Jan. 21, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

No. 11 Oklahoma remained unbeaten with dual victories over Maryland and Arizona State last week as the Sooners improved to 14-0 for the first time in program history.

Sophomore 125-pound Joey Fio topped Maryland’s Brendan Byrne, 4-2, to lead the Sooners to a 22-15 win against the Terps, and followed it up by pinning ASU’s Anthony Robles in 2:08.  Robles, a 2008 NCAA qualifier, entered the match ranked No. 8 in the weight class. It was Fio’s second win against a Top 10 opponent this season.

Fio, who is riding a seven-match winning streak, was named Big 12 Wrestler of the week for his contributions in the Sooners’ victories.

OU looks to stretch its winning streak at No. 3 Iowa State Jan. 23 in a Big 12 Conference dual meet.

FAST TO FALL:  Troy Nickerson set a school record for the fastest fall in Cornell history as he helped the Big Red down Eastern Michigan, 28-10, last weekend.

Nickerson, the third-ranked wrestler in the 125-pound weight class, pinned EMU’s Jordan McGuire in just 13 seconds, surpassing the previous mark of 14 seconds set by heavyweight Bruce Morgan on Nov. 17, 1990.

The second-ranked Big Red wrestling team bounced back from a 23-13 setback to No. 1 Iowa at the National Duals Jan. 11, their only loss of the season.  Cornell has posted victories against four teams ranked in the Top 20 this season.  The Big Red will look to continue its success against nationally-ranked squads when it hosts No. 12 Missouri Jan. 25.

ON THE SCENE:  Purdue cracked the NWCA/USA Today/InterMat Division I Coaches Poll at No. 25 after running its dual record to 11-1 and recording its highest finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational with fifth place this season.

The Boilermakers, who also placed seventh at the Midlands Championships, have garnered their first national ranking since the 2003-04 season. The team boasts four individually ranked wrestlers -- senior Jake Patacsil (No. 7 – 149 lbs.) and sophomores Luke Manuel (No. 9 -165), A.J. Kissel (No. 14 – 184) and Logan Brown (No. 13 – 197).

Purdue is one of 10 Big Ten Conference squads listed in the Top 25. 

TAKING ‘EM DOWN: Old Dominion remained perfect in Colonial Athletic Association competition as the Monarchs posted a 3-0 record at the CAA Duals last weekend, which included handing Hofstra its first-ever league loss. ODU snapped the Pride’s winning streak at 63 conference victories.

Chris Brown, a 165-pounder from Chesapeake, Va., earned CAA Co-Wrestler of the Week after topping No. 20 Ryan Patrovich of Hofstra, and tallying bonus points in the Monarchs’ wins against Binghamton and Drexel.  Brown, listed 15th in his weight class, has defeated three nationally-ranked foes this season.

Freshman Joe Budi was also honored as CAA Co-Rookie of the Week after upsetting then-No. 8 Josh Patterson of Binghamton, pinning him in the first match of the day.  The 184-pounder from Appleton, Wis., is second on the squad with seven pins.

The victories helped vault the Monarchs up three spots to No. 18 in the latest national poll.