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COWBOY WRESTLING GETS ANOTHER BEDLAM WIN
STILLWATER – No. 9 Cowboy wrestling picked up the second Bedlam win of the weekend for the Oklahoma State athletic program on Sunday with a 25-11 win over Oklahoma. The Cowboys improved to 134-27-10 in the Bedlam wrestling series.
“It’s been a good weekend for Stillwater,” coach John Smith said. “The wind was definitely blowing north for us.”
The dual started at heavyweight with No. 4 Austin Marsden defeating top-10 opponent Ross Larson with a 5-2 decision. With a scoreless first period, Marsden put the first point of the board with an escape to start the second period followed by a takedown. His takedown in the final period sealed the win for the junior.
“Last year, the dual came down to me. I wasn’t mentally prepared for it and Ross Larson got the best of me, but this time I was more focused,” Marsden said. “Just wanted to take it to him and wrestle my style. It wasn’t like the complete style I wanted to, but my coach told me to try to improve as much as possible in the room and follow up. [Larson] is a tough guy and he wrestled hard and beating him in Stillwater was good.”
At 125, tenth-ranked Eddie Klimara took on OU’s Ryan Milhof. With a takedown, escape and riding time, Klimara defeated the Sooner, 4-1, and improved to 5-0 on the season.
The Pokes gave up a technical fall at 133 pounds, with No. 2 Cody Brewer of OU defeating sophomore Brian Crutchmer, 22-7, and closing in on the team score, 6-5.
Redshirt freshman Dean Heil gave the Cowboys a push with a 10-5 decision over Trae Blackwell in his first Bedlam appearance and first variety start in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
At 149 pounds, Josh Kindig separated the score picking up the first bonus points of the dual for the Cowboys, topping Shayne Tucker, 10-2. The senior collected four takedowns en route to the win.
The Sooners picked up their second win of the day at 157 pounds as Cowboy sophomore Anthony Collica suffered a 5-2 loss to No. 9 Justin DeAngelis.
Big 12 Wrestler of the Month Alex Dieringer wrestled in front of his home crowd for the first time since winning the 2014 157-pound NCAA title and did not disappoint as he earned a commanding 8-1 decision over Clark Glass and kept his season record unblemished.
The final Sooner win came at 174 pounds, where Matt Reed edged sophomore Jordan Rogers, 6-3, bringing the team score to 16-11 and allowing OU a chance to take the dual with two more wins.
Nolan Boyd shut down the opportunity, collecting six points for the Cowboys with an injury default win over Nathan Marek and sealing the win for OSU.
The Cowboys’ 197 pounder, Austin Schafer, closed out the dual beating Andrew Dixon, 3-1, with a late third-period takedown to finish the match.
The Cowboys return to action on Dec. 21 to compete at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Nevada.