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Notebook: Orange and Black ranking matches

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John Smith (right) and Chris Perry (left) look on during the Big 12 Wrestling tournament on March 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Ok.

Wrestling returned to Gallagher-Iba Arena Sunday afternoon with the Orange and Black ranking matches. Here are several takeaways from the dual.

Talent at 125:

In the first media availability of the season, coach John Smith mentioned that 125 would be a competitive weight class. The fact that one 125-pounder will wrestle 133 until Daton Fix’s return on Feb. 11 adds to the drama. Reece Witcraft did pin Colten Klein at 5:57 into the match but Smith was impressed with Klein.

“We will give Nieman an opportunity to start for us next week,” Smith said. “What a great kid he has been.”

True freshman Trevor Mastrogiovanni also recorded two wins over fellow freshman Jakason Burks and Reece Witcraft. Mastrogiovanni defeated Witcraft— last year’s 133 starter — 3-2. Smith also said that he will start Mastrogiovanni next week at 125.

With OSU wrestling Oregon State and Chattanooga on Jan. 11, it is hard to say if Smith will start Mastrogivanni at one match and Nieman at the other. At this point, uncertainty is a theme of the past few months. A little more uncertainty will not hurt anybody.

Fix returns:

Daton Fix returned to mat in GIA for the first time in nearly two years. Although the Olympic hopeful will be suspended from domestic competition until Feb. 10, he was permitted to wrestle today against redshirt freshman Prince Perrier.

Fix made quick work of his teammate and earned a pin just two minutes and 38seconds into the match.

Hone vs. Brock:

Redshirt senior Kaid Brock narrowly defeated fellow 141-pounder and redshirt senior Dusty Hone 3-2. With the win, Brock earned the starting spot at 141.

“I was hoping to see a little bit more of a match at 141,” Smith said. “Neither one did a whole lot.”

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