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OSU Wrestling: The Cowboys Bounce Back with a 23-9 Win over Iowa State

Tthe Cowboys knocked off conference rival Iowa State.

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After dropping their Saturday night dual with Northern Iowa, the Cowboys bounced back nicely with a 23-9 win over Iowa State.

The Cowboys performed pretty well across the board, but significant wins at 133, 174, and 184 carried the dual.

Reece Witcraft found himself in a battle with 15th-ranked Todd Small. The match had some back and forth scoring, but Small held the lead the entire match and had a 2-point edge in the third when Witcraft threw Small picking up a takedown and two back points to go up by 2. Witcraft rode for most of the rest of the period and gave up an escape late, but held on for a 9-8 decision.

At 174 Joe Smith wrestled in his second dual of the season and matched up against 11th-ranked Sammy Colbray. The match ended up 1-1 in the third when Smith picked up a takedown then gave up an escape with about a minute left. He picked up another takedown toward the end of the period to pick up a nice 5-2 win.

John Smith spoke on Joe after the match.

“I think he just needs to get a couple more matches in,” said Smith “get a little more comfortable, make weight more often, you know those are things he needs to focus in, he’s healthy right now and that’s good…he hadn’t wrestled since the Scuffle because of injury.”

At 184 Anthony Montalvo had a pretty strong weekend. He hung tough with fourth-ranked Taylor Lujan on Friday and picked up a minor upset here over No. 17 Marcus Coleman. After no scoring in the first, Montalvo got a full period ride in the second which included a stalling point. In the third Montalvo got a reverse and another long ride along with one turn to go up 5-0. After a last second reversal Montalvo won 6-2.

The dual kicked off at 125 with Nick Piccininni picking up a 10-2 major decision over ninth-ranked Alex Mackall. At 149 Boo Lewallen picked up a 13-1 Major decision over Ryan Leisure, and at 165 Travis Wittlake picked up a 9-4 decision over Chase Straw. Dakota Geer picked up a 21-8 major over Francis Duggan.

The Cowboys dropped matches at three weights and all against ranked opponents. At 141 Dusty Hone fell to eighth-ranked Ian Parker 5-2 and Wyatt Sheets dropped his bout with third-ranked David Carr 14-6 at 157. Neil Putnam made the start at heavyweight and was downed 6-2 by No. 14 Gannon Gremmel.

No. 8 Oklahoma State 23, No. 16 Iowa State 9
Jan. 26, 2020  |  Hilton Coliseum | Ames, Iowa

125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) MD No. 12 Alex Mackall (ISU) 10-2
133: Reece Witcraft (OSU) dec. No. 15 Todd Small (ISU) 9-8
141: No. 6 Ian Parker (ISU) dec. Dusty Hone (OSU) 5-2
149: No. 3 Boo Lewallen (OSU) MD Ryan Leisure (ISU) 13-1
157: No. 3 David Carr (ISU) MD Wyatt Sheets (OSU) 14-6
165: No. 9 Travis Wittlake (OSU) dec. Chase Straw (ISU) 9-4
174: No. 12 Joe Smith (OSU) dec. No. 11 Sam Colbray (ISU) 5-2
184: Anthony Montalvo (OSU) dec. Marcus Coleman (ISU) 6-2
197: No. 11 Dakota Geer (OSU) MD Francis Duggan (ISU) 21-8
HWT: No. 14 Gannon Gremmel (ISU) dec. Cornelius Putnam (OSU) 6-2

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