Oklahoma State Crowned Big 12 Wrestling Champions
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 03/09/2013
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On their home mat inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, the Oklahoma State Cowboys claimed the 2013 Big 12 Wrestling Championship Saturday night, marking their 47th conference championship in school history. The Cowboys tallied a total of 118.5 points, setting a Big 12 Championship record.

The Outstanding Wrestler of the Championship went to Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver, who became a four-time Big 12 champion. It is the third time the senior has won the honor as he won a year ago and was co-Outanding Wrestler in 2010. Besides Oliver four other Cowboys have earned the distinction.

Finishing the clean sweep after winning the regular season championship on Friday night, OSU sent nine of its 10 starters to the final round and held a 18.5 point lead heading into the evening session. Iowa State had seven wrestlers make it to the finals, while Oklahoma sent four participants to the championship round.

The finals session kicked off in the 125-pound class with Eddie Klimara picking up the Cowboys' first win at with a 15-5 decision over ISU's Ryak Finch. In the 133 class, Jon Morrison (OSU), would tally his first league crown with a 6-2 decision against Oklahoma's Cody Brewer, giving the Cowboys a 91-67 lead over the Cyclones.

Junior Kendric Maple secured his second straight league title and the Sooners only win of the night as he posted a 13-3 decision versus ISU's Luke Goettl at 141. Oklahoma State got back to their winning ways as 149-pounder Jordan Oliver earned a first-period takedown in his bout with Iowa State's Max Mayfield. It marked Oliver's fourth league crown, as he won the 133 class the previous three years.

That win gave OSU a 99.5-67 lead over ISU through half of the night's matches. The Cowboys would then put themselves even further out front as Alex Dieringer captured an 11-3 win over Matt Lester of Oklahoma in the 157 pound division.

Iowa State's Kyven Gadson tallied the Cyclones' lone victory of the night, defeating Blake Rosholt (OSU) 5-3 in the 197 class.

OSU got wins at the 165, 174, 184 and heavyweight divisions as Tyler Caldwell, Chris Perry, Chris Chionuma and Alan Gelogaev all recorded victories to give the Cowboys a total of eight titles on the night.

Big 12 wrestlers will next be in action for the NCAA Championship, which kicks off on March 21 and runs through March 23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

FINALS
125 Pounds: No. 1 Eddie Klimara (OSU) dec. No 2 Ryak Finch (ISU), 15-5
133 Pounds: No. 1 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. No. 2 Cody Brewer (OU), 6-2
141 Pounds: No. 1 Kendric Maple (OU) dec. No. 2 Luke Goettl (ISU), 13-3
149 Pounds: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall No. 3 Max Mayfield (ISU), 1:19
157 Pounds: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. No. 2 Matt Lester (OU), 11-3
165 Pounds: No. 1 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. No. 2 Bubby Graham (OU), 1-0
174 Pounds: No. 1 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 2 Tanner Weatherman (ISU), 8-0
184 Pounds: No. 2 Chris Chionuma (OSU) dec. No. 1 Boaz Beard (ISU), 5-3
197 Pounds: No. 1 Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. No. 2 Blake Rosholt (OSU), 5-3
Heavyweight: No. 1 Alan Gelogaev (OSU) fall No. 2 Matt Gibson (ISU), 0:58

TEAM SCORES
1. Oklahoma State - 118.5
2. Iowa State - 74
3. Oklahoma - 58
4. West Virginia - 28

2013 Most Outstanding Wrestler: Jordan Oliver, Oklahoma State, 149

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