Feb. 21, 2011

STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State redshirt freshman Jon Morrison is this week's Big 12 wrestler of the week, it was announced today. It is the second time this season he has earned that distinction.

Morrison staked his claim to the top spot among 125-pounders in the league with an impressive 4-1 win over No. 7 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma as part of the Cowboys' 24-9 win over the Sooners in Norman on Sunday. The victory not only avenged an early-season loss to Patterson, but it also served as the biggest momentum swing in the dual.

After a scoreless first period, Patterson escaped to start the second, but Morrison then took control of Patterson's legs for a takedown and rideout with 1:12 left in the period. Morrison got off bottom quickly to start the third period and added a riding time point to clinch his 4-1 win.

The victory was Morrison's seventh over a ranked opponent this season and improved him to 5-1 against Big 12 foes. On the year, the Cowboy freshman is 18-5.

The honor marks Morrison's second Big 12 accolade this year, as he was also recognized as wrestler of the week after he beat two-time All-American Zach Sanders of Minnesota earlier in the season. It is the fifth time this season an Oklahoma State wrestler has earned Big 12 wrestler of the week recognition, as Jordan Oliver has been honored three times. No other team has more than three Big 12 weekly honors this season.