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January 6, 2013

With last-second takedown Hall helps Sooners notch win over Cyclones

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NORMAN —

That might go for the whole team, because while Cody liked winning a lot more than losing — “The only thing worse than beating a good friend is losing to a good friend,” he said, referring to Iowa State coach Kevin Jackson — he wasn’t wild about how the Sooners came back from the Midlands Championships, held Dec. 29-30 in Evanston, Ill.

The Sooners finished third behind Illinois and Virginia Tech and picked up individual titles from Kendric Maple at 141 pounds and Bubby Graham at 165.

Cody rewarded the effort with three days off. In retrospect, he believes some on his roster let their weight creep up and, forced to cut the weight before Sunday, were not themselves.

“We have to do a better job of keeping our legs under us,” Cody said.

It’s a lesson, at least, that won’t have to be taught by a defeat.

After Hall emerged victorious, Iowa State’s 19th-ranked Ryan Finch topped OU 125-pounder Kyle Garcia 2-0, making the team score 16-15 Sooners.

That put it all on Brewer, OU’s 133-pounder

He trailed momentarily, 2-1, but a reversal with a minute remaining in the second period put him up for good. A late takedown made him a 6-4 winner.

The Sooners opened with a 12-0 major decision from Maple, ranked No. 1 at 141, who avenged his first loss of last season by topping Iowa State’s Luke Goettl.

Getting wins from Nick Lester, Matt Lester and Graham at 149, 157 and 165, OU led 13-0. The Cyclones stormed back and were in position to win until Hall got his last-second takedown.

“He needed to get a win,” Cody said.

Just in time.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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