By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript
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.
However, his semifinal match against No. 4 seed Ian Miller may have been his most impressive win. The two were tied most of the match when Miller got an escape midway through the final period to take a 4-3 lead. All he needed to do was hold Ness off for one minute and he would move on.
Ness took Miller down with 30 seconds left and rode out the clock to win the match.
“I feel like I just could be unpredictable,” Ness said. “You never know what I’m going to do out there. I don’t even know what I’m going to do out there.”
The past two seasons, Ness has taken fourth and second in the tournament. He will get a chance to claim his first championship when he faces Oklahoma State’s Alex Dieringer in the title bout.
“I think I’m just going to have the same approach,” Ness said. “I’m just going to celebrate today. Not even going to think about it, worry about it until tomorrow when I gotta get ready to go.”
Team race: Penn State heads into the final day of competition with a slight lead over fellow Big 10 rival Minnesota. The Nittnay Lions have scored 91 points, while the Gophers are right behind with 90.5.
Oklahoma State is in third place with 87.5 points, but they are still in contention, with four wrestlers in today’s championship round.
Iowa (67), Ohio State (52), Edinboro (48.5), Cornell (46.5), Virginia Tech 45.5), Oklahoma (45.0) and Illinois (37.0) round out the top 10.
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