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March 22, 2014

It’s an all-Bedlam final for the 174-pound title

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

Comparatively, the semifinals were a walk in the park for Howe. The No. 2 seed made easy work of Minnesota’s Logan Storley.

“I got a couple of takedowns in the first period and escaped and rode him a little bit in the third,” Howe said. “So that was about it.”

Under the new format adopted this year by the NCAA, the championship matches will not go in their normal order. Tournament officials will decide the order, making sure to make the last match the one juiciest for fans to enjoy. More than likely, it will be Howe and Perry.

The scenario reminds Perry of when they hooked up at Bedlam when the entire crowd was going crazy during the battle. He knows this time, much more is at stake.

“That’s what I’m coming out for,” Perry said. “This is what I’ve been waiting on. This is what I train for, this guy and this time.”

Michael Kinney

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mkinney@normantranscript.com

 

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