The building momentum for the No. 8 Oklahoma State wrestling team came to a screeching halt after their loss to the University of Northern Iowa. The Cowboys traveled south on Sunday to wrestle No. 16 Iowa State. The OSU vs. ISU matchups in March may decide who wins the Big 12 but today the cowboys came out on top 23-9 this time.
Cowboys look lethargic against Cyclones
OSU (8-2 overall, 4-1 Big 12) gave up the first points in five of 10 matches.
The Cowboys have struggled with offensive momentum throughout the season and back-to-back duals seem to have taken seem to have taken a toll.
No. 11 Dakota Geer (197) won his match against Francis Duggan via major decision 21-8, but gave up the first takedown to start the match.
Coach John Smith has emphasized the importance of early takedowns and scoring points throughout the season. The dual against ISU (5-4, 2-1) is the second dual for OSU within 16 hours.
Given the increase in momentum as the matches continued and large point gaps in the Cowboy wins, the lethargy was easily shaken.
Lewallen most consistent in Oklahoma State lineup
No. 3 Boo Lewallen has not been shy in expressing his desire to end the season on top of the podium and it has quickly made him OSU’s most consistent performer.
Injuries from previous seasons have seemingly had no effect on Lewallen’s wrestling, he has defeated four ranked wrestlers and seven of his 12 wins have come with bonus points and his win against Iowa State’s Ryan Leisure was no different. He controlled the match from the start and rode Leisure for over two-thirds of the match, winning with a 13-1 major decision.
Lewallen’s wins this weekend have the potential to put him at No. 1 in the rankings at 149 pounds.
Stronger showing by the Cowboys after an upset loss
The Cowboys had a dismal showing against the UNI but had an impressive win against ISU.
OSU won seven of 10 matches, three of those matches included bonus points and almost all of them with riding time. The Cyclones had been deemed OSU’s toughest competitor for the Big 12 Championship in March.
The Cowboys have been plagued by inconsistencies all season but have been able to step up to the plate in their biggest duals.
Reece Witcraft continues to show his lack of experiences in matches but avoided giving up back points and was able to come out on top against a top-25 opponent.
Despite losses today, Dusty Hone and Wyatt Sheets continue to put up strong performances against top-10 opponents and avoid giving up bonus points. Joe Smith returned to the lineup for the second time this season and his match win secured the dual win for the Cowboys.