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Three Things from OSU Wrestling Taking Out No. 9 Minnesota 23-9

Daton Fix is for real.

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The Cowboys capped off their weekend road trip knocking off No. 9 ranked Minnesota 23-9 on Sunday night.

There were quite a few story lines surrounding this one, so we’ll go over a few of them here.

Rivalries Continue

Nick Piccininni renewed his rivalry with 5th-ranked Sean Russell and furthered his lead in the series to 4-2. They last met at the NCAA tournament last year. Russell was wrestling for Edinboro at the time before transferring to Minnesota, but the result was still the same as Piccininni picked up another win.

Nick has looked good early. He could be slowly emerging as the No. 2 guy at this weight class behind Spencer Lee. Kaid Brock and Mitch McKee bumped their rivalry up a weight to 141. Kaid has always had the edge in folkstyle, but McKee has always won freestyle. For the first time I’m aware of McKee won a folkstyle bout against Kaid. This one was wild. A lot of action and some big moves wound up with McKee taking the match 6-3. I think he’ll be OK, but it does draw concern that Brock may be a bit undersized up at 141.

Next Man Up

Preston Weigel and Boo Lewallen were both out with injury and Andrew Marsden and Kaden Gfeller were tasked to step in and wrestle in their places. Both did a solid job here.

Marsden went 2-0 on the weekend and Kaden jumped up a weight, wrestling at 149, and knocked off All-American Tommy Thorn. After the match John Smith talked a little about the status of both Weigel and Lewallen and seemed unsure on when they would be back. I’m being told that Weigel was hurt in practice recently. I think they’re playing it as safe as possible with him as he’s had a history with injuries and was kept out of the NCAA tournament last year after being hurt in the first round. The timeline for his return is unclear.

With Boo, I don’t think they’ll know anything official until they get back to Stillwater and have him checked out, but it looked bad. Which is very unfortunate as Boo’s a great kid, and wrestler. Fortunately Kaden Gfeller seems poised to step in as the replacement.

Daton Fix is for real

Daton was expected to take on NCAA champ Seth Gross on Saturday. That match fell through. So the first big test for Daton Fix this season was against 2017 NCAA finalist Ethan Lizak.

Fix passed that test.

Going into this most knew Fix is next level on his feet, but even I have only seen him wrestle a handful of matches where he had to do any mat wrestling. And those were when he was in high school. Lizak AKA the “Back-pack” is one of, if not the best wrestler in the entire country from the top position. Some of the best wrestlers around can not get away from him.

So with Fix the expectation was he would take Lizak down, and he did. The big question was could he get away? He held a 4-1 lead going into the third where he started on bottom. He looked in a slightly precarious position for a moment, but eventually rolled through for the reversal. With the defending champ at 133 injured, Fix may now be the favorite to win the weight class.

Match-by-Match Results

125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni minor dec. No.5 Sean Russell 3-0 | OK State 3-0
133: No.9 Daton Fix dec. No. 6 Ethan Lizak 6-1 | OK State 5-0
141: No. 8 Mitch McKee dec. No.5 Kaid Brock 6-3 | OK State 5-3
149: Kaden Gfeller dec. No. 18 Tommy Thorn 8-3 | OK State 8-3
157: No. 11 Steve Bleise dec. Andrew Shomers 8-5 | OK State 8-6
165: Chandler Rogers major dec. Carson Brolsma 10-2 | OK State 12-6
174:  Jacobe Smith major dec. No. 20 Devin Skatzka 11-2 | OK State 16-6
184: Dakota Geer major dec. Owen Webster 10-0 | OK State 20-6
197: Andrew Marsden dec. Brandon Krone 2-0 | OK State 23-6
285: No. 5 Gable Steveson dec. No. 3 Derek White | OK State 23-9

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