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Oklahoma State Wins 50th Conference Title in Wrestling



There’s elite performances. There’s Tiger Woods at the 2000 U.S. Open. Then there’s what Oklahoma State did at the 2016 Big 12 Wrestling Championships.

The Pokes took their 50th conference wrestling crown in decisive and overwhelming fashion over the weekend in Kansas City. They topped the previous record for points scored in a tournament by 41.5 (they held the old one at 118.5 in 2013 and scored 160 this year).

They also set the record for margin of victory at a Big 12 Tournament winning by 61 over OU. John Smith’s squad also qualified all 10 wrestlers for the NCAAs.

One of those is Alex Dieringer who is taking a 77-match win streak into the tournament.

“Today I won 4-2, so I am unhappy with it, and I’m never really happy about a win if I don’t get any bonus points,” Dieringer said of his Big 12 title. “It kind of sucks, but overall our team did really well and I am happy about all of their performances. It’s good to see the team do so well. Coach told us that we were supposed to win, but we needed to wrestle like it too, and that’s what we have been doing. It’s good to see that especially two weeks before nationals.”

His coach was only slightly more pleased.

“Overall, we had seven champs, and I felt like two or three of them just held onto their wins and that’s something we have to recognize,” said Smith. “Two weeks from now, we can’t do that. I’m glad the team felt like Oklahoma State was the team that needed to win it. This was the first time we’ve had a 10-team conference tournament and it’s good to see Oklahoma State win.”

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