STILLWATER, Okla. (U-WIRE) -- While most of the student body will go home this week, the Oklahoma State wrestling team will be going to the West Coast.
The Cowboys, who are 3-1 after Sunday's victory in Bedlam, will wrestle in Oregon on Sunday against Oregon and Oregon State. After wrestling the dual meets they will head to Reno to wrestle in the Tournament of Champions.
The first match is against Oregon State at 2 p.m. The Beavers return three national qualifiers from the NCAA tournament. The teams met last season in Stillwater, Okla., and the Cowboys wrestled a good match winning seven of the 10 matches. Tyrone Lewis, wrestling at 165 pounds, led the way with a fall as the Cowboys won the match, 29-9.
For the next match the Cowboys will head to Oregon to wrestle the Ducks. The Ducks return one national qualifier from the NCAA tournament. Last season in Stillwater the Cowboys won eight of the 10 matches and cruised to a 33-5 victory. Zack Esposito, wrestling at 141 pounds, provided the Cowboys with a fall in the match to help jump start the team to its victory. The Cowboys will be ready to wrestle and they expect to get some good matches.
"Both Oregon and Oregon State present some individuals that should make some matches very competitive," coach John Smith said. "I'm looking a little bit for some of the same things I saw in Bedlam out of most of our wrestlers, just aggressive and really executing on the offensive side. And looking for guys like possibly Stites, definitely Delk, and guys like Rusty Blackmon to rebound and have some better matches on this trip."
From Oregon the Cowboys will head to Reno to wrestle in the Reno Tournament of Champions. The Cowboys won the tournament last season by placing eight wrestlers in the finals and crowning three individual champions. The Cowboys have three of those finalists back this season in Johnny Thompson at 133 pounds, Chris Pendleton at 174 and Jake Rosholt at 184. The Cowboys will again look to take home the championship and place as many wrestlers in the finals.
"The Reno tournament presents itself as a pretty good tournament," Smith said.
The Cowboys are looking forward to wrestling hard and having some time to be away from Stillwater as a team. Smith thinks that the trip will be good for the team.
"I'm looking forward to spending time with our team, we are going to be on the road for about six days," Smith said.
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