Oklahoma State wins sixth straight Bedlam wrestling decision
BY J. CARL GUYMON World Correspondent
Monday, December 10, 2012
12/10/12 at 4:24 AM
NORMAN - Oklahoma State junior transfer Tyler Caldwell and freshman Alex Dieringer came from behind to win key matches and spur second-ranked Oklahoma State to its sixth straight Bedlam Series victory over No. 10 Oklahoma, 26-9, Sunday afternoon in McCasland Field House.
The Cowboys (4-0) extended their series advantage to 131-26-10 in the nation's most storied collegiate wrestling rivalry before about 1,800 fans.
After top-ranked 141-pounder Kendric Maple scored a fall to give OU a 9-3 bulge, the Cowboys rolled through the final seven weights.
Caldwell and Dieringer were under the spotlight for different reasons.
Caldwell was a two-time all-American at OU (fifth in 2010 and NCAA runner-up in 2011), but sat out an Olympic redshirt year and then moved to Stillwater.
Dieringer is a highly touted redshirt freshman who came into the weekend unbeaten and ranked 14th and defeated two higher-ranked foes.
Caldwell yielded a scrambling takedown to Sooner 165-pounder Bubby Graham (8-2) and was deadlocked 2-2 starting the third period. He tried to ride out the period, but the sixth-ranked Graham escaped with just three seconds remaining to offset Caldwell's riding advantage.
Caldwell, ranked third at 9-0, scored the winner with a takedown 38 seconds into the sudden victory period to win, 5-3.
"I tried to treat it just like another match and not think about it (the return to Norman), but it did get pretty loud when I went out there (to the mat)," Caldwell said. "But I knew it would be a tough match. It didn't start like I wanted, but I just kept going and got the W."
Dieringer was taken down and ridden for two minutes in the opening period by OU's No. 9 Matt Lester (7-2). He rallied for an 8-5 victory.
"I started getting takedowns and kept after him," Dieringer said.
Ranked 14th coming into the weekend, Dieringer (9-0) beat No. 12 Andy McCulley of Wyoming 14-5 Saturday night and was asked about pulling the upsets.
"I don't consider it an upset. I think I'm the one to beat, right in there with everybody else in the weight (157 pounds)."
When Caldwell considered opportunities after his redshirt year, virtually every collegiate wrestling power came calling.
He said his decision to end up in Stillwater was based on "mainly the teammates, how they acted, and the coaching staff and the tradition. All the titles they've won, and all the wrestlers they've sent to the Olympics.
"And their style is different from mine. I think I'm learning to use that style with my own. They didn't ask me to change anything, but I'm changing some things and learning."
Caldwell will face three-time NCAA champ Kyle Dake of Cornell next Sunday in Madison Square Garden as OSU duels the Big Red in the inaugural Grapple in the Garden event.
OU (4-3) is off until the Dec. 29-30 Midlands Tournament at Northwestern.
No. 2 OSU 26, No. 10 OU 9
125: Kyle Garcia, OU, dec. Eddie Klimara, 3-2.
133: No. 8 Jon Morrison, OSU, dec. No. 10 Cody Brewer, 9-4.
141: No. 1 Kendric Maple, OU, pinned Julian Feikert, 5:57.
149: No. 2 Jordan Oliver, OSU, maj. dec. No. 6 Nick Lester, 14-5.
157: No. 14 Alex Dieringer, OSU, dec. No. 9 Matt Lester, 8-5.
165: No. 3 Tyler Caldwell, OSU, dec. No. 6 Patrick Graham, 5-3, SV1.
174: No. 1 Chris Perry, OSU, TF4 Matt Reed, 22-6, 7:00.
184: No. 17 Chris Chionuma, OSU, maj. dec. Nolan McBryde, 17-7.
197: No. 14 Blake Rosholt, OSU, dec. Brad Johnson, 11-9.
285: No. 4 Alan Gelogaev, OSU, dec. Keldrick Hall, 10-4.
Note: Oklahoma State penalized one team point at 197 pounds, bench conduct.
Original Print Headline: Ex-Sooner helps OSU win Bedlam
OSU's Blake Rosholt tries to control OU's Brad Johnson during the 197-pound match in the Bedlam wrestling dual at McCasland Field House in Norman on Sunday. Rosholt, ranked 14th nationally in his weight class, scored an 11-9 victory. GARETT FISBECK / The Oklahoman
OU's Nolan McBryde has a leg up, but OSU's Chris Chionuma won a 17-7 major decision at 184 pounds Sunday. GARETT FISBECK / The Oklahoman