Wrestling Takes 10 to the National Championships
March 18, 2013
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March 21-23, 2013 :: All Day
Wells Fargo Arena :: Des Moines, Iowa
Television: ESPN (check listings)
TV Talent: Adam Amin, Tim Johnson and Anthony Robles
Radio: 93.7 KSPI-FM, 101.1 FM or 780 AM
Radio Announcers: Roger Moore & Rex Holt
Live Audio: okstate.tv
The No. 2 Oklahoma State wrestling team (20-1 overall; 6-0 Big 12) will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, with a full squad to compete in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21-23.
All of the Cowboys' matches will be aired live on one of three radio channels, 93.7 KSPI FM, 101.1 FM or 780 AM (depending on OSU's basketball schedule), with Rex Holt and Roger Moore on the call. The audio stream can also be heard live on okstate.tv, but a subscription is required to listen online.
Watch It Live
ESPN will cover the event and fans can watch each session on one of ESPN's channels. The first and second round matches on Thursday will be aired live on ESPN3. Friday's quarterfinals and semifinals can be seen on ESPNU, and starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, fans can watch the championship matches on live ESPN.
OSU Takes 10 to the tourney
Oklahoma State will send all 10 of its starters to the NCAA tournament. With nine of the Cowboys earning automatic bids, Julian Feikert was the final piece to the Cowboys' puzzle. Feikert received an at-large bid, adding another Poke to the NCAA field.
Eight Cowboys Crowned Big 12 Champs
The* Oklahoma State wrestling team collected its 46th and 47th Big 12 titles last weekend, with the 46th being the Pokes second-consecutive Big 12 regular season title* and the 47th being the Big 12 team tournament title.* Also, eight of the 10 Cowboys were crowned Big 12 champions: Eddie Klimara (125), Jon Morrison (133), Jordan Oliver (149), Alex Dieringer (157), Tyler Caldwell (165), Chris Perry (174), Chris Chionuma (184) and Alan Gelogaev (285). Last weekend brought the Cowboys' all-time total of conference champions to 247.
Good Ride, Cowboy
Senior Jordan Oliver will wrap up his collegiate career at the NCAA Championships. The Easton, Pa., native earned his fourth conference title last weekend, making him only the fifth Cowboy in school history to do so. He is also the first in OSU's history to receive three Outstanding Wrestler awards at the tournament. Oliver aims for his fourth All-America honor in Des Moines, earning it in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The 2011 honor came along with the 133-pound NCAA title. The Cowboy has a perfect 32-0 record with 28 bonus-point wins this season.
Cowboys Take four All-Americans
Oliver is joined by three other All-Americans on the Cowboys' squad. Chris Perry received the distinction after producing a third-place finish at last year's tournament. While at Oklahoma, Tyler Caldwell earned two All-America honors, finishing fifth in 2010 and second in 2011. Alan Gelogaev returns to his first NCAA Championships after earning seventh in 2010.
John Smith At The NCAA Meet
John Smith has led the Cowboys to five NCAA titles and has coached 24 NCAA individual champions and 95 All-Americans since taking over the program in 1991-92. His 24 NCAA champions leads all active coaches and his 95 All-Americans ranks second to Minnesota's J Robinson, who has coached five more years than Smith.
Cowboys At the NCAA Championships
The Oklahoma State wrestling program boasts 34 NCAA titles all-time, making it the winningest program in all of college sports. Cowboy wrestlers have combined to win 134 NCAA individual titles and 428 All-America honors through the years, far surpassing the second-place totals held by Iowa (78 champions and 297 All-Americans).
All-Time Dual Wins Leaders
As of March 11, 2013
1. Oklahoma State 1,043-115-23
2. Iowa State 1,026-290-20
3. Oregon State*** 982-319-28
4. Iowa** 927-222-31
5. Minnesota 907-426-24
OSU Statistical Leaders
Wins: 32, Jordan Oliver
Bonus Point Wins: 28, Jordan Oliver
Wins by Fall: 17, Jordan Oliver
Wins by Technical Fall: 7, Chris Perry
Wins by Major Decision: 10, Alex Dieringer
Dual Takedowns: 98, Jordan Oliver
Dual Nearfalls: 12, Blake Rosholt
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 188 wins this season, but 117 of those wins came with bonus points attached for a 62.2 percent bonus-point win percentage. The group has recorded 53 wins over ranked opponents this season.*
Oliver's Place In OSU History
Senior Jordan Oliver is one of 35 Oklahoma State wrestlers all-time to win 100 career bouts. He enters the NCAA Championships with a 32-0 mark this year and a career record of 121-6.* His win total ranks him 10th all-time at OSU, but his .952 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 32 matches this season, Jordan Oliver has not been taken down. The senior has recorded 92 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 NCAA Championships toting a 30-2 overall record that includes six wins over ranked opponents and 21 bonus-point wins. One of his two lone setbacks came at the hands of top-ranked Derek St. John of Iowa.
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