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Wrestling: OSU vs. Minnesota

by John Helsley Published: January 31, 2008

When: 1 p.m., Sunday

Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater

Video and audio coverage: www.okstate.com

The Basics
    The No. 3 Oklahoma State wrestling team (12-2-1 overall) hosts fourth-ranked Minnesota (11-3 overall) at 1 p.m. Sunday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.


Ticket Information
    Tickets for Sunday’s dual are $15 for reserved seats and $12 general admission through the OSU ticket office (877-ALL-4-OSU or www.okstate.com).

Cowboys vs. Reigning NCAA Team Champs
    Oklahoma State has won eight of its last 12 meetings vs. the reigning NCAA team champion, dating back to the 1988-89 season. A closer look:
Jan. 3, 2003 – Minnesota; W, 26-6
Dec. 2, 2001 – Minnesota; L, 12-21
Dec. 2, 2000 – Iowa; W, 21-14
Feb. 5, 2000 – Iowa; L, 14-20
Feb. 21, 1999 – Iowa; W 26-11
Feb. 14, 1998 – Iowa; W, 22-18
Jan. 19, 1997 – Iowa; W, 21-13
Feb. 9, 1996 – Iowa; L, 9-26
Jan. 20, 1996 – Iowa; L, 13-28
Feb. 11, 1994 – Iowa; W, 23-16
Jan. 23, 1994 – Iowa; W, 17-15
Jan. 7, 1989 – Arizona State; W, 22-13
The Champs Are Here
    When the Cowboys and Gophers square off in Gallagher-Iba Sunday, it will be a meeting of the teams at the pinnacle of the sport.
    OSU and Minnesota have combined to win each of the last seven NCAA team championships, with OSU winning the team title in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and Minnesota winning in 2001, 2002 and 2007.

Series Capsule – Oklahoma State vs. Minnesota
Series Record: OSU leads, 16-10-0
In Stillwater: OSU leads, 5-4-0
In Minneapolis: OSU leads, 10-2-0
At Neutral: Minnesota leads, 4-1-0
Recently: Minnesota has won four of last five meetings

Elite-Level Talent On Hand Sunday
    The lineups for Oklahoma State and Minnesota read like a who’s who list of potential All-Americans. The Cowboy lineup is headlined by Coleman Scott (No. 1 at 133 pounds), Nathan Morgan (No. 2 at 141 pounds), Jake Dieffenbach (No. 5 at 165 pounds), Brandon Mason (No. 7 at 174 pounds) and Jared Rosholt (No. 7 at 285 pounds.
    Minnesota counters with Jayson Ness (No. 1 at 125 pounds), Dustin Schlatter (No. 2 at 149 pounds), Manuel Rivera (No. 3 at 141 pounds), Mack Reiter (No. 5 at 133 pounds), Roger Kish (No. 5 at 184 pounds) and C.P. Schlatter (No. 6 at 157 pounds).

Gopher Coach A Familiar Face
    Minnesota head coach J Robinson graduated from Oklahoma State in 1969 with a degree in social studies. During his time in Stillwater, Robinson strung together a 20-15 overall record wrestling for coach Myron Roderick.

Last Meeting-2007; Minnesota 21, Oklahoma State 15
Sports Pavilion * Minneapolis, Minn.
125- #8 Jayson Ness (UMN) Dec. Tyler Shinn (OSU); 6-3
133- #4 Coleman Scott (OSU) Maj. Dec. Mike Thorne (UMN); 10-1
141- #6 Manuel Rivera (UMN) Maj. Dec. Ethan Kyle (OSU); 13-3
149- #1 Dustin Schlatter (UMN) Tech. Fall Ryan Freeman (OSU); 15-0; 4:32
157- Newly McSpadden (OSU) Maj. Dec. Tyler Safratowich (UMN); 11-3
165- #1 Johny Hendricks (OSU) Maj. Dec. Jeremy Larson (UMN); 19-6
174- #11 Gabe Dretsch (UMN) Dec. #16 Brandon Mason (OSU); 3-1
184- #2 Roger Kish (UMN) Dec. Jack Jensen (OSU); 13-7
197- Jared Shelton (OSU) Dec. Yura Malamura (UMN); 9-2
285- #1 Cole Konrad (UMN) Dec. #19 Jared Rosholt (OSU); 3-1

Top-10 Competition Nothing New For OSU
    When Minnesota visits Gallagher-Iba Sunday, it will mark the fifth time that the Cowboys face a team ranked in the top 10 this year. OSU has already gone toe-to-toe with No. 1 Iowa (Win, 19-14); No. 3 Nebraska (Loss, 22-13), No. 5 Penn State (Loss, 21-18) and No. 9 Iowa State (Win, 16-15).


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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