KENT, Ohio — Oklahoma State’s top-ranked wrestling squad powered through Kent State and No. 24 Northern Iowa at its NWCA National Duals regional on Sunday to advance to next week’s finals in Minnesota.
“I thought we wrestled pretty well,” head coach John Smith said. “The one thing that stood out more than anything was the six pins. It was just exciting. I look forward to next week and a tough, tough tournament.”
In their first dual, the Cowboys (15-0) earned four of the day’s six pins to defeat the Golden Flashes, 34-10, taking them to the regional finals.
After quickly falling behind, 6-0, after losses at 125 and 133-pounds, Cowboys Julian Feikert, Jordan Oliver and Alex Dieringer answered with consecutive falls at 141, 149 and 157 pounds, respectively.
Third-ranked Tyler Caldwell and No. 2 Chris Perry snagged the first of their two wins for the day with a 4-1 decision from Caldwell and an 11-2 major decision from Perry.
They were followed by Chris Chionuma’s 9-5 decision over No. 15 Casey Newburg.
Blake Rosholt fell at the hands of top-ranked 197-pounder Dustin Kilgore by a 12-3 major decision.
Gelogaev finished the dual with another pin in just 39 seconds.
In the regional finals, the Cowboys took down the No. 24 Panthers of Northern Iowa, 39-7.
Eddie Klimara bounced back from an earlier loss, earning a 10-2 major decision over Ryan Jauch. Oliver also snatched a major decision over UNI’s Bart Reiter, 13-4.
Dieringer pinned No. 19 David Bonin late in the third period, earning his second of the day.
"It took me a while to get going, but once I did, it was good,” Dieringer said. “I’ve been really working on my bars and being on top, and that’s how I got my pins.”
Caldwell’s second win of the day came in the form of a 15-2 major decision over Jarrett Jensen.
Perry put the match away with his pin over Kyle Lux in 6:10. The last two Cowboys, Rosholt and Gelogaev, ended the match with two more bonus-point wins with a 19-2 technical fall and 16-6 major decision, respectively.
The Cowboys will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete for the National Duals title on Friday and Saturday. They will be joining the winners of the other regionals as well as Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio State, who received automatic bids to the finals.