Oklahoma St. wins Stillwater Regional
Cowboys roll by Wyoming, Ohio State to advance at NWCA Duals
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Top-ranked Oklahoma State rolled through the regional round of the NWCA National Duals on Sunday as the Cowboys defeated No. 10 Wyoming 28-7 and No. 6 Ohio State 25-6.
“It’s a good event to win,” Oklahoma State coach John Smith said. “I think some of our best wrestling is still yet to come. The scores are a little bit surprising: obviously, 25-6, it was a little closer match than that, from the standpoint of winning tough, close matches. I like the fact that it seemed like we out-scrambled them in several situations.”
Oklahoma State had an impressive day, going 9-4 against ranked opponents.
Jordan Oliver, ranked No. 1 at 133 pounds had the biggest wins of the day, winning 7-3 against second-ranked Logan Stieber of Ohio State and 17-4 against No. 17 Zach Zehner of Wyoming.
“These are the most exciting matches,” Oliver said. “You train and wrestle every day to wrestle the best. I honestly don't like always going out and pinning a guy right away or getting a technical fall. I like getting in those competitive matches when the intensity and the tempo of the match raises. You do get the hype and the pressure and all that. It's fun because you train every day so hard to wrestle the best guys in the country. I always live by the motto 'In order to be the best, you have to beat the best.'”
Jon Morrison, a sophomore ranked 14th at 125 pounds, also came up with a pair of big wins to open each dual. He knocked off No. 16 Michael Martinez of Wyoming in the first match 3-1 in overtime and No. 17 Johnni DiJulius of Ohio State by the same 3-1 margin.
“It's always important to get those late takedowns and get the win,” Morrison said. “I think I have to get more toward wrestling like that the entire match instead of standing around too much and not wrestling at a high pace, but I know I'm building toward that, so it's a good start.”
Cayle Byers, wrestling in his sixth and seventh duals of season, added a pair of wins against ranked opponents as well. The 197-pound senior beat Wyoming’s No. 11 Alfonso Hernandez 5-4 and Ohio State’s No. 20 Andrew Campolattano 3-1.
Other notable wins included 184-pounder Chris McNeil’s 3-2 win against Ohio State’s Nick Heflin, ranked No. 7 at 174 pounds; Josh Kindig’s major decision against Wyoming’s Chase Smith; Alan Gelogaev’s 18-3 technical fall against Wyoming’s L.J. Helbig and Chris Perry’s major decision against Ohio State’s Joe Grandominico.