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Fix Headlines Three Cowboys in the Final, But OU Leads the Team Race

March 6, 2021

TULSA, Okla. – The No. 6 Oklahoma State wrestling team wrapped up the first day of the 2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championships Saturday in a disappointing third place with 96 team points after sending three Cowboys through to Sunday night's championship bouts. The Cowboys also lost three semifinal matches.

Top seeds Daton Fix and Boo Lewallen both reached the finals with wins in the 133-pound and 149-pound semifinal bouts, respectively, and freshman 197-pounder AJ Ferrari joined them with an upset win over the No. 1 seed in his bracket.

"We got started off pretty good in the first round with nine of our 10 guys wrestling extra matches," coach John Smith said. "I thought we did good getting six of them through. I didn't think our effort in the semifinals was what I was hoping for. We're in a fight now and we're going to have to show up tomorrow and be ready to challenge for this title."

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Fix won his semifinal by a 20-5 technical fall.

A sophomore who aims for his second Big 12 title tomorrow, Fix cruised to a 20-5 technical fall victory with seven takedowns and a nearfall against fifth-seeded Mosha Schwartz of Northern Colorado. The win improved Fix to 8-0 on the season, as all of his wins have come with bonus points attached.

Lewallen was the next OSU semifinalist on the mat, knocking off fourth-seeded Triston Lara of Northern Iowa, 7-4. The Cowboy senior traded a takedown for an escape in each period against Lara to earn a shot at his third Big 12 championship.

Oklahoma State's last finalist was Ferrari, who turned in one of OSU's most impressive wins of the tournament thus far. Facing top-seeded and No. 5-ranked Tanner Sloan of South Dakota State, Ferrari scored on two takedowns and a reversal before riding out the third period to secure a 7-1 win. It was the first loss of the year for Sloan, who entered the match with a 14-0 record. Ferrari will try to become the 13th true freshman in OSU history and the first since 2016 to win a conference title.

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Ferrari was aggressive and pulled off the upset over the top seed.

"I thought he wrestled well," Smith said. "He did a good job dictating the pace of the match and did a good job on top putting some pressure on his opponent. One of the areas they thought they could win was on top of AJ and he took that away and the match swung in his direction because of his effort."

Three other Cowboys reached the semifinals but fell just short of the title match, as Trevor Mastrogiovanni fell 5-3 at 125 pounds, top seed at 165-poiunds Travis Wittlake came up just short in a tough 5-3 sudden victory decision, and Dakota Geer fell at 184 pounds, 6-2. They each move on to Sunday morning's consolation semifinal and can finish as high as third place.

They will be joined in the consolation semifinals by 174-pounder Dustin Plott, who won a pair of decision to advance through the wrestlebacks. Kaden Gfeller nearly made the round as well, but after a win in the first consolation round, he dropped the next match to move into Sunday morning's seventh-place match.

Only two Cowboy were eliminated on the first day, as Wyatt Sheets (157 pounds) and Austin Harris (heavyweight) fell in the first consolation round.

The second and final day of the Big 12 Championships begins with Session III at 10 a.m. Sunday morning, where third through eighth place finishers will be determined. It wraps up with the championship bouts in Session IV at 5 p.m. at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Fans can follow live results on, live updates on Twitter via @CowboyWrestling and watch each mat live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and the championship matches on ESPN2.

2021 Big 12 Wrestling Championship
March 6, 2020 | BOK Center | Tulsa, Okla.
Session II (Saturday Night)
Team Standings After Session Two
1. Oklahoma - 107.0

2. Wyoming - 97.0

3. Oklahoma State - 96.0

4. Iowa State - 94.0

5. North Dakota State - 69.0

6. Northern Iowa - 68.0

7. Northern Colorado - 57.5

8. South Dakota State - 52.0

9. Utah Valley - 49.0

10. West Virginia - 43.5

11. Air Force - 25.0

12. Fresno State - 22.0

125: No. 2 Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) dec. No. 3 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU), 5-3

133: No. 1  Daton Fix (OSU) TF No. 5 Mosha Schwartz (Northern Colorado), 20-5, 6:53

149: No. 1 Boo Lewallen (OSU) dec. No. 4 Triston Lara (Northern Iowa), 7-4

165: No. 4 Luke Weber (North Dakota State) dec. No. 1 Travis Wittlake (OSU), 5-3, SV1

184: No. 2 Tate Samuelson (Wyoming) dec. No. 3 Dakota Geer (OSU), 6-2

197: No. 4 AJ Ferrari (OSU) dec. No. 1 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State), 7-1

Consolation First Round
141: Kaden Gfeller (OSU) MD Jeffery Boyd (West Virginia), 12-3

157: Alex Hornfeck (West Virginia) dec. No. 6 Wyatt Sheets (OSU), 6-3

174: No. 3 Dustin Plott (OSU) dec. Scott Joll (West Virginia), 5-1

HWT: No. 6 Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) MD No. 5 Austin Harris (OSU), 13-3

Consolation Quarterfinals
141: No. 8 Chase Zollman (Wyoming) dec. Kaden Gfeller (OSU), 5-4, TB1

174: No. 3 Dustin Plott (OSU) dec. No. 7 Cade King (South Dakota State), 8-1

Consolation Semifinals Schedule (Sunday Morning)
125: No. 3 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) vs. No. 4 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia)

165: No. 1 Travis Wittlake (OSU) vs. No. 7 Austin Yant (Northern Iowa)

174: No. 3 Dustin Plott (OSU) vs. No. 5 Cody Surratt (Air Force)

184: No. 3 Dakota Geer (OSU) vs. No. 5 Sam Colbray (Iowa State)

Seventh-Place Match (Sunday Morning)

141: Kaden Gfeller (OSU) vs. No. 6 Chris Sandoval (Northern Colorado)

Finals Schedule (Sunday Night)

133: No. 1 Daton Fix (OSU) vs. Tony Madrigal (Oklahoma)

149: No. 1 Boo Lewallen (OSU) vs. No. 3 Mitch Moore (Oklahoma)

197: No. 4 AJ Ferrari (OSU) vs. No. 2 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming)

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