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#6 Oklahoma State Defeats #23 Oklahoma Wrestling Match Recap and Breakdown

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In the 185th Bedlam Dual, #6 Oklahoma State defeated #23 Oklahoma 21-15 in Norman, Oklahoma this Sunday afternoon, after the dual going down to the final match of the night at 197-pounds. The Cowboys’ Luke Surber is the hero of the day, miraculously pinning the Sooners’ Keegan Moore in a wild scramble to give the Cowboys the win. Check out a recap of each match to see the first part of the 2022-2023 Bedlam Series Dual unfold.

285 – #23 Josh Heindselman over Konner Doucet, 2-1 TB-3

The first Bedlam Dual of the year started at heavyweight, and the Sooners #23 Josh Heindselman defeated the Cowboys’ Konner Doucet, 2-1 in tie breakers. The 285-pound matchup was a hard-fought victory for Heindselman, as neither wrestlers were able to score a takedown throughout the entirety of the match. Heindselman was able to hold on in the final tie-breaker period, and gave the Sooners a 3-0 lead to start the dual.

125 – #17 Joey Prata over #9 Trevor Mastrogiovanni, 4-2

Oklahoma’s #17 Joey Prata jumped out to an early lead in the second period, which was enough to hold onto the Cowboys #9 Trevor Mastrogiovanni. Prata was able to score the opening takedown with a clean single-leg, and earned an escape to jump out to a 3-0 lead early in the second period. Although Mastrogiovanni got a takedown of his own late in the second, three points was enough to secure the win. Prata followed that by riding out Mastrogiovanni for the entire third period, and gave the Sooners a 6-0 lead through two matches.

133 –  #2 Daton Fix over Wyatt Henson, 14-5

It was smooth sailing for Fix in this 133-pound matchup against the Sooners Wyatt Henson, as Fix was able to score multiple takedowns with ease to earn a 0-0 major decision victory. Fix was able to put up 11 quick points against Henson going into the third period, and continued that as Fix scored two more takedowns to extend his major decision to 14-5.

141- Mosha Schwartz over #23 Carter Young, 8-6

In a wild match that swung back and forth, Sooners Mosha Schwartz battled back late in the third period and found a way to score with just seconds left in the third period to give him the victory at 141-pounds. Schwartz had the lead for the majority of the match, however Young scrambled out and caught Schwartz on his back for four back points to take the lead. Soon after, another scramble led to Schwartz slipping in a merkle to score two points to regain his lead with just seconds to go, and earned the victory.

149 – #19 Mitch Moore over Victor Voinovich, 3-1

Both Moore and Voinovich failed to score in the opening period, as a long period of hand-fighting dictated the first period. Both wrestlers earned an escape in both the second and third period, yet no takedowns were scored. Voinovich was hit with a stall warning late into the third period, yet nearly had a takedown to win the match with seconds to go. In sudden victory, Mitch Moore earned the takedown just nearly 20 seconds into the period, and extended the Sooners lead to 12-4 after four matches.

157 –  #9 Kaden Gfeller over Jacob Butler, 7-1

Cowboys #9 Kaden Gfeller used his impressive top game to hold the Sooners’ Butler on his back for a majority of the second period. Although he didn’t get the fall, Gfeller was up 6-0 to start the third period, and it was noticeable that fatigue plagued Butler in the final period.

165 – #17 Gerrit Nijenhuis over #20 Wyatt Sheets, 

In a wild finish, Sooners #17 Gerrit Nijenhuis earned the match winning escape with just seconds to go in the final period. Nijenhuis jumped out to an early lead in the second period, yet was taken down to tie up the bout late in the third period, until getting back to his feet with just seconds remaining. Sheets gave Nijenhuis all he could handle, and the Sooners won another big swing match.

174 – #4 Dustin Plott over #13 Darrien Roberts, 21-6

After the first period consisting of hard hand-fighting and positioning, the Cowboys’ #4 Dustin Plott scored on a beautiful sweep single-leg and limped his arm to score the takedown with short time on the clock in the first period. Plott continued to pour on the points after scoring three more takedowns in the second period, going into the third with a 9-2 lead. Plott stayed sharp, scoring immediately and showing why he belongs in the top-5 rankings at 174-pounds.

184 – #12 Travis Wittlake over Grayden Penner, 7-5

Oklahoma State’s #12 Travis Wittlake got on the board right away, scoring with a clean ankle-pick just 10 seconds into the bout. However, Penner got one back just at the end of the first period, catching Wittlake on his heels and blasting in on a double-leg for the two points. After an uneventful second period, Penner eventually got to his feet to take a one point lead late in the third period, however got called for stalling to tie the match at 4-4. After Wittlake nearly scored with seconds left in the third, he got it back and scored the takedown in sudden victory in a similar scramble that happened late in the third period. Wittlake’s victory tied the dual up at 15-15, heading into the final match at 197-pounds.

197 – Luke Surber over Keegan Moore, Fall

Wow! In the final match to decide who won the dual, Oklahoma State’s Luke Surber flipped Moore to his back, and got the fall to win the Cowboys the dual. Going into the bout, the dual score was tied at 15-15, and Surber was able to find a way to roll through a scramble, and end up sticking Moore on his back. What a way to end part one of the 2022-2023 Bedlam Series Dual.

Final Score: Oklahoma State over Oklahoma, 21-15

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Cael Turnbull
Cael Turnbull
Journalism Major at Temple University Graduating in May of 2023

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