"Well, you know when you look at the score you see 29-6, that's always pleasing," said Smith. "I didn't think we wrestled well at four or five weights, but the good thing is that when you don't compete well or you're struggling through the match it is always real important to get your hand raised (in victory). Not that we didn't have guys out there giving effort, they were, but they found themselves in a match they maybe didn't expect. I'm talking about 141 (Nate Morgan), 157 (Newly McSpadden), (and) some extent 174 (Brandon Mason). Those particular matches you need to get your hand raised. I thought we definitely could have wrestled better at those weights."
One of those matches that Smith mentioned was Mason's four-overtime thriller with OU wrestler Josh Weitzel. The two are ranked 12th and 13t,h resepctively, and the match went to overtime tied 2-2. It stayed that way until Mason gained a takedown in the fourth sudden victory period.
"Those guys at 174 wrestled 13 minutes and 22 seconds," said Smith. "I don't know if you can train anybody to get into that kind of shape. For anybody it takes a lot of heart after you get past the 1- minute mark because your legs are gone, (and) your arms are gone. It's real important to find some way to get your hand raised at that point. I thought Brandon did that."
Smith and his returning two-time national champion Johny Hendricks bear a strong resemblance. Hendricks, who is working on a third national title and is unbeaten in his last 50 matches and is a perfect 28-0 this season, won his final match in Gallagher-Iba Arena with a 22-7 technical fall over the Sooners 17t- ranked Shane Seibert. Seibert started the match taking a strong swipe at Hendricks. Smith was asked if he would have personally chose that tactic with Hendricks.
"I would have," Smith said as the entire room laughed. "I wouldn't have gotten beat 17-4 either," added Smith looking at Hendricks and laughing.
"You know he won that last match against the same opponent 7-4 in Norman," Smith said more seriously. "Everything we're looking for, he (Hendricks) displayed today. It doesn't mean anything other than he gave it today. If he's going to be another national champion it means he'll have to give it seven or eight more times. He's going in that direction, a guy you beat 7-4 and everybody is tough in that first minute and a half. Johnny kept good pressure and you saw the rest. That is what I am talking about where this team needs to go."
Hendricks had a response too. "He brought some bad blood because I beat him last time 7-4 and he pushed my face in the mat," explained Hendricks. "In a loss you don't get the last laugh. That's the way I looked at this guy. He pushed me down and I didn't wrestle a good match, but I won. That ate at me this entire week. That guy actually pushed my head down after the match. I knew he would bring that same cocky attitude. That is the way Jack Spates is coaching them right now, hang on the head and don't do a thing, That is what the guy did. Coach (Smith) coached me to move my feet. That's my style and I did, and look what I did. After the first minute and 30 seconds it was gone. I felt him go."
So, even in a complete blowout, you can always find some bedlam in Bedlam, at least with Johny Hendricks wrestling. The Cowboys now have some time to get ready for the Big 12 Championships which will be held March 3 at the University of Missouri.
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