Wrestlers to Watch at the Big 12 Tourney
Wrestlers to Watch at the Big 12 TourneyCowboys host the Big 12 dual finals and tournament March 8-9.
March 4, 2013
STILLWATER—Oklahoma State hosts the Big 12 dual finals on Friday and Big 12 tournament on Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The competition features four teams, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State and newcomer West Virginia. Here is a sneak peak at what to look for:
Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State, Sr., 149 pounds, Easton, Pa.
Jordan Oliver is one of two Big 12 wrestlers who is undefeated on the season. The top-ranked 149-pounder boasts a 28-0 overall record accompanied by a 17-0 dual record. The Easton, Pa., native has faced and defeated 10 ranked opponents, with his most recent coming against No. 11 Dylan Ness of Minnesota. The senior has blown through conference competition with two wins coming with bonus points attached, one by major decision and one by fall. He also leads the team in bonus-point wins with 23. Oliver seeks his fourth Big 12 title this weekend while also chasing his second NCAA title later this month.
Kendric Maple, Oklahoma, Jr., 141 pounds, Wichita, Kan.
Kendric Maple also enters the weekend undefeated with a 23-0 overall record. Maple, ranked No. 1 in the nation at 141 pounds, has picked up two major decisions and a fall against Big 12 opponents. The Wichita, Kan., native, who has received four conference Wrestler of the Week honors, is going for his second-consecutive conference title.
Kyven Gadson, Iowa State, So., 197 pounds, Waterloo, Iowa
Kyven Gadson is ranked No. 7 among the nation’s 197-pounders. He is 20-2 on the season and carries an undefeated record against Big 12 opponents. Gadson defeated OU’s Brad Johnson by an 11-2 major decision in early January. He also picked up wins by decision against OSU and WVU. The sophomore is looking for his first Big 12 title.
*Nathan Pennesi, West Virginia, Jr. 141 pounds, Latrobe, Pa.
Nathan Pennesi is the country’s 13th-ranked 141-pounder with a 21-7 overall record, including an 8-2 dual record and a 2-1 record in conference competition. Pennesi has recorded a team-high seven bonus-point wins on the season. In Big 12 competition, he snagged two comfortable wins over OSU and ISU with his only conference loss coming at the hands of Maple. The junior is pursuing his first conference title as a Big 12 competitor.