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March 7, 2013
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Big 12 Dual finals and Championships
March 8-9, 2013 :: Stillwater, Okla. :: Gallagher-Iba Arena
Television: Fox Sports Southwest (Bedlam only)
Radio: 93.7 KSPI-FM
Radio Announcers: Roger Moore & Rex Holt
Live Results: okstate.com
Live Video: Big12Sports.com
The No. 2 Oklahoma State wrestling team (17-1 overall; 3-0 Big 12) hosts the Big 12 Dual Finals and Big 12 tournament March 8-9 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cowboys face West Virginia in the day’s first dual at 11 a.m. CT Friday. They will square off against Iowa State at 1 p.m. and will engage in their second Bedlam dual of the season at 7 p.m. The individual tournament will take place on Saturday with the action beginning at 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday night’s matches will be aired live on 93.7 KSPI FM radio in Stillwater with Roger Moore on the call. The audio stream can also be heard live on okstate.tv, but a subscription is required to listen online.
Live Stream, Play-by-Play and TV
Fans can follow online through live results and play-by-play on okstate.com. Go to the site and the link to live results and play-by-play will be prominently displayed.* The Big 12 will live stream Friday’s duals at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and the Iowa State/West Virginia dual at 7 p.m. online at Big12Sports.com at no charge. All of Saturday’s matches can be viewed on Big12Sports.com. The Bedlam dual on Friday at 7 p.m. will be aired live on Fox Sports Southwest.
Cowboys Return Two Big 12 Champions
Oklahoma State returns two Big 12 individual champions from last year in Jordan Oliver and Chris Perry. Oliver is chasing his fourth title while Perry seeks his second conference title.
Series Capsule vs. Oklahoma
Overall: OSU leads, 131-26-10
In Stillwater: OSU leads, 71-12-2
In Norman: OSU leads, 57-14-8
At Neutral: OSU leads, 3-0-0
Last Meeting (Dec. 9, 2012): OSU 26, Oklahoma 9
John Smith vs. Oklahoma: 40-5-3
Mark Cody vs. Oklahoma State: 0-4-0
Series Capsule vs. Iowa State
Overall: OSU leads, 53-20-3
In Stillwater: OSU leads, 28-6-1
In Ames:*********** OSU leads, 20-12-2
At Neutral: OSU leads, 5-2
Last Meeting (Feb. 3, 2013): OSU 25, ISU 9
John Smith vs. Iowa State: 19-7
Kevin Jackson vs. Oklahoma State: 1-5
Series Capsule vs. West Virginia
Overall: OSU leads, 7-0
In Stillwater: OSU leads, 4-0
In Morgantown: OSU leads, 3-0
Last Meeting (Jan. 18, 2013): OSU 26, WVU 3
John Smith vs. West Virginia: 3-0
Craig Turnbull vs. Oklahoma State:0-3
Oklahoma State’s Last Time Out
No. 1 Oklahoma State 22, Missouri 9*********** ********
Feb. 23, 2013 :: 1 p.m. CT :: Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Center)
125: No. 4 Alan Waters (MU) dec. Eddie Klimara (OSU), 3-1
133: No. 6 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. No. 4 Nathan McCormick (MU), 5-1
141: Nicholas Hucke (MU) dec. Julian Feikert (OSU), 4-1
149: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) MD No. 14 Drake Houdashelt (MU), 15-5
157: No. 10 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. No. 19 Kyle Bradley (MU), 6-2
165: No. 3 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. No. 20 Zach Toal (MU), 4-0
174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 13 Todd Porter (MU), 3-2
184: No. 12 Chris Chionuma (OSU) dec. No. 13 Mike Larson (MU), 6-4 SV1
197: No. 17 Brent Haynes (MU) dec. Darnell Bortz (OSU), 10-4
285: No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) dec. No. 1 Dom Bradley (MU), 4-3
No. 4 Minnesota 28, No. 1 Oklahoma State 9
Feb. 23, 2013 :: 7:30 p.m. CT :: Minneapolis, Minn. (Williams Center)
125: No. 13 David Thorn (MINN) dec. Eddie Klimara (OSU), 5-2
133: No. 7 Chris Dardanes (MINN) dec. No. 6 Jon Morrison (OSU), 4-2 TB2
141: No. 8 Nick Dardanes (MINN) MD Julian Feikert (OSU), 14-5
149: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. No. 11 Dylan Ness (MINN), 6-4
157: No. 10 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN), 3-1
165: No. 3 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. No. 14 Cody Yohn (MINN), 7-2
174: No. 1 Logan Storley (MINN) fall No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU), 8:20
184: No. 5 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. No. 12 Chris Chionuma (OSU), 5-3
197: No. 10 Scott Schiller (MINN) dec. No. 11 Blake Rosholt (OSU), 6-2
285: No. 2 Tony Nelson (MINN) fall No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (OSU), 4:50
All-Time Dual Wins Leaders
As of March 5, 2013
1. Oklahoma State 1,040-115-23
2. Iowa State 1,024-289-20
3. Oregon State*** 982-319-28
4. Iowa** 927-222-31
5. Minnesota 907-426-24
OSU Statistical Leaders
Wins: 28, Jordan Oliver
Bonus Point Wins: 23, Jordan Oliver
Wins by Fall: 13, Jordan Oliver
Wins by Technical Fall: 7, Chris Perry
Wins by Major Decision: 8, Eddie Klimara and Jordan Oliver
Dual Takedowns: 70, Jordan Oliver
Dual Nearfalls: 9, Tyler Caldwell
Friday night marks the last time for five seniors to wrestle in dual competition at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Joe Ali, Chris Chionuma, Tommy Diaz, Alan Gelogaev,*Jordan Oliver*and Tyson Yoder will be recognized prior to Friday’s dual against Oklahoma.
Excellence in the Classroom
Six Cowboys were named to the Academic All-Big 12 wrestling team this week. Chris Chionuma and Chris Perry were first team honorees, while Joe Ali, Tommy Diaz, Alex Dieringer and Jordan Oliver were second team selections.
Smith On National Committee
One of the faces of the sport, both in the college ranks and worldwide, Oklahoma State coach John Smith is one of 18 people serving on the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW). The committee’s mission is to ensure that wrestling remains as a core sport of the Olympic Games.
Cowboy wrestlers between 149-285 pounds strike fear into the hearts of their opponents. Not only have the seven of them collectively earned 159 wins this season, but 96 of those wins came with bonus points attached for a 60.3 percent bonus-point win percentage. The group has recorded 49 wins over ranked opponents this season.*
Oliver’s Place In OSU History
Senior Jordan Oliver is one of 36 Oklahoma State wrestlers all-time to win 100 career bouts. He enters the Big 12 dual finals with a 28-0 mark this year and a career record of 117-6. His win total ranks him 18th all-time at OSU, but his .951 career winning percentage is third all-time at OSU among wrestlers with at least 100 career wins, trailing only four-time NCAA champ Pat Smith (.960 pct) and Alan Fried (.955 pct).
Through 28 matches this season, Jordan Oliver has not been taken down. The senior has recorded 70 takedowns.
Cowboys To Watch
The 2012-13 Oklahoma State wrestling roster is headlined by an NCAA champion, two-time NCAA finalist and three-time All-American in Jordan Oliver, an NCAA finalist in Tyler Caldwell and an NCAA third-place finisher in Chris Perry. Rounding out OSU’s group of returning All-Americans is Alan Gelogaev, who was positioned to make a run at an NCAA title last season before sustaining a season-ending injury late last year.
Under The Radar
He may not have the high national profile of some of his teammates, but observers would be wise to remember the name of OSU freshman 157-pounder Alex Dieringer. Dieringer enters the conference championships toting a 26-2 overall record that includes six wins over ranked opponents and 17 bonus-point wins. One of his two lone setbacks came at the hands of top-ranked Derek St. John of Iowa.
Caldwell Finding A Groove
After a rocky patch of the schedule in which he lost three of six bouts (granted two of the three losses came at the hands of No. 1 Kyle Dake and No. 2 David Taylor, respectively), Tyler Caldwell has regained his rhythm late in the season, rattling off 13 straight wins heading into the Big 12 dual finals. Of those 13 wins, eight came over ranked opponents.
Caldwell Knows Bedlam
Cowboy junior Tyler Caldwell is a rare breed in that he has worn the colors of both Oklahoma State and its traditional in-state rival, Oklahoma.*Caldwell was a two-time All-American and 2011 NCAA finalist for the Sooners before taking an Olympic redshirt during the 2011-12 season. Following that season away, he made the decision to enroll at Oklahoma State. Should he earn All-America status at OSU, he would become the first wrestler since Dave Schultz to be an All-American for both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Schultz placed third at the 1978 NCAA Championships wrestling for the Cowboys, then went on to earn a pair of All-America honors for the Sooners in 1981 and 1982, respectively.
Oliver Makes the Move
After winning the 2011 NCAA title and three career All-America honors at 133 pounds, senior Jordan Oliver now wrestles at 149 pounds. The move puts Oliver at a weight class that is more natural for him and was borne in part out of Oliver’s desire to compete at 145 pounds on the international freestyle level.
Oliver’s 2012 Olympic Experience
Jordan Oliver spent the summer of 2012 as a training partner for Olympic bronze medalist (and current OSU volunteer assistant) Coleman Scott. Oliver was embedded with Team USA as it prepared for the Olympics in Colorado clear through the London games.
Perry’s In Position
Coming off a season that saw him pick up his second Big 12 championship in as many tries and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, Chris Perry is among the favorites to win the NCAA 174-pound title this year. In fact, Perry was the only wrestler on the OSU roster to be ranked No. 1 in the nation at his respective weight class entering this season.
Each year, the Schalles Award is presented to the nation’s most prolific pinner. There is a college version of it and a high school version of it and in 2012, Oklahoma State swept both divisions.*Jordan Oliver won the collegiate Schalles Award by pinning 18 opponents and Jordan Rogers won the high school version after pinning all 42 of his opponents during his senior season at Mead HS in Spokane, Wash.
ASICS All-Americans Live Here
There are four different wrestlers on this year’s Oklahoma State roster who were ASICS first-team All-Americans during their prep days:
Jordan Oliver**** 2006
Chris Perry********* 2009
Josh Kindig********* 2010
Jordan Rogers** 2012
Fargo Champs, Too
There are five different wrestlers on this year’s Oklahoma State wrestling roster who won titles at the ASICS Junior Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, N.D. during their prep days:
Jon Morrison**** 2007
Jordan Oliver**** 2007
Chris Perry********* 2008
Alex Dieringer** 2011
Jordan Rogers** 2011
Wrestling With Degree In Hand
Cowboy 184-pounder Chris Chionuma has already earned his undergraduate degree in education and is now working on a post-graduate degree. He is the only member of OSU roster who already has his degree.
Signing Day Recap
Oklahoma State announced the signing of five wrestlers during the 2012 early signing period. The class is headlined by a pair of wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the nation in their respective weight classes in 152-pounder Anthony Collica (Solon, Ohio/Solon) and 132-pounder Dean Heil (Strongsville, Ohio/St. Edward). Three-time Oklahoma high school state champion Davey Dolan (Berryhill, Okla./Berryhill) and three-time Kansas high school state champion Zac Gentzler are joined by two-time Oklahoma state runner-up Eli Hale in rounding out the class.
Coached by the Best
Members of the Oklahoma State wrestling staff combine for eight world championships, three Olympic gold medals, an Olympic silver and an Olympic bronze. They also combine for eight NCAA championships and 17 All-America honors. The breakdown:
John Smith 1988 and 1992 GoldKenny Monday 1988 Gold and 1992 SilverColeman Scott** 2012 Bronze
Senior World Championships Medalists
John Smith 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991 GoldKenny Monday 1989 Gold, 1991 Silver
NCAA Individual Championships
Kenny Monday 1984John Smith 1987, 1988Eric Guerrero *1997, 1998, 1999Zack Esposito 2005Coleman Scott 2008