OSU Wrestling: A Perfect 10

We're not talking a perfect 10 as in Bo Derek but the number of wrestlers Oklahoma State will be sending to next week's NCAA Wrestling Championships in Oklahoma City at the Chesapeake Energy Arena starting on May 20 and running through May 22.

OSU head coach John Smith knew coming out of the Cowboys dominating Big 12 Championship performance last Saturday in Norman, Okla., that he had eight automatic qualifiers. But he was hoping that Nolan Boyd at 184 pounds and returning All-American Blake Rosholt at 197 pounds would both pick up "wildcard" bids to the NCAA.

Smith got his wish.

The brackets are being released Wednesday evening in an NCAA Preview Show being streamed on the Internet but the wildcard invites have already been announced.

Smith was very confident in Boyd getting a bid as his 28 wins going into the Big 12 Championships had qualified the one automatic bid the NCAA received. Then in the Big 12 event, Boyd lost in the championship to Iowa State's Lelund Weatherspoon when Weatherspoon scored a takedown with less than 20 seconds left for a 4-3 decision.

"Nolan is in, there's no ifs, ands, or butts," Smith said. "It would have floored me if he hadn't made it in."

The case for Rosholt was made in part by a packet that Oklahoma State sent to make sure the committee knew what was up with Rosholt this season. Last Saturday, he lost to Oklahoma's Travis Rutt when he was pinned, but he bounced back to win third place in the Big 12.

"I thought Blake Rosholt was the only one in real trouble and at risk," Smith said. "If you look at his wins and his losses then he should be in as well. He has beaten several guys in the top 20 and his losses, six or seven of his eight losses, are to guys ranked in the top seven in the country."

With Boyd and Rosholt on board now the Cowboys have the maximum number and it is time to think about scoring and winning.

Here is the Oklahoma State line-up heading to Oklahoma City:
125 Pounds - Eddie Klimara (18-8)
133 Pounds - Jon Morrison (25-1)
141 Pounds - Anthony Collica (28-7)
149 Pounds - Josh Kindig (20-8)
157 Pounds - Alex Dieringer (27-1)
165 Pounds - Tyler Caldwell (24-3)
174 Pounds - Chris Perry (25-1)
184 Pounds - Nolan Boyd (29-11)
197 Pounds - Blake Rosholt (12-8)
285 Pounds - Austin Marsden (20-6)


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