Cowboys Host No. 4 Minnesota Sunday

Dec. 1, 2011

No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. No. 4 Minnesota
Dec. 4, 2011 | 1 p.m. CST | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611 capacity)
Television: None
Live Radio: 93.7 KSPI-FM
Radio Announcers: Rex Holt & Roger Moore
Live Internet Video:
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Probable Starters
Oklahoma State vs. Minnesota
125: No. 13 Ladd Rupp, So., 5-1 record vs. No. 2 Zach Sanders, Sr., 7-0 record
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver, Jr., 1-0 record vs. No. 10 David Thorn, So., 7-0 record
141: No. 7 Josh Kindig, So., 1-0 record vs. No. 19 Nick Dardanes, RFr., 6-1 record
149: No. 2 Jamal Parks, Sr., 6-0 record vs. No. 15 Dylan Ness, RFr., 5-2 record
157: No. 9 Albert White, Sr., 7-0 record vs. No. 10 Jake Deitchler, So., 5-1 record
165: No. 13 Dallas Bailey, So., 4-2 record vs. No. 9 Cody Yohn, Jr., 5-1 record
174: Chris McNeil, Sr., 5-1 record vs. No. 10 Logan Storley, Fr., 3-1 record
184: No. 9 Chris Perry, So., 5-0 record vs. No. 4 Kevin Steinhaus, So., 6-1 record
197: No. 2 Cayle Byers, Sr., 8-0 record vs. No. 3 Sonny Yohn, Sr., 6-1 record
285: No. 4 Alan Gelogaev, Jr., 5-0 record vs. No. 3 Tony Nelson, So., 7-0 record

The Basics

The No. 2 Oklahoma State wrestling team (1-0 overall; 1-0 Big 12) opens its home schedule when it faces No. 4 Minnesota (2-1 overall) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Minnesota’s only loss of the year so far came on the road to then-No. 5 Cornell, 21-16. Since then, the Golden Gophers knocked off then-No. 2 Penn State in State College and defeated North Dakota State, 29-9. They travel to Central Michigan to face the Chippewas Friday at 6:30 p.m. before coming to Stillwater.



We Will Remember
Oklahoma State suffered a tragic loss on Nov. 17, 2011, when a small plane carrying four members of the OSU family crashed, killing women’s basketball coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna and OSU alumni Olin and Paula Branstetter. OSU’s season opening duals against Rutgers and Missouri were postponed after the accident, giving Oklahoma State a time to mourn and coordinate a memorial for those lost. The dual versus Minnesota marks the first home contest for the Cowboys.

Series Capsule
Overall: OSU leads, 20-10-0
In Stillwater: OSU leads, 7-4-0
In Minneapolis: OSU leads, 12-2-0
At Neutral: MINN leads, 4-1-0
Last Meeting (Dec. 5, 2010): OSU 17, MINN 16
John Smith vs. Minnesota: 13-10-0
J Robinson vs. Oklahoma State: 10-13-0

Ticket Information
Tickets for the Minnesota dual are $10. Admission is $4 for groups of 20 or more, but to be eligible for that rate, the tickets need to be reserved ahead of time. All Oklahoma State students are admitted free with valid OSU student identification.

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On The Air
The dual will be aired live on KSPI 93.7 FM radio in Stillwater with Rex Holt and Roger Moore on the call.

Watch The Dual Live
Fans can watch the dual live online at Simply go to the site, then click on “Multimedia” and roll your mouse over to “Live Events” on the left-hand side and scroll down to the dual of your choice and click the link to the video feed. The video feed also includes the audio from the radio broadcast. A subscription is required to view the feed.

Live Stats And Play-by-Play
Fans can also follow the action online through live results and play-by-play on Simply go to the main wrestling site and click the link to the primary story on the page.

Last Meeting vs. Minnesota
No. 2 Oklahoma State 17, No. 3 Minnesota 16
Dec. 5, 2010 | Minneapolis, Minn.
Dual started at 174 pounds
174: Scott Glasser dec. Mike Benefiel; 6-1
184: Kevin Steinhaus dec. Chris Perry; 8-2
197: Clayton Foster dec. Sonny Yohn; 7-4
285: Tony Nelson dec. Blake Rosholt; 5-1
125: Jon Morrison dec. Zach Sanders; 7-5 SV
133: Jordan Oliver TF5 Thane Antczak; 22-7, 7:00
141: Mike Thorn MD Luke Silver; 11-3
149: Jamal Parks dec. Dan Zilverberg; 2-0
157: Albert White dec. Pat Smith; 10-3
165: Cody Yohn dec. Dallas Bailey; 6-4

Head-to-Head Matchups
The bouts set at 165 and 184 feature athletes with history between them.

11/19/10 | Bailey fall Yohn; 4:56 | Kaufman Brand Open
12/5/10 | Yohn dec. Bailey; 6-4 | Dual (Minneapolis)

11/19/10 | Perry dec. Steinhaus; 2-1 | Kaufman Brand Open
12/5/10 | Steinhaus dec. Perry; 8-2 | Dual (Minneapolis)
3/18/11 | Steinhaus dec. Perry; 7-1 | NCAA

None of the other potential matchups between OSU and Minnesota’s other probable starters have been seen in a collegiate match.

OSU Statistical Leaders
Wins: 9, Zach Skates
Bonus Point Wins: 6, Cayle Byers
Wins by Fall: 4, Luke Silver
Wins by Technical Fall: 3, Cayle Byers
Wins by Major Decision: 3, Parks; Morrison; Skates
Dual Takedowns: 5, Albert White
Dual Nearfalls: 1, Jordan Oliver & Cayle Byers

Last Time Out
No. 2 Oklahoma State 29, Iowa State 9
Nov. 25, 2011 | Hilton Coliseum | Ames, Iowa
Dual started at 197 pounds
197: Cayle Byers (OSU) MD Cole Shafer (ISU); 9-1
285: Alan Gelogaev (OSU) dec. Matt Gibson (ISU); 9-3
125: Ryak Finch (ISU) dec. Ladd Rupp (OSU); 6-4
133: Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Shayden Terukina (ISU); 2:38
141: Josh Kindig (OSU) fall Luke Goettl (ISU); 1:57
149: Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. Joey Cozart (ISU); 6-3
157: Albert White (OSU) MD Lucas Swalla (ISU); 13-5
165: Andrew Sorenson (ISU) dec. Dallas Bailey (OSU); 5-1
174: Chris Spangler (ISU) dec. Chris McNeil (OSU); 9-5
184: Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Boaz Beard (ISU); 9-2

Returning All-Americans
OSU has three of the nation’s best wrestlers in 133-pounder Jordan Oliver, 149-pounder Jamal Parks and heavyweight Alan Gelogaev. Oliver is coming off of a perfect 29-0 season, winning the 2011 NCAA individual championship at 133 pounds. His record included 24 bonus-point wins and his 82.8 bonus-point win percentage was the fifth-highest single-season mark in Oklahoma State history. Parks earned All-America status for the first time last year with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He finished with a 30-5 overall record that included six wins over ranked opponents and three wins over eventual All-Americans. Gelogaev returns to the Cowboys lineup after taking a medical redshirt last year with a chest injury that forced him to miss the entire 2010-11 dual season. Before that injury, he earned All-America honors wrestling at 197 pounds in 2010, his first year to ever wrestle at the collegiate level. He placed seventh at that year’s NCAA Championships.

NWCA All-Stars
The NWCA All-Star Classic wrapped up the 46th edition of the annual event on Nov. 21 in Temp, Ariz. Cowboy wrestlers Jordan Oliver and Jamal Parks both put together impressive showings as each came home from the event with a win. Oliver took down one of the top wrestlers in the country, defeating third-ranked B.J. Futrell of Illinois, 8-7. Parks stormed past Arizona State’s Joel Smith with a 17-4 major decision.

New Kids on the Block
Oklahoma State welcomes a pair of senior transfers this season that have a chance to make a big impact on the program.

Cayle Byers comes to Oklahoma State after wrestling the previous three years at George Mason. The 197-pounder was just a single win away from earning All-America honors two years ago and enters 2011-12 as one of the top athletes in the country, ranked third or higher by Amateur Wrestling News, and WIN Magazine. He is undefeated this year and earned a major decision in his first dual as a Cowboy..

Chris Chionuma comes to OSU after three huge seasons at NAIA Lindenwood. He earned the 2011 NAIA individual title at 174 pounds with a 40-3 record. His junior season included 12 major decisions, eight pins and six tech falls. He also earned All-America honors for his second-place finish in 2010 and his fifth-place finish in 2009. He has already impressed coaches in the wrestling room and hopes to crack the starting lineup at some point in the year. He won the 165-pound title at the UCM Open in his first event as a Cowboy..

Asics All-Americans Live Here
Oklahoma State has a staggering five former Asics High School First-Team All-Americans competing in its wrestling room this season.

Jordan Oliver            2006
Albert White             2007
Mike Benefiel           2007
Chris Perry               2009
Josh Kindig              2010

Fargo Champs, Too
A similar note can be made about the fact that Oklahoma State has eight former Fargo champions on the roster this year.

Albert White             2006
Mike Benefiel           2007
Jon Morrison            2007
Jordan Oliver            2007
Jamal Parks             2007
Chris Perry               2008
Alex Dieringer           2010
Alex Dieringer           2011

Smith Family Ties
Coach John Smith coaches three of his nephews this year. Chris Perry is the son of Smith’s sister, Cathy, and Zach White and Matt White are the sons of Smith’s sister, Mary Ann. Blake Rosholt is the youngest of the Rosholt family. His older brother Jake was a three-time NCAA champion at OSU and another older brother, Jared, was a three-time All-American for the Cowboys. Older sister Jesyca was an all-Big 12 soccer player for Oklahoma State as well. Dallas Bailey’s father, Leo, was a two-time All-American wrestler for the Cowboys in 1983 and 1986.

Up Next
Oklahoma State takes on Oklahoma and the 11th-ranked Sooners in the Bedlam match at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

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