Hawkeyes Lose At Oklahoma State, 26-12

Jan. 16, 2005

STILLWATER, OK – The Hawkeye wrestling team lost a 26-12 dual at Oklahoma State Sunday afternoon in Stillwater, OK. It was the top-ranked Cowboy’s fifth-straight dual win over Iowa, as they improved to 8-0 this season. Iowa fell to 5-2 in dual competition. The Hawkeyes recorded wins in three matches, including a pin by junior Joe Johnston at 157, but it was not enough to hold off the defending NCAA champions.

Hawkeye freshman Charlie Falck put Iowa on the scoreboard with a 5-3 decision over freshman Coleman Scott at 125 pounds. Falck scored a takedown and nearfall points as time expired in the match to pick up his fourth dual victory of the season. Oklahoma State built a 10-3 team lead on freshman Nathan Morgan’s 12-3 major decision over Hawkeye junior Mario Galanakis at 133, senior Ronnie Delk’s 3-2 decision over Iowa freshman Alex Tsirtsis at 141 and top-ranked Zack Esposito’s 2-1 win in the first tiebreak period over Iowa junior Ty Eustice at 149. Johnston’s pin over junior Kevin Ward at 157 pulled the Hawkeyes to within one team point, but Oklahoma State scored wins in four of the final five weight classes to seal the team victory. Cowboy junior Johny Hendricks spoiled Hawkeye redshirt freshman and Stillwater, OK, native Mark Perry’s homecoming, scoring a 3-1 win at 165. Perry is the nephew of Oklahoma State Head Coach John Smith. Top-ranked Chris Pendleton proved to be too much for Hawkeye freshman Luke Lofthouse at 174, scoring a pin in 1:31. Iowa senior Paul Bradley scored a 6-4 win at 184 over Clay Kehrer, but that would be the last team points for the Hawkeyes as top-ranked Jake Rosholt scored a 21-6 technical fall in 6:28 over Iowa junior Adam Fellers at 197 and top-ranked Steven Mocco recorded a 4-0 decision over Hawkeye freshman Matt Fields at heavyweight. One team point was deducted from Oklahoma State because of unsportsmanlike conduct from Mocco, who was a two-time all-American at Iowa, after the match.

Iowa (5-2) will open the Big Ten dual season next Sunday in Iowa City when it hosts Wisconsin (7-1-1) at 2 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Oklahoma State 26, Iowa 12
125 Charlie Falck (I) dec. Coleman Scott (OSU), 5-3
133 Nathan Morgan (OSU) maj. dec. Mario Galanakis (I), 12-3
141 Ronnie Delk (OSU) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 3-2
149 Zack Esposito (OSU) dec. Ty Eustice (I), 2-1 TB-1
157 Joe Johnston (I) pinned Kevin Ward (OSU), 6:57
165 Johny Hendricks (OSU) dec. Mark Perry (I), 3-1
174 Chris Pendleton (OSU) pinned Luke Lofthouse (I), 1:31
184 Paul Bradley (I) dec. Clay Kehrer (OSU), 6-4
197 Jake Rosholt (OSU) tech. fall Adam Fellers (I), 21-6 in 6:28
Hwt. Steven Mocco (OSU) dec. Matt Fields, 4-0*

* — one team point was deducted from Oklahoma State due to Mocco’s unsportsmanlike conduct