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Missouri clinches Big 12 team title, Mastrogiovanni places third

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Carter Young (session 2)

Carter Young attempting to get a takedown

The streak is over.

After session three of the Big 12 Wrestling Championships, OSU slid to fourth in the team standings and is out of the team race heading into Sunday night’s finals. Missouri has mathematically clinched the Big 12 team title.

The Cowboys only had three wrestlers competing in the session, two in the consolation semifinals, and one in a seventh-place match. Here’s a look at where the Cowboy’s stand after session III.

At 125, Trevor Mastrogiovanni went 2-0 in the third session, with both matches going down to the final seconds. In the consolation semifinals against No. 2 seed Taylor Lamont of Utah Valley, Mastrogiovanni needed a sudden victory period to advance with a 5-3 win. Mastrogiovanni erupted late in the third place bout, scoring four points in the final three seconds of a 4-1 win over Joey Prata of Oklahoma.

Carter Young is an NCAA qualifier.

In the seventh place match at 141, Young, a freshman, had a rematch with Utah Valley’s Ty Smith, who defeated Young 6-2 in round one. The script was flipped this time. Young was the aggressor early on and imposed his will on Smith, ending the first period with 6-1 lead. Smith retaliated with an escape and takedown in the final seconds to close the gap, but Young left the mat with a healthy 2:05 in riding time and a 7-4 win, earning him the final pre-allocated NCAA spot.

In the 184-pound bracket, Dakota Geer lost in the consolation semifinals and dropped to the fifth place match. Up against Deanthony Parker Jr. of North Dakota State, Geer climbed out of a 10-6 hole by scoring a takedown and four-point near fall, giving him the win. The Big 12 was only rewarded four pre-allocation spots for the NCAA tournament, so Geer’s fifth-place finish will leave him awaiting an at-large bid.

Daton Fix (133), Kaden Gfeller (149), Dustin Plott (174) and Luke Surber (HWT) will take the mat for the Cowboys on Session IV Sunday night, all looking to claim individual titles.

Team Standings

Missouri- 127.5

Oklahoma- 113.0

Iowa State- 106.0

Oklahoma State- 96.5

Northern Iowa- 95.0

South Dakota State- 66.0

North Dakota State- 62.0

West Virginia- 58.0

Wyoming- 53.5

Air Force- 40.0

Utah Valley- 34.0

Northern Colorado- 31.5

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