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April 2, 2013

Dieringer earns Freshman of the Year Honors from two organizations

STILLWATER, Okla. — InterMat announced Tuesday that it has named Oklahoma State wrestler Alex Dieringer as its Freshman of the Year.

In a voting of writers and InterMat executives, Dieringer received 80 points, just two more than Cornell’s Nashon Garrett.

The Port Washington, Wisc., native finished his first year as a starter for the Cowboys 35-3 overall and  18-1 in dual competition. Of his 35 wins, 25 were earned with bonus points attached, tallying 10 falls, 13 major decisions and two technical falls.

Dieringer snagged his first Big 12 title with an 11-3 major decision over Oklahoma’s Matt Lester, and went on to earn All-American status, taking third at the NCAA Championships.

“It’s cool because to be put in that category with Kyle Dake, David Taylor and Logan Steiber, who are all national champs,” Dieringer said. “I’m happy with the season I had. I knew it was going to be a grind. I had some setbacks in January, but I was able to bounce back and get better thanks to Coach Smith.”

InterMatWrestle.com is an amateur wrestling website that features national rankings for high school and collegiate levels, forums, recruiting information and various articles.

Dieringer also was Amateur Wrestling News Redshirt Freshman of the Year. Amateur Wrestling News was founded in 1956 and has since been a trusted resource for wrestling news, history and coverage. AWN is now partnered with TheOpenMat.com to make its news more accessible via the Internet.

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