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Oklahoma wins Big 12 wrestling title


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Three Oklahoma wrestlers won individual titles and the Sooners beat Oklahoma State 87-73 to win their second Big 12 championship on Saturday.

Iowa State's Cael Sanderson also ran his career record to 154-0 with a pair of technical falls to win his fourth straight conference title.

Iowa State was third with 63.5 points, followed by Nebraska at 32.5 and Missouri 26.5.

Sanderson ended both his matches early. In the semifinals, he scored a technical fall over Oklahoma's Tom Grossman in 5:14 to win 24-8. In the finals, he beat Missouri's Scott Barker 22-4 in just 5:19.

Sanderson was named outstanding wrestler of the tournament. He is 34-0 this season and seeks to become the only unbeaten four-time NCAA Division I champion.

Oklahoma's Jared Frayer (149 pounds) Josh Lambrecht (184) and heavyweight Leonce Crump won titles. The Cowboys' Skyler Holman (125), Johnny Thompson (133) and Ty Wilcox (174) also won their divisions.

But the Sooners four non-finalists all came back to finish third, including Nate Parker (141) and Tom Grossman (197). Their pins over Oklahoma State wrestlers gave Oklahoma an almost insurmountable edge going into the finals.

Bryan Snyder became the first Nebraska wrestler to win four conference titles, beating OSU 157-pounder Shane Roller 6-2. At 29-0, Snyder is on pace to become the Huskers' first four-time all-American and first to complete an unbeaten season.

Iowa State's Aaron Holker avenged an earlier pin by Missouri's J.P. Reese by pinning Reese in 4:09 in the 141-pound final.

The Cyclones' Joe Heskett avenged an earlier 7-5 defeat to Oklahoma State's Tyrone Lewis by making an early takedown stand up, 3-1, in the 165-pound class.

The Sooners automatically qualified all 10 wrestlers for the NCAA tournament.

Oklahoma State had seven automatic NCAA qualifiers, Iowa State 4, Missouri 2 and Nebraska 1.

Conference coaches will make six wild card selections to the tournament.
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