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NO. 6 OKLAHOMA STATE WRESTLING DOMINATES WEST VIRGINIA
STILLWATER – No. 6 Oklahoma State bounced back from last weekend’s loss with a 35-3 triumph over No. 25 West Virginia at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Friday.
“They’re a tougher team than we’ve ever wrestled from West Virginia and a lot of that’s because of their coach,” head coach John Smith said. “At the same time, we needed to continue to apply a little bit more pressure and maintain some pressure. We scored points, and we were a little bit too tactical in the match rather than creating some more opportunities, but overall, it’s good to bounce back and win like we won.”
The dual was highlighted by four bonus-point wins and falls coming at 149 pounds from Josh Kindig and 165 pounds from Alex Dieringer.
Fourth-ranked Kindig took on WVU’s Louis Colonna. Kindig scored first with a takedown on the edge of the mat, rolling Colonna onto his back and eventually getting the fall in 1:21.
“He was backing up and didn’t want to wrestle,” Kindig said. “Like Coach says, when people just want to hand fight, you have to go in and out more. I faked, snapped down and pancaked. I was aware of where I was at, kept my foot in to pull him in and got the fall.”
Dieringer, who improved to 17-0, got the second fall of the night, sticking Ross Renzi in 2:46. Prior to the fall, the Cowboy had a 7-1 lead, tallying two takedowns and a three-point nearfall. The fall gives Dieringer a team-high six pins on the season.
Klimara started the dual off with a win for the Pokes, defeating Zeke Moisey by a 10-2 major decision. After a slow two periods, the bout was tied at two before Klimara picked up eight points in the final period in the form of two takedowns, two escapes and two penalty points.
Gary Wayne Harding kept it going for the Pokes, beating Cory Stainbrook, 9-2, and earning his first career win in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Harding, a true freshman, scored two takedowns on the Mountaineer sophomore in the first period and never looked back. The Cowboy went on to score an escape and another takedown in the second period before being awarded a riding time point at the end of the bout.
“It felt a lot better than last Sunday,” Harding said. “It was rough coming into my first dual, but I worked hard this week and got a win today. I keep getting better every day. That’s my goal. I want to be ready on the mat come nationals.”
At 141 pounds, No. 19 Dean Heil came out strong taking down Mike Morales four times, with three of those takedowns coming in the first period en route to a 9-5 win.
Following a pin at 149 pounds, sophomore Anthony Collica picked up his second dual-win of the season, dominating Brutus Scheffel in a 17-7 major decision at 157 pounds. Collica led the entire match but kicked it up in the third period, where he scored five takedowns on the Mountaineer to earn him his fifth bonus-point win of the season.
No. 18 Jordan Rogers kept the Cowboys’ hopes alive of a shut out, when he edged Parker VonEdigy, 3-2, with a takedown first-period takedown and an escape in the final period of the 174-pound bout.
Nolan Boyd earned his 18th win of the season with a decisive 10-5 decision over Bubba Scheffel. The sophomore secured the win with his three takedowns on the night.
West Virginia grabbed its first and only win of the night at 197 pounds as Jake Smith defeated Luke Bean, 3-1.
Austin Marsden ended the night, defeating AJ Vizcarrondo, 8-2, and extending his series lead over Vizcarrondo, 3-0. The Pokes won the dual 35-3 and improved to 4-2 on the season.
The Cowboys bring in the No. 12 Pittsburgh Panthers on Sunday at 2 p.m., looking to avengea last year’s 19-18 loss.
No. 6 Oklahoma State 35, West Virginia 3
Jan. 16, 2015 :: Gallagher-Iba Arena :: Attendance- 1,978
125: No. 10 Eddie Klimara (OSU) MD Zeke Moisey (WVU), 10-2
133: Gary Wayne Harding (OSU) dec. Cory Stainbrook (WVU), 9-2
141: No. 19 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. Mike Morales (WVU), 8-5
149: No. 4 Josh Kindig (OSU) fall Louis Colonna (WVU), 1:19
157: No. 19 Anthony Collica (OSU) MD Brutus Scheffel (WVU), 17-7
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) fall Ross Renzi (WVU); 2:46
174: No. 18 Jordan Rogers (OSU) dec. Parker VonEdigy (WVU), 3-2
184: No. 15 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. Bubba Scheffel (WVU), 10-5
197: Jake Smith (WVU) dec. Luke Bean (OSU), 3-1
285: No. 5 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Anthony Vizcarrondo (WVU), 8-2