Feb. 19, 2012
STILLWATER, Okla. – The No. 1-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday evening in the NWCA National Duals championship match, as the Cowboys dropped an 18-13 decision to No. 3 Minnesota in front of 4,453 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Cowboys (16-1) were shorthanded without the availability of third-ranked Alan Gelogaev at heavyweight, but managed to beat No. 5 Illinois, 19-15, earlier today in the semifinal to reach the championship against the Golden Gophers (14-3).
OSU won four bouts in the final, highlighted by top-ranked 133-pounder Jordan Oliver, who scored an 11-3 major decision over No. 8 Chris Dardanes, as well as third-ranked 174-pounder Chris Perry, who kept his undefeated record perfect at 23-0 with a 4-0 win over No. 4 Logan Storley.
Senior 149-pounder Jamal Parks also had an impressive performance. After falling behind 5-0, the Tulsa native stormed back for an 11-8 decision over No. 11 Dylan Ness to add three points to the Pokes’ team score.
Albert White added a decision at 157 pounds with a 9-7 victory over Daniel Zilverberg on the way to the Cowboys building a 13-9 lead, but Minnesota’s final three wrestlers, all ranked in the top-10, managed decisions to seal the Gopher win.
After Sunday’s action, OSU now holds a 60-12 all-time record at the NWCA National Duals, and its 12 championship appearances are four more than any other school.
Iowa won the third-place match with a 28-6 win over Illinois.
Oklahoma State is back in action Friday, Feb. 24, as the Cowboys wrap up the dual portion of the season against the Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
No. 3 Minnesota 18, No. 1 Oklahoma State 13
No. 4 Iowa 28, No. 5 Illinois 6