STILLWATER — Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith admitted his Cowboy squad was deflated after losing their first dual of the season last weekend to Minnesota, losing their No. 1 ranking and losing heavyweight Alan Gelogaev to a season-ending injury.
But the now third-ranked Cowboys didn't show it on the mat Friday night. OSU bounced back by trouncing No. 10 Missouri 32-9 in a surprisingly easy win at Gallagher-Iba Arena in the final dual of the season.
Missouri had wrestled OSU much tougher earlier this month in a 22-12 loss to the Cowboys in Columbia, Mo.
On Friday night, Missouri forfeited the first match of the evening when the Tigers' Alan Waters, the No. 3-ranked wrestler in the country at 123 pounds, didn't weigh in. That gave the Cowboys a quick 6-0 lead they would never relinquish.
OSU captured the next three matches as top-ranked Jordan Oliver scored a technical fall at 133 pounds, Josh Kindig pinned his opponent at 141 pounds, and No. 2 and unbeaten Jamal Parks won a 10-3 decision over No. 13 Kyle Bradley.
The Cowboys led 20-0 before Missouri finally won at 157 pounds as No. 19 Drake Houdashelt scored a 2-1 decision over No. 20 Albert White. OSU then won four of the next five matches, including senior Cale Byers' 7-1 upset victory over the fifth-ranked wrestler in the country, Brent Haynes.
“I went into to it knowing I could win,” said Byers, who has been in and out of the Cowboy lineup all season. “I train with the best people in the room so I was ready to go. I am always going to be confident. You want to be in the big matches and score points when the team needs you.”
Also scoring decisions for the Cowboys were third-ranked Chris Perry, a 6-3 winner over No. 15 Dorian Henderson at 174 pounds, Dallas Bailey's 3-1 victory at 165 pounds and freshman Austin Marsden's 3-2 win over No. 20 Devin Mellon.