In the second closest finish in Big 12 history, the Oklahoma State Cowboys (70.5) knocked off the Iowa State (69) Cyclones by 1.5 points at the Big 12 Wrestling Championship in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma took third place with 64 points, Missouri tallied 33 and Nebraska recorded 32 on the day.
For the first time since the first Big 12 Championship in 1997, Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet honors were shared by Sooner freshman Jarrod Patterson (125) and Cowboy redshirt-freshman Jordan Oliver (133). Patterson and Oliver each won their respective weight classes.
Finals action began with top-seeded Andrew Long (ISU) dropping a 5-2 decision to Jarrod Patterson (OU) in the 125 pound weight class. Jordan Oliver was the first Cowboy to win Big 12 gold on the day as he took the title at 133. After two takedowns and an escape, No. 4-ranked Oliver defeated ISU’s defending-Big 12 Champ Nick Fanthorpe, 5-1.
After finishing third at last year’s event, OSU sophomore Jamal Parks earned his first league title by takedown against OU’s Zack Bailey, 3-2. In a repeat of the 2009 bout at 149, Sooner Kyle Terry defeated ISU’s Mitch Mueller by a score of 4-2 for his second-straight Big 12 title. In a hotly contested match at 157, OU’s Shane Vernon and OSU’s Neil Erisman recorded two tie scores before Vernon earned the narrow 6-5 decision.
At 165, Nick Marable (MU) won his third-straight Big 12 title as he took a 6-5 decision over Jon Reader (ISU). Marable beat Reader at last year’s championship as well and is the first wrestler to win three-straight titles since OSU’s Johny Hendricks accomplished the feat from 2005-07 in the same weight class.
The No. 1-seed at 174, Stephen Dwyer (NU) notched a takedown and built an early 5-1 lead before Cowboy grappler Mike Benefiel worked it to 5-4. Dwyer prevailed with the 9-5 decision to earn his first Big 12 gold. After taking fourth in the 194 weight class in 2009, OSU’s Clayton Foster grabbed the 184 title with a convincing 10-6 win over No. 1-seed Max Askren of Missouri.
The nation’s top-two ranked wrestlers, Jake Varner (ISU) and Craig Brester (NU) squared off in a rematch for the 197 title. After a scoreless first period, Brester, the defending champion, scored two escapes and Varner earned a takedown to keep the score even at two heading into the third round. An early escape and a last-second takedown secured the 5-2 win for Varner, giving him his second overall title and first at 197.
In the final match, No. 1-seed Jared Rosholt (OSU) once again took on defending champ David Zabriskie (ISU) in what proved to be the deciding match of the meet. Scoreless at the end of the first period, the two heavyweights rode a 1-1 tie into double overtime. After each failed to record an escape point, the match moved to double sudden victory with Zabriskie grabbing the title for the third time, 3-1.
125: No. 2 Jarrod Patterson (OU) dec. No. 1 Andrew Long (ISU); 5-2
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) dec. No. 2 Nick Fanthorpe (ISU); 5-1
141: No. 2 Jamal Parks (OSU) dec. No. 1 Zack Bailey (OU); 3-2
149: No. 1 Kyle Terry (OU) dec. No. 2 Mitch Mueller (ISU); 4-2
157: No. 1 Shane Vernon (OU) dec. No. 3 Neil Erisman (OSU); 6-5
165: No. 2 Nick Marable (MU) dec. No. 1 Jon Reader (ISU); 6-5
174: No. 1 Stephen Dwyer (NU) dec. No. 2 Mike Benefiel (OSU); 9-5
184: No. 2 Clayton Foster (OSU) dec. No. 1 Max Askren (MU); 10-6
197: No. 1 Jake Varner (ISU) dec. No. 2 Craig Brester (NU); 5-2
HWT: No. 2 David Zabriskie (ISU) dec. No. 1 Jared Rosholt (OSU); 3-1 SV2
1. Oklahoma State - 70.5
1. Iowa State - 69
3. Oklahoma - 64
4. Missouri - 33
5. Nebraska - 32
2010 Co-Most Outstanding Wrestler: Jarrod Patterson, Oklahoma, 125 and Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State, 133
Attendance: 5, 007 - 2,397 (1st Session), 2, 610 (2nd Session)