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MINNEAPOLIS—The No. 3 Oklahoma State wrestling team defeated top-ranked Minnesota, 22-15, in its first road match of the season at the University of Minnesota’s Sports Pavilion on Sunday.

The win marks the sixth time under coach John Smith that OSU has defeated a No. 1-ranked team.

“I was pleased with the outcome,” Smith said. “In some key matches, we picked up bonus points, and there were some good performances even in the losses. Overall, I felt like we came to wrestle. There were definitely a lot of guts.”

After losses at 125 and 133 pounds, the Cowboys (2-0) began putting up points at 141 pounds when Julian Feikert pinned No. 9 Nick Dardanes in 52 seconds, setting the tone for OSU.

“I just went out ready to wrestle,” Feikert said. “I wrestled hard, and came out with a focused mentality. I think the guy underestimated me. When he tried to cradle me, I caught him on his back and capitalized.”

No. 2 Jordan Oliver, in his first dual match of the season, also produced a fall over Minnesota’s Seth Lange in 2:19.

Alex Dieringer, ranked 15th in the nation, added three for the Cowboys with a 4-2 win in overtime. In a top-10 matchup, No. 3 Tyler Caldwell of OSU beat No. 9 Cody Yohn, 8-1.

OSU’s top-ranked 174-pounder, Chris Perry, was originally set up to wrestle No. 3 Logan Storley. However, in what was the final win of the day for OSU, he found himself up against Alec Ortiz. With a 12-4 major decision over Ortiz, Perry boosted the lead for the Cowboys to 22-6.

The final three bouts of the day all ended in losses by decision for the Cowboys, including a highly anticipated match between reigning NCAA champion Tony Nelson from Minnesota and No. 2 Alan Gelogaev. Nelson defeated Gelogaev, 2-0, avenging his last loss.

The Cowboys will return for an action packed weekend when they take on No. 19 Wyoming on Dec. 8 in Stillwater and No. 10 Oklahoma on Dec. 9 in Norman.

No. 3 Oklahoma State 22, No. 1 Minnesota 15 (Final)
Dec. 2, 2012 at Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis, Minn.

Bout Results

125 pounds - Corey Hodowanic (MINN) dec. Tyler Dorrell (OSU), 5-4
133 pounds - No. 5 Chris Dardanes (MINN) dec. No. 8 Jon Morrison (OSU), 3-1 SV
141 pounds - Julian Feikert (OSU) fall No. 9 Nick Dardanes (MINN), 0:52
149 pounds - No. 2 Jordan Oliver (OSU) fall Seth Lange (MINN), 2:19
157 pounds - No. 15 Alex Dieringer (OSU) dec. Danny Zilverberg (MINN),4-2 SV
165 pounds - No. 3 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. No. 9 Cody Yohn (MINN), 8-1
174 pounds - No. 1 Chris Perry(OSU) MD Alec Ortiz (MINN), 12-4
184 pounds - No. 3 Kevin Steinhaus (MINN) dec. No. 17 Chris Chionuma (OSU), 8-6
197 pounds - No. 9 Scott Schiller (MINN) dec. Zach White (OSU), 6-2
285 pounds - No. 1 Tony Nelson (MINN) dec. No. 2 Alan Gelogaev (OSU), 2-0

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