STILLWATER – Having friends and former assistants now coaching for the University of Oklahoma doesn't soften Oklahoma State University wrestling coach John Smith's approach to Bedlam. In just hardens it.
“I want to beat them worse now,” said Smith, after his second-ranked Cowboys defeated the 11th-ranked Sooners 25-13 Sunday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
It was the first time that new Oklahoma head wrestling coach Mark Cody was back in Gallagher-Iba Arena since 2002, when he was Smith's top assistant on the OSU wrestling staff.
In addition, new OU assistant coach Tyrone Lewis was a two-time All-American wrestler at OSU and Smith's assistant the past three seasons before joining Cody's staff.
Despite their history with OSU, there was no red carpet rolled out for them at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday.
“Those guys want to beat you so bad, you can't imagine it,” Smith said. “If you think differently, you are going to find yourself on the bottom end of this.
“They are the Sooners, and we are the Cowboys. If we think for a second that we don't want to embarrass them, then that will be the first time you get embarrassed.”
OSU won six of the 10 matches in the dual but scored bonus points in three of those victories to defeat the Sooners by a comfortable margin. The Cowboys won by fall in two bouts and scored a major decision in the other.
The Cowboys' defending national champion and current top-ranked 133-pounder, Jordan Oliver, remained unbeaten on the season by pinning OU redshirt freshman Derek Geiges in just 1:30.
At 197 pounds, fourth-ranked Cayle Byers of OSU pinned the Sooners' Keldrick Hall in 6:41. It was Byers' seventh bonus point win of the season.