Cowboys Come Up Short To Cyclones

Oklahoma State needed a lot of things to go its way in hosting second-ranked Iowa State on Sunday afternoon but Cowboys head coach John Smith was really worried about one weight in particular. Smith has been happy with his Russian import at 197 pounds in Alan Gelogaev.

Nicknamed "Z," Gelogaev has made a better than solid transition from free style to collegiate style wrestling in earing a number six ranking and going 21-1 on the season. Smith knew Gelogaev was moving into advanced competition on Sunday with top ranked 197 pounder Jake Varner.

The unbeaten Varner was coached by Smith this summer with the USA World Team. Smith talks about Varner like wrestling enthusiasts used to talk about Smith in his days as a competitor.

Smith's fears were realized as after a scoreless first period with Gelogaev chosing the down position, Varner controlled the long Gelogaev and eventually locked him into a cradle grabing an arm and a leg and locking up.

Varner turned Gelogaev over and did the near impossible as while he was looking at scoring back points he was able to apply enough pressure to put both points of the back down for a fall.

The fall at 4:43 came on the heels of a 3-1 decision at 184 pounds by the Cowboys Clayton Foster that had OSU leading 15-14. The pin by the Cyclones made it 20-15 and put the heat on Cowboys heavyweight Jared Rosholt in the final match.

Rosholt decisioned second-ranked David Zabriskie 8-5, a good win but not enough as Iowa State won the dual 20-18.

Rosholt's win will cement him as the top heavyweight in the country, but couldn't save the dual for the Pokes.

OSU lost two weeks in a row against the top two ranked teams in the nation. OSU lost to Iowa 19-16 in Iowa City and now 20-18 to second-ranked Iowa State in Stillwater. The Cowboys record for duals drops to 8-2-1 on the season.

The fans were treated to furious action on an afternoon where more scoring than usual happened at the buzzer either at the end of a match or the end of a period. The action just before the horn favored the visiting Cyclones more often than it did the Cowboys.

The most critical last second action came at 157 pounds with the Cowboys leading the dual 9-8 primarily off an impressive fall at 141 pounds by sophomore Jamal Parks.

Neil Erisman, the Cowboys captain, came out quick against the Cyclones unranked Andrew Sorenson as both wrestlers came in with similar records. Erisman got a single leg that worked for him into a take down in the first period.

He opened the second period down and with the early escape had a 3-0 lead and a convincing reiding time advantage. That is when Sorenson started working back with a take down and then in the third period scored three take downs, each starting with a single leg and the final came at the buzzer, right at the buzzer causing the mostly OSU contingent of 3,807 to react accordingly.

It didn't matter as that score at the last fraction of a second put Iowa State up again in the team score 11-9. OSU head coach John Smith protested as Erisman walked head down off the mat and right by the Cowboys bench area.

Sorenson's dramatics weren't the first late match heroics for the Cyclones as the dual opened up at 125 pounds with Iowa State's fifth-ranked Andrew Long totally dominating a tired and hurt Chris Notte of the Cowboys.

Notte was beaten soundly from beginning to end and the end was another take down at the buzzer that with riding time pushed the score to 21-5 and good for a technical fall and a momentum building 5-0 start for Iowa State.

The Cowboys got some late scoring of their own at 165 pounds when this week's Big 12 Wrestler of the Week Alex Meade, who upset Iowa's fourth-ranked Ryan Morningstar last Saturday 5-3, scored a late escape at the buzzer in the first period against now fourth-ranked Jon Reader. In the end that escape did not factor as Reader worked hard for a 7-5 decision over Meade. No shame for Meade as he wrestled galliantly.

Parks' fall at 141 pounds may signal a turn around for him. Parks looked like a different wrestler than he did a week ago in losing at Iowa City to the Hawkeyes unranked Montell Marion.

Parks used a spin around move for control and then pulled Jenson down hard over the top and put him on his back and wasted little time in getting his opponent on his back. It was one of several bright spots at the Cowboys did win five weights for the second week in a row, but bonus points the other way did them in.

Oklahoma State goes on the road to wrestle next when the Cowboys take on two duals on the same day as they visit Northern Colorado on Friday afternoon, Jan. 29, and then head to Wyoming to wrestle that night.

#2 Iowa State at #4 Oklahoma State
125 pounds #5 Andrew Long-ISU (20-3) tech.fall 21-5 over #9 Chris Notte-OSU (15-6) ISU leds 5-0
133 pounds #6 Jordan Oliver-OSU (19-2) dec. 7-5 over #9 Nick Fanthorpe-ISU (10-6) ISU leads 5-3
141 pounds #7 Jamal Parks-OSU (21-4) fall (2:42) over #10 Dalton Jensen-ISU (13-6) OSU leads 9-5
149 pounds #8 Mitch Mueller-ISU (20-6) dec. 7-2 over Quinten Fuentes-OSU (13-11) OSU leads 9-8
157 pounds Andrew Sorenson-ISU (20-5) dec. 8-7 over #12 Neil Erisman-OSU (19-7) ISU leads 11-9
165 pounds #4 Jon Reader-ISU (15-4) dec. 7-5 over #9 Alex Meade-OSU (21-5) ISU leads 14-9
174 pounds #12 Mike Benefiel-OSU (25-2) dec. 10-4 pver #19 Duke Burk-ISU (10-9) ISU leads 14-12
184 pounds #13 Clayton Foster-OSU (11-2) dec. 3-1 over Jerome Ward-ISU (16-5) OSU leads 15-14
197 pounds #1 Jake Varner-ISU (19-0) fall
(4:43) over #6 Alan Gelogaev-OSU (21-2) ISU leads 20-15
285 pounds #1 Jared Rosholt-OSU (22-1) dec. 8-5 #2 David Zabriskie-ISU (14-2) ISU wins 20-18

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