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Notebook: Cowboys start season 2-0 with victories over Oregon State and Chattanooga

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Oklahoma State's Boo Lewallen takes on South Dakota State's Henry Pohlmeyer during the 149-pound championship round of the Big 12 Wrestling Tournament on March 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Ok.

The last time the Cowboys had a meet that wasn’t against teammates was 308 days ago.

That drought ended today, as the Cowboys faced off against Chattanooga and Oregon State at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater for their first competition of the season, winning both duals on Sunday.

While the duals might not have been the closest matches, the Cowboys handled the Mocs 32-9 and the Beavers 29-8, there were several notes to take away for the Cowboys’ first two wins of the season.

Redshirt senior Andrew Nieman made his first dual start of his career against Chattanooga

With Daton Fix still under suspension for another month, John Smith has called upon Andrew Nieman to fill in that hole at 133 for the time being, which gives him his first dual start of his career with the Cowboys.

“I’m excited he gets the opportunity,” Smith said. “He earned it.”

He lost 9-4 against Chattanooga’s Colton Landers in the dual, despite having two takedowns in the first period, bringing his career record at OSU to 5-6, with the other 10 matches being exclusively from open tournaments.

Nieman was replaced by Reece Witcraft in the Cowboys’ dual against Oregon State, who also lost his match, making the 133-weight class the only weight the Cowboys didn’t get a win in today.

John Smith gets dual wins 440 and 441 moves to fourth all-time in coaching wins

With the two victories today Smith surpasses longtime Minnesota coach J Robinson to take fourth all-time in coaching victories, behind only Rider’s Gary Taylor, Iowa State and Arkansas State’s Harold Nichols and Oregon State’s Dale Thomas.

“I’m glad I get to share it with this team,” Smith said. “I don’t know what to think about third place.”

Smith was also able to bolster his all-time records against Oregon State and Chattanooga, improving his record against the Beavers to 13-0 and the Mocs to 7-0.

This is the 10th time that the Cowboys have held the Beavers to single digits in team score, and the Mocs tied their team record against the Cowboys with just nine points.

“To be a part of anything coach Smith is achieving is special,” Boo Lewallen said. “I’ve looked up to him since I started wrestling.”

Wyatt Sheets’ absence at 157 allows for Manibog and Harper to get reps

Sheets, the No. 12 ranked wrestler at 157, didn’t make an appearance at all in the two duals today because of an undisclosed injury, according to Smith.

This gave opportunities to redshirt sophomore Jalin Harper to wrestle against Weston Wichman from Chattanooga, who defeated Harper STAT.

Daniel Manibog was given the start at 157 against Oregon State, taking on the No. 20 ranked wrestler Hunter Willits who won their match 17-0 in the second period.

“We hope to get him back next week,” Smith said. “We’re going to wait on our trainers and doctors to help us make the decision best for Wyatt.”

sports.ed@ocolly.com