Oklahoma St. takes down Minnesota
Oliver’s pin and two major decisions lead way for Cowboys
STILLWATER, Okla. – No. 2 Oklahoma State (2-0-0 overall) proved its ranking Sunday, defeating fourth-ranked Minnesota (3-2-0 overall) 23-14 behind a pin from Jordan Oliver and a pair of major decisions from Chris McNeil and Alan Gelogaev.
“To me, I do really believe that we have a lot better team than what we performed today,” coach John Smith said. “It just looked like we didn't have enough battles leading up to this. This is the team [Minnesota] that's wrestled No. 1 team Penn State and beat them. They came back two days later and wrestled the No. 4 team Cornell. So they've been in some pretty tough matches.”
The Cowboys took full advantage of the dual beginning at 133 pounds as top-ranked Jordan Oliver earned a first-period pin against No. 10 David Thorn in just 2:16. Oliver is now 2-0 on the year with both matches ending in first-period falls.
Outside of Oliver’s fall, No. 4 Gelogaev turned in the next-best Cowboy performance. The junior heavyweight stormed to a 9-3 lead in the first period and built it to 12-4 after the second. He totaled five takedowns in the match, a three-point nearfall and a 1:10 riding time advantage to defeat No. 3 Tony Nelson, 16-5.
“There was dominance, a lot of defense,” Smith said of Gelogaev’s match. “A lot of single leg shots from his opponent and ‘Z’ scoring off that position. This guy is exciting to wrestle. He's still a long way away from being the caliber of an NCAA champion. He didn't put a lot of effort into riding and breaking the guy down. There's definitely things in there that he has got to really concentrate on. For his first big match at heavyweight against a top-ranked guy, it doesn't get much better than that.”
Chris McNeil’s major decision came at 174 pounds against Steven Avalos. The senior had a 7-2 lead entering the third period and added a pair of takedowns and a 3:25 riding time advantage to win 13-5.
The three bouts at 141, 149, 157 and 184 were decided by a total of just five points and had made a huge difference in the outcome.
Josh Kindig and Nick Dardanes wrestled at 141. Their high-scoring bout was tied 12-12 at the end of regulation and was decided in sudden victory when Dardanes scored a takedown at the 56 second mark.
The Cowboys jumped ahead 12-3 after Jamal Parks and Albert White each had three-point leads in the third period and held on to earn one-point wins at 149 and 157, respectively.
No. 9 Chris Perry added three points to the team score when he escaped with 53 seconds left to earn a 4-3 decision over No. 4 Kevin Steinhaus. The duo is now 2-2 in their collegiate series.