NORMAN — Tony Ramos is a no-excuse kind of guy. Even though the 133-pounder from Iowa had announced he would get married this year, he knew that it would not affect his game on the wrestling mat.
“Nothing has changed,” Ramos said. ‘I’m still the same wrestler. I’m still the same person. I hate when people use that as an excuse.”
That was made clear Friday when Ramos came away with his biggest win of the season when he took on No. 2 seed Aaron Schopp, of Edinboro.
Ramos pinned Schopp to advance to the NCAA wrestling finals today at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“It’s exciting,” Ramos said. “He was stuck. I finished on top and put him on his back. It was a dominating finish.”
Ramos will face No. 1 seed Joe Colon today with a title on the line.
“It’s about what you do, how your work,” Ramos said. “I’m ready for Saturday night. I got one more match to go. I’m counting them down. I came here with five.”
Sooners sent home: Despite winning his first two matches of the tournament, Jarrod Patterson finds himself out of the NCAA tourney all together.
After losing his quarterfinal bout Friday morning, he faced Joey Dance in an elimination match Friday night.
Patterson trailed 4-3 heading into third and final period. After getting an escape to tie the match, Dance took him down to take 6-4 lead. Patterson got another escape and trailed by one with less than a minute on the clock.
All Patterson needed was a takedown to win and advance. Dance was able to hold him off, and Patterson lost 6-5. The senior ended his season with a 22-5 record.
Also getting knocked out of the tournament were Sooners Cody Brewer and defending champion Kendric Maple.
Gopher digs deep: Minnesota’s Dylan Ness was on a roll to start the tourney. The Gopher pinned his first three opponents to land a spot in the semifinals. That included knocking off No. 1 seed James Green of Nebraska in the 157-pound division.