Sunday, the juniors were competing, including nine current Cowboys wrestlers in the competition.
The slight in February by the International Olympic Committee of dropping wrestling from the core program of the 2020 Olympic Games caused the sport to examine itself and realize in today's world you have to compete with all entertainment and not just sports. I hate that, but it's true.
The second match between the two went to overtime and Dake fought through the intimidating presence of Burroughs as he started to match the current king of the sport with moves and physicality on the mat. Burroughs won in overtime to take the spot on the World Team, two matches to none, but this is a budding rivalry and the two best in the world at this weight may very well be the two Americans.
The blood was on the back of Reader's singlet in what was a monster physical match as Metcalf held on to meet up in the challenge bracket final with former Cowboy Jordan Oliver. Those two staged a match just as physical that Metcalf won in a slight upset. Iowa coach Tom Brands made a fool of himself and Oliver left the mat without shaking officials hands or the Iowa coaches. It just goes to show you again why Oklahoma State and Iowa have always been and continue to be the biggest rivalry, collegiately, the sport has to offer.
You want really tough, then there is Helen Maroulis at 121 pounds. Maroulis wrestles like a man and that is as good a compliment as you can get. She has good technique, is tough, and knows how to finish a match. She's ranked second in the world and that should change in September in Budapest, Hungary.
Scott had to injury default and is now set to go to Colorado Springs to confer with the Olympic medical staff on surgery, future treatment and rehab. Be sure to know that Scott will come back from this.
Chris Pendleton did a marvelous job on Friday winning his challenge bracket as the number-two ranked wrestler at his weight. But the battling by his opponents all day is a tremendous advantage for the top-ranked wrestler that waits for the challenge winner. It is tough and even though the matches were close, Pendleton lost both of his matches on Friday night.
Jordan Oliver was wrestling well and marched into the challenge bracket final against former Iowa wrestler Bret Metcalf. Metcalf was able to defeat Oliver with late points in the match. Oliver finishes third in the tournament and to his credit, Metcalf became the only freestyle wrestler to come out of the challenge bracket to beat a top-seeded competitor when on Saturday night he beat Kellen Russell, 7-0 and 8-1. That is a very tough weight Oliver is breaking into.
Also on Friday, former Cowboy Clayton Faster was wrestling extremely well as he sailed through the challenge bracket before battling Kevin Gavin in two hard fought matches, 6-4 and 3-2 but lost both. Foster needs to keep pushing as he has a real strong chance to get past Gavin and any others at the 84kg (185 pounds) in the future.
Oklahoma State will have one former wrestler in Budapest at the World Championships as Obe Blanc delighted the home crowd in Stillwater on Saturday night with 4-0 and 3-1 wins over former Indiana wrestler Angel Escobedo.
Blanc has continued to improve and push his training since spending one season as a Cowboy following a transfer from Lock Haven. He lives and trains in Stillwater and credit Cowboys assistant head coach Eric Guerrero with an excellent job of working with Blanc, along with John Smith and Zach Esposito.