Wrestlers Lose At Oklahoma State, 21-11

Jan. 19, 2007


The Iowa wrestling team fell to 9-2 on the season with a 21-11 loss at Oklahoma State Friday night in Stillwater, OK. The Cowboys improved to 10-3 on the season with the win, and extended their winning streak in the series to eight matches. It was also Iowa’s second loss to Oklahoma State in seven days, as the Cowboys scored a 22-13 win on January 13 at the N.W.C.A./Cliff Keen National Duals in Cedar Falls, IA.

The Hawkeyes jumped out to a solid start behind decisions from sophomore Charlie Falck (125) and senior Alex Grunder (149), as both avenged last week’s losses to their respective Cowboy opponents. Falck narrowly missed a major decision wit ha 9-2 win over redshirt freshman Tyler Shinn in the opening match, and Grunder defeated freshman Dakotah Simpson, 5-2. Oklahoma State picked up decisions at 133 and 141, making the team score 6-6 after the first four matches. That score put Iowa in a much better position than the 15-0 deficit they were in at the same point the previous week.

The Cowboys picked up wins at 157 and 165, including two-time defending NCAA Champion Johny Hendricks’ sixth career win over Iowa junior Mark Perry at 165. Hawkeye senior Eric Luedke scored a last second reversal to defeat Brandon Mason, 2-1 at 174, making the team score 12-9 in Oklahoma State’s favor. Luedke improved to 18-1 in collegiate matches and 9-0 in dual competition with the win. He is currently on a 16-match winning streak.

But Iowa could not keep the momentum as Cowboy Jack Jensen scored a 3-2 decision over redshirt freshman Phillip Keddy at 184 and a team point was deducted from Iowa for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving Oklahoma State a 15-8 lead. Hawkeye sophomore 197-pounder Dan Erekson suffered a separated shoulder in his match with Jared Shelton and was forced to injury default, putting the team win out of reach for Iowa. Hawkeye junior Matt Fields ended the dual with a 6-4 decision in sudden victory over Jared Rosholt at heavyweight.

Iowa (9-2) will open the 2007 Big Ten season Sunday against Northwestern (10-4, 0-1 Big Ten) at Rolling Meadows High School in Rolling Meadows, IL. Start time for the dual is 2 p.m. (CT).

Oklahoma State 21, Iowa 11
125 – Charlie Falck (I) dec. Tyler Shinn (OSU), 9-2
133 – Coleman Scott (OSU) dec. Mario Galanakis (I), 5-2
141 – Nathan Morgan (OSU) dec. Alex Tsirtsis (I), 6-2
149 – Alex Grunder (I) dec. Dakotah Simpson (OSU), 5-2
157 – Newly McSpadden (OSU) dec. Ryan Morningstar (I), 2-0
165 – Johny Hendricks (OSU) dec. Mark Perry (I), 4-3
174 – Eric Luedke (I) dec. Brandon Mason (OSU), 2-1
184 – Jack Jensen (OSU) dec. Phillip Keddy (I), 3-2*
197 – Jared Shelton (OSU) won by injury default over Dan Erekson (I)
Hwt. – Matt Fields (I) dec. Jared Rosholt (OSU), 6-4 SV-1

* – A team point was deducted from Iowa after the 184-pound match.