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January 20, 2013

Cowboy wrestling rides to a victory over Pittsburgh



Tyler Caldwell, ranked No. 3 at 165, came up big in key moments against No. 13 Tyler Wilps to pull out a 5-1 decision. Caldwell recorded a takedown at the buzzer in both the first and second periods to set up his victory.

“Late-period takedowns are always a good thing, so him picking those up instead of letting the period end on the feet is improvement for him,” Guerrero said. “But moving forward, let's get three of those a period – one at the beginning, middle and the end. But without a doubt, a good performance by him finishing the period on top.”

No. 1-ranked Chris Perry claimed OSU's third bonus point victory in his 174-pound match with a 12-4 major decision over Nick Bonaccorsi.

In the only upset win of the night – at least based on rankings – No. 14 Chris Chionuma wrestled No. 13 Max Thomusseit of Pitt to a 7-2 victory at 184 pounds. It was Chionuma's second upset win in the past week – having top the 10th-ranked wrestler in the Iowa dual the week before. The victory by Chionuma clinched the dual win for the Cowboys, taking the pressure off the heavyweights.

It the closest match of the night, No. 16 Blake Rosholt took Pittsburgh's second-ranked Matt Wilps to overtime at 197. With both wrestlers recording escapes for the only points of the first three periods, and no points being scored in the first overtime period, the bout went to two 30-second periods.

Rosholt was unable to escape in the first, and  needing to ride Wilps for 30 seconds, slipped up and Wilps pulled out a reversal and pinned the Ponca City native.

In the only bout of top 10 opponents, No. 7-ranked Zac Thomusseit for the Panthers proved to be no match for third-ranked Alan Gelogaev of OSU. Gelogaev won an 8-3 decision behind three takedowns.

Oklahoma State will return to the mat Sunday with a road dual against unranked Arizona State. It will begin a stretch of three-straight road duals before the Cowboys take part in the Nationals Dual on Feb. 17.

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