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February 21, 2014

OSU stomps Sun Devils

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State was able to take out some aggression against Arizona State Friday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Cowboys steamrolled the Sun Devils 29-10 by winning seven of the 10 bouts in their second-to-last home dual of the season.

“Some of those early starts were really the key,” Cowboy coach John Smith said. “... Several of them wrestled well and I was glad we were able to wrestle a few of the backups.”

Oklahoma State opened with six straight victories — four of which were bonus-point wins. Eddie Klimara opened the bout with a 17-5 major decision over Ares Carpio, followed by a 22-4 technical fall by Jon Morrison at 133 pounds.

Anthony Collica (141 pounds) and Josh Kindig (149) escaped with close decisions, Collica winning 4-2 over Matt Kraus and Kindig getting the 6-3 decision over Preston McCalmon.

Second-ranked Alex Dieringer got a second-period pin of Joel Smith at 157 pounds, with Tyler Caldwell claiming a 25-10 technical fall of Nick Rex at 165.

“That guy was actually really strong, but I was just little bit stronger than him,” Dieringer said. “Last year I beat him 4-2, so I got a good jump on him tonight and it just feels nice to get bonus points for the team.”

With the Cowboys outmatching the PAC-12 program, Smith was able to shuffle the back of the lineup to give some other wrestlers a chance to go to the mat.

Quinten Patterson, wrestling for Chris Perry who was in street clothes with a minor injury he sustained early in the Penn State dual, came up just short at 174 pounds. Patterson lost a 4-2 decision to Ray Waters. OSU’s Jordan Rogers then dropped an 11-2 major decision to Blake Stauffer at 184 pounds.

At 285 pounds, Ethan Driver wrestled a third-straight match for 16th-ranked Austin Marsden. Driver went to overtime with Chace Eskam, where he scored a sudden victory with a takedown with 15 seconds left in the extra period.

“We had a lot of bonus points and it was good that we were up enough in the dual that some of our other guys got the chance to wrestle tonight,” Morrison said. “I was real happy to see Ethan Driver get a win. He’s one of the hardest working guys in our room — he’s there every day helping and pushing Austin Marsden. That was awesome.”

Oklahoma State will return to the mat March 2 with a dual against American University before competing in the Big 12 Championships on March 8 in Norman.

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