Cowboys Close Out Schedule with Bedlam Rematch

Cowboys Close Out Schedule with Bedlam Rematch
Oklahoma State’s wrestling team will close out the regular season with Bedlam on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Howard McCasland Fieldhouse in Norman. The dual will be televised statewide by Cox Cable. The Cowboys are 15-2 on the season and are coming off of a 19-16 loss to top-ranked Minnesota. Both of OSU’s losses this season are to the Gophers. The Cowboys won the only season meeting with Oklahoma winning 23-12 back in December. OSU has won 15 straight dual matches against the Sooners and lead the overall series 120-24-9. The Cowboys have been getting strong performances at the top of the lineup. Sophomore 125-pounder Coleman Scott and Sophomore 133-pounder Nathan Morgan are a combined 48-4 this season. Junior Johny Hendricks owns OSU’s only No. 1 ranking having the top spot at 165 by Amateur Wrestling News.

Scouting the Sooners
Oklahoma comes into the dual ranked 11th nationally. OU is coming off of one of its biggest wins of the season winning at fourth-ranked Nebraska before defeating No. 20 Hofstra. OU comes into the contest with a 10-5-1 record. The Sooners have been battling injuries throughout the year losing some key wrestlers to their lineup. OU is still without 133-pounder Joe Comparin, but the rest of the lineup is intact. The Sooners boast five wrestlers all ranked in the top six of their weight class. Sam Hazewinkel is still undefeated and ranked second at 125. Teyon Ware is ranked second at 141, while Matt Storniolo and Joel Flaggert are both ranked fourth at 149 and 197, respectively. Jake Hager is ranked No. 6 at heavyweight.

Seniors Say Goodbye
Five Oklahoma State seniors wrestled their final match inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. It has been one of the most productive senior classes over the last 50 years combining to win three NCAA team titles, four individual titles, six All-American finishes and five Big 12 championships. The Cowboys have gone 33-1 inside Gallagher-Iba Arena over the last four years and 70-4 overall in duals. The seniors made senior day memorable all recording wins in their final match inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Steve Mocco recorded a fall and Rusty Blackmon rallied from a 7-0 deficit to win in sudden victory.

Gopher Bitten
Oklahoma State has dominated collegiate wrestling since the NCAA started conducting a championship in 1928. The Cowboys have been even more dominating of late winning the last three NCAA titles and compiling a 107-8 record over the last six seasons. There has been one team that has continually stuck out and that is Minnesota. The Gophers have handed OSU five of those eight losses and have won seven of the last 10 meetings in the series, including twice this year. Oklahoma State still leads the all-time series at 16-9, but Minnesota is closing the gap.

Freshmen Become Sophomores
Head coach John Smith made a decision last winter to pull two freshmen out of redshirt because the Cowboys were struggling at both 125 and 133. Coleman Scott and Nathan Morgan both became Big 12 champions later on that year, while Scott went on to finish eighth at the NCAA Championships at 125. The freshmen have become sophomores and have turned into two of the better wrestlers at their weight class in the country. Scott is 23-3 and is ranked as high as fourth in the country. Morgan has the best record on the team at 25-1 and is ranked second by the NWCA/Intermat Individual Rankings at 133 after defeating fourth-ranked Mack Reiter of Minnesota twice and third-ranked Darrell Vasquez of Cal Poly.



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