No news yet from the Presbyterian Health Foundation Conference Center, where Pres. Bush is speaking to a group of small-business leaders.
Michael McNutt is stationed out there. He’ll let us know as soon as he hears anything.
Before he left Tinker, Pres. Bush praised a third volunteer worker in addition to Stark and Rooney.
Oklahoma County sheriff’s Capt. Joe Castleberry was honored for his work in Louisiana during Hurricane Gustav.
Pres. Bush was accompanied on the flight by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn and U.S. Reps. Frank Lucas and Mary Fallin, among others.
ST. LOUIS — Oklahoma State moved into third place with 47 team points as of 2 p.m. CST Friday. Iowa is running away from the pack with 67 points.
Coleman Scott (133), Nathan Morgan (141) and Jared Rosholt (HWT) all won their quarterfinal matches. Newly McSpadden (157), Brandon Mason (174) and Jack Jensen (184) all won their consolation matches Friday. Jake Dieffenbach (165) and Tyler Shinn (125) were eliminated after consolation round losses.
For OU, Will Rowe (149) and Josh Wetizel (184) get to keep wrestling after winning both their consolation matches this morning. Joey Fio (125) was eliminated Thursday and Joel Flaggert (197) lost in a decision this afternoon, ending his OU career.
Matt Patterson, Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS — It’s clear now that OSU 165 pounder Jake Dieffenbach’s late season struggles go beyond the senior NAIA transfer adjusting to the length of a Division I season.
Dieffenbach lost his opening match by decision while sporting a heavy knee brace. His defeat spoils a potential rematch with Iowa’s Mark Perry whom Dieffienbach defeated during the season.
Sophomore heavyweight Jared Rosholt got a first round fall. Rosholt has answered the bell this season and may now be a darkhorse to make it to the finals.
After round one OSU is in sixth with 14.5 points. OU is at 34th with just three points. The Sooners went 2-3 in the first round.
By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS — The NCAA Wrestling championships are in full swing at the Scott Trade Center in St. Louis and it didn’t take long for one area wrestler to make news.
OU’s Zack Bailey scored an 8-7 first round upset over Iowa’s Dan Leclere. Fellow freshman Joey Fio fell by major decision in the first round 14-6. OU 149 pounder Will Rowe was pinned in his first round bout and Josh Weitzel (184), a fifth seed, was upset in his first round match 9-4.
OSU’s Nathan Morgan (141) won his first round match by tech fall. Coleman Scott (133) won 4-0 and Brandon Mason (174) won by decision. Jack Jensen (184) picked up a first round fall. Newly McSpadden won his first round match 2-0, giving the Cowboys five wins out of six weights so far.
By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer
STILLWATER — . The Cowboys advanced four wrestlers to tonight’s Big 12 Wrestling Championship finals. Tyler Shinn (125), Nathan Morgan (141), Brandon Mason (174) and Jared Rosholt (HWT) all won their semi-final matches. Rosholt pinned his opponent in the third period.
Mason won a 4-2 decision over Iowa State’s Aron Scott. Shinn beat OU’s Joey Fio 4-2. Morgan won his match over OU’s Zack Bailey by decision.
But it was the matches that got away that have virtuall eliminated OSU from the team race. Coleman Scott (133) was upset in overtime, Newly McSpadden lost a 7-2 decision at 157 and Jake Dieffenbach fell to Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska 3-1. At 184, Jack Jensen wrestled top ranked Jake Varner of ISU tough but fell 2-1.
OU’s Josh Weitzel (184) advanced to the finals with a 7-3 win over Mizzou’s Raymond Jordan. OU’s Joel Flaggert lost to Nebraska’s Craig Brester 6-2.
With the consolation round set to begin at 4 p.m., the team standings are as follows:
2- Nebraska 41.5
STILLWATER — Mizzou’s Tyler McCormick stunned Oklahoma State’s Coleman Scott 5-3 in overtime in the semi-finals at the Big 12 Wrestling Tournament Saturday.
Scott (133) and McCormick battled into overtime before McCormick won on a takedown. Scott was assesed a 1 point penalty in the first period for unsportsmanlike conduct. He led at one point in the last overtime, but couldn’t seal the win.
In first round action, OSU’s Tyler Shinn (125) and Newly McSpadden (157) won their first round matches. Max Dean and Will Rowe also won their openers.
Clinton lead widening; tightening race between McCain, Huckabee.
From the election board:
(DEM) FOR PRESIDENT 167 OF 2220
HILLARY CLINTON 19,199 52.72%
BILL RICHARDSON 643 1.77%
CHRISTOPHER J. DODD 209 .57%
BARACK OBAMA 11,597 31.84%
DENNIS J. KUCINICH 237 .65%
JOHN EDWARDS 4,192 11.51%
JIM ROGERS 343 .94%
(REP) FOR PRESIDENT 167 OF 2220
JOHN McCAIN 7,683 38.82%
MIKE HUCKABEE 6,027 30.45%
RUDY GIULIANI 283 1.43%
TOM TANCREDO 17 .09%
MITT ROMNEY 4,582 23.15%
RON PAUL 849 4.29%
DUNCAN HUNTER 32 .16%
DANIEL GILBERT 14 .07%
JERRY R. CURRY 22 .11%
ALAN L. KEYES 52 .26%
FRED THOMPSON 229 1.16%
A lot of people across the country are still voting, but we already have a race to call. The Associated Press is reporting that Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher, won West Virginia’s GOP primary. Eighteen delegates were at stake, and the AP is saying Huckabee gets them all. (That goes on top of what he won in Iowa.)
Why does this matter? A couple of reasons. The person who secures the most delegates wins his or her party’s nomination. So Huckabee, in theory, is that much closer to doing so. But the night is young, and there’s a lot of states’ voters who are still picking their candidates. And plenty of those states have a lot more delegates than West Virginia’s 18.
There’s also a little intrigue here, according to Politico.com. See the story here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8338.html
Stick around. It could be an interesting night.
Bob Doucette, Assistant City Editor