No. 6 Oklahoma downs Big 12 rival West Virginia 19-12 in Morgantown
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- By grabbing major decisions in four of its five match wins, No. 6 Oklahoma (9-2 overall, 3-0 Big 12) downed Big 12 foe West Virginia (9-5 overall, 0-3 Big 12) 19-15 on Thursday night inside WVU Coliseum.
Redshirt sophomore Cody Brewer and redshirt seniors Kendric Maple, Andrew Howe and Travis Rutt all secured major decisions for the Sooners. Redshirt freshman Clark Glass also added a victory at 165 pounds.
OU's first win of the night came at 133 pounds as No. 7 Brewer recorded an 18-6 major decision against WVU's Nathan Pennesi. Maple, ranked No. 2 at 149 pounds, bumped up to 157 pounds to face WVU's Tim Wheeling and earned a 12-0 major decision, while redshirt freshman Glass held off Ross Renzi by decision, 3-2, in the 165-pound bout.
Howe, who competed at 184 pounds instead of his usual 174 where he is ranked No. 1, defeated Mac Mancuso by a 23-9 major decision. On the season, Howe is now a perfect 18-0, including a 10-0 mark in dual competition.
At 197 pounds, fourth-ranked Rutt topped Leo Trindade by a 12-3 major decision, increasing OU's lead to 19-12 and securing the team victory.
The Sooners dropped the matches at 125 pounds, 141 pounds, 149 pounds, 174 pounds and heavyweight. In the night's first bout at 125 pounds, WVU's Cory Stainbrook defeated OU freshman Sean Williams by a 6-0 decision.
No. 16 Colin Johnston defeated OU's Nick Lester by decision 6-2 while Mike Morales topped Durham 6-1 in Durham's first dual appearance for the Sooners this season.
Also winning for West Virginia were Bubba Scheffel by a 5-0 decision against Geiges at 174 pounds and A.J. Vizcarrondo by decision 9-7 against No. 18 Ross Larson in heavyweight.
OU is now 4-1 all-time versus the Mountaineers, including 3-0 in conference duals.