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The No. 9 Oklahoma State wrestling squad captured a 29-3 win over Big 12 rival and No. 18 Iowa State on Friday in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The win was the Pokes' first of the season over a ranked opponent.

The Cowboys won nine of the night's ten bouts and picked up two bonus-point wins.

"In some of those key matches, the ride outs were important," coach John Smith said. "Although the score was lopsided, it looked like we didn't want to scrap and fight and head-butt and make the match bloody. We were too conservative, with too many 0-0 first periods. It wasn't bad; it just looked like the chemistry isn't there right now. Even with the 29-3 score, some of the matches that we won were not what we need at this point. We need a little bit more than what we're getting."

Action started at 174 pounds with Chris Perry, ranked No. 2 in the nation, taking on No. 16 Tanner Weatherman. Perry scored a first period takedown and Weatherman was not able to recover as Perry took the match, 6-4.

At 184 pounds, No. 20 Nolan Boyd battled Lelund Weatherspoon in a match that went into overtime due to a takedown by Weatherspoon with seven seconds left in regulation. In a major scramble with just seconds left in the first sudden victory, Boyd came out on top, defeating Weatherspoon, 11-9.

The Cowboys threw out Kyle Crutchmer to battle the No. 2-ranked and returning All-American Kyven Gadson at 197 pounds. Crutchmer, who weighed in at 179 pounds, gave Gadson a fight. Despite a 17-pound advantage, Gadson was not able to take down Crutchmer until the final 30 seconds of the match, where he walked away with a 3-1 win.

"He's a stud. You have to give him a lot of credit," Smith said. "He did it for us last week and gave us a chance. He's just tough. I respect it. I respect the fact that he's not a kid who wants to give up the advantage. He's a winner. He won his whole high school career, and now he finds himself up two weights and having to battle to win matches against some of the better guys in the country."

After the tough loss, Austin Marsden and Eddie Klimara answered with a pair of decisions at 285 and 125 pounds, respectively. The two only allowed their opponents a combined total of two points.

Fifth-ranked 133 pounder Jon Morrison gave the Cowboys their first bonus-point win of the night with his 20-6 major decision over Shayden Terukina. The senior collected five takedowns a two three-point nearfalls to secure the win.

No. 18 Anthony Collica added another win for the Cowboys, shutting out Gabe Moreno, 4-0, at 141 pounds. All of Collica's points were scored in the second period, when he escaped after 50 seconds of Moreno on top and then snatched a takedown with 15 seconds left in the period. Collica was also awarded a riding time point to make it four.

Josh Kindig, the nation's 11th-ranked 149 pounder, defeated Luke Goettl, 8-5, and now leads the series between the two, 3-0.

Sophomore and third-ranked Alex Dieringer was the other Cowboy to put bonus points on the board. Dieringer defeated John Nicholson, 14-3, thanks to his four takedowns and only giving up three escapes.

Finishing of the dual was No. 5 Tyler Caldwell, who faced No. 16 Mike Moreno. Caldwell scored a first period takedown and chose down to start the second. He reversed Moreno and rode him out the rest of the period, contributing to the riding time point he earned.

Oklahoma State is back in action on Jan. 31, when they host former conference rival Missouri at 7 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena.


No. 9 Oklahoma State 29, No. 18 Iowa State 3

174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 16 Tanner Weatherman (ISU), 6-4

184: No. 20 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. Lelund Weatherspoon (ISU), 11-9 SV1

197: No. 2 Kyven Gadson (ISU) dec. Kyle Crutchmer (OSU), 3-1

285: No. 16 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Quean Smith (ISU), 2-0

125: Eddie Klimara (OSU) dec. Earl Hall (ISU), 4-2

133: No. 5 Jon Morrison (OSU) MD Shayden Terukina (ISU), 20-6

141: No. 18 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Gabe Moreno (ISU), 4-0

149: No. 11 Josh Kindig (OSU) dec. Luke Goettl (ISU), 8-5

157: No. 3 Alex Dieringer (OSU) MD John Nicholson (ISU), 14-3

165: No. 5 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. No. 16 Michael Moreno (ISU), 5-1

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