Oklahoma wins on bonus points
Sooners escape Binghamton with 20-15 victory
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Oklahoma, ranked No. 12 nationally, downed 24th-ranked Binghamton 20-15 inside the West Gym on Tuesday night.
The Sooners (5-2-0, 2-1-0) earned five wins on the night, three of which led to bonus points, as Oklahoma handed the Bearcats (8-1) their first loss of the season.
“This dual came down to exactly what I thought it would,” Mark Cody said. “I’m happy with the win, but definitely not satisfied. There were a few matches that we had, but we lost them with seconds to go.”
OU’s eighth-ranked Jarrod Patterson gave the Sooners their first bonus points of the night after he devastated Binghamton’s Derek Steeley, 19-6. Patterson led 10-2 after the first period and added nine additional points due to a reversal, three takedowns and 3:39 of riding time.
With the Sooners leading 4-0 Jordan Keller, ranked No. 11, collected a 7-2 win against Patrick Hunter in the 133-pound matchup. Keller had a takedown and nearfall in the first and ended with an escape and riding time.
Kendric Maple racked up his second-consecutive pin in dual action after he earned a fall in 1:42 against the Bearcat’s Joe Bonaldi. Prior to the fall, Maple earned three quick takedowns. The fall gave OU a commanding 13-0 lead against the Binghamton going into the 149-pound bout.
The Bearcats got on the board after fourth-ranked Donnie Avery defeated OU’s Nick Lester, ranked No. 7. Avery earned three takedowns and riding time, while Lester’s only points came on two escapes.
Twin brother Matt Lester suffered the Sooners’ second loss of the night after he dropped an 8-6 decision to Binghamton’s eighth-ranked Justin Lister. Lister opened the bout with a takedown, but Lester earned an escape and takedown to lead 3-1 going into the second. Lister earned a takedown, which Lester later reversed. Leading 5-4, Lester gave up a reversal and a 2-point nearfall.
The Sooners led 13-6 when Bubby Graham earned the Sooners final bonus points of the night after he earned a major decision victory against Binghamton’s Joe Chamish, 14-4, at 165 pounds. In the bout, Graham had six takedowns, an escape and riding time to run away with the victory.
Binghamton earned a win in the 174-pound bout after Nate Schiedel downed OU’s Marcus Armato, 13-7. Schiedel had four takedowns, while Armato had four escapes. The Bearcat added two more takedowns and riding time in the third. Armato finished with six escapes.
OU led 17-9 heading into the 184-pound matchup between OU’s 20th-ranked Erich Schmidtke and Binghamton’s Nate Schiedel. Schiedel took a 7-5 lead into the third period where Schmidtke posted an escape and earned a takedown with 0:30 remaining to take an 8-7 lead; however, Schiedel earned a reversal with 0:07 remaining to take the match, 9-8.
Keldrick Hall clinched the match for the Sooners after he downed Binghamton’s Cody Reed, 7-6. In the bout, Hall earned two takedowns, two escapes and a point via a stalling penalty to give OU a 20-12 advantage.
OU’s Kyle Colling fell shy of his third consecutive win Tuesday when Binghamton’s Nick Gwiazdowski defeated him, 7-6. Colling trailed 4-2 after the first period, but had three escapes and a 2-point nearfall to bring the bout within one. However, the Bearcat hung on for the win.
“It has been a long road trip, but I am proud of the way the guys competed,” Cody said. “Now we are ready to move forward.”