Feb. 12, 2011

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Cowboy Wrestling This Sunday
No. 4 Oklahoma State vs. No. 24 Wyoming
Feb. 13, 2011 | 2 p.m. CST* | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611 capacity)
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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
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Probable Starters
Oklahoma State vs. Wyoming
125: No. 7 Jon Morrison, RFr., 16-5 record vs. No. 12 Michael Martinez, Jr., 13-4 record
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver, So., 20-0 record vs. No. 15 Tyler Cox, RFr., 23-10 record
141: No. 17 Josh Kindig, Fr., 21-6 record vs. Kasey Garnhart, So., 13-7 record
149: No. 7 Jamal Parks, Jr., 21-3 record vs. No. 20 Cole Dallaserra, Sr., 25-5 record
157: No. 15 Neil Erisman, Sr., 8-4 record vs. Jimmy Belleville, So., 22-13 record
165: No. 15 Dallas Bailey, RFr., 20-5 record vs. No. 5 Shane Onufer, Jr., 25-1 record
174: No. 16 Mike Benefiel, Jr., 12-5 or Zach White, RFr, 13-9 vs. Patrick Martinez, RFr., 22-14 record
184: No. 9 Chris Perry, RFr., 20-4 record vs. No. 3 Joe LeBlanc, Jr., 20-1 record
197: No. 2 Clayton Foster, Sr., 18-0 record vs. L.J. Helbig, So., 19-12 record
285: Blake Rosholt, RFr., 7-5 or Tyson Yoder, So., 10-11 vs. Matthew McLaughlin, Sr., 10-4 record
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The Basics
** **The No. 4 Oklahoma State wrestling team (13-2-1 overall) hosts No. 24 Wyoming (11-5-0 overall) at 2 p.m. CST Sunday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Senior Day
** **Sunday?s dual marks the final home appearance for Cowboy seniors Neil Erisman and Clayton Foster, both of whom will be honored prior to the start of the dual.
** **Erisman is a three-year starter and 2010 Big 12 runner-up with nine career wins over ranked foes. His win over Iowa State?s Andrew Sorenson at last year?s Big 12 Championships was one of the key factors in OSU?s 1.5-point win over the Cyclones at the event.
** **Undefeated this season, Foster is a four-year starter, 2010 All-American and 2010 Big 12 champion who will likely be in the mix for an NCAA title this March.

Alumni Match
** **Sunday?s dual also represents Cowboy Wrestling?s Alumni Match, with pre-match festivities including the annual former wrestler parade, the presentation of the Gallagher Award to Eddie Griffin and an alumni social following the match.
** **Check In for former wrestlers will begin at 12 p.m. in the northwest lobby of Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Griffin Earns 2011 Gallagher Award
** **Eddie Griffin will be presented with the Cowboy Wrestling Gallagher Award prior to Sunday?s dual. Griffin wrestled for OSU from 1967 through 1972 and was a member of NCAA title teams in 1968 and 1971.
** **The Gallagher Award is presented annually to an OSU wrestling alumnus who exemplifies the spirit and leadership eminent in the tradition of champions.

Ticket Information
** **Tickets for the Wyoming 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, 13-0-1
In Stillwater*********** OSU leads, 6-0-0
In Laramie*********** OSU leads, 5-0-1
At Neutral*********** OSU leads, 2-0-0
Last Meeting (Jan. 29, 2010)*********** OSU 31, UW 3
John Smith vs. Wyoming*********** 6-0-0
Mark Branch vs. Oklahoma State*********** 0-2-0

Cowboy Homecoming
*** **He was a member of five Cowboy NCAA champion teams either as a wrestler (1994) or coach (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006).
** **In addition to Branch, other Oklahoma State products on the Wyoming staff include two-time NCAA champion Chris Pendleton and Ethan Kyle.

Last Meeting vs. Wyoming
No. 4 Oklahoma State 31, Wyoming 3
Jan. 29, 2010 | Arena-Auditorium (Laramie, Wyo.) | Attendance ? 2,566
125: No. 9 Chris Notte (OSU) dec. No. 10 Michael Martinez (UW); 3-2
133: No. 6 Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. Cory VomBaur (UW); 4-3
141: No. 8 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Chase Smith (UW); 8-1
149: Cole Dallaserra (UW) dec. Luke Silver (OSU); 3-0
157: No. 13 Neil Erisman (OSU) MD Jimmy Belleville (UW); 13-0
165: No. 9 Alex Meade (OSU) dec. No. 11 Shane Onufer (UW); 8-6
174: No. 10 Mike Benefiel (OSU) dec. Brock Smith (UW); 7-3
184: No. 12 Clayton Foster (OSU) dec. No. 6 Joe LeBlanc (UW); 10-5 SV
197: No. 6 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) dec. Alfonso Hernandez (UW); 3-2
285: No. 1 Jared Rosholt (OSU) fall L.J. Helbig (UW); 2:31

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. 10, 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: *********** 21, Josh Kindig & 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:*********** 84, 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 19-0 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 Wyoming dual, he leads OSU with a staggering 84 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 Wyoming dual sporting an 18-0 record this season and a perfect 9-0 record against ranked opponents. His 50 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 for 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 41-8 record entering the Wyoming dual. Parks is 21-3 and Bailey is 20-5.
** **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 309-46-6 entering the Wyoming 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.


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