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OSU Wrestling: Cowboys Thump No. 5 Missouri 24-10

OSU freshmen were 4-0 on the big stage.

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[Devin Wilber/PFB]

It was total domination in Columbia.

Oklahoma State dismantled No. 5 Missouri 24-10 on Sunday for its third win over a top-five opponent this season — the most by a Cowboy team since the 2011-12 season. It was also the No. 3 Cowboys’ ninth win in a row against a ranked opponent as they improved to 12-0.

OSU won the first five matches to notch an 18-0 lead at the halfway point. The tone of dominance was set early when No. 20 Troy Spratley upset seventh-ranked Noah Surtin 4-1 with a takedown in sudden victory at 125 pounds. Spratley, a redshirt freshman, has won four straight — all against ranked opponents.

Spratley was one of four freshmen in OSU’s lineup as the young guys went undefeated in the big matchup. True freshman Sam Smith, son of OSU coach John Smith, made his dual debut (sort of), winning by forfeit at 133 pounds. Sam Smith is a state champion from Stillwater High School and his brother, Joe, also wrestled under their father at OSU.

Mizzou forfeiting at 133 and 141-pounder Tagen Jamison getting injured Friday night prompted Daton Fix to bump up to 141, where he narrowly beat No. 26 Josh Edmond 2-1 thanks to an escape and stalling point in the second period. The win improved Fix to 10-0 on the season, but the victory won’t technically count for Fix for postseason seeding since it was at a different weight.

Fix’s match briefly interrupted OSU’s run of success from young guys, as redshirt freshman Jordan Williams got the nod at 149 pounds and handled Joel Mylin 10-3. Williams has won three straight while trying to reclaim his starting job over senior transfer Sammy Alvarez.

True Freshman Brayden Thompson had the greatest outing out of the OSU rookies, though. Thompson, ranked 25th, upset fifth-ranked Peyton Mocco 8-1 in sudden victory at 174 pounds.

Thompson’s match followed OSU’s first loss of the dual at 165 pounds, where No. 3 Izzak Olejnik lost to two-time national champion Keegan O’Toole 5-1 in a top-three matchup. The Cowboys also suffered losses at 197 pounds with Kyle Haas taking on No. 8 Rocky Elam in replace of Luke Surber and at heavyweight with another Elam, fifth-ranked Zach Elam, beating No. 9 Konner Doucet 1-0.

While all of OSU’s blemishes came against top-10 wrestlers, No. 17 Teague Travis pulled off the top-10 win in his homecoming to where he grew up and against the program his dad and uncle wrestled for. Travis upset No. 10 Brock Mauller 4-2 with a takedown in the first period and escape in the second before holding off Mauller in the third.

The Cowboys’ impressive showing and Iowa suffering its first loss of the season to Michigan should boost them up a spot to No. 2 in the next rankings. OSU and No. 1 Penn State are the last unbeaten teams left in the country.

Sunday was OSU’s last road trip of the season. The Cowboys will host South Dakota State, Oklahoma and Iowa the next three weekends.

Results

125: No. 20 Troy Spratley (OSU) dec. No. 7 Noah Surtin (MIZZ), SV-1 4-1
133: Sam Smith (OSU) wins by forfeit
141: Daton Fix (OSU) dec. No. 26 Josh Edmond (MIZZ), 2-1
149: Jordan Williams (OSU) dec. Joel Mylin (MIZZ), 10-3
157: No. 17 Teague Travis (OSU) dec. No. 10 Brock Mauller (MIZZ), 4-2
165: No. 1 Keegan O’Toole (MIZZ) dec. No. 3 Izzak Olejnik (OSU), 5-1
174: No. 25 Brayden Thompson (OSU) dec. No. 5 Peyton Mocco (MIZZ), SV-1 8-1
184: No. 2 Dustin Plott (OSU) dec. No. 14 Clayton Whiting (MIZZ), 8-2
197: No. 8 Rocky Elam (MIZZ) MD Kyle Haas (OSU), 8-0
HWT: No. 5 Zach Elam (MIZZ) dec. No. 9 Konner Doucet (OSU), 1-0

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