Warrensburg, Mo. -
Oklahoma State opened its 2007-08 wrestling season with a solid showing at the Central Missouri Open Sunday, as seven different Cowboys won their respective weight classes and an additional five OSU wrestlers were finalists in their respective weight classes.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day came when OSU's Tyler Shinn knocked off teammate and top-ranked Coleman Scott with a 3-1 sudden victory in the championship bout at 133 pounds. Shinn and Scott have faced off three times since last Wednesday, with the two going to the wire in each of the three matches. A three-time All-American, Scott handed Shinn a 5-4 setback in ranking matches last Wednesday, then claimed a 4-3 victory over Shinn at the Orange and Black Dual the next night.
In other action at 133, freshman Jamal Parks was impressive, taking third place with his only loss coming at the hands of eventual champion Shinn in the semifinal bout.
OSU was well-represented at 125 pounds, where redshirt freshman Ben Ashmore took second place after suffering a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Stanford captain and two-time All-American Tanner Gardner.
"I thought as a team we had some good, we had some not-so-good, and we definitely had some ugly," Head coach John Smith said. "I'd still give the team a passing grade though for now. We still have a lot of things to work on and we will continue to get better."
Cowboy senior and two-time All-American Nathan Morgan stormed through the 141 pound weight class by claiming two technical fall victories and a trio of major decision wins before handing Central Oklahoma's Kyle Evans a 6-1 defeat in the title bout. Freshman Luke Ashmore took fifth place at 141 pounds by beating
Missouri's Vince Hannon by a 5-3 margin in the fifth place match.
Redshirt freshman Quinten Fuentes further strengthened his grip on a potential starting spot at 149 pounds by winning the weight class at Central Missouri.
Fuentes routed Central Oklahoma's Colby Robinson, 10-2 in the championship bout after picking up a pin and a tech fall on his way through the bracket. The starting spot at the 149 pound weight class is wide open at Oklahoma State, but Fuentes is making a strong case after winning his match at the Orange and Black Dual, then rolling to the title Sunday.
"Quinten wrestled well and took advantage of some upper body attacks," Smith said. "He has had a much better start this year than last year. The starting spot at 149 will still be evaluated at over the next couple weeks and no decision has been made yet, but Quinten is doing well."
Newly McSpadden, the Cowboys' returning starter at 157 pounds, was strong Sunday, finishing as the runner-up behind Stanford All-American Josh Zupancic. 157 is another weight class that is open for competition at OSU, and with a win at the Orange and Black Dual plus a solid showing at Central Missouri, McSpadden has stated his case. Teammates Neil Erisman and Ryan Freeman took fourth place and fifth place, respectively Sunday.
Looking to replace two-time NCAA individual champion Johny Hendricks at 165 pounds in the Oklahoma State lineup, sophomore Kyle Griffin took second place at Central Missouri, falling to Missouri Valley's Chris Jones in the final, 7-4. Teammate Kevin Wainscott finished fifth.
Oklahoma State rolled in the upper weights, with All-American Brandon Mason steamrolling through at 174 pounds with a pair of tech fall wins to go with two major decisions. At 184 pounds, Cody Hill also claimed a pair of tech fall wins and a pair of major decisions before beating Central Missouri's Jeremy Hudson in the championship bout, 7-1. Freshman Adam Rosholt took sixth at 184 pounds.
One of the more interesting results of the day came in the championship match at 197 pounds, where OSU freshman Clayton Foster knocked off teammate and returning starter Jared Shelton, 6-3. The two met last Thursday at the Orange and Black Dual, with Shelton claiming a 10-3 win. This remains a weight class to watch for the Cowboys.
Cowboy sophomore Jared Rosholt won the heavyweight bracket with a 1-0 victory over Lindenwood's Lance Shunia in the championship match.
The Cowboys return to action next Saturday when selected OSU wrestlers compete at the Kaufman-Brand Open in Omaha, Neb.
OSU Highlights At The Central Missouri Open
125 pounds - Ben Ashmore (Second Place)
133 pounds - Tyler Shinn (First Place); Coleman Scott (Second Place); Jamal Parks (Third Place)
141 pounds - Nathan Morgan (First Place); Luke Ashmore (Fifth Place)
149 pounds - Quinten Fuentes (First Place)
157 pounds - Newly McSpadden (Second Place); Neil Erisman (Fourth Place); Ryan Freeman (Fifth Place)
165 pounds - Kyle Griffin (Second Place); Kevin Wainscott (Fifth Place)
174 pounds - Brandon Mason (First Place)
184 pounds - Cody Hill (First Place); Adam Rosholt (Sixth Place)
197 pounds - Clayton Foster (First Place); Jared Shelton (Second Place)
Heavyweight - Jared Rosholt (First Place)