OU’s Maple in the finals
Kendric Maple becomes the first Sooner to make the NCAA Championship finals since 2011, following his 4-0 semifinals decision over The Citadel’s No. 6 Undrakhbayer Khishignyam on Friday night in the Wells Fargo Arena in front of 16,131 onlookers.
“It’s not quite the match that I wanted, but you need to get it done no matter how it happens,” explained Maple. “It will all be different tomorrow.”
Maple secured his first NCAA Championship appearance with a takedown in the first period to go up, 2-0. The Wichita, Kan., native would add an escape in the second and collect a bonus point with riding time to blank Khishignyam (4-0) in the semifinal bout and earn his ticket to the big stage for tonight.
The two-time All American will face a familiar foe on Saturday night in Edinboro’s No. 4 Mitchell Port.