Oklahoma State wrestling: Jordan Oliver moves on to next goal — National Dual championship

The Cowboys' senior has achieved just about everything a wrestler can do. But a National Dual title would be a little more icing on the cake.
By Kyle Fredrickson, For The Oklahoman Published: February 21, 2013
Advertisement
;

photo - COLLEGE WRESTLING: OSU's Jordan Oliver wrestles Iowa's Michael Kelly in the 149-pound match during the wrestling dual between Oklahoma State University and Iowa at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.,  Sunday,Nov. 3, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE WRESTLING: OSU's Jordan Oliver wrestles Iowa's Michael Kelly in the 149-pound match during the wrestling dual between Oklahoma State University and Iowa at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday,Nov. 3, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Jordan Oliver's bucket list is short, but it's important.

The 149-pound senior has accomplished what most collegiate wrestlers dream of — a No. 1 individual ranking, a Big 12 Championship, an individual NCAA Championship — but as his Oklahoma State career winds down, there is still something to achieve.

That includes an individual and team title at the 2013 NWCA/Cliff Keen Dual Meet Championship Finals. Oliver, who moved up two weight classes this year, and the Cowboys begin their quest for that championship Friday in Minneapolis at Williams Arena.

“It's definitely going to be a great experience, one to remember,” Oliver said. “I've competed in it three years, including this year, and I've never had a National Dual title. So I'm looking to leave my senior year and leave my legacy getting a National Dual team title.”

But it won't come easy. The field of eight is stacked with the nation's best teams. Said OSU coach John Smith, “I can't remember wrestling in the National Duals where it just looks really competitive.”

OSU leads as the No. 1 seed, followed by Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Cornell and Illinois. The Cowboys will face No. 8 seed Illinois first at 6 p.m. Friday, in a somewhat unusual scenario. Illinois was one of four teams to receive an automatic bye of the qualifying rounds to enter the finals, but the Illini wound up with the lowest seed. OSU had to qualify for the finals, because of a seeding system based on individual results from last season.

It's just become more motivation for Oliver, along with a chance to bring down Minnesota. It was the Golden Gophers who toppled OSU in the National Duals last year in Stillwater.



Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant reportedly trying to get Caron Butler to return
  2. 2
    Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes First Contact
  3. 3
    911 Dispatcher Handles Call About Her Choking Son
  4. 4
    Cops: Woman Faked Drowning to Avoid Court
  5. 5
    Brazilians Listened to the Song ‘Happy’ a Lot More After Their World Cup Disaster Against...
+ show more