Coach John Smith left the first Bedlam dual of the season feeling discontented.
He couldn’t get that last match out of his mind.
Heavyweight Austin Harris lost to Oklahoma’s Josh Heindselman 3-1 in sudden victory.
“The heavyweight match gave me a bad taste,” Smith said. “Harris hasn’t looked good. He’s going to make some changes and show a little bit more. I’ll go with another true freshman if I have to. He’s on thin ice. . . it seems like every time he’s been in a tough match, it doesn’t go his way.”
OSU won the dual 24-10.
The Cowboys (8-0) remain undefeated at 8-0. Smith earned his 50th Bedlam win as a head coach, but his takeaway was negative.
Two weeks ago, Harris matched his win total from last year after starting undefeated 5-0. Since then, he has dropped three straight bouts.
If Harris is replaced, freshman Konner Doucet is likely to start.
Reece Witcraft is in a similar situation, but it’s not his fault.
Next week, Olympic hopeful Daton Fix will return from his suspension.
In Fix’s absence, Witcraft earned his first dual win of the season over OU’s Tony Madrigal 7-3.
Late in the first period, Witcraft pushed Madrigal to the mat and scored a takedown to lead 3-2.
He added two third-period takedowns to win 7-3.
“Witcraft gave us a big third period,” Smith said. “That’s something we haven’t seen from him in his career. Hopefully, it’s a breakthrough and boosts his confidence.”
The 133-pound division has finally found some stability. But now 141 has an element of uncertainty.
Kaid Brock suffered an undisclosed season-ending injury. It was the third of his career.
And twice Dusty Hone replaced him.
Hone wrestled 2019 Big 12 champion Dom Demas for the fourth time. Demas won via major decision 11-3. After Sunday’s Bedlam, Hone is 0-4 in those bouts.
At 157, No. 8 Wyatt Sheets was beaten by No. 12 Justin Thomas in a 4-3 tiebreaker.
OSU’s win on Sunday extended the series winning streak to 12 in the first Bedlam inside the Lloyd Noble Center since 2004.
“This is where we need to wrestle Bedlam,” Smith said. “I hope OU recognizes that too. We need to fill this arena up.”