HAMPTON, Va. – Oklahoma wrestling picked up a lopsided win in their only dual on the final day of the Virginia Duals in a 41-6 victory over Maryland. The team was originally scheduled to face Virginia as well, but Covid-19 protocols prevented the Cavaliers from fielding a full squad. The Sooners and Cavaliers wrestled seven individual matches but did not keep a team score.
“Overall we did a good job but we still need to improve in some areas,” said head coach Lou Rosselli. “Against Maryland we were ready to compete, but we started off slow in our matches against Virginia. We didn’t get after those guys. We lost a couple close bouts and we need to be wining those. We need to get more excited about each and every opportunity we get.”
The Sooners (5-2, 2-1 Big 12) won nine of their ten bouts against the Terrapins to eclipse 40 points in dual action for the first time since November 2017. Pins from Jacob Butler, Anthony Mantanona and Keegan Moore along with bonus point wins from Dom Demas and Joe Grello gave the program its largest margin of victory in four seasons and the most lopsided score against a power five opponent in the Rosselli era.
A few of the guys who took advantage of their opportunities were Justin Thomas, Anthony Mantanona and Keegan Moore. The trio combined for a 9-0 record including six wins for bonus points in their matches across the weekend.
No. 16 Justin Thomas (11-4) went a perfect 4-0 in Virginia and picked up two of those wins on Saturday by defeating Jake Keating of Virginia and Conner Decker of Maryland by a combined fourteen points. Both contests came one point shy of being major decisions for the sixth-year senior.
Redshirt senior Anthony Mantanona (9-4) followed up his two pins on Friday with another one in his only bout on Saturday. His first period fall (0:43) is the 23rd of his career and moves him into a tie for 13th on the Oklahoma wrestling career pin leaders list.
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