NCAA Wrestling: Near Perfection Friday AM

Chris Perry

As bad as the Oklahoma State Cowboys started Thursday night only to recover, they started Friday morning on fire. In the consolations and wrestlebacks Eddie Klimara at 125 pounds, Jon Morrison at 133 pounds, and freshman Anthony Collica at 141 all posted wins. Then in the quarterfinals the streak continued with 11th-seeded Josh Kindig scoring a 7-5 decision over Scott Sakaguchi of Oregon State.

The always entertaining Alex Dieringer fell behind early but came roaring back for a 18-11 decision over another rough and tumble wrestler in Nestor Teffur of Boston University. Second seed Tyler Caldwell kept it going with a 14-2 major decision over Pierce Harger of Northwestern. Finally defending NCAA individual champion Chris Perry scored a 4-0 decision over Elliot Riddick of Lehigh.

The streak was broken at heavyweight where Austin Marsden, also an 11 seed, was trying to earn a semifinal berth Friday night but lost a hard fought decision 3-2 to third seed Adam Chalfant of Indiana. Marsden moves into the consolations.

The Cowboys lost one other wrestler later in the consolations, but Klimara and Collica stayed alive and with one more win will assure themselves of All-American status.

What Will It Take?
What will it take for Oklahoma State to win another team national championship? As it stands going into Friday night, Penn State leads with 61 points to 59 points for second-place Minnesota. The Cowboys are third with 56 points.

It's a three-team race as the third session saw all three of those teams in first at one point during the action. Iowa is fourth but with 42.5 points is too far back to make noise for first.

Oklahoma State needs to get at least two national champions out of their four semifinalists and a third would be fantastic. All three wrestlers in the consolations need to win and earn All-American status and then finish as high as possible. A couple of third-place finishes would really help.

Also, any chance to beat a Penn State or Minnesota wrestler helps too. A lot of people believe that at 165 pounds Tyler Caldwell can't beat top seed David Taylor of Penn State, but if he does look out.

Morrison Closes Out His Career
It was tough going for OSU 133-pounder Jon Morrison in the tournament as he lost double the matches that he lost all season. Morrison came in with a 25-1 record and finishes the season at 27-3. He was uncharacteristically pinned by OU's Cody Brewer. Morrison finishes his career at 96-29. He was an All-American last season.

Dieringer Describes Match
There aren't many 18-11 matches in the NCAA Championships as you see more pins and more close to the vest tight decisions. But the combination of the Cowboys crazy 157-pounder Alex Dieringer and Boston U's Nestor Teffur, who displays a similar "go for it" style, produced a very exciting match.

"That was a fun match, a fun match to wrestle in," Dieringer said. "He's... that's just the second time I've been put on my back in college. He's pretty strong, a good match and that was fun."

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