DES MOINES, Iowa — Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver and Chris Perry, along with Oklahoma's Kendric Maple, battled their way into the NCAA wrestling finals Friday night, but the Cowboys came within a slip of the foot from sending heavyweight Alan Gelogaev into Saturday night's showdown and keeping OSU close to defending champion Penn State.
The two-time defending champion Nittany Lions won four tight semifinal battles and put five into the finals to take a commanding 114.5-94 lead over OSU. Minnesota, with nine All-Americans, stayed close in third with 86 points, and Iowa was fourth with 68. Oklahoma stood 13th with 33.5.
Gelogaev (27-4) was on the verge of breaking a two-match losing streak to defending champion Tony Nelson of Minnesota. With 40 seconds left, the Cowboy senior had a 4-3 lead and appeared on the way to countering Nelson's attempt for a clinching takedown. But Gelogaev's foot slipped and he fell beneath Nelson (35-1), who promptly jumped on top and rode out to win 5-4.
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