MIAMI, Okla. – Wrestling as part of a special event at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Field House, Bucknell opened the 2016-17 season Sunday against No. 1 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys prevailed by a 36-3 score.

Victor Lopez posted the only win for Bucknell, registering a 7-5 decision over David Dolan at 157 pounds. Lopez trailed 3-1 in the second period, but scored a takedown and a reversal and never gave up the lead. It was the 81st victory of Lopez’s career, tying him for 15th place on the program’s all-time list.

Opening with top-ranked Oklahoma State was a good challenge for the Bison, who had four freshmen in their lineup. Additionally, three veterans (Lopez, Tom Sleigh and Tyler Greene) were competing at new weight classes from where they were EIWA placewinners a year ago.

The Cowboys had seven nationally ranked wrestlers in their lineup, and six of those were ranked in the top 10, according to Intermat.

Bucknell’s nationally ranked wrestlers were No. 19 Tyler Smith, who lost by decision to No.1-ranked Dean Heil at 141 pounds, and No. 13 (at 184) Tom Sleigh, who lost by decision to No. 7 Preston Weigel at 197 pounds.

This is the fifth time Bucknell and Oklahoma State have squared off. The Cowboys have been ranked in the top three nationally in all five meetings.

Bucknell will continue its season-opening road swing on Friday when it wrestles as EIWA foe Lehigh at 7 p.m.

No. 1 Oklahoma State 36, Bucknell 3
125: No. 15 Nick Piccininni (OSU) tech fall Jordan Gessner (B), 15-0 (3:46).
133: No. 6 Kaid Brock (OSU) maj. dec. Joey Gould (B), 16-6.
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. No. 19 Tyler Smith (B), 14-7.
149: Jonce Blaylock (OSU) tech fall Seth Hogue (B), 21-2 (6:37).
157: Victor Lopez (B) dec. David Dolan (OSU), 7-5.
165: No. 5 Chandler Rogers (OSU) maj. dec. Logan Kerin (B), 9-1.
174: No. 6 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) pinned Chad Reese (B), 1:32.
184: No. 5 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. Garrett Hoffman (B), 7-4.
197: No. 7 Preston Weigel (OSU) dec. No. 13 Tom Sleigh (B), 7-2.
285: Austin Schafer (OSU) dec. Tyler Greene (B), 8-1.

Rankings are Intermat