OKLAHOMA CITY -- In the 174-pound finals of the NCAA Championships inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, No. 2 seed Andrew Howe of the Oklahoma wrestling team fell to OSU’s No. 1 seed Chris Perry by a 4-0 decision.
The bout, which was the first of the night, saw a scoreless first period. Howe started the second period in the top position, and Perry quickly registered an escape before recording the match’s only takedown. Perry also secured the riding time point in the win, his second straight 174-pound crown.
"Andrew has impacted this program tremendously," OU head coach Mark Cody said. "He has accomplished more than most in this sport as a four-time All-American and an NCAA champion. But more importantly, he is a great human being, and we are blessed to have him as a part of our program.
"When you have worked as hard as him and you come up short, it's difficult to deal with, but Andrew is a true champion, and I'm sure he will bounce back from this," Cody continued.
On the season, Howe, a four-time All-American, finished with a 28-2 record in his first season as a Sooner, with both losses coming to Perry. All three matches in the series were decided by decisions. On Dec. 1 in Norman, Howe beat Perry by 4-2 before falling to him 3-2 in the Big 12 Championship final on March 8.
The NCAA runner-up finish was the second of Howe’s career as he also placed second in 2009 as a freshman at Wisconsin. In 2010, Howe won the 165-pound title, and in 2011, he placed third.
As a team, the Sooners finished 10th with 45 points. Penn State won its fourth straight title with 109.5 points, while Minnesota took second with 104 points. Oklahoma State placed third with a total of 96.5 points, Iowa was fourth with 78.5 and Edinboro rounded out the top five with 62 points.