Cayle Byers advances to championship tournament.
Competition at 55 kg, 60 kg and 96 kg will also begin tomorrow.
By Taylor Miller
March 22, 2013 Wells Fargo Arena
2011-12: NCAA runner-up who was ranked as the nation's top 133-pound wrestler for the vast majority of the season ... A remarkable 60 percent of his matches ended with Oliver earning a fall, setting a single-season school record that had been held by Thomas Landrum (58.6) since 1981 ... Also, 86.7 percent of his matches ended with him scoring bonus points, ranking second in school history behind only John Smith's 1987 season (90.7) ... Pinned his first three opponents at the NCAA Championships in the first period in a combined time of only 6:12 ... Tallied five wins on the year against eventual All-Americans ... Won his third-straight Big 12 title after recording a fall over ISU's Shayden Terukina in the semifinal and a major decision over No. 10 Nathan McCormick of Missouri in the final ... Finished with a 28-2 record, including a 17-1 dual record and a 12-2 record vs. ranked opponents ... Opened the year with 10-straight victories, all of which were victory by fall ... Was honored as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week twice ... Placed first in the 133-pound bracket at the Reno Tournament of Champions, recording first period pins in all five of his bouts ... Lead the Cowboys in falls with 18, 12 of which ended in the first period ... Also paced OSU in dual takedowns with 77 and dual near falls with 20 ... Along with 18 falls, he recorded five major decision victories and three tech falls to lead the team with 26 bonus point victories ... Won all four of his matches during the NWCA National Duals, all of which came against ranked opponents ... In the regional round, he recorded a major decision against No. 17 Zach Zehner of Wisconsin and pulled off a 7-3 decision against eventual national champion Logan Stieber from Ohio State ... In the final round, he picked up two major decision victories against No. 4 B.J. Futrell of Illinois, 15-1, and No. 8 Chris Dardanes of Minnesota, 11-3 ... Defeated Futrell, 8-7, at the NWCA All-Star Classic before the season began, though the result does not count to his overall record.
2010-11: NCAA champion who finished with a 29-0 overall record that included 24 bonus-point wins ... His 82.8 bonus-point win percentage was the fifth-highest single-season mark in Oklahoma State history, sandwiched between John Smith's 1988 season and Kenny Monday's 1984 campaign ... A staggering 10 of his wins were stopped by either fall or technical fall in the first period ... Had three bonus-point wins in four bouts on his way to the NCAA finals ... Beat No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser three times during the course of the season, including an 8-4 triumph in the NCAA title bout ... His 8-7 win over then-No. 1 Hochstrasser at the NWCA All-Star Classic exhibition didn't count in his season win total ... Won his second straight Big 12 title after pinning Iowa State's Ben Cash in 59 seconds in the semifinals at the conference meet, then claiming a 15-3 major decision win over Oklahoma's Jordan Keller in the finals ... Racked up an overwhelming 90 takedowns and 26 nearfalls in Oklahoma State's 18 duals ... Of his six wins over ranked opponents, three came with bonus points - a 10-2 major decision over No. 9 Mike Grey of Cornell in the NCAA quarterfinals, a 10-2 major decision win over No. 7 Devin Carter of Virginia Tech and a 16-0 technical fall victory over No. 15 Tyler Cox of Wyoming that was stopped at the 2:52 mark of the first period ... Earned Outstanding Wrestler distinction at the National Duals after storming to five bonus-point wins at the event ... Big 12 wrestler of the month in November and a two-time selection as Big 12 wrestler of the week, earning the honor after roaring through the field at National Duals and again after toppling Hochstrasser as part of the Cowboys' dual match win over the Broncos.
2009-10: Secured All-America honors as a freshman with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships ... In doing so, he became only the 32nd freshman in Oklahoma State's storied history to earn a spot on the All-America podium ... Topped No. 5 Boris Novachkov of Cal Poly by a 5-4 score in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Championships ... Also picked up wins over Michigan's Zac Stevens, Bucknell's David Marble and No. 6 Dan Mitcheff of Kent State at nationals ... Co-Outstanding Wrestler at the Big 12 Championships after winning the 133-pound bracket in convincing fashion ... His Big 12 title made him the 15th OSU freshman ever to win a conference championship and only the second Cowboy freshman to earn Big 12 outstanding wrestler honors ... Picked up a 10-2 major decision win over Missouri's Nathan McCormick in the first round at Big 12s before storming to a 6-2 win over No. 7 Nick Fanthorpe of Iowa State in the championship bout ... Hit a five-point move in the second period of the title match to highlight his win ... Stamped himself as one of the nation's top wrestlers as a freshman, sporting a 32-4 overall record and a 15-2 dual match mark ... Put together an 8-4 record against ranked opposition ... Included on his list of victims were NCAA runner-up Daniel Dennis of Iowa and an additional two All-Americans in Cal Poly's Novachkov and Kent State's Mitcheff ... Finished the regular season by winning four of his last five bouts by either fall or technical fall ... Led the team with 51 dual match takedowns ... His five wins by technical fall also led the team ... Ranked third on the squad with 16 bonus-point victories.
Summer, 2009: Enjoyed a remarkable summer that was capped by a bronze medal in the 60 kilogram bracket at the FILA Junior World Championships in Ankara, Turkey ... Recognized as the Outstanding Wrestler at the U.S. Junior Freestyle Championships in Las Vegas after he pinned Iowa State's Andrew Long just 42 seconds into the second period of his championship bout ... His path to the title at that event included a technical fall and two pins ... Won the title at the University Freestyle National Championships and was nothing short of dominant on his way to the crown, claiming technical fall victories over each of his first three opponents and pinning his fourth opponent before claiming a comfortable 2-0, 4-0 win over Iowa State's Andrew Long in the semifinals ... Recognized as TheMat.com's National Wrestler of the Week after he won the 60-kilogram title at the FILA Junior Freestyle World Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23 ... Oliver won the championship series in two straight matches over two-time Junior World Team member Tyler Graff (Loveland, Colo./New York AC). Oliver won the first match 2-0, 1-0 and the second match 2-0, 2-0 to sweep the series.
2008-09 (Redshirt Year): Was very impressive in compiling a 19-1 overall record competing exclusively in open tournaments ... Of his 19 wins, 15 came with bonus points included ... Claimed nine wins by fall, two by major decision and four by technical fall ... Champion at the Missouri Open, the Oklahoma Open and the Roger Denker Open ... Runner-up at the Central Missouri Open only after medical forfeiting the title bout to Oklahoma State teammate Obenson Blanc ... Only loss was a 6-5 defeat at the hands of two-time NCAA Division II national champion Cody Garcia of Nebraska-Omaha in the championship match of the Loper Open ... Wrestled the first half of the season at 125 pounds before making the move to 133 pounds at the Oklahoma Open.
High School: Attended Easton HS in Easton, Pa., where he was coached by Steve Powell ... 2007 Fargo junior freestyle national champion at 119 pounds ... Finished his prep career with a 175-5 record. He capped a perfect 40-0 senior year by winning his third Pennsylvania state championship and being recognized as Pennsylvania's Outstanding Wrestler at the 2008 Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic ... Oliver's 175 high school wins stands as the most victories ever for a wrestler from his district ... Was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd shortly after his prep career ended ... Ranked as the No. 7 wrestler in the nation in any weight class by RevWrestling ... Ranked No. 3 in the nation in the 2007 Intermat all-class rankings and was the No. 1 junior in those rankings ... Took second at the Pennsylvania state meet as a freshman before winning the event as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Finished his sophomore season a perfect 48-0 and ranked No. 1 nationally at his weight class by Amateur Wrestling News and Intermat. He also was voted the outstanding wrestler in the Class AAA state tournament ... Named 2005-06 Express-Times Wrestler of the Year, becoming only the third sophomore ever to win the award, then won the honor again his senior year ... Went 46-1 as a junior.
Jordan Oliver Capsule