Oklahoma State’s wrestlers got tough in key matches as the Cowboys romped to a 28-6 victory over Big 12 Conference foe Missouri on Friday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Pokes gained some redemption from a 21-19 loss to the Tigers on Jan. 9 at the National Duals.
“When it required us to get really tough ... we got pretty tough and turned it into a bloody fight out there – turn it bloody and get your hand raised,” OSU wrestling coach John Smith said.
Several Cowboy wrestlers avenged losses to Missouri wrestlers at the National Duals.
Senior Neil Erisman picked up the biggest turnaround.
Erisman was coming back from an early season injury when he was pinned by Nick Gregoris on Jan. 9.
Friday night, OSU’s 157-pounder was in top form.
He kept Gregoris from scoring, and earned points in all three periods to pick up a 15-0 technical fall.
Erisman scored two takedowns, three near falls and picked up single points on a Gregoris stalling penalty and riding time.
“He kind of devastated the guy on top. He had a pound-and-ground attitude on top. He just took it to him,” Smith said.
Oklahoma State will travel to Lincoln, Neb., for a 2 p.m. Sunday dual against Nebraska.
“We leave in the morning. It’s always a tough match up there. It’s a key matchup for us in the Big 12,” Smith said.
The Cowboys need to keep their toughness from Missouri dual and turn decisions into major decisions, technical falls and falls against Nebraska, Smith said.