IOWA CITY, Iowa — No. 2 Oklahoma State ended No. 1 Iowa’s 84-dual unbeaten streak in spectacular fashion Saturday night by winning 17-16. The score after 10 bouts was 16-16, but the Cowboys earned the victory based off tie-break criteria, which in this case was total points scored in the dual, where the Pokes held a 54-49 advantage.
Had Iowa won the match, it would have broken the NCAA-record Oklahoma State streak of 84 consecutive duals without a loss that both teams shared. Oklahoma State’s was set from 1959-1966. The Hawkeyes’ last loss before Saturday’s was a 19-14 setback to OSU on Jan. 5, 2008.
The Cowboys (6-0-0) and Hawkeyes (7-1-0) split the dual’s 10 bouts. Because there were no falls or technical falls in the dual, the winner was decided by the third criteria; total points, with OSU outscoring Iowa by five.
Alan Gelogaev started the dual with a bang for the Cowboys at heavyweight, scoring a pair of takedowns, a reversal and a three-point nearfall in a 10-3 major decision against Iowa’s No. 7 Bobby Telford.
The Hawkeyes responded to win three consecutive bouts at 125, 133 and 141 pounds that all featured top-10 matchups.
Second-ranked Matt McDonough of Iowa picked up a 14-4 major decision against No. 8 Jon Morrison at 125 to tie the dual score at 4-4.
In the most anticipated bout of the night, top-ranked Jordan Oliver battled fourth-ranked Tony Ramos to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation. After neither wrestler scored in sudden victory, the bout was decided in overtime when Oliver was called for his third caution and no other points were scored, giving Ramos the 4-3 upset. It was Oliver’s first loss of the year, breaking his streak of 10 consecutive wins by fall.
OSU’s No. 18 Josh Kindig nearly answered with an upset of his own against No. 5 Montell Marion at 141 pounds. Kindig clung to a 6-5 lead with just 30 seconds remaining, but Marion scored a takedown and a two-point nearfall to seal a decision and put the Hawkeyes up, 10-4.
The Cowboys tied the score at 10-10 after second-ranked senior Jamal Parks picked up an 8-3 win against Mike Kelly and senior Albert White, ranked No. 12, scored a late takedown to secure a 7-3 decision against Nick Moore at 157 pounds.
The Hawkeyes and Cowboys went back and forth for the remainder of the dual.
No. 15 Mike Evans of Iowa defeated Dallas Bailey, 5-1, at 165 pounds, OSU’s Chris Perry earned an escape in the first tiebreaker to knock off No. 5 Ethen Lofthouse, 3-2, at 174 pounds and Iowa’s Vinnie Wagner edged out Chris McNeil at 184 pounds to set up the last bout.
Blake Rosholt made the most of his opportunity as he defeated No. 15 Grant Gambrall of Iowa, 8-4, to tie the match at 16-16.
After the referees went to the scorebook and tallied the totals, Oklahoma State was declared the winner.