Cowboy Wrestling Hosts Iowa Sunday

Blake Rosholt

Blake Rosholt

Jan. 11, 2013

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Oklahoma State Wrestling This Week
vs. No. 4 Iowa
Jan. 13, 2013 :: 2 p.m. :: Gallagher-Iba Arena :: Stillwater, Okla.

Television: None
Radio: 93.7 KSPI-FM (Roger Moore & Rex Holt)
Live Results: okstate.com
Live Internet Video: okstate.tv
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The Basics
The No. 2 Oklahoma State wrestling team (7-0) will take on No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes (13-0) in the teams' 47th meeting on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Ticket Information
General public tickets for Sunday's dual can be purchased for $15. Pistol Pete Partners and current OSU students are admitted free with valid identification. Call the ticket office toll free at 877-ALL-4-OSU or you can reach the ticket office at tickets@okstate.edu.

Listen to the Dual Live
The dual will be aired live on 93.7 KSPI FM radio in Stillwater 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 The Dual Live
The dual will be streamed live online at okstate.tv. To access the dual, simply select the dual from the list of live events directly under the video player. Okstate.tv is a subscription-based service. To subscribe, click on the "Subscribe" link on the top right-hand portion of the main okstate.tv screen.

Live Stats And Play-by-Play
Fans can follow the action online through live results and play-by-play on www.okstate.com. Simply go to the site and the link to live results and play-by-play will be prominently displayed.

Series Capsule vs. Iowa
Overall OSU leads, 26-18-2
In Stillwater OSU leads, 11-6-2
In Iowa City OSU leads, 11-10-0
At Neutral OSU leads, 4-2-0
Last Meeting (Jan. 7, 2012) OSU 17, Iowa 16
John Smith vs. Iowa 15-7-1
Tom Brands vs. Oklahoma State 2-4-1

Oklahoma State's Last Meeting vs. Iowa
No. 2 Oklahoma State 17, No. 1 Iowa 16
Jan. 7, 2012 :: Carver-Hawkeye Arena :: Iowa City, Iowa
125: No. 2 Matt McDonough (Iowa) MD No. 8 Jon Morrison (OSU); 14-4
133: No. 4 Tony Ramos (Iowa) dec. No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU); 4-3 TB
141: No. 5 Montell Marion (Iowa) dec. No. 18 Josh Kindig (OSU); 9-7
149: No. 2 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Mike Kelly (Iowa); 8-3
157: No. 12 Albert White (OSU) dec. Nick Moore (Iowa); 7-4
165: No. 13 Mike Evans (Iowa) dec. Dallas Bailey (OSU); 5-1
174: Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 5 Ethen Lofthouse (Iowa); 3-2 TB
184: Vinnie Wagner (Iowa) dec. Chris McNeil (OSU); 4-3
197: Blake Rosholt (OSU) dec. No. 15 Grant Gambrall (Iowa); 8-4
285: No. 3 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) MD No. 7 Bobby Telford (Iowa); 10-2
OSU earns one team point on the third criteria - total match points (54-51) - to win the dual, 17-16

Oklahoma State's Last Time Out
OSU began the New Year at the Southern Scuffle where three Cowboys were crowned champions. Jon Morrison, Jordan Oliver and Chris Perry earned Scuffle titles at 133, 149 and 174 pounds, respectively. Alex Dieringer and Tyler Caldwell picked up third-place finishes at 157 and 165 pounds. Oliver was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler.

All-Time Dual Wins Leaders
As of Jan. 10, 2012
1. Oklahoma State 1,030-114-23
2. Iowa State 1,016-288-20
3. Oregon State 973-318-28
4. Iowa 919-219-31
5. Minnesota 899-425-24

Honorary Coach of the Dual
Former Cowboy wrestler Richard Nigro will be recognized as an honorary coach on Sunday for his longtime and consistent support of the Cowboy wrestling program. Nigro was named a letterwinner after he made four varsity appearances in 1951.

Oklahoma State-Iowa Rivalry
For years, the Hawkeye and Cowboy wrestlers have had one of the most intense rivalries in college sports as they are two of the most storied programs in the nation. The two teams have combined for 57 national championships. OSU leads the series, 26-18-2.

Top-20 Showdowns
Seventeen top-20 wrestlers will go head to head on Sunday. Oklahoma State will send out eight ranked in at least one major national poll, and the Hawkeyes will send out nine. Matches where both wrestlers are ranked will happen at 133, 149, 157, 165, 184 and 285 pounds.

"The Natural" History
Former Oklahoma State wrestler and Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer Randy "The Natural" Couture will be on hand to sign autographs in the east lobby of Gallagher-Iba Arena prior to Sunday's dual against Iowa. Couture was a three-time All-American for Oklahoma State from 1990-92 at 190 pounds. He put together an overall 113-42-3 collegiate record during his time as a Cowboy. In 1997, Couture made his professional fighting debut. He went on to win five UFC World Championships and in 2006, was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Oliver Hits 100th Career win
Senior Jordan Oliver collected five victories at the Southern Scuffle to push his career victory total to the century mark. He enters the Iowa dual with a 17-0 mark this year and a career record of 100-6.

Matchmakers
Chris Perry and Jon Morrison are each one takedown away from matching their totals for the 2011-12 season. Perry earned 44 last season, while Morrison gathered 16.

Mission: Impossible
Through 17 matches this season, including six dual matches, Jordan Oliver has not been taken down, while Chris Perry has yet to be taken down in dual competiton. Those two have recorded 75 dual takedowns combined, 43 by Perry and 32 from Oliver.

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.

Caldwell Knows Bedlam
Cowboy junior Tyler Caldwell is a rare breed in that he has worn the colors of both Oklahoma State and its traditional in-state rival, Oklahoma. Caldwell was a two-time All-American and 2011 NCAA finalist for the Sooners before taking an Olympic redshirt during the 2011-12 season. Following that season away, he made the decision to enroll at Oklahoma State. Should he earn All-America status at OSU, he would become the first wrestler since Dave Schultz to be an All-American for both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Schultz placed third at the 1978 NCAA Championships wrestling for the Cowboys, then went on to earn a pair of All-America honors for the Sooners in 1981 and 1982, respectively.

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.

Pin Pals
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:

Olympic Medalists
John Smith 1988 and 1992 Gold
Kenny Monday 1988 Gold and 1992 Silver
Coleman Scott 2012 Bronze

Senior World Championships Medalists
John Smith 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991 Gold
Kenny Monday 1989 Gold, 1991 Silver

NCAA Individual Championships
Kenny Monday 1984
John Smith 1987, 1988
Eric Guerrero 1997, 1998, 1999
Zack Esposito 2005
Coleman Scott 2008

 

 

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