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OSU wrestling: Cowboys prepare for Southern Scuffle

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Oklahoma State's Kaden Gfeller has his hand raised after defeating Iowa State's Jarrett Degen during the final round of the Big 12 Wrestling Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Sunday, March 10.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys will get their first look at some Big 12 and national opponents at the Southern Scuffle tournament on January 1 and 2. 

Freshman Reece Witcraft has a lot to prove going into the tournament. After an upset win against No. 16 Anthony Madrigal of Oklahoma, Witcraft will face several ranked opponents and have the opportunity to continue to prove himself on a national level. Despite his upset win, coach John Smith doesn’t think we’ve seen Witcraft at his peak yet this season.

“When you know there’s more out of them but you’re not quite getting it because of anxiety or something you can’t get that [riding] time,” Smith said. “You gotta show that fire in your belly and step out there and you’re scoring in every situation, you know you can outwrestle someone and go do it. And I think he’s trying to find that right now.” 

For the first time this seaosn we will see Joe Smtih and Kaden Gfeller put on OSU singlets as they both enter the tournament as the no. 1 seeds at 174 and 141 respectively. 

The Cowboys will see Big 12 opponent Iowa State for the first time this season. Iowa State comes into the tournament off of a strong start to the season as the Cyclones look to dethrone OSU as Big 12 champions later in the season. 

Senior Kaid Brock will not make an appearance at the scuffle, but Smith is optimistic towards his return to the lineup later this month. 

“He will be back unless there is another injury,” Smith said.

Despite the success so far this season, Coach Smith wants to continue to see improvement from the team and face less uncertainty going into matches.

“I wanna go into a match knowing we can win and dominate,” Smith said. “If you’re thinking any other way, you’re not thinking the Oklahoma State wrestling way.”

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