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OSU Sports

March 21, 2014

Cowboys in 2nd at NCAA wrestling tournament

Despite tough times in consolation bracket, Oklahoma State sits tied with Minnesota behind Penn State

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State had some ups and downs in the first day of the 2014 NCAA National Championships — but ups outweighed the downs.

OSU fell into a tie with Minnesota with 21.5 points after Thursday’s competition. Penn State was in first place with 26.5 points. Iowa and rival Oklahoma were tied for fourth with 20.5 points.

The Cowboys saw a sudden change in the second session on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena for the 2014 NCAA National Championships.

“Overall we had a tough round that we had to get tougher in after losing a couple early on,” Oklahoma State coach John Smith said. “We just have to come back tomorrow and we have just eight guys. It’s a tough tournament.”

The Cowboys earned three bonus point victories in the second round, something that could be key to Oklahoma State’s national title hopes.

Oklahoma State suffered a few upsets but was able to get on the right side of upsets nearing the end of the night.

“I think it’s about us having a good tournament and wrestling well,” Smith said. “For us to make a move we’re going to have to do it with all of them.”

The Cowboys have the crowd on their side with the big tournament being held in Oklahoma.

“We need that. This team I’ve got, we need every little advantage it can get. They need to make sure they’re giving it back by performing well and having a lot of grit in them,” Smith said.

The Cowboys will come back to Chesapeake Energy Arena Friday at 10 a.m. for the third session which will be the quarterfinal rounds. Oklahoma State will have eight wrestlers continuing runs and five will be in the quarterfinals.

Cowboys’ 125-pounder Edward Klimara, the 14th seed, could not pull off the upset over No. 3 Nicholas Megaludis of Penn State after being blanked 6-0.

More bad news happened for Oklahoma State to start out the second session, with Jonathon Morrison getting put to his back with just 0:06 left in the first period against rival from Oklahoma Cody Brewer. The upset was the 13 seed over the 4 seed. Morrison was 6-0 at OSU against Brewer before falling.

The 141-pound No. 2 seed from Ohio State, Logan Stieber took care of Cowboy Anthony Collica with a technical fall in 3:52 at 16-1.

“I don’t think (Morrison) was ready. He just didn’t seem to be focused,” Smith said.

The night session on Thursday turned out for the better for the Cowboys when 149-pound Joshua Kindig, an 11th seed, took the mat. Kindig faced No. 6 seed Jake Sueflohn from Nebraska. Kindig was able to lead the match through its entirety and came away with the upset at 7-5.

“It was a solid match. There was some things I wasn’t happy about,” Kindig said. “That’s just how it goes. I have to keep going from here and no matter what happens just put it behind you.”

Oklahoma State was on a roll with Alex Dieringer earning a quick fall against Joseph LaVallee from Missouri. Dieringer the No. 3 seed, took care of business rather quickly in just 0:48.

Tyler Caldwell (165) thoroughly controlled Daniel Zilverberg from Minnesota with the 9-2 decision. Caldwell was just a point short of bonus points.

Oklahoma State’s Chris Perry did what he needed to do to get bonus points at 174 pounds. Perry, a No. 1 seed, faced Tony Dallago from Illinois Thursday night and earned a major decision with an 11-3 victory.

“Certain shots I had to be careful with,” Perry said. “When you get here take no big risks. … We just have to get going (Friday). Bonuses are big here. Every win is big here.”

Nolan Boyd ended Thursday night at 184 pounds in the consolations. Boyd faced North Dakota State’s Kurtis Julson. Boyd was unable to come away on top and ended with an 8-4 defeat.

Cowboy heavyweight Austin Marsden took things down to the wire with No. 6 seeded Michael McMullan of Northwestern. Marsden got an escape with around 30 seconds to go in the final period to earn the No. 11 seed upset with the 3-2 win.

“I switched up my style and got more offensive,” Marsden said.

The Cowboys were in second place after the first session on Thursday morning with 13.5 points. Penn State led with 16.5 points. Edinboro and Minnesota were tied for third with 11 points.

Oklahoma State dominated the first round with eight of its 10 wrestlers picking up victories, four of those wins being with bonus points.

Cowboy Blake Rosholt at competed against Illinois’ Mario Gonzalez in the 197-pound pigtail match. Rosholt fell to Gonalez 10-3.

Klimara (125) beat Dominic Parisi from Appalachian State 6-4.

Morrison blanked James Gulibon of Penn State 4-0 at 133 pounds.

Collica picked up a decision against Utah Valley’s 157-pounder Avery Gardner.

Kindig defeated Ian Paddock from Ohio State 9-4 at 149 pounds.

Dieringer only had to wrestle for five minutes as he picked up a technical fall against Drexel’s Austin Sommer with the 18-1 blowout.

Caldwell pinned Utah Valley’s Curtis Cook in 3:36.

Perry won his first round match against Wisconsin’s Scott Liegel with an 8-0 major decision.

Minnesota’s Kevin Steinhaus shutout the Cowboys’ Nolan Boyd with the 5-0 win.

OSU heavyweight Austin Marsden earned another major decision for the Cowboys with a 10-2 victory against Nebraska’s Collin Jensen.

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