Dec. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics

STILLWATER, Okla. – Fueled by a pair of upset victories from freshmen Chris Perry and Blake Rosholt and resounding bonus-point victories from returning All-Americans Jordan Oliver and Clayton Foster, second-ranked Oklahoma State handed Bedlam Series rival Oklahoma a 22-12 defeat in front of 4,449 fans in Gallagher-Iba Arena Sunday.

The win improved Cowboys to 3-0 on the year, with two of those wins coming over teams ranked in the top 10 (also No. 3 Minnesota on Dec. 5). No. 8 Oklahoma fell to 5-1 in defeat.

“I look at it as a good win, and a good win for several freshmen,” OSU coach John Smith said. “I am not going to be too hard on their performances, but a few of them, it didn't cut it tonight."

With the dual starting at 184 pounds, Perry had a chance to avenge his loss earlier in the season to No. 12 Erich Schmidtke, winning by a 6-1 margin. Perry bagged a takedown with 51 seconds remaining in the first period and rode the Sooner out. Perry opened the second with a quick escape to build his advantage to 3-0. After Schmidtke got on the board with an escape to start the third, Perry added a final takedown and riding time to seal the 6-1 win.

“First time I had ever started a dual off. I'd never had that experience,” Perry said. “I think this time, I talked to some of our coaches just about controlling your emotions before a match. Just relax and don't hype it up; you can exhaust yourself. I felt like I handled it pretty well. I was calm. I felt like my conditioning was there. My legs were underneath me. It's fun. It's still fun. You have to stay focused, but I felt good."

Foster followed Perry’s upset win with a 14-3 major decision win over Keldrick Hall that put the Cowboys ahead in the team standings by a 7-0 score.

The key moment of the dual came at heavyweight, however, where the unranked Rosholt scored a 4-3 upset win over No. 8 Nathan Fernandez. Rosholt -- who weighed in at 214 pounds -- was giving up approximately 55 pounds to the highly-favored Fernandez, but controlled the bout from the start. Rosholt bagged the first takedown in the first period before getting hit for locking his hands and then yielding an escape. With the score deadlocked at two going into the second period, Fernandez took his first lead with an escape 23 seconds in. The third period started with Rosholt in the down position and the Cowboy hit a switch with 25 seconds left to score a reversal.

Rosholt’s win gave the Pokes a commanding 10-0 lead in the dual, but after No. 6 Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma nipped No. 7 Jon Morrison at 125 pounds, the OSU advantage was trimmed to 10-3. Oliver put things the match of reach by pinning Jordan Keller in 3:51. Oliver bagged a quick takedown and had Keller on his back for two three-point nearfalls in the first period. Keller elected to start the second period in the neutral position, but Oliver turned him to his back again and eventually scored the pin to put the Cowboys up in the dual, 16-3.

The Pokes and Sooners traded wins by decision for the rest of the way as No. 6 Zack Bailey (141 pounds), Matt Lester (157) and No. 5 Tyler Caldwell (174) won for Oklahoma. No. 9 Jamal Parks (149) and No. 13 Dallas Bailey (165) rounded out the scoring for the Cowboys.