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February 9, 2014

Cowboy wrestling beats up on Bedlam rivals

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State took advantage of a short-handed Oklahoma squad to get revenge in Bedlam bout part two in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Sooners were missing several top wrestlers who were out with injury and the Cowboys jumped on them with a 29-9 victory — exacting some revenge from a 16-15 loss to OU in December.

"It was huge motivation. Before that match, we had not lost to OU since I've been here," OSU senior Jon Morrison said. "It stinks losing to OU in any sport, but in wrestling I feel like we expect to win. After that match, it was hard to wake up the next morning. This was one I had circled on my mental calendar."

Oklahoma State came out strong behind Eddie Klimara at 125 pounds. The 20th-ranked wrestler, who lost to Jarrod Patterson 4-0 in Norman but faced Sean Williams Saturday, pinned the unranked OU wrestler 30 seconds into the second period to give OSU an early 6-0 lead.

"His arms started to get tired, and the move wasn't really a decision I had to make," Klimara said. "These past couple matches, I've just been going out there and wrestling instead of over-thinking it. That has helped me out a lot."
Oklahoma State followed with two more victories — fourth-ranked Jon Morrison topping No. 7-ranked Cody Brewer 7-3 at 133 pounds, and No. 17 Anthony Collica getting a 4-0 decision over No. 20 Nick Lester — before the Sooners struck their first win. Reigning national champion Kendric Maple, ranked second at 149 pounds, got revenge for a previous loss to Josh Kindig, ranked No. 10, with a 7-3 decision.
Alex Dieringer responded with a technical fall over Dryden Dennis at 157 pounds, which was followed by a 5-1 decision for fifth-ranked Tyler Caldwell over Clark Glass at 165 pounds.

With OU out of the running for the dual win, the Sooners elected to make a shift to the lineup — moving top-ranked Andrew Howe down to 184 pounds instead of giving the fans a matchup of the top two wrestlers at 174.

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