Feb. 8, 2011

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No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Boise State

Feb. 11, 2011 | 7 p.m. CST | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611 capacity)


Television: None

Live Radio: 93.7 KSPI-FM

Radio Announcers: Rex Holt & Roger Moore

Live Internet Video: okstate.com

Live Internet Audio: okstate.com

Live Results and Play-by-Play: okstate.com


Probable Matchups

125: No. 7 Jon Morrison, RFr., 16-4 record vs. No. 20 Alan Bartelli, Sr., 14-7 record

133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver, So., 19-0 record vs. No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser, Sr., 21-0 record

141: No. 17 Josh Kindig, Fr., 20-6 record vs. No. 12 Levi Jones, Sr., 12-7 record

149: No. 7 Jamal Parks, Jr., 20-3 record vs. No. 3 Jason Chamberlain, Jr., 21-0 record

157: No. 15 Neil Erisman, Sr., 8-3 record vs. No. 3 Adam Hall, Sr., 21-0 record

165: No. 15 Dallas Bailey, RFr., 19-5 record vs. Kurt Swartz, Sr., 10-7 record

174: No. 16 Mike Benefiel, Jr., 11-5 record vs. No. 13 Jake Swartz, RFr., 16-11 record

184: No. 9 Chris Perry, RFr., 19-4 record vs. No. 1 Kirk Smith, Sr., 8-0 record

197: No. 2 Clayton Foster, Sr., 17-0 record vs. No. 14 Matt Casperson, Sr., 10-5 record

285: Blake Rosholt, RFr., 6-5 or Tyson Yoder, So., 10-11 vs. J.T. Felix, Fr., 8-8 record


The Basics

**** The No. 4 Oklahoma State wrestling team (12-2-1 overall) hosts No. 8 Boise State (10-2-0 overall) at 7 p.m. CST Friday in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The dual pits two of this year?s NCAA title favorites.


Ticket Information

**** Tickets for the Boise State dual are $10. Admission is six dollars for groups of 20 or more, but to be eligible for that rate, the tickets need to be reserved ahead of time. All Oklahoma State students are admitted free with valid OSU student identification.


Pistol Pete?s Partners

**** Pistol Pete?s Partners are admitted free to all home wrestling duals. Enroll your child today at www.okstate.com or call 405-744-3067.


On the Air

**** The dual will be aired live on KSPI 93.7 FM radio in Stillwater with Rex Holt and Roger Moore on the call. Fans outside of the Stillwater listening area can access that broadcast via the internet at www.okstate.com.


Watch The Dual Live

**** Fans can watch the dual live online at okstate.com. Simply go to the site, then click on ?Multimedia? and roll your mouse over to ?Live Events? on the left-hand side and scroll down to the dual of your choice and click the link to the video feed.

**** The video feed also includes the audio from the radio broadcast.


Live Stats And Play-by-Play

**** Fans can also follow the action online through live results and play-by-play on www.okstate.com. Simply go to the main wrestling site and click the link to the primary story on the page.


TV-Quality Video Available Through FTP Site

**** Members of the media interested in obtaining footage after the dual can access it through OSU?s new FTP site. Call Roxanne Cantrell in the OSU Media Relations Office (405-744-7714) for details.


Series Capsule

Overall**************************************** OSU leads, 4-0-0

In Stillwater********************************* OSU leads, 2-0-0

In Boise************************************** OSU leads, 1-0-0

At Neutral************************************ OSU leads, 1-0-0

Last Meeting (Nov. 14, 2004)********* OSU 38, BSU 0

John Smith vs. Boise State************ 3-0-0

Greg Randall vs. Oklahoma State** 0-2-0


Oliver-Hochstrasser An NCAA Title Bout Preview?

**** The premier bout of Friday?s dual will come at 133 pounds, where top-ranked Cowboy Jordan Oliver will clash with No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser for the second time this year. The two squared off at the NWCA All-Star Classic exhibition on Nov. 21, with Oliver rolling to an 8-7 win.

**** The previous meeting was not as close as the score would indicate, as Oliver took Hochstrasser down three times and scored a reversal to lead, 8-4 after two periods. Hochstrasser wiggled free for an escape to start the third period and scored a takedown with five seconds left in the bout to make the margin closer. Five of Hochstrasser?s seven points came on escapes.


Big-Time Opportunities For Perry This Weekend

**** While Chris Perry has been on a roll of late, he will get a true measuring stick of where he stands on the national scene this weekend when he squares off against last year?s NCAA runner-up and current No. 1 Kirk Smith of Boise State on Friday and follows that up with a clash against No. 3 Joe LeBlanc of Wyoming on Sunday. LeBlanc is a two-time All-American who placed fourth at last year?s NCAA Championships.


Foster Rules The Ranked

**** Oklahoma State senior Clayton Foster picked up two wins over ranked opponents last weekend to improve his record to 17-0 on the year and 8-0 against ranked foes. Foster rolled to a 16-5 major decision win over No. 13 Brent Haynes of Missouri on Friday and followed that up by pitching a 4-0 shutout against No. 12 Andy Johnson of Nebraska on Sunday.

**** Foster?s versatility was on display in the two bouts, as he used his explosiveness to take Haynes down seven times on Friday, but used his power to suffocate Johnson with a demoralizing third-period rideout in his win on Sunday.


Erisman, Benefiel, Perry Hitting Stride

**** Senior 157-pounder Neil Erisman has won his last five bouts with bonus points attached in four of those five victories. The only win by decision during that span was a comfortable 7-1 beating of Nebraska?s Tyler Koehn.

**** Junior 174-pounder Mike Benefiel has rattled off four straight wins. Two of those wins came with bonus points attached and a third win - his 9-7 sudden victory triumph over No. 18 Dorian Henderson of Missouri - drew extra praise from coach John Smith for Benefiel?s show of toughness.

**** After a choppy start to the season, freshman Chris Perry has rebounded to win his last eight bouts. Of those eight wins, four have come against ranked opponents and the other four all came with bonus points attached.


Cowboys Hit A Program Milestone This Season

**** Oklahoma State?s 44-0 win over Northern Colorado on Jan. 28 marked the 1,000th all-time victory for Cowboy wrestling. The only other team to reach the 1,000-win plateau is Iowa State, who accomplished the feat last season.


Most Dual Wins (As Of Feb. 7, 2011)

1. Iowa State********** 1,011-271-20***** .784 pct.

2. Oklahoma State** 1,003-113-23***** .891 pct.

3. Oregon State****** 959-312-28******** .749 pct.

4. Iowa****************** 889-215-31******** .797 pct.

5. Minnesota*********** 877-420-23******** .673 pct.

6. Navy****************** 844-280-26******** .745 pct.

7. Lehigh**************** 837-389-23******** .679 pct.

8. Penn State********** 827-296-36******** .729 pct.

9. Oklahoma*********** 815-348-33******** .695 pct.

10. Michigan*********** 744-321-26******** .694 pct.


OSU Statistical Leaders

Wins: **************************** 20, Josh Kindig and Jamal Parks

Bonus Point Wins:*********** 17, Jordan Oliver

Wins by Fall:****************** 11, Josh Kindig

Wins by Technical Fall:**** 5, Jordan Oliver

Wins by Major Decision:** 7, Chris McNeil

Dual Takedowns:************ 82, Jordan Oliver

Dual Nearfalls:*************** 19, Jordan Oliver


Honors Pouring In For Oliver

**** Sophomore Jordan Oliver earned Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors after earning Outstanding Wrestler distinction at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Jan. 8-9.

**** Oliver went 5-0 at National Duals with three wins coming by fall, one by technical fall and one by major decision. Despite having three of his matches ended before the 3:20 mark, Oliver still finished with 19 takedowns and six nearfalls in his five bouts at National Duals.


Oliver?s Year?

**** Sophomore Jordan Oliver has been nothing short of dominant this season. The No. 1-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds, Oliver is 18-0 with 16 of those wins coming with bonus points attached.

**** Oliver has pinned eight of his opponents and has stormed to five wins by technical fall.

**** Not counted in his season total is the 8-7 win he claimed over then-No. 1 Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State at the NWCA All-Star Classic.

**** Entering the Boise State dual, he leads OSU with a staggering 82 dual match takedowns and 19 dual match nearfalls.


Foster Shining As a Senior

**** OSU senior Clayton Foster is a very real NCAA title candidate this year. A returning All-American (sixth in 2010), Foster enters the Boise State dual sporting a 17-0 record this season and a perfect 8-0 record against ranked opponents. His 46 takedowns are good for second on the team.


OSU?s Hidden All-American

**** Oklahoma State has wrestled the entire season without the services of a returning All-American at heavyweight in Alan Gelogaev. Gelogaev was injured in the first open tournament of the year and is expected back shortly before the Big 12 Championships.


Speaking Of Hidden...

**** While they have operated in the shadows of their All-America teammates, the OSU duo of Jamal Parks and Dallas Bailey has combined to post a 39-8 record entering the Nebraska dual. Parks is 20-3 and Bailey is 19-5.

**** Parks is a steady wrestler who has proven to be tough to beat in close matches throughout his career. Bailey is not afraid to go for the big moves, with his bouts often providing spectacular action.


Smith Reached Career Milestone

**** Oklahoma State coach John Smith reached a career milestone earlier in the season. The winningest coach in Cowboy Wrestling history with a career record of 308-46-6 entering the Boise State dual, Smith became the first OSU coach ever to hit the 300-win milestone when the Cowboys dropped No. 24 Arizona State in Tempe by a 40-4 score on Jan. 2.


Rosholt Earned National Honor

**** Freshman Blake Rosholt was honored as the national wrestler of the week by themat.com on Dec. 13.

**** The unranked Rosholt provided the key spark in Oklahoma State?s 22-12 dual victory over No. 8 Oklahoma on Dec. 12 when he scored a 4-3 upset win over No. 8 Nathan Fernandez.


Morrison A Big 12 Honoree

**** Freshman Jon Morrison was honored as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 6.

**** Morrison, a 125-pounder from Orland Park, Ill., helped the Cowboys to a 17-16 road win over No. 3 Minnesota on Dec. 5. He knocked off two-time All-American Zach Sanders when he scored a 7-5 sudden victory win over the Gopher.


Oliver Was Big 12?s Mr. November

**** Sophomore Jordan Oliver was recognized as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Month for November.

**** Oliver rattled off a perfect 5-0 record during the month, and that figure did not count his 8-7 victory over No. 1 Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State at the NWCA All-Star Classic because bouts at the All-Star Classic do not count toward a wrestler?s season record.


Asics All-Americans Live Here

**** Oklahoma State has six former Asics High School First-Team All-Americans competing in its wrestling room this season.


Jordan Oliver**** 2006

Albert White****** 2007

Mike Benefiel**** 2007

Clayton Foster*** 2007

Chris Perry******* 2009

Josh Kindig******* 2010


Fargo Champs, Too

**** A similar note can be made about the fact that Oklahoma State has seven former Fargo champions on the roster this year.


Clayton Foster*** 2006

Albert White****** 2006

Mike Benefiel**** 2007

Jon Morrison***** 2007

Jordan Oliver**** 2007

Jamal Parks****** 2007

Chris Perry******* 2008


Family Ties

**** Coach John Smith coaches three of his nephews this year. Chris Perry is the son of Smith?s sister, Cathy, and Zach White and Matt White are the sons of Smith?s sister, Mary Ann.

**** Blake Rosholt is the youngest of the Rosholt family. His older brother Jake was a three-time NCAA champion at OSU and another older brother, Jared, was a three-time All-American for the Cowboys. Older sister Jesyca was an all-Big 12 soccer player for Oklahoma State as well.

**** Dallas Bailey?s father, Leo, was a two-time All-American wrestler for the Cowboys in 1983 and 1986.