Cowboys Drop Sooners, 26-10

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma State's wrestling team improved to 16-1 on the year after a 26-10 victory over Oklahoma Sunday afternoon in Lloyd Noble Center. After losing the first two matches, the Cowboys stormed back to win the next seven matches before ruining the Sooner's hopes earning the upset.

The Sooners' Sam Hazewinkle scored a major decision over Cody Stites to give OU a quick 4-0 lead to start the afternoon. OU extended its lead to 7-0 after Mimi Miller hung on to a 7-6 win over --Default For Johnny Thompson is to ignore--Johnny Thompson.

The Cowboys cut into OU's lead after Ronnie Delk used five takedowns en route to a 14-4 major decision over Shane Kidd. Delk took a 2-1 lead to end the first, and then opened up the scoring in the final two periods, scoring four takedowns and a pair of nearfall points to take the victory.

OSU earned close decisions at 149 and 157 pounds to take a 10-7 lead over OU. Zack Esposito recorded his 12th straight victory over a ranked opponent after a 3-1 decision over Jef Ecklof at 149 pounds. Johny Hendricks notched the only takedown at 157 pounds to seal a 3-2 decision over Rafael Maturino.

After a Tyrone Lewis pin and a Chris Pendleton decision, the Cowboys extended their lead to 19-7. Lewis only needed 2:10 before flattening Randy Sulavar, while Pendleton's pair of takedowns in the first period was all that was needed to secure a 5-2 decision over E.K. Waldhaus.

Jake Rosholt three takedowns and a reversal before defeating Justin Dyer, 10-7, while Rusty Blackmon snapped his four match losing skid with a 10-0 major decision over Austin David. The pair of victories gave the Cowboys a 26-7 lead heading into heavyweight.

OU closed out the dual with a Leonce Crump 6-4 decision over Will Gruenwald. OSU's Gruenwald got on the board first but Crump came back to win the match.

The Cowboys return to action Feb. 15 when they host the Lehigh Mountainhawks in Gallagher-Iba Arena at 2 p.m.

Results OSU 26 OU 7 125 -Sam Hazewinkle (OU) m.d. Cody Stites (OSU), 10-1 133 - Mimi Miller (OU) dec. Johnny Thompson (OSU), 7-6 141 - Ronnie Delk (OSU) m.d. Shane Kidd (OU), 14-4 149 - Zack Esposito (OSU) dec. Jeff Ecklof (OU), 3-1 157 - Johny Hendricks (OSU) dec. Rafael Maturino (OU), 3-2 165 - Tyrone Lewis (OSU) fall Randy Sulavar (OU), 2:10 174 - Chris Pendleton (OSU) dec. E.K. Waldhaus (OU), 5-2 184 - Jake Rosholt (OSU) dec. Justin Dyer (OU), 10-7 197 - Rusty Blackmon (OSU) m.d. Austin David (OU), 10-0 285 - Will Gruenwald (OSU) vs. Leonce Crump (OU)

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