Monday, December 10, 2012

Garcia, Maple Shine in Bedlam Loss

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 10 University of Oklahoma wrestling team fell to in-state rival No. 2 Oklahoma State, 26-9, Sunday afternoon in McCasland Field House. The loss was the second for the Sooners in three days, and drops the Crimson and Cream to 4-3 on the year, while the Cowboys remain unscathed on the year with a 4-0 mark.

The dual marked the beginning of Big 12 action for both teams - as Oklahoma State walked away with the win and 1-0 slate in conference action.

"This is not unfamiliar territory for me," explained Oklahoma head coach Mark Cody. "I've been in this situation before with building a program. You're going to have your highs and lows.

"I think that a lot of the close matchups, we were in them and had a possibility to win. There are just a few mental errors that we're making and I think that's making a difference in a lot of those matches," Cody stated.

  125 133 141 149 157 165 174 184 197 Hwt Team
 #10 OU 3 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
 #2 OSU 0 3 0 4 3 3 5 4 3 3 26

A pair of Sooners took home wins in freshman 125-pounder Kyle Garcia and redshirt junior Kendric Maple, With his victory Maple improves to 10-0 on the year and 6-0 in dual competition to continue a team-high 10-match win streak in an undefeated 2012-13 campaign.

The nation's top-ranked 141-pounder built a 7-0 lead over Cowboys' Julian Feikert after the opening three minutes, and never looked back. Maple would pin Feikert at 5:57, for his fifth fall of the season and capitalize a 9-3 Oklahoma lead.

"We had a game plan just to go out there and score as many points as we could, and stay on my attack," explained Maple. "I just kind of fell into it - once you get into that position, you've just got to see red and fully commit to it to making the pin.

"It was a good feeling to get that for my team today."

Garcia, the lone Oklahoma native on the OU squad made his Bedlam debut Sunday with the opening win in the 125-pound bout. The victory marked the seventh of his freshman season and third in dual competition for the Sooners as he improves to 3-4 on the year.

"It's pretty big to get that win," explained Garcia. "Especially with the fact that I knew him [Kilmara] throughout both of our high school careers; he's a tough competitor and a tough match. I'm sure we'll probably wrestle each other a million more times as in-state rivals."

After OSU's Eddie Klimara had totaled a takedown in the opening minute, a late reversal from Garcia in the first period of the 125 pound bout gave something for Sooner fans to cheer for early on as he tied the match up 2-2 heading into the second period. After a scoreless second period, Garcia's escape at 1:32 in the third and final period would break the 2-2 tie to give him the 3-2 advantage and his team an early match lead.

"As coach said, it was kind of big to be the young buck out there and to get the win, continued Garcia on his Bedlam experience. "I think there was a little bit of an advantage that I had over the other freshman on our squad - and it's that I'm from Oklahoma and I've grown up watching this dual for the last 20 years of my life.

"I feel like I've always been here watching it. It's something that sits in your stomach or in the bottom of your heart that you want to go out there and compete your best in this dual and get the victory for your color and your half of the state."

Despite the outcome, there were some hard-fought matches by the Sooners as the Cowboy's brought five top-10 wrestlers to the mat, and added three other top-20 foes for the Oklahoma wrestling squad.

Cody Brewer - who sits 10th nationally - tackled the first of OSU's top-10 wrestlers with a matchup against OSU's No. 8 133 pounder Jon Morrison. Brewer trailed just one point at the start of the third period, but it was Morrison who prevailed with a late takedown and added escape in the final minute to take a 9-4 decision.

Eighth-ranked Sooner Nick Lester came into the afternoon looking to knock off the Cowboys' No. 2 149-pounder Jordan Oliver. Oliver built an early 8-3 lead in the first period, and despite Lester's attempts to chip away the Cowboy wrestler took the major decision 14-5 with 1:57 riding time, and cut the Sooners match lead down to 9-7.

No. 14 157-pounder Alex Dieringer for the Cowboys broke a 4-4 tie with Matt Lester early in the third period with his third takedown of the bout, to go ahead 6-4. Lester fought back and managed to add an escape to get within one, 6-5, but ran out of time after Dieringer added his final takedown to claim the 8-5 decision and secure a 10-9 match lead for Oklahoma State.

The one point lead was all the Cowboys needed to secure the victory, as they refused to drop a bout the remainder of the evening.

In a tight 165-pound battle, Sooner's Bubby Graham scored an escape with 0:02 left on the clock in regulation to break a 2-2 tie and go ahead 3-2. Despite the added point, Tyler Caldwell banked 1:20 of riding time throughout three periods of regulation to take the match into sudden victory overtime. Caldwell would tally a takedown with 0:22 on the clock and take the bout for the Cowboys with a 5-3 decision.

OSU's 174-pounder Chris Perry entered the Bedlam matchup with a No. 1 ahead of his name in a matchup that saw him face one of four Sooner freshmen in Matt. Despite a strong show from Reed in the Crimson and Cream, Perry walked away with a 22-6 tech fall to boost the Cowboys lead, 17-9.

It was a controversial first period in the 184-pound bout as a call was taken to official review between OSU's No. 17 184-pounder Chris Chionuma and OU's Nolan McBryde. The takedown remained in favor of the Cowboys, but McBryde never backed down.

Despite McBryde's efforts in just his second dual of the year and against his toughest opponent of the season, a 17-7 major decision dished McBryde a loss on the night.

Freshman Brad Johnson got the Sooner crowd back on their feet in the 197-match after he turned a 5-0 first period deficit into his favor to take an 8-7 lead with 1:30 left in the match. Rosholt - the 14th ranked 197-pounder in the country - scored a late takedown and used 3:37 riding time to claim an 11-9 decision.

The heavyweights were the last to take the mat as Keldrick Hall - the only Sooner to have four Bedlam appearances under his belt - took on No. 4 Alan Gelogaev. It was a 2-1 match heading into the second period, but Gelogaev added a four-point advantage in the middle two minutes to take the eventual 10-4 decision and secure OSU's 26-9 victory.

"Going forward, fortunately, the end of the year is what we really try to prepare for and the NCAA tournament is where we hope to do as well as we possibly can, but that surely doesn't take the sting away from losing a dual meet like this," remarked Cody.

"I just felt like we had a good plan for every one of them and I think if our young guys would have capitalized like Kyle Garcia, I think it would have been a completely different outcome in the dual meet."

The Sooners will enjoy their Christmas break and enjoy a 20-day break from NCAA action before they make their way to Chicago, Ill., for the annual Midlands Classic.

/// SoonerSports PR
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