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Wrestling Preview: Broadcast Info, Projected Lineups and Series History vs. NC State

A top-10 matchup to start 2024 for the Cowboys.



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The Cowboys will start 2024 with a top-5 foe away from Stillwater.

Ninth-ranked Oklahoma State will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, to wrestle No. 4 NC State at 6 p.m. Friday. There’s a lot to this dual, even beyond being a clash between two top-10 teams.

The Wolfpack is coached by former Cowboy wrestler Pat Popolizio. Facing off against a former athlete usually bodes well for John Smith, who is 24-1 when coaching against his former wrestlers, however, that only loss was to Popolizio’s NC State in 2015.

This dual was originally scheduled to take place at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily, Italy, on Dec. 30, but those plans were quietly changed to a home-and-home series earlier this season. NC State will visit Stillwater in 2025. Had plans stuck, it wouldn’t have been the first time these programs traveled to Italy, as they competed in the first-ever college dual overseas in Naples, Italy, in 2018, which was the last time they met. OSU won that matchup, 19-16.

Although this top-10 matchup won’t get a unique venue, it did draw a national broadcast, as the dual will be on ESPNU. It will be the first time this season the Cowboys will be on national television, but not the last, as their home dual with Iowa on Feb. 25 will be on FS1.

Here’s more about OSU’s first dual of the calendar year after starting the season 4-0.

Viewing Info

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina

Watch: ESPNU

Projected Matchups

Weight Oklahoma State NC State
125 No. 22 Troy Spratley (10-3) -or- Sam Smith (10-1) No. 17 Jakob Camacho (7-3) -or- Jarrett Trombley (1-2)
133 No. 3 Daton Fix (2-0) -or- Reece Witcraft (6-3) No. 6 Kai Orine (8-1)
141 No. 8 Tagen Jamison (12-2) -or- Sammy Alvarez (13-3) No. 4 Ryan Jack (10-2)
149 No. 20 Jordan Williams (9-3) No. 4 Jackson Arrington (11-2)
157 No. 24 Teague Travis (9-1) No. 6 Ed Scott (14-2)
165 No. 2 Izzak Olejnik (14-0) -or- Joey Sanchez (4-0) No. 20 Derek Fields (9-2) -or- AJ Kovacs (8-5)
174 No. 29 Brayden Thompson (3-3) No. 32 Alex Faison (8-5)
184 No. 3 Dustin Plott (14-1) No. 5 Dylan Fishback (12-3) -or- Brock DelSignore (5-1)
197 No. 12 Luke Surber (8-1) -or- Jersey Robb (8-1) No. 4 Trent Hidlay (15-0)
HWT No. 11 Konner Doucet (9-2) No. 16 Owen Trephan (9-4) -or- Isaac Trumble (5-0)

*Rankings from Intermat

Series History (OSU leads, 7-1)

Season Winner Score Location
2017-18 Oklahoma State 19-16 Neutral
2015-16 NC State 19-15 Stillwater
2014-15 Oklahoma State 20-12 Raleigh
2011-12 Oklahoma State 35-3 Stillwater
2010-11 Oklahoma State 43-3 Stillwater
1998-99 Oklahoma State 40-0 Raleigh
1997-98 Oklahoma State 33-8 Stillwater
1989-90 Oklahoma State 29-5 Neutral

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