By DEREK BROWN
STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State Cowboys pulled off bonus points in half of the matches on Saturday afternoon against Cal State-Bakersfield.
OSU controlled the dual from beginning to end. The Cowboys came away with a 36-7 blowout win. Oklahoma State moved to 7-4 on the year. The Cowboys went 8-2 in the dual and had three falls, a technical and a major decision in the victory.
“I thought we looked pretty good. There’s definetely some things that we need to clean up before tomorrow,” Oklahoma State coach John Smith said.
Alex Dieringer pinned Spencer Hill with 52 seconds left in the final period for a 6-0 Cowboy lead.
OSU’s Tyler Caldwell won 10-2 over David Meza for a 10-0 lead.
Chris Perry battled it out with Roadrunner Bryce Hammond for a 5-2 victory that lasted until the final buzzer.
Jordan Rogers got the nod for the 184-pound weight class and answered the bell. Rogers pinned Sean Pollock with 1:04 left in the third frame.
“When the oppotunity arises you just have to smell the blood,” Rogers said. “Those opportunities don’t come by very often, especially in college you have to really take advantage of getting you guy on his back.”
Blake Rosholt returned from injury. Rosholt has been out since Jan. 2. Rosholt and Reuben Franklin of CSUB went into overtime. Rosholt fell 6-4. The senior looked to be a little dazed on his injured shoulder in the second and third periods.
“He really made the choice. I told him he didn’t have to do this,” Smith said. Cowboy heavyweight Austin Marsden earned Oklahoma State’s third pin of the day in 3:42 on Alex Encarnarcion.
OSU’s lightweight Eddie Klimara earned a technical fall on Sergio Mendez just before the buzzer sounded for the end of the second period. Klimara won 19-4.
The Cowboys sat Jon Morrison and put in Brian Crutchman at 133 pounds. Crutchman was defeated by Jose Mendez 13-2.
Oklahoma State’s Anthonoy Collica controlled Ian Nickell for a 9-2 win at 141pounds.
The last match of the day was one that got the crowd on its feet. Oklahoma State’s Josh Kindig trailed Dalton Kelley 7-2 after the first period. Kindig cut the lead to 8-7 after two periods. With less than a minute to go Kindig took his first lead of the match for a 12-9 victory.
“I couldn’t have drew that matchup for Kindig any differently. You like to see somebody come back from behind and clean up the mistakes that you made with a scrambler in the beginning,” Smith said.
The Cowboys look to keep the success rolling as their instate rival heads to Stillwater on Sunday. Oklahoma State looks to split with OU after losing in Norman 17-16.
“We lost a lot of matches that we kind of got out-motivated in. They looked like they wanted to win more,” Smith said. “We need to be ready to wrestle and ready to fight. We’re going to have to fight to win.”