NORMAN — It’s been an up and down season for the Oklahoma State wrestling program, but the Cowboys have gotten hot at the right time.
OSU won its 48th conference championship, and fourth in the past five years, on Saturday at McCasland Field House with six champions and 98.5 team points. Oklahoma was second with 63.5 points.
The Cowboys essentially locked up the team title after the opening round, winning nine of 10 semifinal matches.
“I thought that first round kind of set the pace for us,” said OSU coach John Smith. “This team winning the Big 12 is good. We lost five dual-meet matches this year and some of those were real heartbreakers, but for the most part we stiffened up after that and got better each week. I think our best wrestling is still ahead of us.”
OSU secured eight automatic bids to the NCAA tournament, and could have all 10 starters advance after the at-large bids are announced on Wednesday.
Picking up individual conference titles for OSU were Jon Morrison (133 pounds), Anthony Collica (141 pounds), Alex Dieringer (157 pounds), Tyler Caldwell (165 pounds), Chris Perry (174 pounds), and Austin Marsden (285 pounds).
Fourth-ranked Morrison used three takedowns to defeat OU’s No. 12 Cody Brewer, 8-1, and claim the title at 133 pounds.
“I’m feeling the sharpest I’ve felt all year,” said Morrison, who is now 6-0 in his career against Brewer. “Everything is clicking and I need to just continue going out and doing what I’ve capable of. I’m excited for the opportunity to go compete for a national title.”