OKState Wrestling

OSU is legendary in the sport of wrestling, with 34 national championships, 134 individual NCAA championships and more than 1,000 wins (the only other school to surpass this mark is Iowa State). Today’s team is living up to tradition, with outstanding individual wrestlers like Jordan Oliver (above), Chris Perry, Jamal Parks and Albert White (who suffered a spinal injury last January and was back on the mat competing again by the beginning of the 2011-2012 season). The Cowboys have only recorded one loss this season, which came at the hands of Minnesota in a nail-biting showdown at the National Duels Finals in Stillwater a few weeks ago.

I shot four wrestling matches for the O’Colly this semester. Wrestling is a sport unlike any other I’ve ever attended. The atmosphere is surprisingly intimate for taking place in an arena as large as Gallagher-Iba. The audience members treat each wrestler as if they’re family, shouting out words of encouragement during matches and applauding regardless of a win or loss. And while I still don’t really understand all of the technicalities (okay, most of the technicalities) of wrestling, I can definitely say that it’s something that I enjoy watching. I have a new-found respect for wrestlers now that I’ve become more familiar with the sport and have realized just how much it takes to compete at a school like Oklahoma State. And it doesn’t hurt that they make some awesome photo subjects.

Check out my favorite shots of the season below!

01/22/2012 | VS. IOWA STATE | W 33 – 7

Head Coach John Smith and Josh Kindig

Jamal Parks

Jon Morrison

01/29/2012 | VS. NO. 19 BINGHAMTON | W 35 – 3

Jon Morrison

Jordan Oliver

Head Coach John Smith

Head Assistant Coach Eric Guerrero

Jamal Parks

Albert White

Dallas Bailey

Chris Perry

Chris McNeil

02/12/2012 | NATIONAL DUALS REGIONALS VS. NO. 10 WYOMING | W 28 – 7

Jon Morrison

Jordan Oliver

Josh Kindig

Jamal Parks

Albert White

Dallas Bailey

Chris Perry

02/19/2012 | NATIONAL DUALS FINALS VS. NO. 3 MINNESOTA | L 18 – 3

Jon Morrison

Jordan Oliver

Julian Feikert

Jamal Parks

Albert White

Dallas Bailey

Chris Perry

Chris McNeil

Blake Rosholt

Austin Marsden

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