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The No. 8 Oklahoma State wrestling team handled CSU Bakersfield on Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena, walking away with a dominant 37-6 win. John Smith and his squad improved to 7-4 on the season.

The Pokes put five bonus-point wins, three of which were falls, and it was the third-straight dual where the Cowboys gave up two or fewer wins.

"I thought we looked pretty good," coach John Smith said. "There are definitely some things we need to clean up before tomorrow like getting the weight back and head blocking a little bit more. Overall, it was a pretty good effort. I like the way we ended tonight. Of course, the falls were nice to have."

The bout started at 157 pounds, where second-ranked Alex Dieringer pinned Spencer Hill with less than a minute left in the match to give the Cowboys a 6-0 start.

"I saw (Hill) going for the pancake a couple of times. I eventually caught on and capitalized on it," Dieringer said. "I knew he was going to go for that pancake. I saw an opportunity to do it earlier in the match and didn't execute on it, so I was waiting for it."

Tyler Caldwell, ranked No. 5 in the country, produced his second-straight major decision when he finished off David Meza, 11-2.

No. 2 Chris Perry earned his seventh win over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 18 Bryce Hammond, 5-2.

Redshirt freshman Jordan Rogers had a stellar performance as he was up 13-5 before pinning Sean Pollock in 5:47. It was his 11th fall of the season.

"I was a pinner in high school quite a bit, so when the opportunity arises you've just got to smell the blood," Rogers said. "You have to be ready to take advantage of it. Those opportunities don't come by very much in college, so you've got to take advantage when you can catch a guy on his back."

Cowboy senior and 197-pounder Blake Rosholt returned to competition for the first time in a month after battling a shoulder injury. Rosholt was up on Reuben Franklin for most of the match, but three stalling calls on the Cowboy took the match into overtime, where Rosholt was eventually outlasted, 6-4.

No. 19 Austin Marsden earned his first bonus-point win of the season, when he stuck Roadrunner Alex Encarnacion in 3:53 during the heavyweight bout.

Sophomore Eddie Klimara sealed the dual for OSU with his 19-4 technical fall over Sergio Mendez. Klimara ended the bout after two periods, collecting six takedowns and three nearfalls.

At 133 pounds, Smith called on Brian Crutchmer, a redshirt freshman from Tulsa, Okla. In his varsity debut, Crutchmer scored the first takedown against Jose Mendoza, but he was not able to get off bottom later in the match, resulting in a 13-2 loss for the Poke.

No. 17 Anthony Collica tallied up his 22nd win of the 2013-14 campaign, defeating Ian Nickell, 9-2. The Cowboy came out on top thanks to his three takedowns and a reversal.

The night's final bout provided a thrilling finish for Cowboy fans as No. 10 Josh Kindig came back after trailing 7-2 in the first period to beat Dalton Kelly, 12-9. The redshirt junior scored five points in both the second and the third periods to end up with the W.

"If I could have drawn up that matchup with Kindig any differently, I wouldn't," Smith said. "You like to see someone come back for behind and clean up the mistakes that he made with the scrambles earlier in the match. It was a really good effort match that he probably needed. His legs were underneath him and he was strong in the third, which was the difference in the outcome."

The Cowboys take to the mat Sunday at 2 p.m., meeting up with the No. 10 Oklahoma Sooners in the 170th installment of Bedlam.


No. 8 Oklahoma State 36, CSU Bakersfield 7

157: No. 2 Alex Dieringer (OSU) fall Spencer Hill (CSUB), 6:07

165: No. 5 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) MD David Meza (CSUB), 11-2

174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) dec. No. 18 Bryce Hammond (CSUB), 5-2

184: Jordan Rogers (OSU) fall Sean Pollock (CSUB), 5:47

197: Reuben Franklin (CSUB) dec. Blake Rosholt (OSU), 6-4 SV1

285: No. 19 Austin Marsden (OSU) fall Alex Encarnacion (CSUB), 3:53

125: No. 20 Eddie Klimara (OSU) TF5 Sergio Mendez (CSUB), 19-4

133: Jose Mendoza (CSUB) MD Brian Crutchmer (OSU), 13-2

141: No. 17 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Ian Nickell (CSUB), 9-2

149: No. 10 Josh Kindig (OSU) dec. Dalton Kelley (CSUB),12-9

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