March 18, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - Through day two of at the NCAA Wrestling Championships, Oklahoma State is fourth with 65.5 team points. Penn State leads the field with 92.5 points. Cowboys Jordan Oliver and Clayton Foster both earned spots in the finals.

Oliver scored a 5-2 win over No. 4 Tyler Graff of Wisconsin in the semifinals and Foster bagged a takedown with 20 seconds left to beat No. 3 Trevor Brandvold of Wisconsin, 4-3. Oliver faces No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State and Foster faces No. 4 Dustin Kilgore of Kent State in tomorrow's NCAA title bouts.

In addition, Jamal Parks secured All-America status with an 8-6 win over UNC Greensboro's Ivan Lopouchansky in sudden victory, then followed that up with a 3-1 win over Virginia's Derek Valenti to ensure that he finishes no lower than sixth. Parks will get a rematch with No. 6 Jason Chamberlain of Boise State in the wrestleback sixth round tomorrow morning. The winner of that bout advances to the third-place match.

In the 133-pound semifinal, Oliver got on the board first when he took Graff down literally as time expired at the end of the first period. The Cowboy extended his lead to 3-1 with an escape to start the second, then made it 5-1 with another takedown in the third. A Graff escape brought the score to 5-2, but it was too late and the Cowboy nearly bagged one last takedown late, but time expired on his bid. Nonetheless, Oliver is now set to face Hochstrasser in the finals. Oliver has beaten Hochstrasser twice this year, an 8-7 triumph at the NWCA All-Star Classic exhibition and a 5-2 victory as part of Oklahoma State's dual match beating of the Broncos in Stillwater.

"I faced (Hochstrasser) two times before this year. He's a real great competitor," Oliver said. "I just try to go out there and stick to my style which is attacking and looking for my attacks and my shots and scoring points. It should be a real fun match and I'm looking forward to it."


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Oliver said wrestling for an NCAA title just an hour away from his hometown of Easton, Pa., is an exciting prospect. "It motivates me every match to go out there and put a show on and give the crowd some action and let them see wrestling," Oliver said. "Just being able to come home and compete for my first NCAA title, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it's a great experience. I'm just enjoying every moment of it and going out there and putting it all out on the mat."

Foster's 197-pound semifinal match with Brandvold was a wild and fast-paced one from the start. Brandvold got on the board first with a first-period takedown. A Foster escape brought the score to 2-1, then another escape to start the second period evened the score at 2-2. Brandvold escaped to start the third period and Foster just missed out on a takedown bid on the edge of the mat before bagging the winning takedown with 20 seconds left. Brandvold nearly escaped late, but Foster's determination kept Brandvold under wraps and propelled the Cowboy senior into his first career NCAA final.

"I wasn't used to his style and I had to feel him out at the start," Foster said of Brandvold. "He got me with an early takedown and I knew he wanted to ride me hard so I got up quickly at the whistle to escape. I kept working on shots and kept working on shots. I thought I had the one takedown with my feet in bounds when we were edge of the mat, but they didn't give it to me. I just stayed on it and kept working hard and finally got to him to win."

Foster was asked what the difference was in him being able to win the match.

"The difference is that I was the aggressor and he was backing up the whole time," Foster said. "Me being aggressive was the difference in the match."

A trio of Cowboys were eliminated from the tournament just one win shy of earning All-America status, as Neil Erisman lost a 5-2 decision to No. 7 Bryce Saddoris of Navy, Mike Benefiel lost an 8-5 decision to No. 6 Ben Bennett of Central Michigan and Chris Perry lost a 7-1 decision to No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus of Minnesota. Erisman and Benefiel made impressive runs in the wrestleback at the event and Perry lost his first wrestleback match after falling in the championship quarterfinals earlier in the day.

Team Standings
1. Penn State - 92.5 points
2. Cornell - 75 points
3. Iowa - 74 points
4. Oklahoma State - 65.5 points
5. American - 56 points
6. Lehigh - 53.5 points
7. Arizona State - 52.5 points
8. Boise State - 52 points
9. Minnesota - 49.5 points
10. Wisconsin - 44.5 points

Saturday Oklahoma State Schedule
Wrestleback Sixth Round (Saturday Morning)
149: No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU) vs. No. 6 Jason Chamberlain (Boise State)

NCAA Title Bouts (Saturday Evening)
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) vs. No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser (Boise State)
197: No. 2 Clayton Foster (OSU) vs. No. 4 Dustin Kilgore (Kent State)

Oklahoma State Results
Championship Quarterfinals (Friday Morning)
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) MD No. 8 Mike Grey (Cornell); 10-2
149: No. 4 Kyle Dake (Cornell) dec. No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU); 3-0
184: No. 2 Robert Hamlin (Lehigh) dec. No. 7 Chris Perry (OSU); 4-2
197: No. 2 Clayton Foster (OSU) dec. No. 7 Zac Thomusseit (Pittsburgh); 8-2

Championship Semifinals (Friday Night)
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. No. 4 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin); 5-2
197: No. 2 Clayton Foster (OSU) dec. No. 3 Trevor Brandvold (Wisconsin); 4-2

Wrestleback Fourth Round (Friday Night)
149: No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Ivan Lopouchanski (UNC Greensboro); 8-6 SV
157: No. 7 Bryce Saddoris (Navy) dec. Neil Erisman (OSU); 5-2
174: No. 6 Ben Bennett (Central Michigan) dec. Mike Benefiel (OSU); 8-5
184: No. 8 Kevin Steinhaus (Minnesota) dec. No. 6 Chris Perry (OSU); 7-1

Wrestleback Fifth Round (Friday Night)
149: No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Derek Valenti (Virginia); 3-1

Wrestleback Second Round (Friday Morning)
141: Josh Kindig (OSU) won by medical forfeit over Chris Diaz (Virginia Tech)
157: Neil Erisman (OSU) dec. No. 9 James Fleming (Clarion); 8-3
174: Mike Benefiel (OSU) dec. Patrick Martinez (Wyoming); 9-4
285: Brendan Barlow (Kent State) dec. Blake Rosholt (OSU); 2-1

Wrestleback Third Round (Friday Morning)
141: No. 12 Zach Kemmerer (Penn) dec. Josh Kindig (OSU); 4-3
157: Neil Erisman (OSU) dec. Frank Hickman (Bloomsburg); 4-1
174: Mike Benefiel (OSU) dec. Jacob Swartz (Boise State); 7-2

Championship First Round (Thursday)
125: Mark Rappo (Penn) dec. No. 9 Jon Morrison (OSU); 8-4
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Tyler Small (Kent State); 2:56
141: No. 7 Tyler Nauman (Pittsburgh) dec. Josh Kindig (OSU); 7-3
149: No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Dan Zilverberg (Minnesota); 6-3
157: No. 3 David Taylor (Penn State) MD Neil Erisman (OSU); 13-2
165: Paul Gillespie (Hofstra) dec. No. 6 Dallas Bailey (OSU); 4-2 SV
174: No. 12 Mike Benefiel (OSU) MD Brandon Wright (Chattanooga); 8-0
184: No. 7 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Tony Dallago (Illinois); 11-5
197: No. 2 Clayton Foster (OSU) MD Luke Macciarolli (Arizona State); 11-1
285: David Marone (Virginia Tech) dec. Blake Rosholt (OSU); 2-1 TB

Championship Second Round (Thursday)
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Levi Mele (Northwestern); 2:11
149: No. 5 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Eric Terrazas (Illinois); 3-1
174: No. 5 Chris Henrich (Virginia) dec. No. 12 Mike Benefiel (OSU) 6-5
184: No. 7 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 10 Josh Ihnen (Nebraska); 5-2
197: No. 2 Clayton Foster (OSU) MD Joe Kennedy (Lehigh); 10-1

Consolation First Round (Thursday)
125: Allen Bartelli (Boise State) dec. No. 9 Jon Morrison (OSU); 5-3 SV2
141: Josh Kindig (OSU) dec. Trevor Melde (Rutgers); 8-2
157: Neil Erisman (OSU) MD Matt Kaylor (Binghamton); 14-1
165: No. 11 Aaron Janssen (Iowa) dec. No. 6 Dallas Bailey (OSU); 10-6
285: Blake Rosholt (OSU) dec. Parker Burns (Campbellsville); 2-1