MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 25, 2012

Sports briefs


Phoenix Staff Reports

OSU wrestling wins opener

STILLWATER – The No. 3 Oklahoma State wrestling squad opened its 2012-13 season with a 35-10 win over Pennsylvania, highlighted by pins at the 157, 197 and 285 weight classes.

The Cowboys had a rough start, losing three of the first four matches. At 133 pounds, Jon Morrison picked up the first points for OSU with an 11-3 major decision over Geoffrey Bostany.

Providing the momentum needed for the Cowboys was 157-pounder Alex Dieringer, who, in his first starting performance for OSU, pinned Mark Pinero in just 49 seconds. He was followed by Tyler Caldwell’s 15-4 major decision over Casey Kent and top-ranked 174-pounder Chris Perry’s 21-6 technical fall over Ian Korb. Chris Chionuma also had his first start for the Cowboys and claimed an 18-3 technical fall over Canaan Bethea in 5:06.

The final two matches resulted in pins when Blake Rosholt finished his opponent in 4:23 and Alan Gelogaev rolled Kyle Cowan in 5:18.



OU, TU volleyball learn NCAA foes

The Oklahoma and Tulsa volleyball teams learned who, when and where they will play in the first round of the NCAA Division I volleyball tournament as the field was unveiled on Sunday.

The Sooners (21-10) will play Arizona State (20-13) in the opening match at 6 p.m. Friday in Provo, Utah. The winner gets the winner of host Brigham Young (26-3) and New Mexico State (22-10), who play in Friday’s second match, at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Golden Hurricane (26-9), who received the Conference USA’s automatic berth by winning the conference tournament, travels to Gainesville, Fla., to meet host Florida (25-4) at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The first match of the day features Miami (25-5) and College of Charleston (26-7) at 4 p.m. with the two winners squaring off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.



TU men’s soccer bounced

TULSA – The Tulsa men’s soccer team saw the San Diego Toreros score two goals in a five-minute span midway through the second half, erasing a 1-0 Golden Hurricane lead to hand Tulsa a 2-1 defeat in the third round of the NCAA Division I men’s soccer tournament.

Tulsa (14-5-1) goal came when junior Cristian Mata received a pass from his freshman brother Omar Mata at the 12:12 mark and put a shot past USD goalkeeper Drew Ilijevski for his 14th goal of the season.

Tulsa goalkeeper Mark Pais finished the match with two saves while Ilijevski rejected four Golden Hurricane shots.



Late rally gives 66ers victory

TULSA – The Tulsa 66ers spurred a fourth-quarter comeback to take down the Texas Legends 91-89 on Sunday at the SpiritBank Event Center behind Daniel Orton’s 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Orton, currently on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, recorded a double-double for the second consecutive game. Fellow OKC assignee DeAndre Liggins scored eight points while dishing out seven assists and grabbing four boards.

After the Legends (0-2) led for a majority of the game, Tulsa (2-0) fought back in the final minutes to secure their second straight win. Andy Rautins led the effort with 10 fourth-quarter points, ending the night with 16 points and shooting 4-for-6 from behind the 3-point arc. Brady Morningstar posted nine points in the final quarter to also total 16 on the night.