Bedlam Wrestling: Cowboys Win

Oklahoma State survived an early scare this afternoon at the Lloyd Noble Center and used the middleweights to take the lead and upperweights to clinch the win 21-16 over Oklahoma. For the top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Cowboys it was their 13th win in a row over Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State now leads the lopsided series 118-24-9. Oklahoma hasn't defeated Oklahoma State in wrestling since the 1995-96 season.

It started off well for the Sooners as they jumped out to a 10-0 advantage. First, top-ranked Sam hazewinkle scored a major decision over OSU 125-pounder Derrick Fleenor. Then at 133 Joe Comparin and at 141 pounds Teyon Ware scored decisions.

The Cowboys began to turn the tide at 149 pounds when top-ranked Zack Esposito scored a decision over the Sooners fifth-ranked and unbeaten Matt Storniolo. The next two weights were dominated by the Cowboys as 157-pounder Kevin Ward took OU sophomore Charles Jones for a major decision. Ward, an underrated native of Tennessee, came in ranked 18th by Intermat and unranked by the Amateur Wrestling News. That should change as Ward is now 8-1 on the season.

Edmond native and third-ranked Johny Hendricks needed little time to dispatch of Oklahoma's Randy Sulaver at 165 pounds. Hendricks scored the only fall of the match as he pinned Sulaver in the first period. The fall by Hendricks gave Oklahoma State a 13-10 lead, but the Sooners came back.

At 174 pounds seventh-ranked E.K. Waldhaus surprised Oklahoma State's top-ranked and unbeaten defending national champion Chris Pendleton with a narrow decision. The Sooners Justin Dyer scored a decision over Clay Keher at 184 pounds giving Oklahoma a 16-13 lead.

Oklahoma State closed it out with a couple of major decisions as former national champion and top-ranked 197-pounder Jake Rosholt majored formerly unbeaten Sooner Joel Flaggert and Cowboy top-ranked and unbeaten heavyweight Steve Mocco gave Jake Hager the same treatment.

The two major decisions gave OSU, 4-0 on the season, the final margin of 21-16. The Cowboys take finals week off and then compete again next weekend in the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 19.

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