Oklahoma State puts on show in win over American

3/2/2014
Oklahoma State University Sports Information

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State wrestling closed out its dual season with a 43-6 win over American. The dual was highlighted by wins from the four starting Cowboy seniors, three of which were falls.

Altogether, the Cowboys earned five bonus-point victories with four falls and a major decision.

"It's what you like to see at the end of the year," coach John Smith said. "Those are always big bonus points for us during tournaments, and it's the postseason for us now. Falls, tech-falls and major decisions are what it's all about from here on out."

Taking to the mat for the final time in Gallagher-Iba Arena was Jon Morrison (133), Tyler Caldwell (165), Chris Perry (174) and Blake Rosholt (197).

The Cowboys secured the first six points of the day when the Eagles forfeited the bout at 125 pounds.

Fourth-ranked Morrison finished his time in Gallagher-Iba with a 9-3 decision over Esteban Gomez-Rivera of American. The Cowboy finishes the regular season 23-1.

"I couldn't have picked a better school to come wrestle for, and I feel so lucky that I got to wrestle in front of such great fans and all my friends that I've made here over the past five years," Morrison said. "So many great wrestlers came before me here and there will be a lot of great wrestlers after me here, so it's an honor to be part of that Cowboy tradition."

At 141 pounds, true freshman and No. 17 Anthony Collica finished his first dual season as a Cowboy with an 8-3 win over AU's Spencer Slishman.

Josh Kindig, ranked 9th at 149 pounds, earned the first fall of the day, sticking Cole Moseley in 3:25.

The lone loss for the Pokes came at 157 pounds, where Colton Thomas stepped into the lineup for the Pokes and faced John Boyle.

Caldwell had the fastest fall of the day, pinning Cristian Mayasa in 1:54. The Sooner-turned-Cowboy finished the 2013-14 regular season, 22-3, with three falls.

"It's been a good experience, but I still have two big tournaments left. To me, it wasn't really about finishing up my career," Caldwell said. "It has been a great two years here. The fans have been great, and we're looking to finish it off right in the next three weeks."

Stillwater, Okla., native Chris Perry earned his final win of the regular season in the form of a 4:36 fall over Keithen Cast. The defending 174-pound national champion went 34-1 inside the walls of GIA during his time at OSU.

"It's always good to get a pin at this time of the year. I feel like this is my time of the year," Perry said. "I woke up knowing it was March yesterday, and if you're a wrestler, that's an exciting time. This is the time that I would get excited about since I was little kid. Something I've always wanted to do was finish my career out the right way; only losing once ever in Gallagher is nice for me. The fans are great here, and I've loved every minute of it and I wouldn't trade it for the world."

Redshirt freshman Nolan Boyd added four points to the team score with his 10-1 major decision over Jason Grimes. The win was Boyd's 28th of the year and his sixth major decision.

At 197 pounds, Blake Rosholt made his final appearance in Gallagher-Iba after sitting out much of the season due to injury. Rosholt finished out his dual season with a bang, defeating Brett Dempsey by fall in 2:48.

"It's awesome to go out like that," Rosholt said. "It's awesome to just think that I've been here with some of my best friends like Chris and Tyler the last couple of years, and Jon and all these guys in my class. To come out and put on a good show for the last dual of our career in Gallagher-Iba, it was great."

The dual was finished out with a 4-3 decision from Austin Marsden over Blake Herrin to secure the 11th dual victory for the Pokes this season.

The Cowboys begin postseason action on March 8 in Norman, Okla., as they look for their 46th conference championship title.

"We are now solely focused on postseason play now," Smith said. "I think it's about individual performances and the team will take care of itself if the individual performances take care of themselves."

Results:
125: No. 13 Eddie Klimara (OSU) wins by forfeit
133: No. 4 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. Esteban Gomez-Rivera (AU), 9-3
141: No. 17 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Spencer Slishman (AU), 8-3
149: No. 9 Josh Kindig (OSU) fall Cole Moseley (AU), 3:25
157: John Boyle (AU) fall Colton Thomas (OSU), 3:13
165: No. 5 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) fall Cristian Mayasa (AU), 1:54
174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) fall Keithen Cast (AU), 4:36
184: Nolan Boyd (OSU) MD Jason Grimes (AU), 10-1
197: Blake Rosholt (OSU) fall Brett Dempsey (AU), 2:48
285: No. 15 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Blake Herrin (AU), 4-3

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