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January 20, 2013

Cowboy wrestling rides to a victory over Pittsburgh

STILLWATER, Okla. —

The second-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team rode its way to a ninth-straight dual victory this season with an impressive 26-14 win over No. 17 Pittsburgh in OSU's final home dual of the season.

With four bouts featuring a pair of ranked wrestlers, the Cowboys came away victories in three and picked up bonus point victories in three other matches.

“That's a great team and (they're) a lot better than the score indicated,” head assistant coach Eric Guerrero said. “From a performance standpoint, there was quite a bit of good, and just a little shakiness from us.”

Eddie Klimara carried over his big victory against West Virginia on Friday. Klimara, who controlled his match against Derrick Nelson, scored a pin with 37 seconds remaining to give OSU the early 6-0 lead.

“In practice, he's doing every single little detail we're asking of him right now and he probably needs to take notice of the fact that is probably why he is doing better,” Guerrero said. “That's not patting anybody on the back but Eddie. Kudos to him for being mature enough to listen to the knowledge around him and we're proud of that. And hopefully that will translate into more wins.”

Pitt took the lead with a 13-6 decision at 133 between No. 16 Shelton Mack and OSU's Tyler Dorrell, who is wrestling for fifth-ranked Jon Morrison who has been sidelined with an injury, and a 15-0 first-period technical fall at 141 between Pittsburgh's Travis Shaffer and OSU's Julian Feikert.

But then came what has become known as “Murder's Row” for the Cowboys – with seven ranked wrestlers closing out the weight classes.

Top-ranked Jordan Oliver clinched a 14-4 major decision at 149 pounds to reclaim the lead that the Cowboys would never relinquish. No. 10 Alex Dieringer took down Donnie Tasser with an 8-2 decision to set up the first matchup of ranked wrestlers at 165.

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