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Missouri edges Oklahoma State for Big 12 wrestling title

Oklahoma finishes third at tournament in Columbia, Mo.
By J. Carl Guymon For the Oklahoman Published: March 3, 2012
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Oklahoma State finally needed an upset of No. 1 seed Matt Gibson (21-8) at heavyweight to tie the team score, but the Iowa State junior easily handled Cowboy freshman Austin Marsden (25-3), 8-3, to close it out for the Tigers.

Oklahoma's Kendrick Maple (28-1) continued his standout season with an 11-5 romp past OSU's Josh Kindig at 141 pounds. The Sooner sophomore struck for three first-period takedowns and never looked back, adding a fourth takedown in the second at 1:44 riding time.

Oklahoma made a strong 35.5-point run through the third-place matches, thanks to seven straight victories and 7.5 bonus points. Four of those came when Iowa State's second-seeded Chris Spangler forfeited to fourth seed Kyle Detmer, and Missouri's third-seeded heavyweight, Devon Mellon, defaulted after injuring a hamstring against OU's fourth-seeded Kyle Colling.