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Wrestling Weekend Recap: Good and Bad from Pokes at Journeyman Classic



The Oklahoma State Cowboys finished up a weekend of wrestling in New York at the Journeyman Classic. OSU won five weight classes and finished second in four others. Here’s a bit of what jumped out at us.

The Good

• Derek White had a great showing this weekend. White was the backup at 197 last season and filled in intermittently at HWT at times, but didn’t really have the size to compete at the weight. Over the summer he gained a bit and is up to around 240 pounds and seems to be adjusting really well to the new weight class.

He knocked off two ranked wrestlers losing to only 10th-ranked Hughes from Hofstra in a 1-0 match where White had some struggles getting off bottom. Overall it looks like OSU has filled a void and filled it well at HWT with White.

• OSU may be three All Americans deep at 149. Both Tristan Moran and Geo Martinez won their divisions at the tournament knocking off ranked wrestlers. Martinez dominated both of his matches including one against the No. 4-ranked and All American Chisko out of Va. Tech.

Crazy thing is they may not be the starters. Boo Lewallen won the OCU open last week and beat both of them in very close matches. Boo will not be eligible to wrestle for OSU until next semester though.

The Not so Good

• Losing tight matches. Kaid Brock, Chandler Rogers, and Jacobe Smith were all up late in matches against very tough and highly-ranked opponents and gave up scores that cost them the match. Brock was only up 4, but really in control of the match when he ended up in a scramble and going to his back.

Rogers was up 1 and gave up a late takedown, and Smith couldn’t quite hang on to a late ride out and gave up an escape at the last second. The sport is a grind and it’s early in the season so there’s plenty of time to fix those issues, but you hate to lose tight ones late.

Of course, even in a loss, Kaid Brock’s stuff is fun to watch.


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