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Cowboy Wrestling Demolishes Bucknell

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Oklahoma State's wrestling team started the 2013-2014 season off with a bang, picking up six bonus-point wins in a 40-6 win over Bucknell on Sunday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

"Anytime you pick up three pins, it's good," coach John Smith said. "Bucknell just beat Lehigh, and that's not a bad team. When you pick up three pins in a college dual meet, then you're being aggressive and you're doing things. You have to have bonus points, and a good example of that was today."

The Cowboys looked good from start to finish, with sophomore Eddie Klimara earning a pin over Paul Petrov in 3:21 to start the dual and the season.

At 133 pounds, senior and third-ranked Jon Morrison began his final season with a 13-3 major decision over Grim Gonzalez to put the Pokes up, 10-0.

Josh Kindig made his first varsity appearance since the 2011-12 season on Sunday, defeating Alex Pellicciotti, 8-2.

The Cowboys picked up four consecutive bonus-point wins, starting at 157 pounds.

No. 2 Alex Dieringer dominated, scoring a quick takedown over Logan Kerin and finishing off the match with a fall in 26 seconds.

Second-ranked 165-pounder Tyler Caldwell took down Rustin Barrick seven times en route to a 16-5 major decision.

Chris Perry, reigning national champion at 174 pounds, turned his opponent five times to earn a 17-1 technical fall in less than four minutes.

New to the lineup this year, Nolan Boyd impressed with a fall over Rory Bonner in just 1:45.

"It felt great, Boyd said. "I was just trying to go out there and get bonus points for the team."

Blake Rosholt and Austin Marsden closed out the dual with a pair of decisions.

Rosholt defeated Tyler Lyster, 6-0, and Marsden grabbed his first win over a top-10 opponent with his 8-3 decision over No. 9 Joe Stolfi.

"Overall I was pleased. I thought that we looked pretty good and pretty intense," Smith said. "In those key matches, they were very competitive. It was good to see Josh Kindig step out and get an 8-2 against one of their better guys. I was pleased with those middle weights with Dieringer, Caldwell and Perry. They were hammer heads out there today. Then, there was the good pin by Boyd. It was a takedown, a cradle and pin, and it was really exciting. We showed good signs of good energy out there."

The Cowboys return to the mat on Dec. 1 in Norman at 2 p.m. for the first of two Bedlam duals.

 

No. 3 Oklahoma State 40, Bucknell 6

Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater, Okla.)

125: No. 19 Eddie Klimara (OSU) fall Paul Petrov (BU), 3:21

133: No. 3 Jon Morrison (OSU) MD Grim Gonzalez (BU), 13-3

141: Victor Lopez (BU) fall No. 16 Julian Feikert (OSU), 4:50

149: No. 9 Josh Kindig (OSU) dec. Alex Pellicciotti (BU), 8-2

157: No. 2 Alex Dieringer (OSU) fall Logan Kerin (BU), 0:26

165: No. 2 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) MD Rustin Barrick (BU), 16-5

174: No. 1 Chris Perry (OSU) TF5 Stephen McPeek (BU), 17-1; 3:49

184: Nolan Boyd (OSU) fall Rory Bonner (BU), 1:45

197: No. 4 Blake Rosholt (OSU) dec. Tyler Lyster (BU), 6-0

285: No. 8 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. No. 9 Joe Stolfi (BU), 8-3

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