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Cowboys Close Out Undefeated Regular Season on Senior Night

February 21, 2021
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STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State wrestling team secured its 47th undefeated regular season in program history with a 24-16 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday night.
 
"It takes teamwork to win dual meets," head coach John Smith said. "We take pride in it and it's important to us. An undefeated dual season is an accomplishment, but let's use it as motivation heading into the Big 12 Championships."
 
The sixth-ranked Cowboys jumped out to an early 9-0 lead on senior night courtesy of a Trevor Mastrogiovanni decision and a fall from Daton Fix. A takedown late in the third period led Mastrogiovanni to his 10th win of the season and second over Mason Naifeh of Oklahoma.
 
Top-ranked Daton Fix continued to dominate his opponents this season, pinning Tony Madrigal in 4:54. Fix collected his fourth fall in five matches, already doubling his total from his outstanding freshman season in 2019.
 
Two Cowboy seniors finished their careers in Gallagher-Iba Arena with Bedlam wins. No. 4 Boo Lewallenpicked up a 6-2 decision over No. 18 Mitch Moore to move to 12-1 on the season, while No. 13 Dakota Geer earned his ninth bonus-point victory of the season with an 11-0 major decision over Darrien Roberts.
 
AJ Ferrari locked up the dual win for the Cowboys in the 197-pound bout with a 4-1 decision over No. 15 Jake Woodley. The talented freshman used a third-period takedown on the edge of the mat to make the score 3-1 with Ferrari adding a riding time point. The win marks Ferrari's third ranked win of the season, pushes his overall record to 12-1 and completes an undefeated dual season with his only loss coming to No. 4 Noah Adams in last week's Cowboy Challenge Tournament.
 
Travis Wittlake wrestled an almost identical match to his first Bedlam bout with Troy Mantanona in Norman. Wittlake was taken down early, but was dominant the remainder of the match, picking up his fourth technical fall of the season with a 26-11 win over Mantanona.
 
Freshman Jakason Burks made the first dual start of his career and was handed the task of wrestling No. 6 Dom Demas. Burks was 6-1 at 125 pounds this season, but was forced to bump up to 141 pounds due to injuries at the position. He held his own against the Sooner star for most of the match with the score being 6-3 in favor of Demas midway through the third period, but a throw from Demas got Burks to his back where he was pinned at the 5:31 mark.


Oklahoma State will have two weeks to prepare for the Big 12 Championships taking place March 6-7 in Tulsa at the BOK Center. The Cowboys will aim to claim their ninth-consecutive conference tournament championship when they return to the mat.

 
No. 6 Oklahoma State 24, No. 19 Oklahoma 16
Feb. 21, 2021  |  Gallagher-Iba Arena  |  Stillwater, Okla. 
Attendance: 3,350
125: No. 17 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) dec. Mason Naifeh (OU), 6-4
133: No. 1 Daton Fix (OSU) fall Tony Madrigal (OU), 4:54
141: No. 6 Dom Demas (OU) fall Jakason Burks (OSU), 5:31
149: No. 4 Boo Lewallen (OSU) dec. No. 18 Mitch Moore (OSU), 6-2
157: No. 11 Justin Thomas (OU) MD No. 19 Wyatt Sheets (OSU), 13-5
165: No. 3 Travis Wittlake (OSU) TF Troy Mantanona (OU), 26-11 7:00
174: Anthony Mantanona (OU) dec. No. 13 Dustin Plott (OSU), 7-4
184: No. 13 Dakota Geer (OSU) MD Darrien Roberts (OU), 11-0
197: No. 12 AJ Ferrari (OSU) dec. No. 15 Jake Woodley (OU), 4-1
HWT: Josh Heindselman (OU) dec. Austin Harris (OSU), 3-1

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Cowboys Close Out Undefeated Regular Season on Senior Night

225 Views | 3 Replies | Last: 14 days ago by CaliforniaCowboy
CanadianCowboy
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Great job Pokes! Always good to accomplish an undefeated season with a Bedlam win! On the flip side, it looked like Dustin Plott needs to get some things figured out. If it weren't so late in the season and entering the tournament phase, I'd look for Smith to make a change at Hwt. On to Big 12 & NCAA tourneys!
CaliforniaCowboy
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I was left scratching my head at two of the coaching lineup decisions...

I guess I don't understand what goes into it.... but 1) you're right Plott look like he had on more bandages than an Egyptian mummy, we don't have somebody else we can put in that is not so injured? Rest the kid up for finals.

and 2) we moved a freshman up two spots to wrestle one of their best kids? WTH? We go nobody but a freshman to stick in to that spot - out of three weight classes? How do the weight classes work in terms of competition, are they required to get so many matches at a certain weight to qualify? (e.g., can't move the 133 kid up, and let the 125 freshman wrestle in that spot?)

Great win POKES!!!

CaliforniaCowboy
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oh, and one more thing...

those two announcers Quint and Rock were awesome... the best I've ever heard.... especially Rock, he was informative, energetic, explained the techniques, cheered for completion of great moves (regardless of which wrestler made the move)... absolutely fantastic.

(Rock Harrison, I think... not certain)
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