MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minnesota won the final three matches Sunday, but it wasn't enough as No. 3 Oklahoma State stunned top-ranked Minnesota 22-15 in wrestling at the Sports Pavilion. The difference in the match was the middle weights, where the Cowboys scored three bonus point wins, including falls from Julian Feikert at 141 pounds and Jordan Oliver at 149.
Feikert had the biggest win of the day. The unranked sophomore pinned No. 9-ranked Nick Dardanes in just 52 seconds.
“I just went out ready to wrestle,” Feikert said. “I think the guy underestimated me. When he tried to cradle me, I caught him on his back and capitalized.”
OSU coach John Smith said: “In some key matches, we picked up bonus points. There were definitely a lot of guts.”
The Golden Gophers won the last three matches, including a head-to-head between the NCAA's top-two heavyweights. Top-ranked and defending national champion Tony Nelson of Minnesota defeated No. 2 Alan Gelogaev, 2-0. But the damage was already too much for Minnesota. Aside from Feikert and Oliver scoring wins, Alex Dieringer at 157 pounds and Tyler Caldwell at 165 won by decision. Then No. 1-ranked Chris Perry had a 12-4 major decision over Alec Ortiz.
“I was pleased with the outcome,” said Smith, whose OSU program has defeated a No. 1-ranked team six times since he's been head coach. “And there were some good performances even in the losses. Overall, I think we came to wrestle.”
Oklahoma State returns to action 7 p.m. Saturday against No. 19-ranked Wyoming at Gallagher-Iba Arena.