Cowboys struggle in NCAA tournament, four advance to quarterfinals


Oklahoma State's Preston Weigel picks up Iowa State's Willie Miklus during the final round of the Big 12 Wrestling Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Sunday, March 10.

The NCAA wrestling championships has not been nice to the Oklahoma State wrestling team thus far. The Cowboys sent nine wrestlers to Pittsburgh, PA., and five of them fell the first two rounds.

Here is a weight-by-weight breakdown of how all nine Cowboys did.

125: No. 2 Nick Piccininni, 2-0.

Piccininni cruised through his two matches, winning by a combined 23-2. His next matchup will be against No. 7 Patrick Glory (Princeton) who has yet to give up a point thus far. Piccininni won the previous match against Glory in January, 9-4.

133: No. 1 Daton Fix, 2-0.

Similar to Piccininni, Fix had little resistance in his first two matches. He defeated No. 33 Zack Trampe (Binghamton), 21-7, and then took down No. 16 Matthew Schmitt (West Virginia), 9-3.

Fix will face No. 8 John Erneste (Missouri) next. Fix defeated Erneste when OSU traveled to Missouri in February.

141: No. 15 Kaid Brock, 1-1.

Brock cruised through his first matchup against No. 18 Bryan Lantry (Buffalo), 12-3. He the matched up against No. 2 Joey Mckenna (Ohio State), who took him down 14-1.

Brock’s next match will be against No. 17 Ian Parker (Iowa State), who defeated Brock, 6-3, in January.

149: No. 7 Kaden Gfeller, 0-2.

Gfeller had easily the most underwhelming first day of any Cowboy. In his first match Gfeller was upset by No. 26 Ryan Blees (Virginia Tech) in sudden-victory.

He followed this up with an 8-3 loss to No. 23 Joshua Maruca (Arizona State) which made OSU coach John Smith visibly upset at the freshman’s performance.

165: No. 33 Joe Smith, 2-1.

As the lowest seed in the 165-pound bracket, Smith got a tough draw. He won the play-in match, 10-5, against No. 32 Tyler Moreland (Northwestern) which put him up against No. 1 Alex Marinelli (Iowa). Smith fought hard and went up 4-3, but was taken down and lost 7-4.

In his third match of the night, Smith pulled out a 3-1 decision against No. 17 Jonathan Viruet (Brown) to advance in the consolation bracket.

He will face No. 15 Connor Flynn (Missouri) in his next match.

174: No. 7 Jacobe Smith, 1-1.

Smith split two close matches that both ended 8-4. He defeated No. 26 Drew Hughes (Michigan State) in the first round before dropping his second match to No. 10 Michael Labriola (Nebraska).

His next match will he against No. 25 Hayden Hastings (Wyoming), who he has beaten twice this season.

184: No. 26 Dakota Geer, 1-1.

Geer’s two matches were polar opposites. His first was a 6-0 upset of No. 7 Nick Reenan (NC State). He then followed it up by losing to No. 10 Sam Colbray (Iowa State), 7-4.

His next match will be against No. 25 Max Lyon (Purdue).

197: No. 3 Preston Weigel, 2-0.

Weigel’s dominance in the Big 12 championships carried over as he won his two matches by a combined 23-2.

He will face No. 11 Christian Brunner (Purdue) in his next match.

HWT: No. 1 Derek White, 2-0.

White, similar to Weigel, had two strong performances that combined for a score of 15-4.

He will match up against No. 9 Matt Stencel (Central Michigan) next.

After the first two sessions, OSU is T-4 in team points with 20 points, 12.5 behind leaders Penn State.