Cowboy Wrestling Defeats Jackrabbits, 21-9


BROOKINGS, S.D. – Oklahoma State’s wrestling squad improved to 1-1 on the season after defeating new Big 12 affiliate South Dakota State, 21-9, Friday night at Frost Arena.

The Cowboys started the night with bonus points as No. 5 Eddie Klimara came ready to score, putting up 20 points in just over five minutes. The senior put up four takedowns and three nearfalls in his 20-2 technical fall win to help the Cowboys to a 5-0 lead.

The Pokes suffered an overtime loss at 133 pounds, where Gary Wayne Harding was edged out, 7-5, by Brance Simms in sudden victory.

Top-ranked Dean Heil put the Cowboys back on track with a win over Seth Gross at 141 pounds. Heil notched the first takedown with less than a minute left in the first period. He held onto the lead and claimed a 5-3 victory.

At 149 pounds, Anthony Collica escaped Alex Kocer with a 5-3 win of his own. Collica led 3-0 going into the final period, where Kocer chose top. The Jackrabbit managed to tilt the Cowboy for a two-point nearfall, cutting Collica’s lead to 3-2. Collica responded with a reversal to pull ahead and went on to win the match, 5-3.

At 157 pounds, Ryan Blees, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, made his varsity debut against No. 18 Cody Pack. Blees fought off the three-time NCAA qualifier, but it was not enough as Pack took the 12-5 win.

Two-time NCAA champion Alex Dieringer extended his win streak to 53 with his win over Luke Zilverberg. Ranked No. 1 at 165 pounds, Dieringer scored two takedowns, an escape and racked up 2:26 of riding time for the 6-1 win.

No. 3 Kyle Crutchmer earned two buzzer-beating takedowns to defeat David Kocer with a 7-2 decision. In the first period, Crutchmer stole a takedown with less than five seconds left in the period to take a 2-0 lead into the second period, where he started on bottom. Crutchmer tallied the escape and led the Jackrabbit, 3-0, into the final period. There, he grabbed another two takedowns—the final one coming with less than 10 seconds left in the match—to seal the win.

The Cowboys picked up some more bonus points at 184 pounds. Nolan Boyd made his first dual-start of the season at the weight, taking on Brady Ayers. After a scoreless first period, Boyd notched a reversal and a nearfall to end the second period. He found more momentum in the third period, taking Ayers down three times to get the 11-2 major decision.

At 197 pounds, Jordan Rogers made the start going head-to-head with No. 16 Nate Rotert. The junior trailed 6-2 in the first period, but a flurry of action from both sides saw Rogers with a huge takedown to put Rotert to his back, looking for a pin and tying the score at 9-9. Rotert pulled away with an escape and two more takedowns to win it 15-10.

A controversial heavyweight match saw Marsden outscore his opponent, Alex Macki, 7-2. The Cowboy picked up a takedown and a two-point nearfall in the first period to go up 4-0. Macki picked up an escape in the second period to make it 4-1 in favor of Marsden. Marsden notched an escape to start the third period, but was hit with unsportsmanlike conduct soon after, awarding Macki a point. Marsden took down Macki one more time to finish it with a 7-2 lead. After the buzzer, Marsden was hit with a flagrant misconduct call. Official Rick Fink determined that no points would be awarded for the heavyweight match, declaring that there was “no match” and that the Cowboys were the winners with a 21-9 team score.

“I have mixed emotions about what happened in the heavyweight match with Austin Marsden,” coach John Smith said. “He was called for a flagrant misconduct at the end of the match. With that, comes penalties, and we will abide by those.”

The Cowboys return to Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday for their home opener against No. 18 Minnesota at 2 p.m.

No. 4 Oklahoma State 21, South Dakota State 9
Nov. 27, 2015 :: Brookings, S.D. (Frost Arena)

125: No. 5 Eddie Klimara (OSU) TF5 Kahlen Morris (SDSU), 20-2
133: Brance Simms (SDSU) dec. Gary Wayne Harding (OSU), 7-5 SV1
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. Seth Gross (SDSU), 5-3
149: No. 8 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Alex Kocer (SDSU), 5-3
157: No. 18 Cody Pack (SDSU) dec. Ryan Blees (OSU), 12-5
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. Luke Zilverberg (SDSU), 6-1
174: No. 3 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) dec. David Kocer (SDSU), 7-2
184: Nolan Boyd (OSU) MD Brady Ayers (SDSU), 11-2
197: No. 16 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. Jordan Rogers (OSU), 15-10
HWT: No match