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OSU Wrestling: Second-Ranked Cowboys Top No. 3 Iowa 27-12



STILLWATER — The Cowboys finish their regular season unbeaten.

The No. 2 Oklahoma State wrestling team defeated No. 3 Iowa 27-12 on Sunday afternoon in front of 13,811 Gallagher-Iba Arena fans. Here’s a look into the action.

Nick Piccininni Makes GIA Lose Its Dang Mind

In one of the featured matches of the afternoon, OSU 125-pounder Nick Piccininni caught Spencer Lee in a second-period cradle on the west edge of the mat and scored a fall in the dual’s first match.

The result sent Gallagher-Iba into a frenzy, as it was hard to even hear the public address announcer declare Piccininni victorious.

Piccininni entered the day ranked fourth in the country, and Lee is ranked second. The two had met two times, both going Lee’s way. The result pushed Piccininni to 27-0 this season, as Lee fell to 16-2.

“I can’t describe (my emotions),” Piccininni said, “They’re undescribable. It’s just what’s built up inside you. Fans got loud, the crowd was cheering, and I knew it was big for our team to start that off. Obviously, if you start off with six points, it’s always gonna carry over. I just knew it was something big.”

Fix Keeps DeSanto Scoreless

The premier bout of the day at 133 between No. 2 Daton Fix and No. 3 Austin DeSanto wasn’t quite as action packed as the 125-pound match, but it too had the GIA crowd going wild.

DeSanto’s extracurricular antics have been well documented, and the crowd was well aware, booing him as he entered the circle.

The first period ended scoreless, and Fix scored an escape point in the second. Fix rode DeSanto like the 2006-07 Cavs rode Lebron to the finals. Fix was on DeSanto’s back with his legs hooked over DeSanto’s hips and wrapped back around to his hamstrings. Much of DeSanto’s third-period view was a direct look into GIA’s orange mat.

“Going into the postseason, I’ve pretty much wrestled everybody,” Fix said. “I’ve got my hands on everybody, so I really know what they do. I kind of have a feel for them, so that’s really huge going into the postseason, Big 12s and nationals, knowing that you’ve already wrestled everybody. There’s not gonna be any surprises.”

Rogers Goes Up a Weight and Scores a Fall

Chandler Rogers entered Sunday ranked 10th in the country at 165 pounds, but he walked on the mat opposite Iowa’s 174-pounder Mitch Brown.

Any weight difference didn’t matter, as Bowman was Iowa’s only unranked wrestler. Rogers entered the third period leading 6-2 before scoring a fall on his senior day.

OSU coach John Smith said the decision was made to bump Rogers up Saturday night because Joe Smith is sick. John Smith said the sickness wasn’t anything that should last longer than two or three days.

Weight Result
125 No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) WBF No. 2 Spencer Lee (Iowa), 4:55
133 No. 2 Daton Fix (OSU) dec. No. 3 Austin DeSanto (Iowa), 2-0
141 No. 12 Kaid Brock (OSU) dec. No. 16 Max Murin (Iowa), 8-6
149 No. 12 Pat Lugo (Iowa) dec. No. 6 Kaden Gfeller, 7-4
157 No. 7 Kaleb Young (Iowa) dec. Wyatt Sheets, 9-5
165 No. 2 Alex Marinelli (Iowa) WBF Jonce Blaylock, 2:44
174 Chandler Rogers (OSU) WBF Mitch Bowman (Iowa), 5:30
184 No. 9 Jacobe Smith (OSU) dec. No. 12 Cash Wilcke, 6-3
197 No. 6 Preston Weigel (OSU) dec. No. 4 Jacob Warner (Iowa), 5-3
285 No. 2 Derek White (OSU) dec. No. 8 Sam Stoll, 3-1
Up Next

With the regular season wrapped up, the Cowboys will be back on the mat next in the Big 12 Championships on March 9 and 10 in Tulsa.

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