And for Parks, it was especially sweet, avenging a loss against Bailey who entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed. That only proved a source of motivation for Parks.
"I showed perseverance,” Parks said. "I have to keep my position low and keep on the attack and that’s what I didn’t do in Bedlam and he capitalized on it. That was a good job on his part, but I’m not going to let it happen again.”
The only disappointment for the Cowboys was heavyweight Jared Rosholt’s loss to ISU’s David Zabriskie in the finals. Rosholt had been ranked No. 1 and was on a 28-match win streak but was taken down in overtime.
"In the end it wasn’t his best match of the season and we all know that,” Smith said. "It didn’t look like he was ready to scrap and fight the whole match. But it’s not a setback; it should be a motivator.”
OSU now turns its sights to the NCAA Championships. The Cowboys have at least nine wrestlers qualified for the tournament, enough to put them in the national championship hunt. But not before they celebrate a conference title for the first time in awhile.
"It’s definitely good to be back on top in the Big 12,” Smith said. "They become real special when you haven’t won in awhile.”