Oklahoma St. 18, Oklahoma 15

Monday, December 10th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma State won five of the first six matches and used two upsets to beat Oklahoma 18-15 in a wrestling dual Sunday.

The Cowboys (1-1) came into the dual ranked No. 2 in the nation by InterMat and the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Oklahoma (3-1) was ranked No. 3.

The first upset occurred in the first match, when Jerrod Sanders beat Jared Frayer 7-4 at 149 pounds. Frayer was ranked No. 2 in his weight class, but Sanders worked an escape late in the third period and got a takedown with one second remaining.

``We were concerned that Frayer may not be able to go,'' said OU coach Jack Spates, who said Frayer had not wrestled in a week. ``He just did not wrestle smart ... he was just completly one-dimensional.''

Shane Roller at 157 and Tyron Lewis at 165 each picked up decisions to make the score 9-0. After a win by OU's Michael Barger at 174 pounds, OSU came back with decisions by Pat Poplizio at 184 and Willie Gruenwald at 197 for a 15-3 advantage.

Poplizio upset previously unbeaten and top-ranked Josh Lambrecht 3-2. Lambrecht used a reversal early in the third period to take a 2-1 lead, but Poplizio did the same with 1:17 remaining and held on for the victory.

``You can't say enough about him,'' coach John Smith said. ``It didn't look like there was much hope in that match, and then all of a sudden things turned around.''

Spates said he still felt his team had a good chance after the 184-pound match, but Gruenwald's decision of Tom Grossman at 197 changed that.

``I thought it was going to come down to a tiebreaker, and we would win a tiebreaker because we have good backups,'' he said. ``It got frustrating after 197 because now we are forced to win out in order to win the dual. I still thought we would be able to win.''

The Sooners did win the next two matches before OSU's Johnny Thompson beat Witt Durden 6-3 at 133 pounds to make the team score 18-9. That made Nake Parker's pin in the 141-pound match incidental.