
At 165 pounds, Dawaylon Barnes dropped a 10-2 major decision to No. 4 David McFadden. In his first bout of the weekend, Jeremy Thomas was defeated by Cody Hughes at 174 pounds, 6-2. Matthew Waddell was downed by No. 8 Zach Zavatsky in a 13-2 major decision. Andrew Dixon dropped a narrow 1-0 decision to No. 2 Jared Haught. At heavyweight, Connor Webb was defeated by No. 18 Andrew Dunn in a 14-4 major decision.
No. 11 Northern Iowa, 25, Oklahoma 9
Moody secured his perfect weekend with an upset of No. 12 Jay Schwarm at 125 pounds. After building a 2-0 lead in the first period, Moody added an escape and two takedowns in the second period to create a 7-1 advantage with one period remaining. He added the riding-time point to earn the 8-4 decision.
Rubio added three more points for the Sooners with an 8-7 decision over Jack Wagner at 133 pounds. Rubio earned a 2-0 advantage in the first frame and led 6-4 after the second. Despite a late comeback effort from Wagner in the final period, Rubio secured the riding-time point to edge his opponent and finish the event with a 4-1 record.
Barnes took down Isaiah Patton in a 3-2 decision at 165 pounds. He recorded a takedown in the first period and added an escape in the second to claim the win.
In a high-scoring 141-pound bout, Longo dropped a 16-10 decision to No. 8 Josh Alber. Jeffries was narrowly edged by No. 7 Max Thomsen, 3-2, at 149 pounds. At 157 pounds, Justin Thomas was defeated by Logan Ryan in a 3-1 decision.
Jeremy Thomas was pinned in 3:52 by No. 7 Taylor Lujin in the 174-pound match. At 184 pounds, Waddell was defeated by No. 11 Drew Foster in a 14-4 major decision. Dixon dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 19 Jacob Holschlag at 197 pounds. In the heavyweight match, Marquise Overton was downed by Carter Isley, 9-5.
OU vs. Virginia Tech Final Results
|125||No. 19 Christian Moody (OU)||dec.||Kyle Norstrem (VT), 5-3|
|133||No. 13 Dennis Gustafson (VT)||dec.||Jake Rubio (OU), 4-2|
|141||Brent Moore (VT)||tech. fall||Mike Longo (OU), 16-0|
|149||Ryan Blees (VT)||dec.||Davion Jeffries (OU), 6-4 SV-1|
|157||B.C. LaPrade (VT)||dec.||Justin Thomas (OU), 3-2|
|165||No. 4 David McFadden (VT)||maj. dec.||Dawaylon Barnes (OU), 10-2|
|174||Cody Hughes (VT)||dec.||Jeremy Thomas (OU), 6-2|
|184||No. 8 Zach Zavatsky (VT)||maj. dec.||Matthew Waddell (OU), 13-2|
|197||No. 2 Jared Haught (VT)||dec.||Andrew Dixon (OU), 1-0|
|HWT||No. 18 Andrew Dunn (VT)||maj. dec.||Connor Webb (OU), 14-4|
OU vs. Northern Iowa Final Results
|125||No. 19 Christian Moody (OU)||dec.||No. 12 Jay Schwarm (UNI), 8-4|
|133||Jake Rubio (OU)||dec.||Jack Wagner (UNI), 8-7|
|141||No. 8 Josh Alber (UNI)||dec.||Mike Longo (OU), 16-10|
|149||No. 7 Max Thomsen (UNI)||dec.||Davion Jeffries (OU), 3-2|
|157||Logan Ryan (UNI)||dec.||Justin Thomas (OU), 3-1|
|165||Dawaylon Barnes (OU)||dec.||Isaiah Patton (UNI), 3-2|
|174||No. 7 Taylor Lujan (UNI)||fall||Jeremy Thomas (OU), 3:53|
|184||No. 11 Drew Foster (UNI)||maj. dec.||Matthew Waddell (OU), 14-4|
|197||No. 19 Jacob Holschlag (UNI)||dec.||Andrew Dixon (OU), 4-0|
|HWT||Carter Isley (UNI)||dec.||Marquise Overton (OU), 9-5|