Within a matter of seconds Wyatt Sheets brought Gallagher-Iba Arena to its feet.
In just his fifth dual match of the season since stepping in at 157 pounds, Sheets, a redshirt freshman on the Oklahoma State wrestling team, defeated No. 16 Josh Humphreys with a sudden victory takedown on his team’s way to a 27-6 victory against No. 20 Lehigh.
Sheets was taken down within the last five seconds of the third period after leading 5-3, which sent the match to overtime. Less than 30 seconds into it, Sheets took down Humphreys, which caused an eruption of cheers from the Cowboy fans.
Before Sunday, Sheets was 1-1 in Gallagher-Iba Arena. He said Sunday’s match was something he’ll never forget.
“I don’t think i’ve ever experienced anything like that,” Sheets said. “Being in Gallagher, it was a completely different experience than anything i've ever been in.”
Andrew Shomers (165) said Sheets' match shows just how far he’s come.
“Even if I wasn’t wrestling, Wyatt’s match had my adrenaline going,” Shomers said. “He stepped up, with him not being in the lineup early in the year, now he’s beaten two ranked kids.”
The No. 2 Cowboys have struggled with multiple injuries this season, and having wrestlers, such as Sheets, being able to step in and put in strong performances is what has propelled OSU to its ranking.
Shomers is another example of that, moving from 157 to 165 to replace All-American Chandler Rogers. He was a last minute start for coach John Smith’s Cowboys (12-0 overall, 7-0 in Big 12), with Rogers still a week away from a projected return.
He did not disappoint with a victory of his own, defeating Gordon Wolf 10-9 on a last-second reversal to keep the Cowboys' momentum going.
Smith said these are the kind of matches that he needs his team to be winning.
“Those are two battle matches that we kinda won at the end,” Smith said. “Those are two really nice performances with Sheets and Shomers.”
With the crowd erupting for the second straight match, Smith said that the fans weren’t the only ones getting excited about what Shomers had done.
“What a wonderful win at (165),” Smith said. “That took a little out of me. I had to sit back in the chair and get a little rest.”
As has become the norm for Smith’s team, they got out to a hot start, winning their first six matches to go up 20-0 thanks to bonus-point victories from No. 4 Nick Piccininni (125) and No. 13 Kaid Brock (141).
No. 10 Dakota Geer (197) and No. 2 Derek White (HWT) finished the dual off with two hard-fought wins 13-5 and 3-2, respectively.
With his victory, White improved to 21-1 on the season and notched his fourth win against a top-10 opponent Sunday against No. 7 Jordan Wood. His only loss came to No. 1 Gable Stevenson (Minnesota).