Jan. 25, 2013

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NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 11 University of Oklahoma wrestling team dropped its first of two duals this weekend when it fell to No. 14 Lehigh, 21-14, Friday night in Lehigh, Pa, in front of 2,716 fans.

With the loss at Stabler Arena, OU drops to 6-5 on the year in dual competition.

Four Sooners nabbed individual wins on the night as Cody Brewer, Kendric Maple, Matt Lester and Bubby Graham each walked off the mat with victories.

Brewer, the Sooners’ ninth-ranked redshirt freshman, secured Oklahoma’s first win of the night when he topped Lehigh’s Randy Cruz with a 10-5 decision. The win was the fourth-straight for Brewer who has delivered a breakout season with a 17-4 overall and 9-2 record in dual competition.

Building off Brewer’s momentum, Maple picked up Oklahoma’s second victory of the night with a 15-5 major decision over Anthony Salupo. The win marked the fifth major decision of Maple’s junior year and 20th victory of his undefeated 2012-13 campaign, which has seen him ranked as the top 141-pounder since the start of the season.

Matt Lester maintained Oklahoma’s lead after Lehigh’s Shane Welsh claimed the 149-pound bout when he blanked Lehigh’s Albert Woody with a 5-0 decision.

The Sooners’ final victory came from Graham with a 14-6 major decision over the Mountain Hawks’ Ben Haas. With the final score of the match, Oklahoma’s senior veteran secured his fifth major decision, and eighth straight win of the season.

The Crimson and Cream maintained the lead following Graham’s match, but Lehigh went on to claim the final four matches of the night, and secured the victory with a win in the heavyweight bout.  

Oklahoma will conclude the weekend Sunday afternoon when it travels to Blacksburg, Va., to tackle No. 9 Virginia Tech in its second-to-last dual of the 2012-13 season.

125: Alex Abreu (Lehigh) dec. Kyle Garcia (OU) 5-3, s.v.                                      
133: No. 9 Cody Brewer (OU) dec. Randy Cruz (Lehigh) 10-5                                
141: No. 1 Kendric Maple (OU) major dec. Anthony Salupo (Lehigh) 15-5               
149: Shane Welsh (Lehigh) dec. No. 9 Nick Lester (OU) 3-2                                   
157: No. 17 Matt Lester (OU) dec. Albert Woody (Lehigh) 5-0                                
165: No. 4 Bubby Graham (OU) major dec. Ben Haas (Lehigh) 11-3                       
174: No. 13 Nathaniel Brown (Lehigh) major dec. Matt Reed (OU) 13-1                  
184: No. 3 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) tech fall Nolan McBryde (OU) 22-7, 5:43
197: John Bolich (Lehigh) dec. Brad Johnson 2-0                                                  
285: Max Wessell (Lehigh) dec. Keldrick Hall (OU) 3-2