The fourth-ranked Cowboy Wrestling squad will take on No. 13 North Carolina State on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The dual will be highlighted by three top-10 matchups.
Live Stats And Play-by-Play
Fans can follow the action online through live results and play-by-play on www.trackwrestling.com. Simply go to the site and the link to live results and play-by-play will be prominently displayed.
Watch the Duals Live
The dual will be streamed live online at flowrestling.org, a subscription based service. To easily access the events, fans can visit flowrestling.org and the banner will be prominently displayed.
Listen to the Duals Live
Fans can listen to the dual live on 93.7 KSPI-FM or okstate.com with Rex Holt and Roger Moore on the call.
100 Years of Greatness
Oklahoma State wrestling is celebrating 100 years of history this season. The Cowboys, then known as the Oklahoma A&M Tigers and led by A.M. Colville, wrestled their first match in 1915 against the University of Texas. It was a rough start for OSU as it fell to the Longhorns in its lone dual of the season. But the Cowboys pulled through and went on to win 34 NCAA team championships (the most by any school in any sport), 139 individual champions and 444 All-Americans. Overall, the Cowboys hold an incredibly impressive 1,068-124-23 overall record.
John Smith Enters 25th Year as OSU Head Coach
Not only did John Smith leave his legacy on Oklahoma State wrestling as a competitor, Smith continues to do so as he begins his 25th year as the head coach of the Cowboy wrestling team. In 1992, John Smith, along with Kenny Monday, took over as co-head coaches for the squad, and Smith took over on his own in 1993. Since taking over, Smith has led his squad to five NCAA team championships and 17 conference championships. He leads all active coaches in NCAA champions coached (29), and has also seen his wrestlers earn All-American honors 111 times. He is the Cowboys’ winningest coach with a 373-57-6 record entering the weekend.
In the Polls
Oklahoma State enters the weekend ranked No. 4 in the USA Today/NWCA/Division I Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the Intermat rankings. Minnesota is ranked No. 13 by USA Today/NWCA/Division I Coaches Poll and No. 8 in the Intermat rankings.
The Cowboys are the top-ranked team from the Big 12 in both the USA Today/NWCA/Division I Coaches Poll and the Intermat rankings.
Eight of the Cowboy’s potential starters are ranked among the top 20 in the nation at their respective weight classes in at least one poll, including a No. 1 rankings in all four polls for two-time national champion Alex Dieringer (165) and 2015 All-American Dean Heil (141). Kyle Crutchmer is ranked No. 2 at 174 pounds in all four polls.
NC State has six wrestlers ranked in the top 20 of their weight classes by Intermat. Leading the way is senior heavyweight and top-ranked Nick Gwiazdowski.
Last Meeting vs. North Carolina State
No. 6 Oklahoma State 20, No. 20 North Carolina State 12
Feb. 22, 2015 :: Reynolds Coliseum (Raleigh, N.C.)
*Match started at 174 pounds
174: No. 11 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) dec. Pete Renda (NCST), 5-3
184: No. 18 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. Nicky Hall (NCST), 4-2
197: Austin Schafer (OSU) dec. Mike Boykin (NCST), 4-2
285: No. 1 Nick Gwiazdowski (NCST) dec. No. 5 Austin Marsden (OSU), 4-1
125: Joe DeAngelo (NCST) dec. No. 8 Eddie Klimara (OSU), 3-2
133: Gary Wayne Harding (OSU) dec. Bryce Meredith (NCST), 9-4
141: Kevin Jack (NCST) dec. No. 15 Dean Heil (OSU), 7-3
149: Beau Donahue (NCST) dec. Davey Dolan (OSU), 9-7 SV1
157: No. 16 Anthony Collica (OSU) MD Sam Melikian (NCST), 20-9
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) MD Max Rohskopf (NCST), 15-5
Two North Carolina State coaches have deep roots in Oklahoma State wrestling. Head coach Pat Popolizio wrestled for the Cowboys and under the direction of coach John Smith from 1997-2002. During his time as a Cowboy, he was a three-time NCAA qualifier and two-time Big 12 runner-up. Popolizio has been on the coaching scene for 10 years, serving six seasons with Binghamton and now enters his fourth season with the Wolfpack.
Volunteer assistant coach Obe Blanc wrapped up his collegiate wrestling career transferring to OSU for the 2008-09 season. He qualified for the NCAA Championships that year, but was one win shy of All-American status. He went on to wrestling internationally and continues to do so, while in his second season at NC State.
Top-10 Matchups: Oklahoma State vs. NC State
This week’s dual will feature three matchups of top-10 ranked opponents.
The premiere matchup of the dual is in the 141-pound division as No. 1 Dean Heil takes on No. 2 Kevin Jack. The top-ranked opponents split their matches last season with Jack winning during the Cowboys trip to NC State and Heil getting the better of his opponent in the NCAA Tournament.
In the next top-10 battle, the Cowboys’ own two-time defending champion, No. 1 Alex Dieringer, squares off with No. 8 Max Rohskopf. Dieringer has won both matchups with Rohskopf with the first resulting in a major decision and the second by fall in the NCAA Tournament.
The final top-10 matchup happens at heavyweight. No. 4 Austin Marsden will take on two-time defending national champion and top-ranked heavyweight Nick Gwiazdowski. Gwiazdowski won the only previous matchup between the two.
Last Time Out
No. 4 Oklahoma State 20, No. 18 Minnesota 17
Nov. 29, 2015 :: Stillwater, Okla. (Gallagher-Iba Arena) :: Attendance – 3,262
125: No. 5 Eddie Klimara (OSU) dec. Skyler Petry (MINN), 8-2
133: Sam Brancale (MINN) MD Gary Wayne Harding (OSU), 16-2
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. No. 9 Tommy Thorn (MINN), 7-3
149: Jake Short (MINN) dec. No. 8 Anthony Collica (OSU), 2-1
157: Brandon Kingsley (MINN) dec. No. 14 Chance Marsteller (OSU), 3-2
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) TF5 Brandon Krone (MINN), 18-1, 4:13
174: No. 3 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) fall Jordan Rothers (MINN), 2:58
184: Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. Chris Pfarr (MINN), 4-1
197: No. 6 Brett Pfarr (MINN) MD Jordan Rogers (OSU), 16-5
285: No. 9 Michael Kroells (MINN) dec. Austin Schafer (OSU), 8-3
FloWrestling, Oklahoma State Sign Live Streaming Agreement
Oklahoma State and FloWrestling announced in late- November a three-year live streaming agreement in which FloWrestling will become the Cowboys’ exclusive streaming partner. The agreement includes all of OSU’s home duals, with the exception of the Bedlam dual on Feb. 5. In addition to home duals, Oklahoma State will be streamed in away duals at Wyoming and South Dakota State, as well as the Southern Scuffle.
2015-16 Oklahoma State Home Schedule Live On Flo
Nov. 29 – Minnesota
Dec. 6 – NC State
Jan. 22 – Missouri
Jan. 24 – Iowa State
Feb. 12 – Army West Point
Feb. 14 – Stanford
Feb. 19 – North Carolina
Other Oklahoma State Events On Flo Pro This Season
Nov. 27 – @ South Dakota St.
Dec. 18 – @ Wyoming
Jan. 1 & 2 – Southern Scuffle
Crutchmer Named Wrestler of the Week
Junior Kyle Crutchmer was honored as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for his performance during the week of Nov. 8-14. It was his first career conference weekly honor. Crutchmer won a crucial match in the Cowboys’ dual against Iowa to give the Cowboys a 13-10 lead. Crutchmer, ranked No. 4 in the nation, took on No. 6 Alex Meyer in a top-ten battle. With the bout coming down to the last seconds, Crutchmer scored a critical takedown that gave him the 11-10 win.
Two-time NCAA champion Alex Dieringer is in the midst of a 55-match win streak, dating back to January 2014. Last season he compiled a perfect 33-0 overall record. Dieringer sits at seventh all-time for unbeaten streaks in program history. He is tied with Johny Hendrick’s 55-match win streak.
75 and Counting
Two Cowboy seniors start the season closing in on the 100-win club. Austin Marsden boasts 84 career wins, while Eddie Klimara sits at 85 wins.
Marsden earned his 75th win when he defeated AJ Vizcarrondo of West Virginia in the heavyweight finals of the Big 12 Championship, 7-0.
Klimara snatched his 75th win at the NCAA tournament when he scored 11 points on Ben Willeford of Cleveland State.
Historical Grapple on the Gridiron
Oklahoma State opened the season with a trip to Iowa City to take on the then-No.4 Hawkeyes in a dual that was tabbed as the Grapple on the Gridiron, which marked the first time in NCAA history two wrestling programs competed outside at a Division I football stadium. The dual shattered the NCAA dual attendance record, previously held by Penn State (15,996 vs. Pitt in 2013), with 42,287 tickets sold.
Crutchmer, Heil Compete at NWCA All-Star Classic
Returning All-Americans Kyle Crutchmer and Dean Heil were selected to compete in the NWCA All-Star Classic, which was held on Nov. 1 in Atlanta at Georgia Tech University.
Heil fell in the final seconds of a tight, high-scoring bout against 133-pound 2015 NCAA champion Cody Brewer, 13-12.
Crutchmer also fell in a close one, 2-1 to Zach Epperly of Virginia at 174 pounds.
Alex Dieringer was also invited to compete, but was not able to make it to the competition.
Big 12 Expansion
This year the Big 12 conference has added six new affiliate members for wrestling, bringing the conference to a total of 10 teams. Joining the Big 12 is Air Force, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming.
With the addition of the new members, the Big 12 Championships will now serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2016 NCAA Championships. The conference championships will be held March 5-6, 2016 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
NCAA Implements New Rules
The NCAA implemented several new rules for the 2015-16 season. Below are a few:
• Awarding two points for a near fall if the referee reaches a two-count. Four points would be awarded if the referee reaches a four-count.
• When wrestlers interlock fingers in the neutral position, the referee will stop the action and call it stalemate, and any subsequent offenses would require the referee to call stalling on the wrestler who initiates the interlocking.
• When wrestling is stopped in the neutral standing position for going out of bounds, the referee can make one of the three following calls:
• Stalling on one or both wrestlers for leaving the wrestling area.
• Stalling for pushing or pulling the opponent out of bounds.
• Wrestling action is taking place.
The Oklahoma State wrestling team finished the 2014-15 season by producing an individual national champion in Alex Dieringer and three other All-Americans, as well as a Big 12 tournament title. The Cowboys turned in a 12-3 overall dual record and a perfect 3-0 conference record.
At the NCAA tournament, the Cowboys sent five to the quarterfinals, including Eddie Klimara (125), Dean Heil (141), Alex Dieringer (165), Kyle Crutchmer (174) and Austin Marsden (285). Dieringer came out on top, while Klimara, Heil and Crutchmer finished in the top eight.
The Pokes crowned seven Big 12 champions in Klimara, Heil, Dieringer, Crutchmer, Anthony Collica, Nolan Boyd and Austin Marsden.
Look Who’s Back
Returning to the Cowboy lineup for the 2015-16 season is a two-time NCAA champion, four other All-Americans and seven Big 12 champions.
Senior Alex Dieringer earned his second NCAA individual title, this time at 165 pounds, during a flawless junior campaign that saw him go 33-0, pick up his 100th career win and his third Big 12 title.
Dean Heil, a sophomore for the Pokes, grabbed his first All-America honor after finishing fourth at the 2015 NCAA Championships. Kyle Crutchmer also received All-American status in 2015, when he finished fifth at the national tournament. In addition, the junior picked up a Big 12 title at 174 pounds. Eddie Klimara claimed All-American status last season, defeating Penn State’s Jordan Conaway in the seventh-place bout of the NCAA tourney. The final All-American is Austin Marsden, who finished eighth at nationals in 2014, but fell short of the podium in 2015.
NCAA qualifier and 2015 Big 12 champions Anthony Collica and Nolan Boyd are also notable returners for the Pokes.
All in the Family
This season’s squad features four sets of brothers and a father-son combo.
Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Brian and Kyle Crutchmer are both juniors for the Pokes. Kyle is a 174-pound starter, Big 12 Champion and NCAA All-American. Brian is a letterwinner at 133 pounds, who has made five starts. Andrew and Austin Marsden came to OSU from Illinois. Austin, a senior, is the Cowboys’ starting heavyweight, who has won two Big 12 titles and was a 2014 All-American. Andrew is a freshman this season. Dalton and Tristan Moran are originally from Arizona. Dalton transferred to OSU last season from South Dakota State, Tristan is a freshman this year. The Rogers brothers, Chandler and Jordan, round out the group of brothers. Both are fighting for starting spots at 174 pounds and 184 pounds, respectively.
Coach John Smith and son Joe, who is a freshman for the Pokes, make up an exciting father-son duo. Under his father’s direction, Joe is 13-0 on the season.
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Buy Season Tickets
To purchase seasons tickets call 877-ALL-4-OSU (877-255-4678) or visit the ticket page on okstate.com. The cost is $75 per season ticket. This season the Cowboys will host Minnesota, Iowa State, Missouri and in-state rival Oklahoma as well as rising programs in NC State, North Carolina, Army and Stanford.
ASICS All-Americans Live Here
There are three different wrestlers on this year’s Oklahoma State roster who were ASICS first-team All-Americans during their prep days:
Jordan Rogers 2012
Chance Marsteller 2014
Nick Piccininni 2014 and 2015
Fargo Champs, Too
There are four different wrestlers on this year’s Oklahoma State wrestling roster who won titles at the ASICS Junior Freestyle National Championships in Fargo, N.D., during their prep days:
Alex Dieringer 2011
Jordan Rogers 2011
Anthony Collica 2012 and 2013
Joe Smith 2015
Coached by the Best
Members of the Oklahoma State wrestling staff combine for six world championships and two Olympic gold medals.
They also combine for six NCAA championships and 10 All-America honors. The breakdown:
John Smith 1988 and 1992 Gold
Senior World Championships Medalists
John Smith 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991 Gold
NCAA Individual Championships
John Smith 1987, 1988
Eric Guerrero 1997, 1998, 1999
Zack Esposito 2005