By Andrew Glover
NORMAN, Okla. —
Sunday’s Bedlam match was a bit of a homecoming for Oklahoma State junior Tyler Caldwell. His first two college seasons, he wrestled as part of the Sooners. Sunday he oppossed them. Caldwell, ranked third in the 165-pound weight class faced Oklahoma’s Buddy Graham, who was ranked sixth.
The former Sooner was greeted with some jeers as he took the mat. The match went back-and-forth, Caldwell forced overtime with his riding time. 23 seconds later, Caldwell’s first Bedlam dual was over. For him, it wasn’t as big of a deal.
“I just took it as another match,” Caldwell said. “Had the mindset coming in that it could be a tough match and be close if I allowed to be. I tried to not let the crowd or emotions get to me. ... Really I didn’t compete where I wanted to be. I grinded it out and got the ‘W’ so that’s what’s important.”
Caldwell said he and Graham weren’t teammates.
“We were never on a team together,” Caldwell said. “He transferred in after I left.”
Caldwell won’t have to face his Norman foes until the Big 12 Dual Finals on March 8.