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Session V (Medal Rounds) Recap: Oklahoma

Oklahoma – 23rd Place (20.0 Points)

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The Sooners secured their highest NCAA finish since 13th in 2016 thanks to Stephen Buchanan’s strong 3rd place finish. Josh Heindselman had a strong tournament that ended in the bloodround. In Coach Kish’s second year next season there are only improved expectations after this finish. 

197lbs: #8 Stephen Buchanan – 3rd

  • Champ. Round 1: #8 Stephen Buchanan Tech #25 Ben Smith (CSU) (5:16 18-1)
  • Champ. Round 2: #8 Stephen Buchanan Maj. #9 Stephen Little (LR) (14-3)
  • Quarterfinals: #1 Aaron Brooks (PSU) Fall #8 Stephen Buchanan (2:45)
  • Bloodround: #8 Stephen Buchanan Dec#14 John Poznanski (RUT) (TB 2-1)
  • Cons. Round 5: #8 Stephen Buchanan Maj#4 Michael Beard (LEH) (12-1)
  • Cons. Semis#8 Stephen Buchanan Dec#3 Tanner Sloan (SDSU) (6-2)
  • 3rd Place Match#8 Stephen Buchanan Dec#5 Jacob Cardenas (CORN) (9-4)

Buchanan had a great second day with two upsets to finish 3rd for the second time in his career. He avenged a regular season loss to Sloan with a reversal and late takedown to clinch it. He followed that up with two takedowns and another reversal against Cardenas, a two-time All-American. Buchanan scored three big bonus point victories which combined with his 3rd place finish pushed…

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