NORMAN — It’s the little things that make all the difference in a wrestling match, dual and ultimately a season.
Finding a way to win a match on paper you shouldn’t. Getting a late takedown to turn a fall into a major decision. Scoring a fall and adding up bonus points.
While those little things weren’t the difference in two Oklahoma dual wins Sunday - 36-6 over Hofstra and 38-6 over Bucknell - it’s still important to have that mentality as important days lie ahead on the schedule.
“As a wrestler, you have to focus on your individual match and what you need to do,” said Sooner freshman Danny Chaid, who scored a fall in the nightcap win against Bucknell. “But consciously you also know that you getting those bonus points could be the difference in winning and losing.”
Chaid and sophomore All-American Cody Brewer each scored falls in the Bucknell dual, while senior national champion Andrew Howe added an 18-3 technical fall for the 5th-ranked Sooners.
Chaid has impressed in an 8-2 start to his first season of collegiate wrestling. The San Jose, Calif., native credits the work he’s gotten in the Sooner wrestling room, where he sees a lot of the All-Americans on either side of him in the lineup in Andrew Howe, ranked No. 1 at 174, and Travis Rutt, No. 5 at 197.
“Just being sandwiched between those two guys is so big,” Chaid said. “Iron sharpens iron, and those guys have helped me a lot.”
As usual they were sharp on Sunday. Each scored falls in the Hofstra dual, and Rutt added a final-minute takedown to finish with a 12-3 major decision against Bucknell’s Tyler Lester.
Also enjoying a strong night for the Sooners was junior Justin DeAngelis, who scored a pair of major decisions at 157, 19-8 against Hofstra’s Nick Terick and 17-3 against Bucknell’s Logan Kerin.