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January 25, 2014

OSU wrestlers snap losing skid, rout Iowa State

STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State wrestling team got its first win over a ranked opponent Friday night, knocking off Big 12 Conference opponent Iowa State 29-3 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The ninth-ranked Cowboys, who had lost its four previous duals against ranked teams, won all but one bout — which it came down to the wire — against the 18th-ranked Cyclones to improve to 2-0 in Big 12 Conference duals.

"I think it's good for us to come out here get the win, especially a win with this type of score," OSU's Nolan Boyd said. "It's good for us to start winning again."

While the wrestlers were happy to get the win, their coach was looking bigger picture — as that's always the case for Oklahoma State wrestling.

"Although though score was lopsided, it just looks like we don't want to scrap and fight and make the match bloody," Cowboy coach John Smith said. "We're too conservative and there were too many 0-0 first periods. It wasn't bad, it just looked like the chemistry isn't there right now. ... We've got to get meaner, we need to get tougher. We've got too many softies right now."

In one of two matchups between ranked wrestlers, Cowboy senior Chris Perry didn't get the dual off in the most exciting of ways.

The No. 2-ranked wrestler at 174 pounds had to fight back No. 16 Tanner Weatherman and snuck out a 6-4 decision thanks to riding time.

Nolan Boyd made things difficult as he found himself in position to be reversed in his 11-9 sudden victory over Lelund Weatherspoon at 184 pounds. The Iowa State wrestler scored two reversals to force the extra time. Boyd nearly found himself on the losing end in the first overtime, but was able to work his way into position to scored the sudden victory with four seconds left in the first overtime frame.

"I don't even know what (Boyd) was doing — it's like 6-2 and he's kicking the guy's (butt) and all the sudden, 'Boyd, what are you doing?'" Smith said. "It was good in overtime, taking the shot and scoring the points. But I think he's trying to impress too many people right now because he knows he's battling for the starting position and he just needs to wrestle."

Oklahoma State got another sudden victory from Eddie Klimara at the 125-pound bout against Earl Hall. The two wrestlers went into overtime with a pair of points and with seven seconds left in the first extra period, Klimara scored the winning takedown.

Oklahoma State's only loss of the dual came at 197 points where second-ranked Kyven Gadson escaped an upset by Kyle Crutchmer — who is wrestling two weight classes up while Blake Rosholt deals with an injury. Crutchmer had the match tied until a last-minute takedown by Gadson clinched a 3-1 win.

"(Crutchmer) is a stud. You've got to give him a lot of credit, he wrestled up for us last week and gave us a chance tonight," Smith said. "He just wrestled tough. I respect it."

Austin Marsden gave OSU a 9-3 team advantage with a 2-0 victory over Quean Smith before Klimara's win. Marsden got an escape in the second period and rode Smith the entire time in the third to pick up a riding time point for the two-point advantage.

The Cowboys got their first bonus point at 133 pounds when Jon Morrison, ranked fifth nationally, earned a 20-6 major decision over Shayden Terukina.

Anthony Collica (141 pounds) and Josh Kindig (149) got a couple of close decisions for Oklahoma State to clinch the dual early. The freshman 141-pounder ranked No. 18 nationally scratched out a 4-0 win over unranked Gabe Moreno, while 11th-ranked Kindig held on for an 8-5 decision over Luke Goettle.

Alex Dieringer gave the Cowboys another bonus point win at 157 pounds. The third-ranked Dieringer rolled to a 14-3 major decision win over John Nicholson.

In the final matchup of ranked wrestlers, OSU's Tyler Caldwell — No. 5 in 165 pounds — rode a first-period takedown to a 5-1 win over No. 16 Michael Moreno.

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