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OSU shuts out SIUE, crushed Little Rock

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Oklahoma State Cowboy Wrestling vs Oregon State Beavers, Sunday, January 10, 2021, Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, OK. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

Image Taken at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Wrestling vs Oregon State Beavers, Sunday, January 10, 2021, Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, OK. Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics

It wasn’t even close.

Oklahoma State was the heavy favorite in both duals, and it was obvious why as it defeated its opponents by a combined margin of 70 points.

But there were still plenty of exciting matches in the double header against SIU-Edwardsville and Little Rock.

Kaid Brock narrowly escaped the upset from Saul Ervin after trailing 7-5 with 20 seconds remaining in the round. The seventh-ranked 141-pounder in the nation was able to get a late takedown and win 12-7 with riding time.

There were several question marks at the 157-weight class with Wyatt Sheets’s absence. Jalin Harper and Daniel Manibog each received one loss in last week’s dual meet. Harper was able to provide relief today though, upsetting the 11th-ranked Justin Ruffin.

SIU-Edwardsville nearly dodged the shutout in the heavyweight round as Austin Harris defeated Colton McKiernan in overtime. McKiernan looked like the better wrestler nearly the entire round, but Harris was able to hold him off. This was Harris’ second consecutive overtime victory.

Coach John Smith tied former Rider coach Gary Taylor as the third most winningest coach in NCAA Division I history with the 38-0 victory over SIU-Edwardsville.

But Smith’s meeting with Taylor was brief as he passed him four hours later after OSU defeated Little Rock 36-4.

While Harper was able to fill in at 157, Andrew Nieman struggled for a second straight week while filling in for Daton Fix at 133.

Nieman lost to Paul Bianchi 10-2, which briefly gave the Trojans a lead in the dual.

But OSU dominated the rest of the dual led by outstanding performances from Dustin Plott and Dakota Geer.

Plott pinned OSU transfer Triston Wills, picking up the first fall of his collegiate career.

Dakota Geer one-upped Plott by executing two takedowns and a tech fall. He outscored his two opponents 39-9.

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