Bedlam wrestling: Cowboys throttle Sooners

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. It just hardens it. “I want to beat them worse now.”
BY ED GODFREY, Staff Writer, egodfrey@opubco.com Modified: December 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm •  Published: December 11, 2011
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At heavyweight, OSU's Alan Gelogaev won a major decision over Kyle Colling of OU, 15-2. The Sooners only bonus points came at 141 pounds, when No. 6 Kendric Maple defeated the Cowboys Josh Kindig, who is ranked ninth in the country, by a score of 13-3.

Byers and Gelogaev have bolstered the OSU lineup this season. Byers is a senior who transferred to OSU after wrestling the previous three years at George Mason.

The junior Gelogaev returned to the Cowboy lineup after taking a medical redshirt last season.

Gelogaev was an All-American at 197 pounds in 2010 before a chest injury forced him to miss the entire 2010-11 dual season. Oliver said the addition of both Byers and Gelogaev make the Cowboys even better this season as they pursue the school's 35th national championship in wrestling.

“Cale coming in is just another big piece of the puzzle,” Oliver said. “And (Gelogaev), we all knew what he is capable of. He can get bonus points for us. He is going to be a huge piece of the puzzle for us to win the national championship.”

Cody, who took the OU job in April after nine years leading American University in Washington, D.C., admitted that it felt “weird” sitting on the visiting bench in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“It's nice to be back in Oklahoma, that's for sure, until this point,” Cody said after the Sooners dropped their first dual of the season.

“Actually, I felt like we wrestled pretty good in several matches. I think there is a lot of that we have to work on.”


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