No. 20 ODU Falls to No. 7 Oklahoma State, 30-9
By ODU Athletics
Nov. 22, 2008
STILLWATER, Okla. -- The 20th ranked ODU Monarchs (0-1) stepped out to a 9-0 lead against the No. 7 Oklahoma State (1-0), but were unable to hold as the Cowboys won the next seven in dual action to win 30-9. ODU junior Kyle Hutter (Mokena, Ill.), ranked 12th, toppled the 11th ranked 133-pounder in the nation, scoring the winning takedown with just nine seconds remaining in the match. Fifth ranked 125, James Nicholson and ODU's 14th ranked 141-pounder Ryan Williams also won for the Monarchs.
"On the whole our team wrestled hard, and in the two close matches at 149 and 165 there were a couple of close judgment calls," said head coach Steve Martin. "We were very close to making it a 5-5 split, and we'll have a lot to build on as we face another tough opponent tomorrow in Oklahoma."
The dual began with the marquee matchup at 125 lbs, with the 5th ranked grappler in the nation, ODU's James Nicholson, pitted against the 6th ranked, Obenson Blanc from Oklahoma State. Both were nailed with a pair of stalling warnings by the middle of the second, and Blanc added an escape to lead 3-2, but then, with eight seconds remaining in the second period, Nicholson scored a takedown to go ahead by one point.
Nicholson rode out the rest of the period and escaped just four seconds into the third to give him a 5-3 lead which would prove to be the final.
Hutter stepped in and gave Old Dominion a 6-0 lead with another solid match against a top ranked opponent. Tyler Shinn, the 11th ranked 133- faced Hutter, the 12th ranked. With no score in the first, Hutter took down in the second, and scored a reversal just 32 seconds in. Shinn escaped, and then again in the third to tie it up at two apiece. With time running out, both guys took shots but it was Hutter that would earn the score with just nine seconds remaining.
At 141-lbs, the Monarchs lone senior, 14th ranked Ryan Williams, faced unranked Jamal Parks. Parks gave Williams a good run, going ahead 4-1 in the first period before Williams added a second escape to cut the lead to two. In the second period, Williams took down Parks with 1:19 remaining and rode him out the rest of the way, giving him 1:27 in riding time.
Then, in the third, he got out from the bottom position in just seven seconds, holding the riding time advantage and tying the score at five. When the final whistle sounded, Williams added the riding time point and put ODU up 9-0 in the match.
With the Monarchs up just three headed into the pivotal second half of the match, 16th ranked Chris Brown nearly upset 10th ranked Brandon Mason in a heartbreaking loss. The score was tied at two headed into the third as Mason took down and escaped to go up one. Needing a takedown, Brown converted and went ahead 4-3 with 52 seconds remaining, but was unable to hold on and Mason escaped to tie it up.
The two battled through two sudden victories and four overtime periods before a decision was made and as tight as the match was, so was the finale. With just one tick on the clock remaining in the second tiebreaker, Mason escaped Brown's hold and won the match to tie it up at nine.
The momentum made its complete shift in favor of the Cowboys from there, and Oklahoma State scored a 10-4 win at 174 and a trio of pins for the final score of 30-9.
"The atmosphere was great as we wrestled in front of more than 2,000 fans," Martin said. "It was chaotic and the guys will be able to use this experience in tough settings in the future."
ODU falls in its first dual action of the season and will have zero time to reflect as they turn around and face No. 18 Oklahoma tomorrow at 4:00 pm. The Sooners have opened with a 2-0 record, outscoring opponents 86-0.
Final Results - #7 Oklahoma State 30, #20 Old Dominion 9
125: No. 5 James Nicholson (ODU) dec. No. 6 Obenson Blanc (OSU); 5-3
133: No. 12 Kyle Hutter (ODU) dec. No. 11 Tyler Shinn (OSU); 4-2
141: No. 14 Ryan Williams (ODU) dec. Jamal Parks (OSU); 6-5
149: Luke Silver (OSU) dec. Joey Metzler (ODU); 4-3
157: No. 12 Newly McSpadden (OSU) dec. Kaylen Baxter (ODU); 6-1
165: No. 10 Brandon Mason (OSU) dec. No. 16 Chris Brown (ODU); 5-4 TB2
174: Kyle Griffin (OSU) dec. Eric Decker (ODU); 10-4
184: Jared Shelton (OSU) fall Joe Budi (ODU); 0:41
197: No. 18 Clayton Foster (OSU) fall Jesse Strawn (ODU); 2:05
285: No. 1 Jared Rosholt (OSU) fall Roy Dragon III (ODU); 4:26