OSU wrestling: Cowboys dominate, send seven to Big 12 title matches


OSU's Preston Weigel vs OU's Jake Woodley during the quarter-final round of the Big 12 Wrestling Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday, March 9.

TULSA -- There are three certainties in life: Death, taxes and Oklahoma State dominating Big 12 wrestling.

In day one of the 2019 Big 12 wrestling championships on Saturday the No. 2 Oklahoma State wrestling team built onto it’s perfect dual season and sent seven of it’s 10 wrestlers to the Big 12 title matches Sunday.

Coming into the tournament the Cowboys had six of the 10 No. 1 seeds, and all six of them advanced with relative ease into the finals.

Just like they have been all season, Nick Piccininni ( 125) and Daton Fix (133) handled their opponents with ease. Following Fix’s first round pin, they defeated their opponents by a combined score of 47-8.

At the upper weights for OSU Preston Weigel (197) and Derek White (HWT) had arguably the best two performances of the day for the Cowboys.

Weigel won his three matches by a combined 31-0 while White was not far behind with a 33-5 combined score.

Kaid Brock, who is the No. 5 seed at 141 also advanced. He went 3-0, defeating Chris Sandoval (Northern Colorado) in the semifinals, 8-3 to move to the championship round.

One of the few questions surrounding this team coming into the tournament was how the 165, 174 and 184 wrestlers would perform at their new weights.

Dakota Geer (184) won his first match, 7-6, before losing in the semis to Drew Foster (Northern Iowa), 6-3. After winning his consolation match he will compete for a chance for third.

Similar to Geer, Joe Smith (165) went 2-1, this time losing his second match, 12-8, and will compete for a chance to take third place and an automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament.

Jacobe Smith, however, had a different outcome. At his natural weight class of 174 he went 2-0 with a pin and a major decision.

He dominated his way to the final, a feat he failed to reach the year before. He will face Taylor Lujan in the final, the same wrestler who ended Smith’s big 12 run in last year’s semifinals.

Smith said that this is the matchup he has been waiting for.

“I’m excited,” Smith said. “I fell short last year. I lost (in the semifinals), and to have that rematch in the finals, I’m looking forward to it.”

With OSU going 15-0 in the regular season and searching for its seventh straight Big 12 title, Smith said he and his fellow seniors have a clear for their last chance to wrestle for OSU in the state of Oklahoma.

“Especially going undefeated in duals, (we want to) keep on collecting trophies and plaques while we are still here," Smith said.