Top-ranked Okie St. clobbers Iowa 24-11

AP PHOTO • Oklahoma State’s Kyle Crutchmer, left, and Alex Meyer wrestle during Saturday’s college wrestling match in Stillwater, Okla. The top-ranked Cowboys beat the Hawkeyes 24-11.

STILLWATER, Okla. — For the first time in four years, the Oklahoma State wrestling team came out victorious against the Hawkeyes, a 24-11 win for the Cowboys.

In a top-five battle — No. 1 Oklahoma State (6-0), No. 3 Iowa (7-1) — the Hawkeyes lost three, one-point decisions, despite earning bonus points in two other bouts.

“This sport is wild. It’s a brawl,” said Iowa head coach Tom Brands. “That’s what you love about it. It’s about close matches in close situations and you have to make them go your way. In order to make a close situation go your way, it’s not because it’s this close that’s all the effort you have to give, you have to give a tremendous effort. We didn’t do that.”

No. 1 Thomas Gilman earned a 12-4 major decision of No. 11 Nick Piccininni to earn an early 4-0 lead. But three-straight wins for Oklahoma State put the Hawkeyes at a 9-4 deficit.

“It was nice to get one in the win column for us,” said Oklahoma State head coach John Smith. “The last three years we’ve been beaten by them and rivalries don’t exist if you don’t win both ways. So we turned it into a little bit more of a rivalry today.”

After a Michael Kemerer 4-3 decision of Joe Smith at 157, the Cowboys grabbed four of the final five bouts to come away with the 24-11 win.

“I think every time out is a measuring stick,” Brands said. “I would agree [with Smith] that when you get into this one ranked team against another that the stakes are higher and it’s going to be a national scene to see where you’re going to be in March and we have a long way to go.”

Iowa will hit the mat again on Friday, hosting No. 2 Penn State at Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 8 p.m.

No. 1 Oklahoma State 24, No. 3 Iowa 11

125–Thomas Gilman (IA) major dec. Nick Piccininni, 12-4; 133–Kaid Brock (OSU) dec. Cory Clark, 7-6; 141–Dean Heil (OSU) dec. Topher Carton, 8-5; 149–Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Brandon Sorensen, 4-3 SV2; 157–Michael Kemerer (IA) dec. Joe Smith, 4-3; 165–Chandler Rogers (OSU) pinned Skyler St. John, 2:18; 174–Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) dec. Alex Meyer, 5-2; 184–Sammy Brooks (IA) major dec. Nolan Boyd, 13-3; 197–Preston Weigel (OSU) dec. Cash Wilcke, 6-0; 285–Austin Schafer (OSU) dec. Sam Stoll, 5-4.