OSU wrestling: Cowboys whip Iowa State

Jon Morrison and Alex Dieringer post bonus-point wins for OSU, which improved to 2-1 in the Big 12.
by Trent Shadid Published: January 24, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma State 197-pound wrestler Kyle Crutchmer and Iowa State's Kyven Gadson grapple during a wrestling dual between Oklahoma State and Iowa State at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater on January 24, 2014. Oklahoma State defeated Iowa State 29-3. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman
Oklahoma State 197-pound wrestler Kyle Crutchmer and Iowa State's Kyven Gadson grapple during a wrestling dual between Oklahoma State and Iowa State at Gallagher Iba Arena in Stillwater on January 24, 2014. Oklahoma State defeated Iowa State 29-3. Photo by KT King/For the Oklahoman

STILLWATER — Coming off its fourth dual loss this season, the Oklahoma State wrestling team needed something to feel good about.

The ninth-ranked Cowboys got it Friday night, putting together their most complete dual performance of the season with a 29-3 win over No. 18 Iowa State at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

OSU (5-4, 2-1 in the Big 12) won nine of the 10 matches against Iowa State (6-3, 1-2), including bonus-point victories from No. 5 Jon Morrison at 133 pounds and No. 3 Alex Dieringer at 157 pounds.

“It's definitely good to get back on the right track with a win over a conference opponent,” Morrison said. “Iowa State is always pretty solid, so anytime you win nine out of 10 matches against them I think it's a pretty good sign. It's good we were able to bounce back after last weekend, and hopefully we can start stringing together some more wins now.”

The four losses this season, with the latest coming last Sunday at No. 13 Pitt, equaled as many as OSU had in the three previous seasons combined. After three of the four came by one point, the Cowboys have put an emphasis behind picking up bonus-point wins.

“Three duals we've lost by one point, so the veterans on the team have to continue to figure out how to work towards bonus-point wins,” Morrison said. “I'm going to continue to work towards that for the team, and it's also very valuable going into the postseason. That's not just how duals are won, but that's also how team national (tournament) titles are won.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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