The Oklahoma State Cowboys have already crowned one NCAA champion in tonight’s finals of the NCAA Championships at the Chesapeake Arena here in the city. The Pokes entered the night with more finalists than any other team (4) and OSU was sitting in 3rd place behind top-ranked Minnesota and 3-time defending national champion Penn State.
Chris Perry got the Cowboys off to a great start with a rousing 4-0 “Bedlam Battle” win over OU’s 4-time all america Andrew Howe at 174 lbs. After a scoreless 1st period, Perry got an escape with just under 2-minutes remaining in period number two for a 1-0 lead. But he saved his big move for about :50 later when he took Howe down near the edge of the mat as the sellout crowd at “The Peake” erupted.
Leading 3-0 late in the match, Perry closed it out, tacking on a point for “riding time” and the win, his 2nd straight NCAA invidual title. Still to wrestle tonight are OSU’s other finalists: Josh Kindig at 149 lbs., Alex Dieringer at 157 lbs. and Tyler Caldwell at 165 lbs. The Pokes are trying to duplicate what they did the last time the NCAA Championships were in OKC in 2006…winning a national team title. The final matches are being nationally televised on ESPN.