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Cowboys Finish Second At NCAA Wrestling Championships
March 24, 2013
The Oklahoma State Cowboys finished runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Championships, falling four points behind Penn State, who took its third consecutive title. OSU's run at the title was highlighted by two national champions in senior Jordan Oliver and junior Chris Perry.

The Cowboys racked up a total of 119.5 points in their second-place effort to lead the Conference. Iowa State finished 11th in the team competition with 41.5 points, followed by Oklahoma who took 12th with 38.5.

Oklahoma's Kendric Maple became the first Sooner to take home an individual championship in eight years after he topped Edinboro's No. 4 Mitchell Port with a 4-3 decision in the 141-pound weight class. With the title, he becomes Oklahoma's 66th individual national champion in program history. Maple finished his junior season with 102 career wins, becoming the 13th Sooner to reach 100 wins in program history.

For the Cowboys, Perry's win at 174 put the Cowboys on top in the team race by one point, but it was not enough as Penn State went on to win the finals at 184 pounds and 197 pounds to clinch the team title. Oliver ended an outstanding collegiate career, capturing his second national championship when he defeated No. 2 Jason Chamberlain of Boise State, 3-2, in the 149-pound finals. The senior became the OSU's 13th four-time All-American and finished his career with a 126-6 overall record, tying him for fifth in all-time wins in OSU history.

Maple and Oliver entered the finals as two of seven wrestlers with an undefeated record, and left Des Moines as two of the five student-athletes in Division I NCAA wrestling to end the 2012-13 season with an undefeated record.

Oklahoma State finished the season with seven All-Americans. The last time the Cowboys had seven All-Americans was in the 2005 NCAA Championships. Oklahoma notched two All-Americans in Maple and freshman Cody Brewer, who finished seventh at 133 pounds to earn the first All-America honors of his career. Iowa State produced three All-America selections in sophomore Michael Moreno (sixth at 165), sophomore Kyven Gadson (sixth at 197) and senior Matt Gibson (eighth at 285).

The 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships will take place in Oklahoma City, Okla.
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