All of OU's NCAA qualifiers are still alive in championship and wrestleback action.
March 21, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling team sits in ninth place with 13.0 points after the first full day of wrestling in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Wells Fargo Arena for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. Two Sooners advanced in the championship bracket following the second session in Cody Brewer and Kendric Maple, while two dropped into the wrestleback bracket in Nick Lester and Bubby Graham. Additionally, Matt Lester stayed alive in wrestleback action.
Brewer continued to shine in his NCAA debut with an 11-2 major decision over No. 9 Northern Iowa's Levi Wolfensberger. The two faced off earlier this year in OU's dual against UNI, where Brewer clinched his first of two victories over Wolfensberger with 13-9 major decision.
Tonight, Brewer - the No. 8 seed at 133 pounds - tallied the 10th major decision of his career and pulled together another dominant performance against Wolfensberger in the second session of NCAA action.
The redshirt freshman was first on the board with a takedown, and added another to Wolfensberger's escape to lead 4-1 after the first three minutes of action. In the second period he continued his success as he blanked the Panther, and added four points of his own to lead 8-1 and essentially clinch the victory. Brewer secured his ticket to the third round in the championship bracket in the final two minutes of regulation with another takedown and riding time to earn the 11-2 victory.
No. 2 Maple followed his young teammate's lead with a thrilling performance over Northern Iowa's Joey Lazor. He quickly added a takedown to lead 2-0 early on, but it wasn't long until he secured his 28th win of the season, remained undefeated throughout his redshirt junior campaign and earned a ticket to the third session of the championship bracket, with a fall in 2:41.
Maple's pin over Lazor marked the 25th pin and 99th win of his career. Just one victory in tomorrow's third round action, and he'll have reached the historic century marker in the win column.
Tomorrow morning, Brewer will face Ohio State's Logan Steiber, the defending 133-pound NCAA Champion and No. 1 seed in his weight class. Additionally, he is one-of-ten wrestlers in the tournament that remain undefeated on the year, including OU's Maple who will grapple with Iowa's No. 7 Mark Ballweg.
Following Brewer and Maples advancement in the bracket, two Sooners fell down into wrestleback action in 149-pounder Nick Lester, and No. 6 165-pounder Graham.
Nick Lester fell to Boise State's No. 2 seed, Jason Chamberlain, with a 14-5 major decision. The pair met earlier this year in their season-opening matches at the NWCA All-Star Classic - there, Chamberlain clinched the victory with a 6-3 decision.
The storyline was somewhat similar in Des Moines, as Chamberlain secured the victory with an early lead. The Boise State wrestler jumped ahead 8-3 in the opening three minutes of wrestling to gain a lead he wouldn't relinquish. Neither wrestlers scored in the second, but Chamberlain cushioned his victory and nabbed the major decision with three takedowns in the third period to claim the 14-5 win.
It was a heartbreaking defeat for OU's lone senior in the NCAA Championships, as Graham fell to Minnesota's No. 11 Cody Yohn with a 4-3 decision. The Sooner was first on the board with a takedown in the opening period, to blank Yohn 2-0 in the first three minutes. However, Yohn rebounded in the second with a three-point nearfall and escape to gain a 4-2 lead he wouldn't drop the remainder of the match. Graham added one advantage point to close the gap at 4-3, but it wasn't enough to remain in the championship bracket heading into the third session on Friday morning.
Nick Lester will face Edinboro's David Habat, while Graham will take to the mat against Pittsburgh's Tyler Wilps in wrestleback action for session four.
Matt Lester wrapped up Thursday night for the Sooners, with an 8-2 decision over The Citadel's Matthew Frisch to stay alive in the consolation bracket.
Neither Lester nor Frisch scored any points in the first period, but it was Matt Lester who jumped ahead in the second with a takedown and an escape to blank Frisch 3-0. Frisch put himself on the board with two escapes in the third period, but Lester added two more takedowns and an advantage point to earn the right to wrestle in tomorrow's morning session where he'll battle it out with Rutgers' Scott Winston.
Session three will begin tomorrow morning in the Wells Fargo Arena. Action will begin at 10 a.m. CT. ESPNU or ESPN3.com will broadcast the action from Mats one, two, three and four. Friday's wrestling will conclude with the fourth session at 6 p.m. CT.
||NCAA Second Session Championship Results
133: No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU) major dec. No. 9 Levi Wolfensperger (UNI), 11-2
141: No. 2 Kendric Maple (OU) fall Joey Lazor (UNI), 2:41
149: No. 2 Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) major dec. Nick Lester (OU), 14-5
165: No. 11 Cody Yohn (Minnesota) dec. No. 6 Patrick Graham (OU), 4-3
||NCAA Second Session Wrestleback Results
157: Matt Lester dec. Matthew Frisch, 8-2
||NCAA Third Session Championship Matchups
133: No. 8 Cody Brewer (23-6) vs. No. 1 Logan Stieber (Ohio State, 24-0)
141: No. 2 Kendric Maple (28-0) vs. No. 7 Mark Ballweg (Iowa, 24-5)
||NCAA Third Session Wrestleback Matchups
149: Nick Lester (17-12) vs. David Habat (Edinboro, 29-8)
157: Matt Lester (17-9) vs. Scott Winston (Rutgers, 25-10)
165: No. 6 Bubby Graham (22-5) vs. Tyler Wilps (Pitt, 20-8)
||Top-10 Teams Following the Second Session
1. Penn State, 32.5 points
2. Oklahoma State, 29.0 points
3. Minnesota, 24.0 points
4. Iowa, 22 points
5. Oregon State, 16 points
6. Ohio State, 14.5 points
6. Missouri, 14.5 points
8. Nebraska, 13.0 points
9. OKLAHOMA, 13.5 points
10. Boise State, 12.0 points