“But we don’t make excuses,” Cody said. “We have to be able to step up with who’s going out on the mat.”
Patterson was injured 12 days ago against Northern Iowa in what looked like it could have been a severe injury. The good news from Cody is it’s not a torn ligament or anything that would end the senior’s season.
“It’s just a nagging injury that’s taking some time,” Cody said. “We’re hoping maybe for him to be back for Oklahoma State (the season’s second Bedlam dual Feb. 9 in Stillwater).”
In Patterson’s stead, freshman Sean Williams made his second career start and wrestled well, but fell victim to one of the night’s close finishes, as a takedown by Barlow McGhee in the final 10 seconds made for a 3-1 Tiger victory.
It wasn’t all bad for the Sooners on the night. Howe dominated the larger Cody Johnston for a 22-9 major decision, and Justin DeAngelis at 157 and Clark Glass at 165 each recorded decision victories. The biggest point-scorer on the night for OU was sophomore Cody Brewer, who scored an 18-3 technical fall at 133 over Missouri freshman Matt Manley, a Perry native ranked No. 20 in the nation.
“We knew that guy was stingy, but Cody just kept attacking and was just relentless,” the coach said. “You look around at certain guys, and just say it’s so refreshing to have them, because you know they’re always going to go out and battle, and that’s what you get from Cody.”
While it’s OU’s last official home dual, it won’t be their last appearance at the Field House, with the Big 12 Championship coming to Norman March 8.
First things first, with upcoming conference duals at West Virginia and Oklahoma State before a trip to the National Duals Feb. 16. Now 8-2 in dual action, the Sooners still figure to be part of the mix at that event.
“This lineup is a great lineup when we put it all together,” Cody said of his team.
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