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Tech Falls Highlight Session One at NCAAs
March 20, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Five Oklahoma wrestlers advanced in the 2014 NCAA Division I Championships bracket following first round action inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, while three other Sooners will participate in consolations Thursday night.

Moving into tonight’s second round are redshirt senior Jarrod Patterson (125), redshirt sophomore Cody Brewer (133), redshirt senior Kendric Maple (149), redshirt senior Andrew Howe (174) and redshirt senior Travis Rutt (197).

Brewer and Howe highlighted the session for the Sooners, winning convincingly by technical falls.

No. 13 seed Brewer dominated at 133 pounds, registering an 18-3 technical fall of Vincent Pizzuto of Eastern Michigan in seven minutes. Brewer will look for his first career victory against No. 4 seed Jon Morrison of Oklahoma State in the second round. Morrison leads the series 6-0, including a 3-0 advantage this season.

With a 19-5 technical fall in 5:59, Howe rolled into the next round, defeating Missouri’s Mike England. Howe’s second-round opponent is No. 15 seed Billy Curling of Old Dominion.

At 125 pounds, No. 6 seed Patterson defeated Virginia’s Nick Hermann by a 7-5 decision and will face No. 11 seed Robert Deutsch of Rider tonight.

Maple, last year’s NCAA champion at 141 pounds, started his quest for a second title with a 3-1 decision over Tywan Claxton of Ohio at 149 pounds. He will take on No. 13 seed Brody Grothus from Iowa tonight.

The fifth Sooner to move to the second round was Rutt, who registered a 5-3 decision against Brandon Palik of Drexel. Rutt will face Conner Hartmann of Duke next.

Three Sooners fell in the first round, moving into Thursday night’s consolation matches, where they will look to stay alive in NCAA action.

Redshirt senior Nick Lester and redshirt junior Justin DeAngelis started the tournament with pigtail matches and will compete in pigtails in the consolation round.

Lester dropped a 5-4 decision to Big 12 foe Gabe Moreno of Iowa State. It was Lester’s first loss to Moreno this season after defeating him by two major decisions, 9-0 and 14-0. Thursday night, Lester will face Undrakhb Khiskignya of The Citadel.

Also in a pigtail match, DeAngelis lost to Michigan’s Brian Murphy by decision, 6-2. DeAngelis will take on No. 15 seed Cody Pack of South Dakota State tonight.

At heavyweight, redshirt freshman Ross Larson, who received an at-large bid to the tournament, lost in a narrow 2-0 decision to No. 4 seed Adam Coon of Michigan. Larson's next opponent will be Eloheim Palma of Campbell.

Session two of the NCAA Championships is slated to begin at 6 p.m. CT with the action airing on ESPNU. Coverage of each mat will be available online at ESPN3.com.

Oklahoma’s Session Two Matchups (with tournament seed)
125: No. 6 Jarrod Patterson (OU) vs. No. 11 Robert Deutsch (Rider)
133: No. 13 Cody Brewer (OU) vs. No. 4 Jon Morrison (Oklahoma State)
141: Nick Lester (OU) vs. Undrakhb Khiskignya (The Citadel); in pigtail consolation
149: No. 4 Kendric Maple (OU) vs. No. 13 Brody Grothus (Iowa)
157: Justin DeAngelis (OU) vs. No. 15 Cody Pack (South Dakota State); in pigtail consolation
174: No. 2 Andrew Howe (OU) vs. No. 15 Billy Curling (Old Dominion)
197: No. 7 Travis Rutt (OU) vs. Conner Hartmann (Duke)
HWT: Ross Larson (OU) vs. Eloheim Palma (Campbell); in consolation

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