After one of the most intense team races in recent history, Oklahoma State secured a third place finish at the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championships. The Cowboys finished with 96.5 points, highlighted by national championships from Chris Perry (174) and Alex Dieringer (157).
Iowa State's two-time All-Americans Kyven Gadson (197) and Michael Moreno (165) took fourth and fifth place finishes on the medal stand, respectively. In the third-place match, Gadson was pitted against a familiar foe in Minnesota All-American Scott Schiller. Gadson got behind early, and his late comeback fell short as he lost 9-6.
Moreno dropped his first match of the day to No. 3 seed Nick Sulzer of Virginia, but was able to bounce back and take fifth place, one spot higher than his 2013 NCAA finish. Earl Hall (125) lost a heartbreaker in the seventh-place bout to unseeded Darian Cruz of Lehigh, falling 2-1 in the second tiebreak period.
Iowa State's Tanner Weatherman (174) fell one match shy of All-America honors for the second straight season at 174 pounds, losing 3-2 to No. 7 seed Matt Wilps of Pittsburgh. Teammates (141) and (184), both first time NCAA qualifiers, were eliminated from the field in Friday's first consolation round .The 174-pound finals pitted Big 12 rivals Andrew Howe (Oklahoma) and Chris Perry (Oklahoma State) against each other in their third Bedlam battle of the season. The bout, which was the first of the night, saw a scoreless first period. Howe started the second period in the top position, and Perry quickly registered an escape before recording the match’s only takedown. Perry also secured the riding time point in the win, his second straight 174-pound crown.
Cody Brewer (133) and Kendric Maple (149) of Oklahoma completed action with eighth place finishes in their respective weight classes. Brewer fell by an 8-6 decision to Joe Roth of Central Michigan while Maple closed his career as a Sooner with a 2-1 defeat in sudden victory against Penn State's James English.
Oklahoma's Jarrod Patterson (125) fell just short of becoming a two-time All-American, losing a 6-5 decision to Joey Dance of Virginia Tech. Nick Lester (141), Justin DeAngelis (157), Travis Rutt (197) and Ross Larson (HWT) all saw their seasons come to an end on Friday with losses in consolation matches.
The Oklahoma State wrestling squad went four-for-four in the NCAA semifinals, with Josh Kindig (149), Alex Dieringer (157), Tyler Caldwell (165) and Chris Perry (174) earning the chance to wrestle for NCAA individual titles.
Perry kicked off the night for the Cowboys with his second-consecutive NCAA title, defeating Andrew Howe (Oklahoma) with a 4-0 decision.
Alex Dieringer picked up Oklahoma State's second national championship of the night. Dieringer defeated Minnesota's Dylan Ness with a 13-4 major decision in the 157-pound finals.
OSU's Josh Kindig came up short against Northwestern's Jason Tsirtis falling 3-1 in the 149-pound final while Tyler Caldwell fell to Penn State's David Taylor in the final match of the night, 6-1.
The Cowboys' Eddie Klimara (125), Jon Morrison (133), Anthony Collica (141), Nolan Boyd (184), Blake Rosholt (197) and Austin Marsden (HWT) all saw their seasons come to an end in consolation rounds. The Cowboys' four finalists and Marsden all picked up All-America honors.
West Virginia’s NCAA run came to an end as Colin Johnston (141) and sophomore A.J. Vizcarrondo (HWT) were knocked out of the second round of the consolation brackets. Johnston's run through the tournament ended against the seventh-seeded Zach Horan from Central Michigan, dropping the decision 3-2, while Vizcarrondo fell to former training partner at Wyoming Seminary College Prep Michael McMullan of Northwestern. Freshman Cory Stainbrook (125), junior Mike Morales (149) and sophomore Bubba Scheffel (174) were all eliminated on day one of the championship.
Penn State claimed its fourth-consecutive national championship with 109.5 points. The Golden Gophers of Minnesota came in second with 104 points. Joining the third-place Cowboys (96.5 points) in the top 15 from the Big 12 are No.10 Oklahoma (45 points) and No. 12 Iowa State (42 points).
2014 NCAA Champions
Alex Dieringer, Oklahoma State, 157 lbs
Chris Perry, Oklahoma State, 174 lbs
|IOWA STATE||OKLAHOMA||OKLAHOMA STATE|
|Earl Hall (125)||Cody Brewer (133)||Josh Kindig (149)|
|Michael Moreno (165)||Kendric Maple (149)||Alex Dieringer (157)|
|Kyven Gadson (197)||Andrew Howe (174)||Tyler Caldwell (165)|
|Chris Perry (174)|
|Austin Marsden (HWT)|