Cowboys Win 16th Straight Bedlam Match

It wasn't exactly the greatest Bedlam performance ever but Oklahoma State head coach John Smith said he saw some things he was looking for. The Cowboys defeated Oklahoma in the second Bedlam meeting of the season, this one on the Sooners mat, even without a formerly ranked wrestler in the lineup in 141-pound Daniel Frishkorn. They did it about the same way they had early in the season winning 21-12.

Oklahoma State won seven of the 10 weights, with the match staying close because of bonus points earned by Oklahoma in two of its three wins. Like the first matchup between the two, while the score was close, it never appeared that Oklahoma State was in danger of the upset. It was the 16th Bedlam win in a row for Oklahoma State and the 24th meeting between the two in which Oklahoma State has remained unbeaten. The Cowboys now own a 121-24-9 advantage overall in Bedlam wrestling.

Smith said he liked that the Cowboys did what they needed to, especially in the third period with late take downs and escapes to dominates the individual matchups. He also felt that he saw individual improvement in a number of wrestlers like Kevin Ward and Brandon Mason.

Smith also addressed the fact that Daniel Frishkorn missed his eighth straight dual amid rumors that he has quit the squad.

"He will not wrestle anymore the rest of the season, and may not wrestle here again," Smith said, adding only that he didn't want to discuss it any further.

Several Cowboy wrestlers did discuss it further and while not saying he had quit they questioned his dedication to the program and his teammates.

Based on Sunday's results, there are several weights where the Sooners can claim they are closing the gap on the Cowboys, but so can the Cowboys.

At 125 pounds, Oklahoma's second-ranked Sam Hazewinkel can't be relishing any further action against OSU's sixth-ranked Coleman Scott. Scott had his chances before Hazewinkel escaped with a closely contested 2-0 decision. The two are likely to be seeded to meet each other in the finals of the Big 12 Championships on March 4 in Ames, Iowa. Hazewinkel is 25-0 on the season, while Scott is 23-5.

Third-ranked Nate Morgan had opportunities for more scoring and didn't get it done at 133 pounds against unranked OU wrestler Trey Blakely, but the 9-2 decision did run Morgan's record to 26-1.

Losing Frishkorn is a major blow to the Cowboys and 133-pound backup Ethan Kyle is wrestling hard but was no match for second-ranked Teyon Ware. The Sooner 141-pounder had his way throughout the match with Kyle and the only bonus was Kyle refused to be pinned in the 20-4 technical fall. Oklahoma State will have to hope for Kyle to improve enough for a strong showing at the Big 12 Championships.

Cowboy 149-pounder Zack Esposito, ranked third, has had problems with stubborn Sooner Matt Storniolo and that continued today. But Storniolo has never beaten Esposito with the Cowboy taking his fifth consecutive decision in the history of the matchup. Esposito is now 20-3 on the season with Storniolo finishing the regular season 21-3.

OU freshman 157-pounder Will Rowe pulled off the upset over Kevin Ward in the first Bedlam dual, but today Ward turned the tables with a late escape to win 6-5. Ward was ahead 5-3 with a minute to go when, staying aggressive, he gave Rowe opportunity for a take down. Ward battled for the late escape to get the win and run his record to 19-10.

It really doesn't seem to matter who the Sooners send out against the Cowboys' top-ranked 165-pounder Johny Hendricks. He has dominated them all. Hendricks decisioned Jarrod King 5-0 in the first Bedlam dual and came back today just missing bonus points with a 12-5 decision. Hendricks was obviously frustrated following the match with not having picked up more points. Hendricks goes into the postseason with a 22-1 record as he prepares to defend his individual national championship.

OSU's Brandon Mason turned around his earlier Bedlam result (a 5-3 loss to OU wrestler Wes Roberts) as he was more dominating than the score indicates in a 3-0 decision. Mason is now 21-9 individually.

Rusty Blackmon was the hero of the first Bedlam win when he decisioned Justin Dyer 6-3 with a late take down, but today was no match for the 15th-ranked Sooner in losing a 13-4 major decision. Blackmon struggled from the bottom and had to really battle to keep from being pinned by Dyer.

With Oklahoma State leading 15-12 heading into the 197-pound match there was no question it was over. Cowboy Jake Rosholt continued his unbeaten mark against the Sooners Joel Flaggert with a 4-1 decision in which Rosholt was the obvious aggressor. Rosholt picked up points late when it appeared Flaggert was just trying to get off the mat with a narrow defeat. Rosholt is now 21-3 on the season, and begins preparing to defend his individual NCAA title.

OSU heavyweight Steve Mocco displayed a new hairstyle, almost shaved and wore some battle scars from this week's work in the wrestling room on his face as he took on Jake Hager of OU. Mocco scored all the points he would need early and rode out over two minutes of riding time in the first period alone. He finished with an 8-1 decision, just missing a major verdict. Mocco is now 21-2, with both losses to Minnesota's Cole Konrad, as he prepares to defend his individual national championship.

The Cowboys finish the dual season 16-2, both losses to Minnesota. The team has nearly two weeks to work out any problems and beef up two trouble spots at 149 and 184 pounds before heading to Ames, Iowa on March 4 for the Big 12 Championships.

#2 Oklahoma State at #9 Oklahoma
McCasland Field House, Norman, Okla.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006
125 - #2 Sam Hazewinkel (OU) dec. #6 Scott 2-0; OU 3-0
133 - #3 Nate Morgan (OSU) dec. Blakely 9-2; Tied 3-3
141 - #2 Teyon Ware (OU) tech. fall Kyle 20-4; OU 8-3
149 - #3 Zack Esposito (OSU) dec. #4 Storniolo 4-0; OU 8-6
157 - #15 Kevin Ward (OSU) dec. Rowe 6-5; OSU 9-8
165 - #1 Johny Hendricks (OSU) dec. King 12-5; OSU 12-8
174 - #10 Brandon Mason (OSU) dec. #19 Roberts 3-0; OSU 15-8
184 - #15 Justin Dyer (OU) maj. dec. Blackmon 13-4; OSU 15-12
197 - #3 Jake Rosholt (OSU) dec. #4 Flaggert 4-1; OSU 18-12
Hwt - #2 Steve Mocco (OSU) dec. #6 Hager 8-1; OSU 21-12

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