Oklahoma State Athletics
STILLWATER, Okla. – In a matchup of two teams expected to compete for the NCAA wrestling title next month, No. 4 Oklahoma State handed No. 8 Boise State a 28-6 loss at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Friday. OSU won eight of the 10 bouts, with Cowboys Jordan Oliver, Jamal Parks and Chris Perry all securing wins against Bronco wrestlers ranked in the top three nationally in their respective weight classes.
With the win, the Cowboys improved to 13-2-1 overall. Boise State dipped to 10-3-0 overall with the loss.
The feature bout of the evening came at 133 pounds, where top-ranked Oliver bagged two takedowns and an escape to hand No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser a 5-2 defeat in a bout that some view as an NCAA finals preview.
Parks followed Oliver’s win with a 3-1 triumph against No. 3 Jason Chamberlain in sudden victory. After a scoreless first period, the two wrestlers traded escapes to start the second and third periods, respectively. After the clock hit zero to end regulation, Parks scored the winning takedown with 27 seconds left in the sudden victory period.
Perry beat top-ranked Kirk Smith by injury default in the third period. After a scoreless first period, Perry slapped a full-period ride on the returning national runner-up for the duration of the second period, then escaped to open the scoring just five seconds into the third period.
Perry immediately shot back in on Smith and continued to take the action to the Bronco star until he fell to the ground with an apparent leg injury and was forced to default the bout to Perry. Smith was helped off the mat and to the locker room area by two people and received a standing ovation from the Gallagher-Iba Arena crowd.
Things don’t get any easier for Perry, who is scheduled to face No. 3 Joe LeBlanc when the Cowboys host Wyoming at 2 p.m. Sunday.