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Blog: Recapping the last two weeks of OSU wrestling

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Austin Harris throws Missouri's Seth Nitzel during a Cowboy Challenge Tournament semifinal  in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Feb. 14, 2021. Photo Courtesy: Bruce Waterfield/ OSU Athletics

The No. 6 Oklahoma State wrestling team has come out guns-a-blazin’ as the Cowboys extend their undefeated season.

This season, the Cowboys are undefeated, going 9-0 and 4-0 in the Big 12 thus far. On Feb. 14, the OSU wrestlers had a successful Cowboy Challenge Tournament when three other universities, in addition to Oklahoma State, competed in an eight-man bracket for each weight class. Their most recent match wins were back-to-back Feb. 7, when the Cowboys defeated No. 18 Oklahoma down in Norman 24-10, only to come back home the same day to shut out Little Rock 45-0.

The Bedlam win not only extended the Cowboys undefeated record for the season, but the series record as well, the series now stands 144-27-10; 19 of the last 20 the Cowboys have won. Ranked No. 6, Oklahoma State’s match against Little Rock was the Cowboys’ first match in Gallagher-Iba since Jan. 10 when it defeated both Chattanooga and Oregon State.

Between the Cowboys’ matches against OU and Little Rock, of their wins, eight were decisions, two major decisions, five TFs and two falls. The strong scores of the matches demonstrates the skill the Cowboys have this season.

Seven OSU wrestlers are ranked at this point in the season. Listed in weight class order, 125: No. 15 Trevor Mastrogiovanni; 149: No. 4 Boo Lewallen; 157: No. 13 Wyatt Sheets; 165: No. 4 Travis Wittlake; 174: No. 12 Dustin Plott; 184: No. 13 Dakota Geer; 197: No. 11 AJ Ferrari. The highly-competitive wrestlers prove themselves at every match and are well deserved of their individual rankings.

This past Sunday, Oklahoma State competed in the Cowboy Challenge Tournament hosted at home in Stillwater on Feb. 14. Kicking at 11 a.m., the Cowboys competed against No. 5 Missouri, Wyoming and West Virginia in an eight-man bracket at each weight. Wrestlers will be seeded by rank and then by random drawing to determine matches.

The tournament saw Wyoming win four championships, while Oklahoma State and Missouri both walked away with three championships. OSU’s champions include 133: No. 1 Dalton Fix; 165: No. 4 Travis Wittlake and HWT: Austin Harris.

Dalon Fix was the talk of the tournament, Fix returned to the mat for the 2021 season for the first time in two years. Fix is ranked No. 1 in the nation for the 133-weight class and will be eligible for automatic qualification in the NCAA tournament to represent the Big 12, and he’s expected to compete for an individual national championship. Needless to say, this will not be the last we hear of No. 1 Fix.

Other matches around the tournament saw five Cowboys make it to finals and end as runners-up in their brackets. Starting with the 149 class, No. 4 Boo Lewallen lost by a decision to No. 3 Brock Mauller of Mizzou in the 149-weight class, the match was the highest-ranked of the day.

OSU wrestlers, No. 16 Wyatt Sheets and No. 12 Dustin Plott, also placed second in their classes to ranked opponents from Wyoming. Cowboys Konner Doucet and No. 9 Dakota Geer lost in finals as well ending as runners-ups in their weight classes. Finally, Dusty Hone had to injury default in the second period of his final match, resulting in a loss.

Overall, the Cowboyz certainly showed their skill in the tournament over the weekend and are ready to take on Oklahoma on Feb. 21 in the last match of the regular season.

Following the Sunday Feb. 21 match against OU in Stillwater, postseason for the Pokes will begin on March 6 with the Big 12 Championship which will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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