WARRENSBURG, Mo. ? The Oklahoma Sate wrestling team crowned eight of a possible 10 champions at the Central Missouri State Open Sunday. Obenson Blanc (125 pounds), Tyler Shinn (133 pounds), Jamal Parks (141 pounds), Brandon Mason (165 pounds), Kyle Griffin (174 pounds), Jared Shelton (184 pounds), Clayton Foster (197 pounds) and Jared Rosholt (285 pounds) all emerged as the best of their respective weight classes.
Fellow Cowboys Jordan Oliver (125 pounds), Chris Notte (133 pounds), Luke Silver (149 pounds), Newly McSpadden (157 pounds) and Cody Hill (174 pounds) all advanced to the final round in their respective weight classes as well.
Oklahoma State coach John Smith said going into this weekend?s action that the Orange and Black Ranking Matches and the Central Missouri State Open would both factor in to his decision-making for who starts for the Cowboys when the season opens Nov. 22 against Old Dominion.
That said, Tyler Shinn took a pair of huge steps toward locking up the starting spot at 133 pounds with a 3-1 sudden victory win over teammate Chris Notte at the Orange and Black Ranking Matches and a 4-2 win over Notte in the title bout at the Central Missouri State Open.
Another weight class that was in question for Oklahoma State going into the year was 149 pounds, where Luke Silver has now emerged as the narrow favorite by virtue of his 9-8 win over Quinten Fuentes at the Orange and Black Ranking Matches coupled with his finals appearance at the Central Missouri State Open. Silver medical forfeited the title bout to Oklahoma?s Will Rowe, who bumped Fuentes from the bracket with a 16-5 major decision win in the semifinal round.
Cowboy 157-pounder Newly McSpadden placed ahead of teammate Neil Erisman at the CMSU Open Sunday, which when paired with McSpadden?s win over Erisman at the Orange and Black Dual would give McSpadden the edge in that weight class.
OSU?s deepest weight class this year is 174 pounds, but with his two wins at the Orange and Black Dual plus his first-place finish at the CMSU Open, Kyle Griffin appears to have taken command at this early juncture.
A closer look at how the Cowboys did at the CMSU Open:
OSU Results By Weight Classes
125 pounds: Obenson Blanc (1st), Jordan Oliver (2nd), Drew Partain (5th), Andre Taylor (6th), Kyle Torkleson (Did not place)
133 pounds: Tyler Shinn (1st), Chris Notte (2nd), Ricky Dellagatta (Did not place)
141 pounds: Jamal Parks (1st), Luke Ashmore (3rd)
149 pounds: Luke Silver (2nd), Quinten Fuentes (5th), Jake Peck (Did not place)
157 pounds: Newly McSpadden (2nd), Neil Erisman (3rd)
165 pounds: Brandon Mason (1st), Alex Meade (3rd), Ace Adamson (Did not place)
174 pounds: Kyle Griffin (1st), Cody Hill (2nd), Kevin Wainscott (5th)
184 pounds: Jared Shelton (1st), Chris McNeil (4th)
197 pounds: Clayton Foster (1st), Adam Rosholt (Did not place), Tyson Yoder (Did not place), Elliott Hellwege (Did not place)
285 pounds: Jared Rosholt (1st)