Oklahoma State wrestling: Cowboys prohibitive favorite heading into National Duals

BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, For The Oklahoman Published: February 15, 2013
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photo - COLLEGE WRESTLING: OSU's Jon Morrison wrestle Iowa's Tony Ramos during the wrestling dual between Oklahoma State University and Iowa at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.,  Sunday,Nov. 3, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE WRESTLING: OSU's Jon Morrison wrestle Iowa's Tony Ramos during the wrestling dual between Oklahoma State University and Iowa at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Sunday,Nov. 3, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

For Chris Perry, a 174-pound junior, it's a chance at redemption — in more ways than one. He's fresh off an upset loss to Missouri's Todd Porter on Feb. 1. And Perry has witnessed the Cowboys' last two failed attempts at winning the National Duals title.

“It's got to always fuel you,” Perry said. “I've been there twice now and we've been close both times. One time we got upset and last year we lost (heavyweight Alan Gelogaev) right before (the final). We're a different team this year. We're motivated. It's the National Duals. If you can't get hyped up for that, then I don't know what it takes. It's a big dual meet. We're fired up about it.”

The Cowboys begin the regional qualifying round at noon Sunday against Kent State. The dual will be broadcast live on 93.7 KSPI FM.