Ed Gallagher must be smiling from heaven.
The Oklahoma State wrestling program – mentored by the late, legendary coach whose name adorns the arena celebrating its 75th anniversary -- avenged last December’s loss to cross-state rival University of Oklahoma, 29-9, in the latest Bedlam Series dual in front of more than 5,000 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater Sunday afternoon.
The Cowboys had lost to the Sooners in their previous Bedlam dual in Norman last December, 16-15.
This time, the outcome wasn’t as close. Oklahoma State won seven of ten matches, earning bonus points in three bouts. Alex Dieringer scored a technical fall at 157 pounds, while Eddie Klimara and Chris Perry pinned their Sooner rivals at 125 and 174, respectively.
The Sooners were forced to shuffle their lineup because of injuries to three of their regular starters.
“I like the score, and 29 points in Bedlam tells you that you won a lot of matches and scored some good bonus points,” said Oklahoma State head coach John Smith. “The matchups were a little different than I thought, but it’s definitely something that we can move forward with. Getting back on the winning side of Bedlam is always good.”
"We were obviously outmatched in several weights," Oklahoma head coach Mark Cody said. "The takeaway is that we have a lot of work to do. I think one issue is that we don't want to forfeit any weights. Even the guys that came out with wins today have a lot of work to do and that's something that never stops at this level. We just have to keep trying to get better every time we walk in there."
Oklahoma State is now 8-4 for the season, and 3-0 in the Big 12; Oklahoma is 9-3 overall, with a Big 12 record of 2-1.
Today’s Oklahoma-Oklahoma State dual was the 170th in the Bedlam Series that dates back to 1920, when Ed Gallagher was the Cowboy head coach. Oklahoma State has won 133, the Sooners have 27 victories… and ten ended in a tie.
The arena where today’s action took place was dedicated 75 years ago, during an Oklahoma State-Indiana University dual meet. It was named for Edward Clark Gallagher, who coached the Cowboys from 1917 until his death in 1940, at age 53, from complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Gallagher, arguably the first scientific college wrestling coach, was voted one of three all-time great collegiate mat coaches for the 75th anniversary of the NCAA wrestling championships in 2005, joining Iowa’s Dan Gable and Iowa State’s Harold Nichols.
- 125: No. 13 Eddie Klimara (OSU) pinned Sean Williams, 3:30
- 133: No. 4 Jon Morrison (OSU) dec. No. 8 Cody Brewer (OU), 7-2
- 141: No. 18 Anthony Collica (OSU) dec. Nick Lester (OU), 4-0
- 149: No. 2 Kendric Maple (OU) dec. No. 9 Josh Kindig (OSU), 7-3
- 157: No. 3 Alex Dieringer (OSU) tech. fall Dryden Dennis (OU), 18-2
- 165: No. 5 Tyler Caldwell (OSU) dec. Clark Glass (OU), 5-1
- 174: No. 2 Chris Perry (OSU) pinned Derek Geiges (OU), 1:53
- 184: No. 1 Andrew Howe (OU) dec. Jordan Rogers (OSU), 9-2
- 197: No. 4 Travis Rutt (OU) dec. Nolan Boyd (OSU), 9-4
- HWT: No. 16 Austin Marsden (OSU) dec. Zach Merrill (OU), 8-2
Want to see more? Take a look at this photo-album with images of the legendary coach and the arena named in his honor.
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