"We've lost two duals now, and the difference has been a bonus point. That's always going to be the key to having success in dual meet season, making sure that we're scoring on top of points. It didn't seem like we had that enough. It looked like in most of our wins, we just wanted wins, and we didn't want more."
The Cowboys led the dual from the beginning until the final bout of the day. Sophomore Eddie Klimara kicked it off for the Cowboys, handing Samuel Brancale a 14-10 loss at 125 pounds. Jon Morrison, ranked No. 2 at 133 pounds, followed with a 3-2 win over No. 9 David Thorn, scoring in the first and third periods.
Anthony Collica and Josh Kindig faced top-five opponents at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. True freshman Collica held off No. 4 Chris Dardanes in a scoreless first period but eventually fell 5-3. No. 5 Kindig went head-to-head with No. 2 Nick Dardanes, but was outlasted, 6-2.
At 157 pounds, No. 2 Alex Dieringer knocked off No. 4 Dylan Ness, 4-2, in sudden victory. The Cowboy picked up a takedown 36 seconds into the one-minute sudden victory period to end the match.
The nation's No. 2 165-pounder, Tyler Caldwell, picked up a 2-0 win over No. 19 Danny Zilverberg on a full-period ride in the second period and an escape in the third.
Second-ranked 174 pounder Chris Perry took on fifth-ranked Logan Storely and walked away with a 6-3 victory. Perry scored a takedown early in the first period and controlled the rest of the match.
At 184 pounds, Minnesota picked up the only bonus points in the dual when Jordan Rogers, wrestling in his varsity debut, dropped a 14-5 match to Kevin Steinhaus.
Blake Rosholt and Austin Marsden went against the nation's best at 197 and 285 pounds, respectively. Rosholt scored the first points of the match but fell to No. 1 Scott Schiller after giving up a takedown and back points with less than 10 seconds left in the bout.
Marsden faced two-time national champion Tony Nelson. Nelson was the victor, only scoring an escape and a point of riding time advantage.
The loss to the Golden Gophers marks the first time since 1985 the Cowboys have had a 1-2 start. It is also the first time with Smith as the head coach.
"We're all right. We're going to continue to work hard," Perry said "We're tired of losing by one point, and someone is going to have to step up and get a sixth match. It doesn't matter who it is, we just have to find it."
The Pokes will be back in action Saturday when they wrestle Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., before traveling to Laramie, Wyo., to take on Wyoming later that day.
133: No. 2 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. No. 9 David Thorn (MINN), 3-2
141: No. 4 Chris Dardanes (MINN) dec. Anthony Collica (OSU), 5-3
149: No. 2 Nick Dardanes (MINN) dec. No. 5 Josh Kindig (OSU), 6-2
157: No. 2 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. No. 4 Dylan Ness (MINN), 4-2 SV1
165: No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. No. 19 Daniel Zilverberg (MINN), 2-0
174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 5 Logan Storley (MINN), 6-3
184: Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) MD Jordan Rogers (OSU), 14-5
197: No. 1 Scott Schiller (MINN) dec. No. 9 Blake Rosholt (OSU), 8-2
285: No. 1 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. No. 12 Austin Marsden (OSU), 2-0
(Oklahoma State Athletic Media Relations contributed to this story. You can find more at okstate.com.)