OSU wrestling: Cowboys prepare to take on Northern Colorado

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Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni takes on Iowa State's Alex Mackall during the Oklahoma State-Iowa State Big 12 wrestling dual at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.

The No. 16 Oklahoma State wrestling team is set to take on the University of Northern Colorado on Sunday in Gallagher-Iba arena.

The Cowboys (4-1 overall, 1-0 Big 12) are coming off of a team win at the Southern Scuffle Tournament. Several Cowboys placed highly in their respective weights, but 125-pounder Nick Piccininni was the only first place finisher.

The 133-pound match will be a battle of the freshman where Reece Witcraft will face UNC's (1-1, 1-0) No. 20 Mosha Swartz. Witcraft dropped out of the Southern Scuffle at the consolation round of eight while Swartz went on to finish seventh.

Both Kaden Gfeller and Dusty Hone had impressive showings at the scuffle, and it is unknown as to who will start at 141 on Sunday.

“We’ll see what we want to do this weekend,” John Smith said. “I mean maybe have a ranking match before we wrestle this weekend.”

The most anticipated match of the dual is the one at 149. Boo Lewallen and UNC freshman Boo Alirez will face off for the first time after Lewallen failed a skin check keeping him out of the Southern Scuffle Tournament. 

“It was another scenario that I felt like went over the top a little bit,” Smith said. “But in the end its not me that rules on that so I guess better safe than sorry…in the end he’s healthy and he’s ready to go this week.”

Lewallen has remained undefeated this season and the only loss on Alirez’s record was during the tournament finals. 

Joe Smith had an inconsistent showing during the Southern Scuffle before injury defaulting after the round of 16. 

“That’s the main thing I got out of it,” Joe Smith said. “Just a little reminder about where you stand and what you got to do again to be back on top.”

Smith will face unranked Sethan Bogulski. His performance will be a good measure as it will be his first dual appearence this season.  

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