The Basics The second-ranked Cowboys (7-0) will take part in the Southern Scuffle hosted by Tennessee-Chattanooga for the first time since the creation of the event in 2005. The individual tournament will see the Cowboys to face opponents from nationally ranked programs such as top-ranked Penn State, No. 3 Minnesota, sixth-ranked Missouri and several others. Action will take place Jan. 1-2 at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga.
Listen to the Dual Live The tournament 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 There will be live internet video for the Southern Scuffle on flowrestling.org. A subscription is required. Fans can also follow the action through live play-by-play at trackwrestling.com for free.
Oklahoma State's Last Time Out
No. 2 Oklahoma State 41, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 9
Dec. 16, 2012 :: New York, N. Y. :: Madison Square Garden
1. Oklahoma State 1,030-114-23 2. Iowa State 1,016-288-20 3. Oregon State 973-317-28 4. Iowa 917-219-31 5. Minnesota 899-425-24
Oliver seeks out 100th win Senior Jordan Oliver is nearing in on his 100th career win. His 12 wins this season bring his collegiate total to 95 with only six losses. The Easton, Pa., native is likely to hit the mark during the Southern Scuffle.
Match Makers 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 24 matches, neither Chris Perry nor Jordan Oliver have been taken down this season. Those two combined have recorded 75 takedowns on the season, including 43 by Perry and 32 from Oliver.
Oklahoma State History The Oklahoma State wrestling program has a history like no other. OSU is home to 34 wrestling national championships and 16 Olympic medals, including the most recent from Coleman Scott, who earned bronze at the 2012 London Olympics. OSU has garnered 428 All-America honors, with 95 coming under direction of coach John Smith. The Cowboys also lead the nation with 134 individual national champions.
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:
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:
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: