FLORISSANT — Oklahoma State has a tradition of winning, but Missouri’s wrestling team made history Friday night.
The Tigers defeated the Cowboys 21-17 in front of 1,721 fans at Hazelwood Central High. The Tigers won for the first time in 29 tries against the Cowboys (2-1), snapping OSU’s 24-match winning streak.
Before Friday, the Cowboys hadn’t lost since falling to Iowa State in the 2002 national duals. The Tigers (1-0) are ranked ninth in the latest InterMat poll.
No. 1 Oklahoma State’s wrestling team has 31 national champions, the most of any sport in the NCAA. Missouri coach Brian Smith said the Tigers’ win sends a message to the country.
“When you beat a team like that, other teams are going to come at you even harder,” Smith said.
Oklahoma State coach John Smith did not comment after the match.
The Tigers had the only pins.
Redshirt freshman Matt Pell pinned Bret Munson in 2:05 in the 184-pound match. J.P. Reese pinned Ronnie Delk in 3:24 at 141 pounds.
Reese has 33 pins, the third highest in Tigers’ history. Kevin Herron set the record last season with 41 at heavyweight.
The team’s win was bittersweet for All-American Tyron Woodley. Woodley lost 11-5 to Tyrone Lewis at 165 pounds. Lewis defeated Woodley 12-4 last season at the Big 12 Conference Championships.
“I was disappointed in the way I wrestled,” Woodley said.
The Tigers’ Austin DeVoe defeated Cody Stiles 3-2 in the final seconds of the 125-pound match. After a scoreless two periods, Stiles scored first with an escape, but DeVoe’s takedown in the final seconds sealed the match.
“Coach always tells us to wrestle seven minutes,” DeVoe said. “Every second counts, he preaches that all the time.”
At 133 pounds, the Tigers’ Paul Collum lost 5-4 to Johnny Thompson, a two-time national champion. Thompson dominated Collum 5-1 until a momentum change in the third period. Collum scored with an escape and a takedown.
The referees stopped the match when they felt Thompson was in danger of being hurt, and John Smith went to the mat to check on Thompson.
Collum said that stopping the match broke his momentum, but it was no excuse for the loss.
“If I would have done things right in the first period, it would have been a totally different match,” Collum said.
The teams were not at full strength in the upper weight classes. The Tigers wrestled without heavyweight Mike Whitehead, who is ineligible because of transfer rules. In the heavyweight match, OSU’s Willie Gruenwald won 15-7 against Clint Freeman, who had moved up from 197 pounds.
The Cowboys wrestled without Jake Rosholt, the defending national champion at 184 pounds. Rosholt did not wrestle because of a knee injury. He is expected to wrestle today at the Missouri Open Tournament at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.
The all-day tournament begins at 9 a.m. with more than 400 wrestlers competing on 12 mats. Oklahoma State, No. 2 Illinois, No. 17 Oklahoma and No. 20 Arizona State are expected to compete.