Jordan Oliver: Undefeated National Champion

This was what Oklahoma State's nationally top-ranked 133-pound wrestler Jordan Oliver was working for all season. "I'm going to Philadelphia, back home, to win an individual national championship and I hope my team can win the team national championship," said Oliver before leaving Stillwater for the Division I NCAA Wrestling Championships.

Oliver did everything he could but Penn State dominated these NCAA Championships from a team standpoint, but at 133 pounds and really across the board there was no more dominant a wrestler in Philadelphia than Oliver.

He came out against second-ranked Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State and in the opening seconds launched himself into a double leg and took Hochstrasser down. After letting the Bronco wrestler up with an escape, Oliver came back and took him down again and this time it was so forceful that Hochstrasser ended up on his back and Oliver scored two near fall points. After the first period Oliver led 6-2.

"I came out to hit my doubles," said Oliver. "That was my strategy and it worked well for me."

Oliver added a takedown in the second period and held his lead for an 8-4 win and the NCAA individual national championship at 133 pounds.

Just a sophomore, Oliver will have opportunities for more NCAA glory but this one coming so close to his home of Easton, Pa., will always be special..

Oliver was trying to do something very tough in sports in beating Hochstrasser for the third time this season. Oliver finished the year perfect with a 29-0 record.

Hochstrasser finished 27-2, lost an NWCA All-Star exhibition to Oliver that did not count officially and Oliver decisioned Hochstrasser at Gllagher-Iba Arena in a dual with Boise State in February.

"It was hard at times, keeping focus," said Oliver of the entire season. "I kept my eye on the prize and I fought through a lot of tough practices, training, and a lot of tough matches. It was all worth it."

Oliver becomes Oklahoma State's 134th NCAA individual champion and the 11th Cowboy wrestler to finish a perfect season.

Earlier in the day the Cowboys Jamal Parks finished fifth to officially earned All-American status.

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