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Dec 12 No 3 Oklahoma State beats No 4 Minnesota 18 14

By Gavin Lang | Feb. 03, 2008, 9:16 p.m. (ET)
STILLWATER, Okla. - No. 3 Oklahoma State picked up its third win over a top-10 team and its seventh win over a ranked opponent this year when it defeated No. 4 Minnesota, 18-14 Sunday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The most important win of the dual for the Cowboys was Jack Jensen's upset of No. 5 Roger Kish. Jensen recorded a takedown with 16 seconds remaining in sudden victory overtime to win a key 5-3 decision that made the difference for the Cowboys.

With the Gophers holding a 14-9 advantage in team scoring, Jensen's upset win changed the complexion of the dual. 197-pounder Clayton Foster followed with a 4-1 win over Justin Bronson to give the Cowboys a 15-14 lead in the dual heading into the final bout, which heavyweight Jared Rosholt won by a 4-2 decision over Ben Berhow.

Top-ranked 125-pounder Jayson Ness of Minnesota started the dual with an 18-5 major decision win over OSU's Tyler Shinn, but the Cowboys came back to win a pair of showcase matches at 133 and 141 as top-ranked Coleman Scott handed No. 5 Mack Reiter an 8-2 defeat and No. 2 Nathan Morgan followed with a 6-4 decision over No. 3 Manuel Rivera. An 8-3 win by Ryan Freeman over Luke Mellmer at 149 pounds followed to provide the Cowboys with a 9-4 lead in the dual.

The Golden Gophers responded with three straight victories, one a major decision from No. 6 C.P. Schlatter over Neil Erisman and two upsets at 165 pounds and 174 pounds that put them on top 14-9.

That was where Minnesota stayed, however, as Oklahoma State won the last three matches to win the dual.

No. 3 Oklahoma State 18, No. 4 Minnesota 14
125 pounds: No. 1 Jayson Ness (MINN) maj. dec. No. 16 Tyler Shinn (OSU); 18-5
133 pounds: No. 1 Coleman Scott (OSU) dec. No. 5 Mack Reiter (MINN); 8-2
141 pounds: No. 2 Nathan Morgan (OSU) dec. No. 3 Manuel Rivera (MINN); 6-4
149 pounds: Ryan Freeman (OSU) dec. Luke Mellmer (MINN); 8-3
157 pounds: No. 6 C.P. Schlatter (MINN) maj. dec. Neil Erisman (OSU); 12-2
165 pounds: Tyler Safratowich (MINN) dec. No. 5 Jake Dieffenbach (OSU); 5-1 SV
174 pounds: Gabe Dretsch (MINN) dec. No. 7 Brandon Mason (OSU); 5-3
184 pounds: Jack Jensen (OSU) dec. No. 5 Roger Kish (MINN); 5-3 SV
197 pounds: Clayton Foster (OSU) dec. Justin Bronson (MINN); 4-1
285 pounds: No. 7 Jared Rosholt (OSU) dec. Ben Berhow (MINN); 4-2

125 pounds: No. 16 Tyler Shinn started the day off for the Cowboys against No. 1 Jayson Ness. Shinn fell in a hole early and couldn't recover, trailing 6-2 after the first period. Shinn's only points in the match came from escapes as he lost a major decision 18-5.

133 pounds: The Cowboys made up some ground as top-ranked Coleman Scott defeated No. 5 Mack Reiter 8-2. Scott started strong, recording a takedown with 2:44 remaining in the first period. He recorded an escape and another takedown in the second period to make the score 5-0. He gave up two escapes and recorded another takedown in the final period and added 4:38 of riding time to win the decision 8-2.

141 pounds: The most anticipated match of the day came when No. 2 Nathan Morgan faced No. 3 Manuel Rivera. The match lived up to its potential as a takedown in the final minute decided the winner. Both wrestlers recorded a takedown and an escape in the first period to make the score 3-3. The only point scored in the second period came from a Rivera escape with 1:55 remaining. The third period went down to the wire as Morgan escaped with 1:49 remaining to tie the match at 4-4 and recorded a takedown with 54 seconds left to go on top 6-4. Morgan held on to record the decision and put Oklahoma State on top 6-4 in dual score.

149 pounds: The Cowboys built on their lead as Ryan Freeman recorded a decision over Luke Mellmer. Freeman recorded a takedown and was penalized for an illegal hold in the first period to make the score 2-1. In the second period, he added an escape at the 1:55 mark and a takedown at the 1:29 mark to make the score 5-1. Another Freeman takedown and a pair of Mellmer escapes in the third period brought the score to 7-3. Freeman added 4:15 of riding time for an 8-3 final.

157 pounds: Neil Erisman was unable to get into any kind of rhythm as he lost 12-2 to No. 6 C.P. Schlatter. Erisman was taken down twice and recorded an escape in the first period to make the score 4-1. Schlatter recorded three near fall points with 59 seconds left in the second period to make the score 7-1. He notched two more takedowns and added 3:34 of riding time for a 12-2 major decision. Erisman's two points came from escapes.

165 pounds: No. 5 Jake Dieffenbach's match against Tyler Safratowich was close until the end. Following a scoreless first period, Safratowich had an escape in the second period and Dieffenbach had one in the third to send the match into sudden victory overtime. The extra period remained tied at 1-1 until the final 10 seconds when Safratowich recorded a takedown and a two point nearfall for a 5-1 decision that put the Golden Gophers on top 11-9.

174 pounds: Oklahoma State suffered its second consecutive upset as No. 7 Brandon Mason lost a 5-3 decision to Gabe Dretsch. There was no scoring in the first period, but Dretsch traded Mason a takedown for an escape twice in the second. Mason chose down to start the final period and escaped with 1:35 remaining, but could not get a takedown to tie the match as Dretsch won the 5-3 decision.

184 pounds: The Cowboys answered with an upset of their own as Jack Jensen won a 5-3 decision over No. 5 Roger Kish in sudden victory overtime. Jensen fell behind 3-0 early, but he responded with a takedown with 32 seconds left in the second period. He had an escape early in the third period to tie the match at 3-3, where it stayed until overtime. Jensen recorded a takedown with 16 seconds left in overtime to earn the 5-3 decision and cut Minnesota's lead to 14-12.

197 pounds: Clayton Foster had an important 4-1 win over Justin Bronson to further aid in OSU's win. Bronson escaped early in the second period for the first point of the match. Foster answered with a takedown with six seconds remaining in the period to go up 2-1. Foster added two points, a Bronson penalty and an escape, in the final minute of the match to earn the 4-1 decision.

Heavyweight: No. 7 Jared Rosholt won the final match of the dual for the Cowboys, a 4-2 decision over Ben Berhow. Rosholt had a takedown early in the first period but gave up an escape with one second left to make the score 2-1. Berhow had an escape in the second to tie the match at 2-2. In the third, Rosholt had an escape to go up 3-2, and then added 2:44 of riding time for the 4-2 decision.
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