OSU wrestles for their seventh straight Big 12 title starting Saturday at 11 a.m. Here are a few things to watch for as the Pokes get underway.
Joe Smith’s debut at 165: The talk of the tournament and week for Oklahoma State is Joe Smith winning the wrestle off with Chandler Rogers to get the starting nod at 165. Brackets were updated on Friday and Joe is the seven seed. He’ll open the tournament with Macoy Flanagan of Northern Colorado and with a win will take on two seed Demetrius Romero. This will all happen in the first round of the tournament!
What will Preston Weigel and Dakota Geer look like? Weigel has only wrestled eight matches this season, and Geer has not been in the starting lineup since February 3.
After struggling with injuries most of last season Weigel injury defaulted out of the NCAA tournament last year after one match. His health could play a major role in how the Cowboys perform in the postseason this year. If 100 percent he has a chance to make a lot of noise this postseason.
Geer has spent the majority of this season at 197. He’s undersized there. How will he perform at 184? The weight is one that is fairly open, and if he can step in and score big points for the Cowboys it may play as big a role as Weigel’s health in what OSU is able to do this postseason.
Will Sheets win it? Wyatt Sheets has to win the Big 12 tournament to get an automatic bid at 157. I like his draw and think he definitely has a shot. This will be a fun weight to follow as every match is big.
Program record for conference titles: I was somewhat shocked when I looked this up and discovered that the program record for continuous conference titles is only six. The Cowboys have strung together a total of 52 conference championships, but the most they’ve put together consecutively is six, which happened from 1961-1966 and is the current streak. They are heavily favored to win and set a program record this weekend.
Saturday, March 9
Session I (Preliminary & Quarterfinal Matches) 11:00 a.m.-FloWrestling
Session II (Semifinal & Consolation Rounds) 5:00 p.m.-FloWrestling
Sunday, March 10
Session III (Consolation Semifinals, 3rd & 5th Place Matches) 12:00 p.m.-FloWrestling
Session IV (Championship Matches) 7:00 p.m.-Fox Sports
If you don’t have a Flo subscription, Stillwater radio will be broadcasting the tournament.
Myself and Marshall Scott will be there and will have recaps from each round.