The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 21, 2014

OSU Wrestling in second after Day one

Derek Brown
CNHI News Service

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State had some ups and downs in the first day of the 2014 NCAA National Championships — but ups outweighed the downs.

OSU fell into a tie with Minnesota with 21.5 points after Thursday’s competition. Penn State was in first place with 26.5 points. Iowa and rival Oklahoma was tied for fourth with 20.5 points.

The Cowboys saw a sudden change in the second session on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena for the 2014 NCAA National Championships.

“Overall we had a tough round that we had to get tougher in after losing a couple early on,” Oklahoma State coach John Smith said. “We just have to come back tomorrow and we have just eight guys. It’s a tough tournament.”

The Cowboys earned three bonus point victories in the second round, something that could be key to Oklahoma State’s national title hopes.

Oklahoma State suffered a few upsets but was able to get on the right side of upsets nearing the end of the night.

“I think it’s about us having a good tournament and wrestling well,” Smith said. “For us to make a move we’re going to have to do it with all of them.”

The Cowboys have the crowd on their side with the big tournament being held in Oklahoma.