Cowboys Tied For Third Entering Friday

After the second round of matches in the championship bracket and the first round of consolations the Oklahoma State Cowboys still have four wrestlers alive for individual national championships and eight wrestlers alive overall in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia, Pa.

The Cowboys lost just one wrestler out of the championship brackets on Thursday night as Virginia's Christopher Henrich won a narrow 6-5 decision over Mike Benefiel at 174 pounds.

The other four Cowboys in the championship brackets won and favorites Jordan Oliver at 113 pounds and Clayton Foster at 197 pounds won big.

The Cowboys were in a tie with familiar rival Iowa for third in the team standings, but they are eyeing two quarterfinal matchups Friday morning with second-place Cornell that could have a substantial impact on the team standings. Oliver and 149-pounder Jamal Parks will each hook up with wrestlers from Cornell.

Below is an update on how the Cowboys fared on Thursday evening and the team standings after the action.

Team Standings (after second round of championship bracket and first round of consolation bracket)
1. Penn State 30.5
2. Cornell 29.0
3. (tie) Iowa 25.0
3. (tie) Oklahoma State 25.0
5. American 21.0

OSU results from Thursday night at the NCAA Championships (seed in parenthesis)
125 - Allen Bartelli, Boise State dec. (9) Jon Morrison 5-3; Morrison is eliminated from the tournament
133 - (1) Jordan Oliver won by fall 2:11 over Levi Mele, Northwestern; Oliver wrestles Mike Grey, Cornell in quarterfinals
141 - Joshua Kindig dec. Trevor Melde, Rutgers 8-2; Kindig stays alive in consolations
149 - (5) Jamal Parks dec. Eric Terrazas, Illinois 3-1, Parks wrestles Kyle Dake, Cornell in the quarterfinals
157 - Neil Erisman MD Matt Kaylor, Binghamton 14-1; Erisman stays alive in consolations
165 - Aaron Jenssen, Iowa dec. Dallas Bailey 10-6; Bailey is eliminated from the tournament
174 - Christopher Henrich, Virginia dec. Mike Benefiel 6-5; Benefiel moves to consolations
184 - Chris Perry dec. Josh Ihnen, Nebraska 5-2, Perry wrestles Robert Hamlin, Lehigh in the quarterfinals
197 - Clayton Foster MD Joseph Kennedy, Lehigh 10-1; Foster wrestles Zac Tomusselt, Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals
285 - Blake Rosholt dec. Parker Burns, Campbell 2-1; Rosholt stays alive in consolations


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