Cowboy Wrestling Opens Dual Slate With Quakers

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Nov. 21, 2012

The Basics
The Oklahoma State wrestling team (0-0 overall) opens the dual match portion of the 2012-13 season when it hosts Pennsylvania at 4 p.m. CT Sunday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Ticket Information
Public and donor season tickets are available for $75. OSU faculty and staff and O-Club and senior season tickets are $60. Single-dual tickets can be purchased for $10. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Oklahoma State in Openers
The 2012-13 season is the 94th of Oklahoma State wrestling. The Cowboys own an 83-6-4 all-time record in season openers and have won their last 16, dating back to the 1995-96 opener. Under coach John Smith, Oklahoma State is 19-1-1 in season openers. The Cowboys own an 85-4-4 record in home openers.

Head-to-Head Matchups
Sunday's dual between Oklahoma State and Pennsylvania will have an element of freshness to it, as none of the probable starters on either team has ever faced his likely opponent before in a collegiate match.

Feature Bout
The only weight class that could provide a ranked vs. ranked matchup in Sunday's dual is 197 pounds, where Penn's Micah Burak enters ranked No. 8 in the country and Oklahoma State's Blake Rosholt is No. 12. Rosholt medical forfeited his way out of the Lindenwood Open last week, but is expected to be cleared for Sunday's action.

Connections
Oklahoma State has two Pennsylvanians on its roster, Jordan Oliver from Easton and Josh Kindig from Auburn, and Pennsylvania has one Oklahoman on its roster, 285 pounder Kyle Cowan from Tulsa and Cascia Hall Prep. Penn assistant coach Matt Valenti is a familiar name for Cowboy fans, as many remember him beating Coleman Scott in the 2007 NCAA title bout at 133 pounds. Scott and Valenti have also tangled several times on the senior freestyle circuit, with Scott dumping Valenti at this year's U.S. Olympic Trials en route to securing a spot on the Olympic team and eventually winning a bronze medal in London.

Catching Up With the Cowboys
While Oklahoma State opens its dual match portion of the schedule Sunday, it should be noted that the Cowboys have been active on the open tournament scene this fall, with individuals competing at the Oklahoma City Open, the Central Missouri Open and the Lindenwood Open. The Pokes crowned four champs at both the Oklahoma City Open and the Lindenwood Open and had two wrestlers win their respective weight classes at the Central Missouri Open. As would be expected in preseason open tournaments, the wrestlers who compose OSU's probable starting lineup were dominant, with Jordan Oliver, Alex Dieringer, Tyler Caldwell and Chris Perry going a combined 21-0 at the Lindenwood Open with 20 of those wins coming with bonus points attached.

Quality Early-Season Wins
Oliver, Dieringer, Caldwell and Perry were joined by 141-pounder Julian Feikert in scoring wins over ranked opponents at the Lindenwood Open. Oliver was a 12-4 major decision winner over No. 15 Drake Houdashelt of Missouri in the 149-pound title bout, Dieringer was a 12-3 major decision winner over No. 17 Kyle Bradley of Missouri in the 157-pound title bout, Caldwell pitched a 7-0 shutout against No. 18 Zach Toal of Missouri in the 165-pound title bout, Perry pinned No. 17 Todd Porter of Missouri just 1:18 into the 174-pound title bout and Feikert was an 11-8 victor over No. 15 Nicholas Hucke of Missouri in the

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.

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.

Caldwell Knows Bedlam
Cowboy junior Tyler Caldwell is a rare breed in that he has worn the colors of both Oklahoma State and it's 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.

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.

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.

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

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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