Cowboys Extend Streak On Iowa

STILLWATER - Just one week after defeating Iowa 23-13 in the Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the Oklahoma State Cowboys returned home to Gallagher-Iba Arena for the first home match since Nov. 16. The Cowboys kept their recent unbeaten streak against the Hawkeyes alive with a fiesty 21-11 victory in front of a very enthusiastic orange crowd.

The match did not resemble the one from a week ago in the National Duals as both teams turned around results from the previous week. After Charlie Falck decisioned Tyler Shinn 9-2 at 125 pounds to start the nationally televised event on ESPNU, Coleman Scott got the home team on the board with a solid 5-2 decision over Iowa's 133 pounder Matt Galanakis.

The fireworks started at 141 pounds when the Cowboys Nate Morgan used a spectacular five point move and near fall in the first period to polish off Alex Tsirtsis 6-2. Morgan gained the back points and was close to the pin after making an acrobatic move to take control of Tsirtsis. Iowa turned around the results from a week ago at 149 pounds as Alex Grunder avenged a pin in beating freshman Dekotah Simpson. OSU head coach John Smith had pulled Simpson out of red-shirt last Saturday in Cedar Falls and the Cushing product rewarded the bold move with a fall on Grunder. This time Grunder scored a 5-2 decision.

At 157 pounds it was the Cowboys reversal from last week as Newly McSpadden rode out Ryan Morningstar the entire third period to score a 2-1 decision. At one point as the two wrestlers stood up and took the action out of bounds, Iowa coach Tom Brands felt Morningstar had earned an escape and he let official Pat Fitzgerald have an earfull. It was to no avail and was not the last time Fitzgerald heard from the coaches.

There is always lots of emotion when Cowboy 165-pounder and two-time defending national champion Johny Hendricks wrestles Iowa counterpart Mark Perry. Hendricks is like a son to OSU head coach John Smith, while Perry is the son of former OSU assistant coach Mark Perry and is also Smith's real nephew. Smith used an early take down and had control of the match when Hendricks scored a third period take down and proceeded to punish Perry in eliminating a riding time advantage and earning a close 4-3 decision. Hendricks celebration at the end frustrated Perry and he walked away and later refused the traditional handshake from Hendricks. Hendricks stayed unbeaten against Perry with the win.

It was Smith's turn to blast Fitzgerald at 174 pounds as Brandon Mason led 1-0 and was in the process of attempting to ride out the third period for the win when Fitzgerald called a stalemate and forced a re-start. Eric Luedke used the opportunity to score a reversal and eliminate riding time for a 2-1 decision. After the match at 174 Smith walked over and gave the official his view of the stalemate call.

It got even more interesting at 184 pounds as the Cowboys Jack Jensen reversed another result from last week in getting a third period take down to defeat Iowa's Phillip Keddy. Just after the match ended Keddy took a swipe at Jensen in frustration with the loss and Fitzgerald had a point deducted from the Iowa team score for unsportsmanlike conduct. The point deduction left the team score at 15-8 giving forcing Iowa to come up with bonus points in the final two weights in order to have a chance to win.

That decision never became a factor as in another reversal from a week ago the Cowboys Jared Shelton used a spectacular flip move out a defensive whizzer prosition to throw Iowa's Dan Erekson to the match. In the action Erekson's left shoulder popped out of place and to add pain to the injury Shelton's leg landed on that shoulder. The match was immediately stopped and after the injury time was exhausted Erekson could not continue and had to be helped to the Iowa dressing room and training room. The six points put Oklahoma State up a commanding 21-8.

At heavyweight Iowa's Matt Fields used an overtime take down to defeat the Cowboys Jared Rosholt 6-4.

The Cowboys move their record to 10-3, remain unbeaten at home, and unbeaten against Iowa since a loss to the Hawkeyes in Iowa City in January of 2000. The fourth-ranked Cowboys will be home again on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Oregon State.

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