Feb. 17, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team took part in the 2013 NWCA Cliff/Keen National Duals on Sunday in Corvallis, Ore., with matches against No.  7 Virginia Tech and No. 19 Michigan. Oklahoma dropped both duals in the Corvallis regional, first losing to Virginia Tech, 33-6, and then totaling a 27-19 fall to Michigan.

In the opening match of the Cliff/Keen National Duals, Oklahoma took to the mat against seventh-ranked Virginia Tech. The Hokies, who penciled a 22-19 victory just twenty days ago, swept past the Sooners again with a 33-6 victory on Sunday in Gill Coliseum.

En route to the victory, the Hokies won eight of the ten matches wrestled. Oklahoma received its lone six points of the match after Virginia Tech forfeited the 141-pound match, and automatically dropped six points to Michigan after it forfeited the 133-pound match.

Despite the loss, the second match was more successful after five Oklahoma wrestlers walked off the mat with individual wins on Sunday in the consolation final against Michigan.

Freshman Kyle Garcia was the first Sooner with a win after he upset Michigan's No. 12 Sean Boyle with a narrow 9-8 decision to put OU on the board first with three team points. Oklahoma forfeited the 133-pound bout for the second time on the day to put Michigan up with six points of its own in the second bout of the match.

Kendric Maple, the nation's top 141-pounder in the country took to the mat for the first time on Sunday with an 18-3 tech fall over Mike Hillock. With the win, Maple remains undefeated on the year with a 23-0 record after he totaled his fourth technical fall of the season.

Following another Sooners' forfeit in the 149-pound weight class, Oklahoma posted back-to-back wins after No. 18 Matt Lester and No. 4 Bubby Graham each walked off the mat victorious. Lester nabbed the second tech fall of his junior campaign when he blanked Michael Carpenter, 18-0. Graham followed in the 165-pound bout with a 16-12 decision over No. 9 Taylor Massa, for his fifth win of the year in top-25 matchups.

The two consecutive victories gave Oklahoma its biggest lead of the  night at 16-12, but Michigan followed with three-straight wins of its own to jump ahead.

Although Michigan secured the dual victory in the 197-pound bout, heavyweight Keldrick Hall notched an OU win in the final match of the night with a close 6-5 upset decision over No. 19 Ben Apland.

Next up for Oklahoma are the Big 12 Championships, March 8-9 in Stillwater, Okla. The Sooners will wrap up the 2012-13 season March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2013 NCAA Championships. 

No. 19 Michigan 27, No. 25 Oklahoma 19

125: Kyle Garcia (OU) dec. No. 12 Sean Boyle (UM), 9-8                    OU, 3-0
133: Oklahoma forfeit                                                                   UM, 6-3
141: No. 1 Kendric Maple (OU) tech fall Mike Hillock (UM), 18-3          OU, 8-6
149: Oklahoma forfeit                                                                   UM, 12-8
157: No. 18 Matt Lester (OU) tech fall Michael Carpenter, 18-0           OU, 13-12
165: No. 4 Bubby Graham (OU) dec. No. 9 Taylor Massa (UM), 5-1      OU, 16-12
174: No. 10 Dan Yates (UM) fall Matt Reed (OU), 5:23                      UM, 18-16
184: Chris Heald (UM) dec. Nolan McBryde (OU), 10-4                       UM, 21-16
197: Max Huntley (UM) win by DQ Brad Johnson (OU), 6-0                 UM, 27-16
HWT: Keldrick Hall (OU) dec. No. 19 Ben Apland (UM), 6-5                 OU, 27-19 

No. 7 Virginia Tech 33, No. 25 Oklahoma 6

125: No. 5 Garnett (VT) major dec. Kyle Garcia (OU), 17-4                VT, 4-0
133: Oklahoma forfeit                                                                  VT, 10-0
141: Virginia Tech forfeit                                                               OU, 10-6
149: No. 5 Nick Brascetta (VT) dec. No. 9 Nick Lester (OU), 8-2          VT, 13-6
157: No. 7 Jesse Dong (VT) major dec. Justin DeAngelis (OU), 8-0     VT, 17-6
165: No. 5 Pete Yates (VT) dec. No. 4 Bubby Graham (OU), 7-2         VT, 20-6
174: Austin Gabel (VT) major dec. Matt Reed (OU), 11-2                  VT, 24-6
184: Nick Vetterlein (VT) dec. Nolan McBryde (OU), 10-6                   VT, 27-6
197: Derrick Borlie (VT) dec. Brad Johnson (OU), 8-2                       VT, 30-6
HWT: David Marone (VT) dec. Keldrick Hall (OU), 3-1                       VT, 33-6