Jordan Oliver of Oklahoma State won the 133-pound title at the 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Saturday night.
The top-seeded Oliver got an 8-4 victory over No. 2 seed Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State to become the 134th NCAA champ in the storied history of Oklahoma State wrestling.
Oliver, a sophomore, brought a perfect 24-0 record — and the 2011 Big 12 conference title — to the national championships. Last year, the Cowboy from Easton, Pa. earned All-American honors by placing fourth at the 2010 NCAAs. Hochstrasser, a sixth-year senior from Utah, had a 23-1 record and the Pac-10 title going into the NCAAs.
The 133 finals bout was the third mat meeting between the Cowboy and the Bronco this year, with Oiver winning the previous two matches.
How Oliver got to the finals: 1st Rd: pinned unseeded Taylor Small (Kent State), 2:56… 2d Rd: pinned unseeded Levi Mele (Northwestern), 2:11… Quarterfinals: maj. dec. No. 8 Mike Grey (Cornell), 10-2… Semifinals: dec. No. 4 Tyler Graff (Wisconsin), 5-2.
How Hochstrasser got to the finals: 1st Rd: pinned unseeded Nathan McCormick (Missouri), 2:26… 2d Rd: tech fall unseeded Kevin Smith (Buffalo), 16-1, 7:00… Quarterfinals: maj. dec. No. 7 BJ Futrell (Illinois), 10-2… Semifinals: dec. No. 3 Andrew Long (Penn State), 6-4.
Within the first 10 seconds, Oliver scored a double-leg takedown. Hochstrasser escaped, but Oliver got a second takedown, followed by a two-point near fall to build a 6-1 lead in the first period. Even though the Boise State senior got another escape and takedown, Oliver got yet another double-leg to get an 8-4 win, and the championship, ending with a flawless 29-0 record.
- On the importance of scoring early: “(I) definitely had a mindset to go out there and put points on the board right away. Thinking if I scored right away, the pace of the match and the tempo would have to pick up, because he would have to attack me then. And I’d never stopped attacking, but it opened up things up more for me to get to my double and my leg attack.”
- Being flexible on your feet: “If you have one takedown, your opponent could focus on that and work on shutting that one takedown off to try to counter your attacks.But having multiple attacks, I have different leg attacks I can go to. I can go shrugs and everything else. So it definitely helps being so diverse on my feet. Because my opponent never really expects what attack I’m going to go off next.”
- The advantages of being a Cowboy: “Oklahoma State is an awesome program, and, as you can tell, we have 34 national titles. I was hoping to get 35 this year. It didn’t happen. But just everybody that surrounds you and the coaches are just such a positive influence and a motivator to make sure you get better and to strive to be better.”
- The leadership responsibilities that come with a title: ” I definitely think the guys are going to be more motivated and want to work towards success, and they’ve seen me every day in the room. When I’m working hard, it just motivates them, and they say the things I have accomplished and what I have just done. And I hope it can motivate them and push them to work harder in practice and to do everything right.”
2011 NCAA All-Americans — 133 pounds
1st: Jordan Oliver (Oklahoma State)
2d: Andrew Hochstrasser (Boise State)
3d: Andrew Long (Penn State)
4th: Scotti Sentes (Central Michigan)
5th: Tyler Graff (Wisconsin)
6th: Mike Grey (Cornell)
7th: Lou Ruggirello (Hofstra)
8th: BJ Futrell (Illinois)
For a recap of the finals, check out InterMat…. and TheMat.com. For complete, updated team standings, click here. Updated brackets, click here.
Want to know more? For the official 2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling website, click here. For TheMat.com‘s D1 page, click here. For InterMat‘s D1 page — including live blog, daily recaps and links to photos — click here.
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