Bedlam Week Begins With Rare Cowboys Loss

NORMAN - Bedlam week started Sunday with something unusual, an Oklahoma win in wrestling. Before Chapter 169 of Bedlam wrestling there were cries that the Sooners were even favored. Oklahoma State head coach John Smith told his team that as well. It took all the way to the heavyweight match to find out andhe earth may have shook a little as Oklahoma took a 16-15 dual win over Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys were still clinging to a 15-13 advantage and they had led from the finish of the 141-pound match all the way to that point.

OSU heavyweight Austin Marsden was unbeaten, ranked seventh and favored over OU's 12th-ranked Ross Larson. Larson made the most important points when he worked a takedown with his quickness for a 2-0 lead although Marsden escaped quickly and added an escape to start the second period to tie the match 2-2.

Larson had an escape to start the third period to go ahead 3-2 and Marsden had one chance at a takedown but the wrestlers were too far off the mat. Larson made the 3-2 decision stand and the three points gave OU its first lead since the opening weight and the OU fans who represented the majority of the near 3,000 fans crammed into the Field House erupted in a delirious celebration.

John Smith ushered his team to the visitor's locker room and after a long cooling off period the team got on the bus and left without making an appearance in the media interview room. He later had this comment.

"It was definitely not the match we needed," Smith said. "We need to find a little more guts in the tough scenarios. We will do better."

The match started with Oklahoma's returning All-American Jarrod Patterson scoring a 4-0 decision over the Cowboys Eddie Klimara. Patterson started the scoring with a second period reversal and added a third period takedown and with riding time that added up to the 5-0 decision, and a 3-0 early OU advantage.

The dual went back to even at 133 pounds where a fairly even matchup went the same way it has in the three previous meetings with an 8-2 decision for Oklahoma State senior All-American Jon Morrison. The Illinois native started with two double leg takedowns in the first period and finished off the Sooners fourth-ranked Cody Brewer with another double leg in the third period and extended the riding time for the decision. The dual was tied at 3-3 two matches in.

If you gauge it by the coach's reaction then one of the key matches and a perceived OSU upset came with the insertion of freshman Anthony Collica to take on OU's 141-pounder Nick Lester. Lester used a single leg and then a work around takedown at the end of the first period to go in front 4-1 after the first.

In the second period the freshman started to come to life with a hard earned scramble takedown and then really grabbed the momentum in the third period with a pair of takedowns, both falling in the creative wrestling category. The result was an 8-7 decision that had Cowboys head coach John Smith jumping up and down and then pumping his fist in the air along with the other members of the Cowboys coaching staff.

Oklahoma State had its first lead in the dual at 6-3. The fun was just beginning for the Cowboys as ninth-ranked Josh Kindig had to surge some off the momentum of the surprise pulled off by Collica and he really turned the McCasland Field House on its ear as the redshirt junior from Pennsylvania fell behind to defending 141-pound NCAA national champion Kendrick Maple, who had moved up to 149, by the score of 3-0 in the second period.

Then in the third, he used an escape and a fleeting point to creep up to 3-2 before scrambling for a takedown in the corner of the mat toward the Oklahoma State bench. The real work came with holding on and maintaining the advantage the last 36 seconds. Kindig did hold on, barely, for a 4-3 decision and OSU had a 9-3 lead in the dual.

That was two big surprises benefitting the Cowboys and tearing at the notion that OU was the favorite.

In workmanlike fashion second-ranked 156-pounder Alex Dieringer stayed unbeaten and ran his record to 7-0 on the season with an 11-5 decision over Justin DeAngelis. Dieringer finished with a dominating 2:23 of riding time and in the final period was trading takedowns for release with DeAngelis. The Dieringer decision put Oklahoma State up 12-3.

Former Sooner turned Oklahoma State wrestler Tyler Caldwell, who left OU after the coaching change a couple of seasons ago, racked up his third win over his former school, this one of a new opponent in Clark Glass. Caldwell really toyed with Glass, leading 2-0 after one period, 4-1 after a reversal in the second, and then after a couple of takedowns and a significant riding time advantage he captured a 10-4 decision that gave Oklahoma State a 15-3 team lead.

By far the biggest disappointment of the night for OSU was at 174 pounds where Chris Perry, the defending NCAA champion, lost his first match of the season against a former NCAA champion in Andrew Howe, who came in ranked second at the weight. Perry was sluggish and got caught by a Howe single leg in the first period and then was ridden the final 37 seconds. Perry started the second period on top but a reversal gave Howe all the points he would need for an eventual 4-2 decision.

The dual tightened a little more at 184 pounds where John Smith opted to go with Kyle Crutchmer of the three wrestlers that he weighed in. It looked really good for awhile as Crutchmer was sailing along in the final minute of the match with a 4-1 lead and riding time on the board until he walked into a takedown from OU's Danny Chaid.

Crutchmer looked gassed in the final minute of the match and on the takedown went nearly flat on his back. He lost riding time and Chaid gained near fall points to take a 7-3 decision and the scoreboard was 15-9 in favor of the Cowboys.

The final chapter of the night was set up at 197 pounds where Blake Rosholt struggled throughout the match to Oklahoma's unbeaten Travis Rutt. Despite Rutt leading throughout the first two periods, Rosholt was still in it when Rutt took him down with the same single leg slip down he had used for two previous takedowns and this time moved behind to put the returning OSU All-American on his back and nearly pinned him picking up three near fall points and gaining a riding time advantage scored a 12-3 major decision to bring the score to 15-13. The heavyweights would decided the match.

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