For years, the Big 12 wrestling title has been Oklahoma State’s to lose. In 2021, circumstances are different.
Ten points separate OSU from its ninth consecutive Big 12 title.
Entering championship Sunday, thirteen points separate the leader, Oklahoma, and the fourth-place Iowa State Cyclones at fourth with 94 points. OSU sits third with 96 points— behind Wyoming with 97 and OU at 107. Oklahoma State is in an unusual position.
“I’m feeling uneasy,” said fan Chance Freeman on Twitter. “It’s going to be a challenge to come out on top again. Things have to fall the right way.”
Boo Lewallen, Daton Fix and AJ Ferrari are OSU’s finalists while Travis Wittlake, Dustin Plott and Dakota Geer will battle for a spot in the third-place match.
As the BOK Center flooded with orange-clad OSU supporters before Sunday’s morning session, the objective was clear.
“We have to win every match,” said OSU fan Dwight Stoddard.
Teams like Iowa State and Wyoming have been closing in on OSU in recent years. The Big 12 has reached a new standard.
“I like how competitive this conference is,” said OSU fan Gordon Sloggett.
“It will make OSU a better team.”