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Three Things to Watch: Orange and Black Ranking Matches

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Oklahoma State's Daton Fix places 1st in the 125 weight class during Big 12 Wrestling Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Sunday, March 10.

Cowboy wrestling returns to Gallagher-Iba Arena after a 321-day hiatus Sunday with the Orange and Black ranking matches. Here are three things to watch in the scrimmage.

Welcome Back, Cowboys: 141-pounder Kaid Brock and 133-pounder Daton Fix return to the mat for the first time in over a year. Brock is healthy for the first time in over 18 months after utilizing a medical redshirt season for a torn right ACL, MCL, and LCL, according to Brock. Fix, despite a suspension that restricts him from outside competition until Feb. 11, will wrestle in the scrimmage according to OSU’s press release.

Brock vs. Hone: The 141-pound bout featuring Kaid Brock and Dusty Hone will likely be one of the day’s most competitive matches. Hone, a redshirt senior, produced a strong 2019-2020 season in place of an injured Brock that included a third-place finish at the Big 12 Championships. Despite two previous All-American honors, Brock must prove his health and dominance to earn him a starting spot.

125 and 133: In the first media availability of the season, coach Smith explained that 133 will be occupied by either last year’s 133-pounder in Reece Witcraft or true freshmen Trevor Mastrogiovanni and Jakason Burks. Sunday’s bout sheet has not been released yet, so uncertainty still remains. Will Witcraft wrestle Fix at 133 and an all-freshmen match at 125? Cowboy fans must wait and see. 

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