(This story was written and originated from Oklahoma State University Athletic Media Relations.)
STILLWATER – The top-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team dominated No. 17 Oklahoma, 37-3, Sunday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena to finish the regular season undefeated for the first time since 2005 and the 46th time in school history. The win also moved the Cowboys' record in the all-time Bedlam series to 139-27-10.
Turning in their eighth 30-point dual win this season, the Cowboys (14-0, 6-0 Big 12) also extended their home dual winning streak against Oklahoma to 21.
"I thought we had a good match," head coach John Smith said. "They were going deep into their reserves in some of the weights, but I liked what I saw from the standpoint of points scored and critical times to separate the match."
A third-period fall from Chandler Rogers was perhaps the highlight of the day for Oklahoma State, to go along with a major decision from Anthony Collica and technical falls from Kaid Brock , Joe Smith and Nolan Boyd .
Redshirt freshman Nick Piccininni started things off for the Cowboys with a 10-5 decision over Christian Moody at 125 pounds. Tied at two going into the third period, Piccininni made the most out of the final frame, scoring seven quick points with an escape followed by a takedown and nearfall to push his lead to 9-2. Moody, however, would score a takedown before the end of the period to avoid the major decision.
Kaid Brock registered his first technical fall of his season at 133 pounds with a dominant, 18-3 victory over Jacob Rubio. Brock came out hot to lead 8-1 after one period with a couple of takedowns and a nearfall in the opening frame. From that point, the redshirt freshman scored four more takedowns to clinch the tech with riding time added and move to 22-1 for the season.
Junior Dean Heil won his 32nd-straight match, and he handled Oklahoma's Mike Longo, 5-3. Heil and Longo were tied at two after the first two periods, but the Cowboy would escape and drop Longo for a takedown in the final frame to lock up the win.
Collica led throughout his match, dropping No. 13 Davion Jeffries for his first takedown of the match with about a minute to go in the first before proceeding to record four more throughout the bout. With his Senior Day victory, Collica moved to 17-1 on the year. Following the match, the Sooners were docked a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct from Jeffries.
In his first match back in the lineup since the Cowboys wrestled Missouri on Jan. 27, sophomore Joe Smith piled on the points for a 17-1 technical fall over Oklahoma's Jared Schieber. Smith led 4-1 after one period and 9-1 after two before finishing off the match in 5:58 with a takedown and nearfall to highlight an eight-point final period.
"It was good," John Smith said. "I thought he was a little slow in getting back into it, letting (Schieber) know that he can wrestle hard. When you have the injury he's had, you're a little bit timid because he's healed it up and it gets hurt again, he heals it up and it gets hurt again. It was good to see him break out of it and let it fly. His knee is in pretty good shape and we'll continue to protect it, but I'm pleased with him and it was a good tech fall for him."
Rogers awakened the orange-clad Gallagher-Iba Arena crowd at 165 pounds with a fall of 10th-ranked Yoanse Mejias. Rogers controlled the match even before the pin, notching a pair of takedowns in the first two periods to lead 5-2 heading to the third. Rogers made his move in the third frame, attacking and converting on a third takedown before decking Mejias just seconds later.
Senior Kyle Crutchmer grinded out a 4-2 decision over Matt Reed at 174 pounds to move to 15-4 on the season. Crutchmer used a third-period escape and the riding time point to separate himself from Reed and earn the win.
Nolan Boyd continued his winning ways with a 16-0 tech over DaWaylon Barnes. Boyd scored four takedowns and a nearfall in the win. The senior has racked up eight-straight wins over the last month, with five of those victories coming by way of technical fall.
Redshirt sophomore Preston Weigel used a third-period escape to clinch a 4-3 victory over Brad Johnson at 197 pounds. The win was Weigel's second of the weekend, and moved him to 15-4 this season.
Cowboy Derek White got the start at heavyweight, moving up from 197 pounds. The Cowboy came up short, however, dropping an 8-0 major decision to No. 19 Ross Larson.
Oklahoma State will play host to the NWCA National Duals final on Sunday, Feb. 19. The event serves as the dual national championship, and while the NWCA selection committee will make its official selection later Sunday night, Oklahoma State and Penn State are the top two teams ranked in the NWCA poll. To purchase tickets to the event online, visit https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/okstate/EN/buy/details/17NWCA.
No. 1 Oklahoma State 37, No. 17 Oklahoma 3
Feb. 12, 2017 | Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Okla. | Attendance: 6,172
125: No. 11 Nick Piccininni (OSU) dec. Christian Moody (OU), 10-5
133: No. 3 Kaid Brock (OSU) TF Jacob Rubio (OU), 18-3 (7:00)
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. Mike Longo (OU), 5-3
149: No. 3 Anthony Collica (OSU) MD No. 13 Davion Jeffries (OU), 12-3
157: No. 6 Joe Smith (OSU) TF Jared Schieber (OU), 18-1 (5:58)
165: No. 8 Chandler Rogers (OSU) fall No. 10 Yoanse Mejias (OU), 5:31
174: No. 9 Kyle Crutchmer (OSU) dec. Matt Reed (OU), 4-2
184: No. 6 Nolan Boyd (OSU) TF DaWaylon Barnes (OU), 17-0 (5:12)
197: No. 8 Preston Weigel (OSU) dec. Brad Johnson (OU), 4-3
HWT: No. 19 Ross Larson (OU) MD Derek White (OSU), 8-0