Updating OSU’s Wrestling Redshirts
This from the OSU media relations department……
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State sent several of its wrestlers to compete at the Roger Denker Open this past weekend, with Tulsa Union product Jamal Parks winning the 141-pound weight class and Kyle Griffin winning the 165-pound bracket. Each of Parks’ four wins at the event came by major decision.
Other solid performers for the Cowboys included 184-pounder and Stillwater HS graduate Walker Clarke, who took second at 184 pounds, Kevin Wainscott, who was the runner-up at 165 pounds, Luke Ashmore, who placed third at 149 pounds and Lawton MacArthur product Chris McNeil, who placed third at 184 pounds. 184-pounder Adam Rosholt took fourth place after a medical forfeit to McNeil in the third-place bout.
“There’s been a few of the redshirts who have wrestled well to this point,” Coach John Smith said. “Jamal Parks moved up a weight for the tournament this past weekend and went through it in a dominating way. Luke Ashmore moved up to 149 and finished third, which was his first time moving up a weight class. Kyle Griffin won at 165. Kevin Wainscott is our direct backup to Jake Dieffenbach and he finished behind Griffin at the tournament this past weekend with a second place finish. I was pleased at 184 to see Walker Clarke finish third. It’s good to see them in there and have some success. It’s real important for us for our future.”
Among the wrestlers redshirting for Oklahoma State this year, Parks owns a 16-1 overall record that includes championships at the Kaufman-Brand Open, the OU Open and the Roger Denker Open to go with a third-place finish at the Central Missouri State Open. He leads the team with seven major decisions on the year including a 16-5 major over Missouri’s Nick Velliquette early in the season and also has an 11-5 win over Iowa’s Montell Marion to his credit.
Griffin is 16-5 on the year with a championship at Roger Denker Open to go with a second-place finish at the Central Missouri Open. Of his 16 wins on the year, eight have included bonus points, as Griffin has a team-high six pins and two major decisions to his credit. In fact, he registered the quickest pin of any Cowboy this year when he recorded a fall just 50 seconds into one of his bouts at the OU Open. He also has a 53-second pin to his credit this year.
“Both Parks and Griffin I’m sure will be in our lineup in the future, or will at least have a great opportunity. Of course, you’ve got to make it,” Smith said. “With Kyle, I’m not sure which weight at this point. 165 seems to be a bit tough for him. I think that it gives us some solid depth at those middle weights with Wainscott and Griffin being successful. Overall it’s been a pretty good year for most of them having success at the open tournaments.”
Luke Ashmore and Luke Silver have also tasted success as redshirts this season, with Ashmore stringing together a 15-5 overall record and Silver compiling a 15-7 mark. Ashmore has pinned three of his opponents in 1:05 or less, including two pins that took less than a minute. Of Silver’s 15 wins, nine have included bonus points.
McNeil ties Parks and Griffin with 16 wins on the year and won the 184-pound weight class at the Kaufman-Brand Open early in the year to go with his third-place finish at the Roger Denker Open.
A closer look at the Cowboy redshirts:
Jamal Parks (16-1 record; three open championships, seven major decisions, one technical fall)
Kyle Griffin (16-5 record; one open championship; six pins, two major decisions)
Chris McNeil (16-7 record; one open championship; one pin, one major decision)
Luke Ashmore (15-5 record; four pins, three major decision, one technical fall)
Luke Silver (15-7 record; four pins, five major decisions)
Walker Clarke (10-4 record; two runner-up finishes at open tournaments; one pin, two major decisions, one technical fall)
Adam Rosholt (6-8 record; one pin, two major decisions)
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