No. 2 Oklahoma State at National Duals

First-round opponent: Purdue at 11 a.m. Saturday

Second-round opponent: No. 12 Virginia Tech or No. 17 Central Michigan at 3 p.m. Saturday

Sunday opponents and times TBD

Television: None

Video Webcast:

Saturday Radio: 780 KSPI-AM

Sunday Radio: 93.7 KSPI-FM

Radio Announcers: Rex Holt & Roger Moore

Live Internet Audio:


Oklahoma State Probable Starters at National Duals

125: No. 8 Jon Morrison, RFr., 10-2 record or Ladd Rupp, RFr., 4-0 record or Tyler Dorrell, RFr, 4-3 record

133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver, So., 8-0 record

141: Luke Silver, Jr., 10-3 record or Josh Kindig, Fr., 13-3 record

149: No. 5 Jamal Parks, Jr., 11-1 record

157: Albert White, Jr., 10-2 record or No. 14 Neil Erisman, Sr., 1-0 record

165: No. 16 Dallas Bailey, RFr., 12-1 record

174: No. 16 Mike Benefiel, Jr., 6-2 record

184: No. 10 Chris Perry, RFr., 10-2 record or Elliott Hellwege, So, 8-4 record

197: No. 4 Clayton Foster, Sr., 6-0 record

285: Blake Rosholt, RFr., 3-1 record or Tyson Yoder, So., 5-3 record

The Basics

     The No. 2 Oklahoma State wrestling team (4-0 overall; 1-0 Big 12) travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to participate at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals at the UNI Dome this Saturday and Sunday.

     The second-seeded Cowboys open their run with unseeded Purdue (3-1-1 overall) at 11 a.m. Central time on Saturday. The winner of that contest advances to face the winner of seventh-seeded Virginia Tech vs. Central Michigan at 3 p.m. Saturday. The semifinals and finals are set for Sunday, with the semis starting at 11 a.m. and the finals set for 3 p.m.

On The Air

     All of Saturday’s action will be aired live on 780-AM radio in Stillwater and worldwide via the internet at All of Sunday’s action will be aired live on KSPI 93.7 FM radio in Stillwater and on with Rex Holt and Roger Moore on the call.

     Fans can also access the live video webcast on

OSU National Duals History

     The Cowboys have won eight National Duals titles since the event’s inception in 1989, claiming the crown in 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

     The Pokes have amassed an impressive 54-9 all-time record in their 16 trips to National Duals, but have not competed at the event since 2007.

The National Duals Field

     Cornell is the top seed at this year’s National Duals, followed by second-seeded Oklahoma State, third-seeded Wisconsin, fourth-seeded Minnesota, fifth-seeded Boise State, sixth-seeded Oregon State, seventh-seeded Virginia Tech and eighth-seeded Missouri.

     Unseeded teams competing include Ohio State, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, South Dakota State, American, Central Michigan and Purdue.

Series Capsule vs. Purdue

Overall                                                                  OSU leads, 2-0-0

At Neutral                                                           OSU leads, 1-0-0

In Stillwater                                                        OSU leads, 1-0-0

In West Lafayette                                            0-0-0

John Smith vs. Purdue                                   1-0-0

Scott Hinkel vs. OSU                                       0-0-0

Former Cowboy All-American On Purdue Staff

     Tom Erikson, a two-time All-American at Oklahoma State (fourth in 1986 and third in 1987), is a long-time assistant coach on the Purdue staff. He and OSU coach John Smith were teammates at Oklahoma State. Erikson started his career in the junior college ranks before coming to OSU for his junior and senior seasons.

Series Capsule vs. Virginia Tech

Overall                                                                  0-0-0

At Neutral                                                           0-0-0

In Stillwater                                                        0-0-0

In Blacksburg                                                     0-0-0

John Smith vs. Virginia Tech                        0-0-0

Kevin Dresser vs. OSU                                   0-0-0

Series Capsule vs. Central Michigan

Overall                                                                  Series tied, 1-1-0

At Neutral                                                           Series tied, 1-1-0

In Stillwater                                                        0-0-0

In Mount Pleasant                                           0-0-0

John Smith vs. Central Michigan                1-1-0

Tom Borrelli vs. OSU                                       1-1-0

Smith Fresh Off Career Win No. 300

     Oklahoma State coach John Smith enters the National Duals after hitting a career milestone last week. The winningest coach in Cowboy Wrestling history with a career record of 300-44-5, Smith became the first OSU coach ever to hit the 300-win milestone when the Cowboys dropped No. 24 Arizona State in Tempe by a 40-4 score on Jan. 2.

Another Milestone In Sight

     Oklahoma State enters the National Duals with an all-time dual match record of 995-111-22. Iowa State is the only other team with 1,000 dual match wins all-time. The Cyclones hit that milestone last year.

Last Time Out

No. 2 Oklahoma State 40, No. 24 Arizona State 4

Jan. 2, 2011 :: Tempe, Ariz. :: Att. 1,019 :: Dual started at 184 pounds

184: Chris Perry (OSU) dec. Jake Meredith; 5-4

197: Clayton Foster (OSU) MD Luke Macciaroli; 16-3

285: Blake Rosholt (OSU) dec. No. 20 Levi Cooper; 4-3

125: No. 3 Anthony Robles MD Jon Morrison (OSU); 11-0

133: Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall David Prado; 4:39

141: Luke Silver (OSU) fall Kalin Goodsite; 3:11

149: Jamal Parks (OSU) won by forfeit

157: Neil Erisman (OSU) won by forfeit

165: Dallas Bailey (OSU) dec. Te Edwards; 6-5

174: Mike Benefiel (OSU) dec. Eric Starks; 6-3

Oliver Has The Hot Hand

     Sophomore Jordan Oliver has been nothing short of dominant this season. The No. 1-ranked wrestler at 133 pounds, Oliver is 8-0 with seven of those wins coming with bonus points attached.

     Oliver has pinned four of his opponents and has stormed to three wins by technical fall.

     Not counted in his season total is the 8-7 win he claimed over then-No. 1 Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State at the NWCA All-Star Classic.

OSU Statistical Leaders

Wins:                                                                     14, Stephen Swan

Bonus Point Wins:                                           11, Josh Kindig

Falls:                                                                      10, Josh Kindig

Tech Falls:                                                           3, Jordan Oliver

Dual Takedowns:                                             27, Jordan Oliver

Dual Nearfalls:                                                   8, Jordan Oliver

Rosholt Earns National Honor

     Freshman Blake Rosholt was honored as the national wrestler of the week by on Dec. 13.

     The unranked Rosholt provided the key spark in Oklahoma State’s 22-12 dual victory over No. 8 Oklahoma on Dec. 12 when he scored a 4-3 upset win over No. 8 Nathan Fernandez. Rosholt — who weighed in at 214 pounds — was giving up approximately 55 pounds to the highly-favored Fernandez, but controlled the action from the start.

     He bagged a first-period takedown, then scored the deciding reversal with 25 seconds remaining in the bout to clinch his win.

Morrison Earns Big 12 Honor

     Freshman Jon Morrison was honored as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week on Dec. 6.

     Morrison, a 125-pounder from Orland Park, Ill., helped the Cowboys to a 17-16 road win over No. 3 Minnesota last Sunday. He knocked off two-time All-American Zach Sanders when he scored a 7-5 sudden victory to improve his record to 10-0 on the season, with three of those wins coming over ranked opponents.

Oliver Was Big 12’s Mr. November

     Sophomore Jordan Oliver was recognized as the Big 12 Wrestler of the Month for November.

     Oliver rattled off a perfect 5-0 record during the month, and that figure did not count his 8-7 victory over No. 1 Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State at the NWCA All-Star Classic because bouts at the All-Star Classic do not count toward a wrestler’s season record.

     Four of Oliver’s five wins in November came with bonus points attached, as he pinned two of his opponents to go with one victory coming by technical fall.

     In addition to his statement victory over top-ranked Hochstrasser, Oliver also won the 133-pound bracket at the Oklahoma City Open.

     Oliver’s Big 12 Wrestler of the Month honor in November marked the first time in his career that he has earned that particular distinction, though he was recognized as the Outstanding Wrestler at the 2010 Big 12 Championships.

Returning All-Americans

     OSU has two of the nation’s best wrestlers in 133-pounder Jordan Oliver and 197-pounder Clayton Foster, both of whom were All-Americans last year.

     Oliver placed fourth at the 2010 NCAA Championships to cap a redshirt freshman season that saw him compile a 32-4 overall record and a 8-4 mark against ranked opponents. Not only did he win the 2010 Big 12 title at 133 pounds, but he was also recognized as the Co-Outstanding Wrestler of the Big 12 Championships.

     Foster is in his fourth year as a starter in the Oklahoma State lineup. He competed at 197 pounds his first two years before moving to 184 pounds last season and now is back at 197 pounds.  Foster was sixth at last year’s NCAA Championships and his win over eventual NCAA champion Max Askren of Missouri at the Big 12 Championships was a vital key to the Cowboys winning the 2010 conference crown.

Asics All-Americans Live Here

     Oklahoma State has a staggering eight former Asics High School First-Team All-Americans competing in its wrestling room this season.

Jordan Oliver                                                     2006

Albert White                                                      2007

Mike Benefiel                                                    2007

Clayton Foster                                                   2007

Alex Meade                                                       2007

Alex Meade                                                       2008

Chris Perry                                                          2009

Josh Kindig                                                          2010

Fargo Champs, Too

     A similar note can be made about the fact that Oklahoma State has six former Fargo champions on the roster this year.

Clayton Foster                                                   2006

Albert White                                                      2006

Mike Benefiel                                                    2007

Jon Morrison                                                     2007

Jordan Oliver                                                     2007

Jamal Parks                                                         2007

Chris Perry                                                          2008

Smith Family Ties

     While many coaches use the analogy of the team as a family, Oklahoma State’s John Smith can take that one step further as three of his nephews currently wrestle for the Cowboys.

     Chris Perry is the son of Smith’s sister, Cathy, and Zach White and Matt White are the sons of Smith’s sister, Mary Ann.

Up Next

     After the National Duals, Oklahoma State returns home to square off against traditional rival Iowa at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16 in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

     OSU and Iowa have combined for 57 NCAA team championships, with the Cowboys owning 34 and the Hawkeyes claiming 23.

     The dual will be televised live by ESPNU with Todd Harris, Tim Johnson, Jeff Blatnick and Quint Kessenich on the call.

Updated 01-05-2011

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