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OSU Wrestling: Cowboys Top Sooners in Bedlam 23-9

OSU takes down Oklahoma in Norman after big wins at 33, 97, and HWT.

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OSU went to Norman for the first time in almost three years to take on their in-state rival and came out victorious for the 10th consecutive time.

The dual opened at 125 in a matchup where the Cowboys were heavy favorites. Nick Piccininni worked to a 13-2 major leading into one of the premier matchups of the dual at 133.

This match was a blast. Witcraft was the underdog, but came out on top in multiple scrambles to give him a 6-5 win. This was big for Witcraft and could move him into some of the national rankings at 133.

Next up, Dusty Hone took a loss to OU’s top guy, but gave him fits. Not giving up any bonus here was big for the Cowboys. OSU bounced back into another major from All-American Boo Lewallen.

At 157, Wyatt Sheets fell to Justin Thomas 5-3. Coach Smith was not happy with the refs toward the end of the match and made it known. It’s unclear what was said but it resulted in the deduction of a team point for the Cowboys.

At 174 we had one of the more exciting bouts of the night between Andrew Shomers and Anthony Mantanona. Mantanona opened up with the first takedown, but Shomers stormed back and found himself in the lead late. A late reversal by Mantanona sent the match to overtime. In overtime Mantanona scored a quick takedown off a counter to win 10-8

Anthony Montalvo picked up this throw to go ahead early on Darrien Roberts. Roberts was never able to get back in it and Montalvo went on to pick up a major decision.

In the highest-ranked matchup in this dual, No. 6 Dakota Geer took on No. 9 Jake Woodley. Geer’s strong top game and a takedown and rideout at the end of the second period proved to be the difference in his 4-2 win. This sealed the dual for OSU, then in the final match of the day, Austin Harris knocked off Josiah Jones 6-2.

  • 125: Piccininni 13-2 MD over Moody
  • 133: Witcraft 6-5 DEC over Madrigal
  • 141: Hone 6-4 L vs. Demas
  • 149: Lewallen 12-4 MD over Butler
  • 157: Sheets 5-3 L vs. Justin Thomas
  • 165: Wittlake 3-2 DEC over Dover
  • 174: Shomers 10-8 L vs. Mantanona
  • 184: Montalvo 13-5 MD over Roberts
  • 197: Geer 4-2 DEC over Woodley
  • 285: Harris 6-2 DEC over Jones

John Smith moves to 51-6-3 vs. OU and the all-time Bedlam series moves to 142-27-10. The Cowboys have now won 10-straight over the Sooners. Oklahoma comes to GIA on Feb. 16. OSU hasn’t lost to OU in Stillwater since 1999.

Next up for the Cowboys is the Southern Scuffle starting on New Year’s Day.

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