, Muskogee, OK


March 21, 2013

OSU sitting pretty after first day of national tournament; OU ninth


OU in ninth after Day One

The University of Oklahoma wrestling team sits in ninth place with 13.0 points after the first full day of wrestling. 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.

Friday, 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.

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