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NCAA wrestling: Two Cowboys, one Sooner reach finals

OSU's Jordan Oliver and Chris Perry and OU's Kendric Maple will wrestle for NCAA championships on Saturday night.
By J. Carl Guymon, Tulsa World Correspondent Published: March 22, 2013

— Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver and Chris Perry, along with Oklahoma's Kendric Maple, battled their way into the NCAA wrestling finals Friday night, but the Cowboys came within a slip of the foot from sending heavyweight Alan Gelogaev into Saturday night's showdown and keeping OSU close to defending champion Penn State.

The two-time defending champion Nittany Lions won four tight semifinal battles and put five into the finals to take a commanding 114.5-94 lead over OSU. Minnesota, with nine All-Americans, stayed close in third with 86 points, and Iowa was fourth with 68. Oklahoma stood 13th with 33.5.

Gelogaev (27-4) was on the verge of breaking a two-match losing streak to defending champion Tony Nelson of Minnesota. With 40 seconds left, the Cowboy senior had a 4-3 lead and appeared on the way to countering Nelson's attempt for a clinching takedown. But Gelogaev's foot slipped and he fell beneath Nelson (35-1), who promptly jumped on top and rode out to win 5-4.

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