January 27, 2012
Tech falls to No. 10 Oklahoma on the road, 19-12
Brascetta upsets No. 9 man in the country
(10) Oklahoma 19
(23) Virginia Tech12

NORMAN, Okla. - The 23rd-ranked Virginia Tech wrestling team fell to No. 10 Oklahoma, 19-12, Friday night at the Lloyd Noble Center despite four wins on the evening, including an upset of the No. 9 man in the country at 149 pounds.

At 133 pounds, top-ranked Devin Carter used four takedowns to dominate the action against No. 11 Jordan Keller, downing him 8-4.

The big upset of the night came at 149 pounds as Tech’s unranked Nick Brascetta - a true freshman - rallied to beat No. 9 Nick Lester 5-3 in sudden victory at 149 pounds. Leading 3-0 late in the match, Lester was dinged for his second stall warning to give Brascetta his first point. Brascetta then got a takedown with 14 seconds left to force the overtime, where he picked up a takedown with 17 seconds left to pick up the big win.

At 174 pounds, Chris Moon picked up a pair of takedowns and controlled the pace in picking up a 5-1 win over Nolan McBryde. Tech’s final win came at heavyweight as Chris Penny defeated Kyle Colling 4-2.

Tech (6-4) will be back in action Sunday, taking on No. 25 Old Dominion at home at 6 p.m., following the Tech women’s basketball game. Admission to the wrestling match is free.

#10 Oklahoma (11-2) 19, #23 Virginia Tech (6-4) 12
125: #7 Jarrod Patterson (OU) dec. Erik Spjut, 8-2
133: #1 Devin Carter (VT) dec. #11 Jordan Keller, 8-4
141: #3 Kendric Maple (OU) maj. dec. #19 Zach Neibert, 13-1
149: Nick Brascetta (VT) dec. #9 Nick Lester, 5-3 (SV)
157: #15 Matt Lester (OU) dec. Cameron Hurd, 8-2
165: Bubby Graham (OU) dec. Matt Stephens, 10-3
174: Chris Moon (VT) dec. Nolan McBryde, 5-1
184: Erich Schmidtke (OU) dec. John Dickson, 13-10
197: Keldrick Hall (OU) dec. Angelo Malvestuto, 15-8
285: Chris Penny (VT) dec. Kyle Colling, 4-2

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