Luke Surber quietly paced between blue and orange mats.
His arms shook by his side, as he prepared for the next bout at the United World Wrestling USA Junior and Senior Nationals in Coralville, Iowa.
Rocky Elam of Tiger Style Wrestling defeated Surber on Saturday night in the quarterfinals but Surber showed no weaknesses Sunday morning.
Surber, the Oklahoma State freshman from Tuttle, took to the mat for 41 seconds — all he needed to beat Levi Perkins of Buies Creek (North Carolina) Wrestling Club via 10-0 tech fall in the consolation round of 8.
After two more matches with similar results, Surber claimed third place in the 92-kilograms bracket, defeating Max Shaw of Tar Heel Wrestling Club in a second period tech fall 11-0. Surber outscored his opponents Sunday 41-0 in a dominant display of offense — a strength that propelled him to three state titles in high school.
“It felt pretty good, I just did what I’ve been doing in practice,” Surber said. “I went out there and wrestled how I knew I could.”
Additionally, Konner Doucet and Jakason Burks, also OSU freshmen, exited Xtream Arena with an All-American plaque. Kyle Haas and Talmage Carman — both future Cowboys, accomplished the same feat.
In the men’s senior 97-kilograms division, Austin Schafer, OSU’s heavyweight and 197-pounder from 2012-2017, won his second U.S. Open after a 10-0 tech fall against Nathan Rotert of Jackrabbit Wrestling Club.