DES MOINES, Iowa -- Oklahoma redshirt freshman, 133-pounder Cody Brewer, closed his NCAA debut in fashion with All-America status and a seventh-place finish in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Wells Fargo Arena.
"It's kind of tough feeling to describe I guess," explained Brewer on reaching All-American honors in his first year of collegiate wrestling at Oklahoma. "It just feels good. It's not really where I wanted to be, but after losing in the Championship bracket, All American feels great - especially after dropping down into the wrestlebacks."
It was an exciting match for the Kansas City, Mo., native, who entered the second period down 6-2, after he totaled just one takedown in the opening three minutes. Brewer turned the momentum in his favor in the second period, where he limited McCormick to zero points. In the middle two minutes of action, the rookie added an escape and takedown to bring the match within one at 6-5. He grabbed his first lead of the bout with a strong cradle in the final 30 seconds for a three point nearfall to go up 8-6 to begin the third.
McCormick struck first in the third period with a quick escape from the bottom position, but Brewer immediately countered with a takedown of his own to carry a three-point, 10-7 lead. Missouri wasn't finished as McCormick added a quick escape and takedown to cover ground, and tie the bout at 10-10 all. Brewer responded with a swift takedown to regain his lead, and from there it was all over, as he held McCormick down on the mat for the final thirty seconds to secure the 15-10 victory with his second three-point nearfall of the bout.
"It was good to get the win," continued Brewer. "It felt even better because I lost to him before. He's a senior, and I knew that for his last match he was going to give it his all.
"My goal was to go out there with the mindset that I was going to wrestle every position I could in order to win the match, and I did just that."
Throughout the three-day competition, Brewer compiled a 4-2 record in NCAA Championship action with wins over Columbia's Matty Bystol (7:00, 20-5 tech fall) in the first session, No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger (11-2 major) in second session championship action, Penn State's No. 12 Jordan Conaway in wrestlebacks and No. 6 McCormick in the medal round.
Brewer finishes his redshirt freshman campaign with a 25-8 overall record, nine major decisions, three tech falls and two pins. Additionally, he was Oklahoma's season leader in major decisions (9) and totaled the second-most wins by a Sooner on the year (23).
"Next year, I hope to get in the finals in Oklahoma City, which would be nice since Nationals are there, we're hosting and it's in Oklahoma," remarked Brewer. "That's the goal from here on out."
Action in Des Moines isn't over for Oklahoma, as 141-pounder Kendric Maple will make his way to the big stage to fight for the NCAA title later tonight. Action will begin at 7 p.m. CT, and be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
The NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships will introduce a different finals match order for this year's event. The order of matches for the final session will start with the 174-pound weight class, followed in order by 184 lbs., 197 lbs., heavyweights, 125 lbs., 133 lbs., 141 lbs., 149 lbs., 157 lbs. and ending with the 165-pound match.
|Cody Brewer's NCAA Journey|
Session I: No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU) tech fall Matt Bystol (Columbia), 20-5 (7:00)
Session II Championship: No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU) major dec. No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger (UNI), 11-2
Session III Championship: No. 1 Logan Stieber (Ohio State) tech fall No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU), 3:42 (17-1)
Wrestleback Quarterfinals: No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU) major dec No. 12 Jordan Conaway (PSU), 14-4
Round of 12: Matchup No. 5 Christopher Dardanes (Minnesota) dec. No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU), 10-5
Seventh Medal Round: No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU) dec. No. 6 Nathan McCormick (Missouri), 15-10