2015 has been an up and down year for Oklahoma State, but let’s spend our last few hours focussing on the ups. Here are our top five wins for Oklahoma State University in 2015.
5.18 inning win over Texas
April 4, Oklahoma State and Texas squared off in a showdown on the diamond Saturday night, and kept playing until Sunday morning. Junior Corey Hassel walked it off with a three run shot in the bottom of the 18th inning in a 6-3 win. Hassel came into the game to pitch from the 16th inning on, and only allowed one hit in three innings work. But he left his mark on the game with his bat, and Oklahoma State escaped the 6 hour 51 minute marathon with a win. The Cowboys ended the season with a 34-17 record and finished the year ranked 15.
4. Men’s basketball knocks off Kansas
February 7, In what is becoming an annual event, Oklahoma State knocked off #8 Kansas 67-62 at Gallagher Iba Arena. Led by LeBryan Nash’s 18 points, the Cowboys overcame a 41-30 halftime deficit to win their first, and only, defining win of the season. Phil Forte was throwing up before the game, playing 29 minutes with the flu. It’s okay Phil, we get sick during OSU basketball too.
3. Cowboys crush TCU in matchup of unbeatens
November 7, Riding high at 8-0, Oklahoma State and TCU found themselves undefeated and with plenty to prove. It was Rudolph to Washington all day long as the two connected for three touchdowns, while Rudolph capped of a five touchdown day himself. It was the defense that came up huge, forcing four TCU turnovers and a key stop at the goal line to prevent Trevone Boykin from scoring. Interesting enough, the Cowboys leading rusher had 28 yards. We may need more than that for Ole Miss.
2. Cowgirls take down undefeated Baylor
December 30, It was just yesterday that the Cowgirls separated themselves from the pretender column. With the 52-45 win over undefeated and #4 Baylor, the Cowgirls now own the most impressive win in the entire country. Baylor will always be Baylor in football, but the truth is the Lady Bears are a powerhouse in women’s college basketball. In fact, the last time Baylor lost was the 2015 national championship. Brittney Martin is the most dominant basketball player OSU has, mens or womens, and the Cowgirls have a starting five that can compete with anyone. The Cowgirls might be the only basketball team to make the tournament so let’s give them the attention they deserve.
1. Bedlam beatdown in Norman
December 13, There are many reasons this is the number one win of the year. Just 10 days ago, the Pokes were rocked by Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. Rudolph just got out of foot surgery, and men’s basketball had been unbearable to that point. Who else would come to the rescue but wrestling? The number nine Cowboys destroyed the number seven Sooners 37-3. The Cowboys won 9 out of the 10 bouts including freshman Kaid Brock pinning defending national champion Cody Brewer. OSU legend Alex Dieringer continued his win streak to 57 and 8-0 on the year. Football will always get the hype, but Oklahoma State will forever be a wrestling school.