|2006 National Champions|
OSU finished the tournament with six
All-Americans, the most of any school in the tournament. The Cowboys
"There is no question that with all that has happened this year and with all the questions about who would win it, that in the end we basically dominated," head coach John Smith said. "That is what we hoped for all year, that is what we are capable of doing and we did it."
Johny Hendricks successfully defended his title at 165 winning a
thriller, 9-8, over previously undefeated and top-seeded Ryan
"As soon as I grabbed his foot, I looked up and thought I had two," Hendricks said after his match. "I looked up and saw three seconds left and I went to the crowd after that. I knew it was over because I know I am strong enough to hold on to his ankle for three seconds."
Jake Rosholt was never threatened in the finals at 197 against
Steve Mocco had a typical match with rival Cole Konrad of
Mocco is the first Cowboy to lose in the finals over the last two tournaments. OSU has gone 7-for-8 in the finals of the last two NCAA Championships.
Zack Esposito came back to finish third after losing in the
semifinals. Esposito defeated
Coleman Scott took fifth to earn All-America honors for the
second time in his career. Scott lost to top-seeded Nick Simmons of
It was a disappointing finish for sophomore Nathan Morgan. Morgan suffered two losses to finish sixth after he lost in the semifinals on Friday night. Morgan earned All-America honors for the first time in his career.
|2005 National Champions|
|Oklahoma State concluded the NCAA Wrestling Championships at the
Savvis Center in St. Louis by crowning five champions and finishing
with a school record 153 points.
The championships is the 33rd NCAA wrestling title for the Cowboys and their first three-peat since Art Griffith led Oklahoma A&M to three straight titles from 1954-56.
Oklahoma State tied an NCAA record by crowning five individual champions. Iowa did it twice with the last time coming during the 1997 championships.
Michigan finished in second-place with 83 points. The 70 point margin also set a school record for largest winning margin and is the second highest margin of victory in NCAA history.
"This team gave the extra effort in every way," head coach John Smith said. "In every tough-tough situation, we excelled. I can name a number of situations throughout this tournament that made the difference for us putting the points that we put up, putting five guys in the finals and winning five championships."
"We had our very best performance of the season at the Big 12 and NCAA Championships. As a team and as a unit, there is no question that our best effort came at the end."
Zack Esposito was the first wrestler to take the mat for the Cowboys in the finals against Army's second-seeded Phillip Simpson. Esposito recorded the first takedown of the match to take the early lead. Esposito added a reversal early in the third period and won his first national championship with a 5-2 victory over Simpson.
"I knew he was good on top," Esposito said. "I knew when I went underneath I would have to have a spark plug to get out from under him."
"I am hurting right now, but it is all worth it. It is a great feeling."
Johny Hendricks renewed his rivalry with fourth-seeded Mark Perry of Iowa. Hendricks won the first two meetings in tight matches that were not decided until the final buzzer sounded. This match was similar to the first two matches. Hendricks got a takedown in the first period and rode Perry for the next three minutes after Perry chose down. Hendricks all but sealed the match with a reversal late in the third period, and beat Perry for the third time this year with a 5-2 decision.
"I knew it was going to be exactly what it felt like," sophomore Johny Hendricks said after winning his first national title. "To actually win this one, it surpasses all of them. Each time you get up there it feels like the first time
Chris Pendleton has had a decided edge against Missouri's Ben Askren the last two years. Pendleton has won seven of the eight meetings, and this one was no different than any of the other meetings this season. Pendleton got the first takedown and stayed after Askren throughout the match. Pendleton defended his title with a 10-5 decision over Askren.
Jake Rosholt met Northern Iowa's Sean Stender who was riding high after upsetting Lehigh's Jon Trenge in the semifinals. Stender recorded the first takedown of the match, just like the previous meeting in Cedar Falls. Rosholt quickly turned it around getting an escape and a takedown to take the lead. Stender got a takedown with 30 seconds remaining to tie the match, but Rosholt escaped with 13 seconds left and won OSU's fourth title by beating Stender 5-4.
Steve Mocco and Minnesota's Cole Konrad have been the two best heavyweights all season. Mocco won the previous two matches against Konrad in overtime. This match went into overtime just like the previous two did. Mocco tried a foot sweep early in the sudden victory period and caught Konrad with it to take him down for the title.
The five championships sets a new school record for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys had totaled four titles on six occasions with the last time coming in 1942.
Freshmen Coleman Scott and Daniel Frishkorn both placed in their
first national tournament. Scott finished in eighth-place at 125
after losing to Minnesota's Bobbe Lowe in the seventh-place match.
Frishkorn finished in fourth-place after losing to Lehigh's Cory
Cooperman in the third-place match.
|2004 National Champions|
|Seven All-Americans and a national champion propelled Oklahoma
State's wrestling team to winning its 32nd overall NCAA title.
The Cowboys scored 123.5 points, 41.5 points ahead of runner-up Iowa (82 points). Lehigh and Ohio State each recorded 77.5 points for a tied for third, while Nebraska rounded out the top five with 73.5 points.
Chris Pendleton captured the team's lone individual title with his 11-4 decision over Ben Askren of Missouri. Pendleton struck first scoring off a low single, and then put Askren on his back for two. After an Askren escape, Pendleton then recorded another takedown to take a 6-1 lead heading into the second period.
The Lemoore, Calif., native recorded the only points in the second with an escape, but extended his lead with a takedown in the third period. Askren then reversed Pendleton to cut his lead, but couldn't hang on as Pendleton went on to win his first national title.
Zack Esposito notched a second-place finish after dropping a 9-3 decision to Harvard's Jesse Jantzen. Esposito fell behind early after Jantzen notched a takedown and a trio of back points. He could never get going as Jantzen built up loads of riding time and took any offense out of Esposito.
Tyrone Lewis dropped a tough 5-2 decision to Lehigh's Troy Letters. Letters recorded a takedown and a pair of back points and that is all the he needed as he held off a fury of attempts by Lewis.
In the consolation semifinals, Johnny Thompson battled Travis Lee in a high scoring affair. Lee struck first with a takedown but Thompson then scored an escape. Thompson tied the score with an escape to open the second, and then pulled out the "snake" to record a trio of back points and a takedown.
The Oklahoma City, Okla., native took a 7-3 lead into the third period only to see Lee cut the lead to one with an escape and takedown. After Lee cut Thompson, a flurry began and the Cowboy came out on top with a takedown. But Lee quickly scored a reversal to make the score 10-8. But that is as close as he would come as Thompson held on to record the victory. With the win, he advanced to the third-place match.
After advancing to the third-place match, Thompson scored a pair of takedowns en route to a 6-3 decision over Cal Poly's Darrell Vasquez. With the win, Thompson ended his career at OSU as a four-time All-American, placing second, first, first and third.
Jake Rosholt advanced to the third-place match with his 5-3 win over Illinois' Bryan Glynn. Rosholt scored a pair of takedowns in the first period, and that was all that he needed as he went on to earn the victory. In his third-place match, Rosholt scored a pair of takedowns in the first period and held off a fighting Paul Bradley (Iowa) to seal the victory, 6-5.
Johny Hendricks lost a close battle to Illinois' Alex Tirapelle, 4-1. Tirapelle recorded the only takedown of the match early in the first period and then built up riding time to secure the riding time point. Hendricks dropped down to the fifth-place match where he faced Iowa State's Travis Paulson.
In that match, Hendricks scored a pair of takedowns in the first period to take a 4-2 lead heading into the second period. Paulson was riding Hendricks for over a minute before Hendricks shook him off, cradled him and then pinned him. In his first year in the starting lineup, and as a redshirt freshman, Hendricks became an All-American.
Will Gruenwald ended his career as an All-American and placed seventh this year. In his match against Scott Coleman of Iowa State, he fell behind early 2-1 but came back in the second period, and scored an escape and a takedown to capture the lead.
The Skiatook, Okla., native rode Coleman for well over a minute in the third period to seal the victory with the riding time point.
OSU ended the season as NCAA Champions, Big 12 Champions and the
NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals Team Champions. The team crowned
seven All-Americans and an individual national champion.
|2003 National Champions|
|Oklahoma State's wrestling team captured its 31st team title at
the 2003 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in front
of 16,436 fans.
The Cowboys won in convincing fashion with 143 team points. Minnesota came in second with 104.5 points, while Oklahoma chipped in 78 points to finish third. Rounding out the top fiver were Lehigh with 69 points and Arizona State with 65 points.
The 143 points the Cowboys scored were the most ever by an OSU team. The previous high was 117.
Johnny Thompson and Jake Rosholt both captured individual titles for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys clinched the title during the consolation semifinals with four of the five wrestlers winning.
In the finals, Thompson faced off with Minnesota's Ryan Lewis in a rematch of last year's finals, while Jake Rosholt battled Scott Barker of Missouri.
Thompson won his second individual title after defeating Lewis, 5-3.
The two wrestled to a scoreless first period. Lewis notched the first points of the match with an escape in the second. Thompson then scored on a double leg takedown to take the 2-1 advantage.
Lewis tied the score at 2-2 after recording an escape at the end of the second.
The now two-time National Champion went up 3-2 after scoring an escape to open the third. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native captured his second takedown of the match to extend his lead to 5-2.
Thompson went on to win his second individual title as he held off Lewis in the final minute.
Rosholt entered the tournament as the 10th seed and came out as No. 1. He captured the title after romping Barker in a 13-5 major decision. The Sand Point, Idaho, native recorded two takedowns in the first period to take a 4-2 lead heading into the second frame.
Barker cut the lead to 4-3 with an escape to open the second, but that would be the closest he would come.
Rosholt didn't let up in the third period as he record a trio of takedowns and a two-point near fall en route to the title.
Shane Roller pinned his way to a third-place finish. Roller cradled Scott Owen of Northern Illinois in 5:30. The Bixby, Okla., native took a 5-0 lead after scoring a takedown and cradling Owen to end the first.
Roller then recorded the fall with :30 seconds left in the second period.
In the third-place match, Roller faced defending National Champion Luke Becker of Minnesota. Roller went from a front headlock to the "snake" to record the fall in :34.
Pendleton notched a third-place finish after cruising through the consolation semifinals with a :17 pin, the quickest in the tournament, over Oregon's Shane Webster. The Lemoore, Calif., native captured third after manhandling Arizona State's Curtis Owen, 17-4.
Pendleton only had a 2-1 lead at the end of the first, but extended his lead to 13-3 after the second period. He then recorded a pair of takedowns in the final period to notch the victory.
Muhammed Lawal wrestled his way to a third-place finish after defeating Nebraska's Justin Ruiz, 5-3, in the consolation semifinals, and Sean Stender, 7-4, in the third-place match.
Jerrod Sanders defeated Boise State's Colin Robertson, 3-2, to advance to the third-place match. Sanders notched a fourth-place finish after falling to Jesse Jantzen of Harvard, 5-3.
Tyrone Lewis captured his third All-America honors after defeating John Clark of Ohio State, 12-6, in the fifth-place match.
The Cowboys ended the year at 17-0, Big 12 Champions and National
|1994 National Champions|
|John Smith, in his second year at the helm of the
Cowboy program, led OSU to its 30th NCAA Championship in 1994.
Smith's younger brother Pat Smith became the first wrestler to ever
win four NCAA Individual Championships, while Alan Fried and Mark
Branch both recorded their first NCAA titles. In all, six Cowboys
earned All-America honors. During the dual season, OSU posted a 13-1
record and notched its 23rd Big Eight title.
|1990 National Champions|
|1989 National Champions|
|With Joe Seay as head coach,
|1971 National Champions|
|Tommy Chesbro, now at the helm of the Oklahoma
State Cowboy wrestling team, led OSU to its 27th NCAA title. The
Pokes sailed through the dual season with a 12-2 record and claimed
its 10th Big Eight title in 14 years. Darrell Keller was named the
NCAA tournament's outstanding wrestler, winning the 142-pound weight
class, while Yoshiro Fujita captured the 126-pound title and Geoff
Baum won at 177 pounds.
|1968 National Champions|
|The last of Myron Roderick's seven national
championships came in 1968. Dwayne Keller was the lone Cowboy to
capture an NCAA title, but six other Pokes finished in the top five
as OSU won its 26th NCAA Championship. The Cowboys took home their
eighth Big Eight title as they tied for first place with an 11-1
dual season record.
|1966 National Champions|
|Yojiro Uetake wrapped up his career at
|1964 National Champions|
|1962 National Champions|
|1961 National Champions|
|Phil Kinyon and Bob Johnson turned in
national-championship performances as
|1959 National Champions|
|1958 National Champions|
|Former Oklahoma A&M great Myron Roderick took over the reigns in 1957 and returned the Cowboys to the top in 1958. Two years removed from his third NCAA title as a wrestler, Roderick won his first as a coach. Eight Aggies earned All-America honors, a tie for the most ever. Leading the way were national champions Dick Beattie at 157 pounds and Duane Murty at 167 pounds. Roderick's team notched a 10-0-2 record during the dual season.||
|1956 National Champions|
|Art Griffith ended his 13-year tenure at Oklahoma
A&M in 1956 with his eighth NCAA Championship and the school's 19th
|1955 National Champions|
|For the second-straight year, Oklahoma A&M was
crowned the national champion. In 1955, the Aggies went 5-0-2 during
the dual season, earning ties against
|1954 National Champions|
|After a four-year dry spell, Oklahoma A&M returned
in 1954 in dominating fashion. A&M blew through the dual season with
a 7-0 record. At the NCAA tournament, the Aggies crowned three
individual champions and six All-Americans. Leading the way for A&M
were two-time champions Ned Blass and Myron Roderick. Blass won the
177-pound title, while Roderick stood atop the winners' stand at 137
pounds. Gene Nicks won the heavyweight crown.
|1949 National Champions|
|For the 16th time in 19 NCAA Wrestling
Championships, Oklahoma A&M brought the national title back to
|1948 National Champions|
|Oklahoma A&M ruled the college wrestling world once
again in 1948. The Aggies won their 15th NCAA Championship and
crowned two individual champions. Jack St. Clair won the title at
155 pounds, while Richard Hutton won his second NCAA title at
heavyweight. During the dual season, A&M went 7-0, including wins
|1946 National Champions|
|Following World War II, the NCAA tournament returned, as did the Aggies. Oklahoma A&M hosted the tournament in 1946, winning its 14th NCAA Championship, and its seventh straight. David Arndt, back for his senior season, captured his third NCAA individual championship, this time at 136 pounds. George Dorsch also claimed a title, winning the 175-pound weight class. The Aggies only competed in dual matches twice in 1946, posting a 2-0 record.||
|1942 National Champions|
|In the final NCAA tournament before a three-year
interruption due to World War II, Art Griffith's Oklahoma A&M Aggies
won their sixth-straight NCAA title. Leading the way for the Aggies
was the tournament's outstanding wrestler David Arndt, who won his
second title in as many years at 145 pounds. Vernon Logan, Virgil
Smith and Loyd Arms joined Arndt on the winners' podium as national
champions. The Aggies posted another undefeated dual season, going
|1941 National Champions|
|Following Ed Gallagher's death in 1940 from
pneumonia, Oklahoma A&M hired Art Griffith, the successful mentor at
|1940 National Champions|
|In what proved to be legendary head coach Ed
Gallagher's last season, Oklahoma A&M won its 11th NCAA Championship
in 13 years. Al Whitehurst was named the tournament's outstanding
wrestler, and Vernon Logan won the 155-pound title as A&M saw six
wrestlers earn All-America honors. The 1939-40 team went 10-0,
giving Gallagher his 15th undefeated, untied season and a career
record of 138-5-4.
|1939 National Champions|
|Seniors Stanley Henson and Joe McDaniels teamed up
one final time, both winning their third NCAA individual titles,
while the Aggies won their tenth team title. Heavyweight John
Harrell won his lone NCAA title and A&M had seven wrestlers earn
All-America honors. The Aggies rolled to a 6-0 record with
impressive wins over Big 10 powers
|1938 National Champions|
|The Oklahoma A&M Aggies crowned three NCAA
Champions in 1938 en route to their ninth national title. Both
Stanley Henson and Joe McDaniels won their second individual titles,
while Dale Scriven won his first. McDaniels was named the
tournaments? outstanding wrestler. A&M went 9-0 during the dual
season, including two wins over the Oklahoma Sooners.
|1937 National Champions|
|With its dynasty well in place, Oklahoma A&M began
a string of seven-consecutive NCAA Championships beginning in 1937.
There was a three-year interruption due to World
War II from 1943-45. The 1937 team placed four atop the winners'
stand, including the outstanding wrestler, Stanley Henson. A&M also
had seven-of-eight wrestlers earn All-America honors. The 1936-37
dual season saw the Aggies go
|1935 National Champions|
|Oklahoma A&M won its seventh NCAA title in 1935,
|1934 National Champions|
|The Aggies remained atop the NCAA wrestling
community in 1934. With legendary coach Ed Gallagher at the helm,
Oklahoma A&M won its sixth NCAA Wrestling Championship in seven
years of the tournament's history. Ross Flood, Rex Peery and Alan
Kelley all won their second NCAA titles. The
Aggies went 8-0 during the 1933-34 dual season, capped by a
27.5-to-4.5 win over
|1933 National Champions|
|After a runner-up finish in 1932, Ed Gallagher's
Oklahoma A&M Aggies tied with
|1931 National Champions|
|Winning its fourth-straight NCAA Wrestling
Championship, Oklahoma A&M crowned four national champions and seven
All-Americans. Jack VanBebber and Conrad Caldwell won their third
NCAA title at 165 and 175, respectively, while Leroy McGuirk and
1932 Olympic Gold Medalist Bobby Pearce also won titles. A&M put
together its 10th-straight undefeated season with a 7-0 record.
|1930 National Champions|
|Oklahoma A&M continued to dominate college
wrestling in 1930, winning its third-straight title under the
direction of head coach Ed Gallagher. The dual season saw the Aggies
finish 8-0. At
|1929 National Champions|
|Ed Gallagher's Aggies won their second NCAA title
in as many years, capturing four individual championships along the
way. Heavyweight Earl McCready repeated, becoming the first wrestler
to win two individual titles. Jack VanBebber and Conrad Caldwell
each won their first of three titles as well, while George Bancroft
won the 135-pound title. The Aggies logged their eighth undefeated,
untied season under Gallagher, going 6-0.
|1928 National Champions|
|The NCAA sponsored its first national tournament in
1928. Head coach Ed Gallagher's Oklahoma A&M Aggies, after capturing
seven AAU titles, took aim at the NCAA crown. The Aggies brought
that first NCAA Championship back to