Three Oklahoma State wrestlers win Scuffle, Oliver OW

1/3/2013
Oklahoma State University Sports Information

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The second-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling squad finished the Southern Scuffle in second place with 158 points, 20.5 points behind Penn State. The day was highlighted by Jon Morrison, Jordan Oliver and Chris Perry bringing home individual titles at 133, 149 and 174, respectively.

"We had a pretty good day," coach John Smith said. "I liked that we won all the finals and how we won them. It wasn't perfect, but we grinded out some wins with Jon Morrison and Chris Perry. I'm glad Oliver won Outstanding Wrestler for his performance this weekend. He was very dominant. I think the guys in the consolation brackets did a good job of fighting back. It was good to see. Finishing second as a team was not ideal, but it's where we're at. We're going to continue to improve."

To earn a spot in the finals, seventh-ranked Morrison upset No. 6 Nathan McCormick of Missouri, 3-1. He then topped No. 5 Chris Dardanes, 3-2, for the 133 title, avenging an early season loss.

Jordan Oliver earned his 100th career win and the Most Outstanding Wrestler award after overpowering No. 5 Cole VonOhlen to win the 149-pound bracket, 21-8. En route to the championship match, No. 2 Oliver defeated Chris Villalonga for the second time this season with an 18-3 tech fall. The Easton, Pa., native remains undefeated on the season with a 17-0 mark.

"It was definitely a great honor to be a part of OSU's rich tradition and making 100-Win Club," Oliver said. "Coming here knowing there was good competition and a great tournament made it a lot of fun. I was excited for it, and it gave me a great opportunity to have fun, wrestle for the fans and become a part of OSU history."

Top-ranked Chris Perry earned the third Scuffle title for the Cowboys with his riding time advantage to win, 7-6, over third-ranked Logan Storley for the 174 pound crown. Perry also has an unblemished 17-0 record.

Alex Dieringer and Tyler Caldwell earned third place finishes at 157 and 165 pounds. Eighth-ranked Dieringer outwrestled Missouri's Kyle Bradley for a 3-2 decision in the third-place match. Caldwell went head-to-head with No. 7 Nick Sulzer of Virginia, and came out on top, defeating him, 5-2.

Alan Gelogaev forfeited his third place match and earned a fourth-place finish in the tournament.

Julian Feikert and Chris Chionuma both produced fifth-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Feikert defeated Conner Hanafee, 7-4, at 141 pounds, and Chionuma surpassed Arizona State's Kevin Radford, 9-3.

The Cowboys will return to dual action on Jan. 13 when they wrestle the Iowa Hawkeyes inside Gallagher-Iba Arena at 2 p.m.

Team Standings
1. Penn State - 178.5
2. Oklahoma State - 158.0
3. Missouri - 147.5
4. Minnesota 139.5
5. Cornell - 136

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