Well into the second semester and with all the sooner fans in hibernation until next football season, I thought it would be a good idea to update you on the happenings of the Oklahoma State athletic department. All the winter sports are in full swing and the spring sports are on the verge of kicking off. So let’s start with the sport that has heralded the most success for the Pokes this season (and in the history of the Cowboy athletics, for that matter), the OSU wrestling team.
The most storied athletic program in the history of sports is having another record-setting season in 2010-11. The Pokes are 15-2-1 and recently became just the second collegiate wrestling program in the history of the sport to win 1,000 duals (Iowa State stands at 1,011 victories…they have wrestled 163 duals more than the Cowboys.) OSU achieved the feat with a 44-0 barnburner over Northern Colorado. Currently the Cowboys are 1006-113-23 all time for an approximate .890 winning percentage, including an eight dual win streak.
The Cowboys are leading the charge in their traditional orange singlets, quite possibly the most intimidating (and sometimes most terrifying, have you seen those sweat stains??) look in all of sports.
Sophomore standout Jordan Oliver is tearing up the mat, recently defeating the No. 2 wrestler in the nation in Andrew Hochstrasser from the Boise State Goonerkillerz to affirm his top-ranked status. Oliver is now 21-0 on the season with 18 of those being bonus point victories, including two technical falls in the first period this season. He has eight pins, six technical falls, 85 takedowns and 22 nearfalls this season. For an example of his dominance, I have included the scoring rundown of Oliver’s most recent bout, a 16-0 first period trouncing of his Wyoming counterpart (who happened to be in the top 15 in the nation).
133: No. 1 Jordan Oliver (OSU) TF5 No. 15 Tyler Cox (UW); 16-0, 2:52
2:50 Oliver takedown (2-0)
2:39 Oliver nearfall 3 (5-0)
2:12 Oliver nearfall 3 (8-0)
2:03 Oliver nearfall 2 (10-0)
0:38 Oliver nearfall 2 (12-0)
0:08 Oliver nearfall 3 (15-0), technical fall, end match
2:42 riding time added for Oliver (16-0)
Look for Oliver to be hoisting an individual national title trophy at the end of the season.
It’s been a rebuilding year for the Pokes, who are 16-11 this season. They have shown some fight, winning games against ranked Kansas State and Mizzou and have a favorable three game stretch to finish out the schedule: Texas Tech and Baylor in GIA before traveling to the Forbidden Land to take on Cade’s Cohorts.
I already have my tickets for that game; I’m sure you can find some outside the Lloyd Noble Center for cheap.
It’s been interesting to watch the Cowgirls try to fill the massive gap left by the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer, Andrea Riley. There have been some definite bright spots, though, as sophomore Toni Young has emerged as the go-to-girl. In her last four games she is averaging 23.75 ppg and 15.75 rpg. Freshmen Tiffany Bias and Vicky McIntyre are also large contributors to the young team. Look for the Cowgirls to make some deep tournament runs in the next few years.
The Cowboy golf program is among the most prestigious in the nation. This season is proving no different as the Pokes are locked and loaded for the spring season. The Pokes are on a roll, with three first place finishes (PING/Golfweek Preview at Karsten Creek GC, Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Scrioto CC and the Hawaii-Hilo Invitational at Waikoloa Village GC), and three more finishes in the top five.
As if this season couldn’t get any more prime for a national championship for the Pokes, the 2011 NCAA Men’s Golf National Championships will be played on their home course, Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater.
The Cowgirl Equestrian team is having yet another superb season, ranked fourth in the nation and boasting a 5-2 team record. They play host to the top-ranked TAMU Aggies this Saturday at Animal Science Arena in Stillwater (admission is free…you should go).
The Cowboy baseball team is looking to restore glory to the program, and is off on the right foot. They dominated the Bryant University Bulldogs in a three-game series last weekend, allowing just one run the entire weekend.
UPDATE*** The Pokes fell to the Dallas Baptist Patriots on Tuesday, 7-3. They host winless Cal-Poly this weekend in a three-game set. Games are Friday at 4 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Cowgirls are 8-2 this season and are heading out to balmy Palm Springs for the Cathedral City Classic where they will take on the likes of Georgia and Fresno State.
So there you have it, my winter sports update. Read it. Love it. Wear orange. GO POKES!