Jacks battle, but fall to top-ranked Cowboys
STILLWATER, Okla. – South Dakota State won some key battles, but the top-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team proved to be too much in a 31-9 dual victory Sunday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The 19th-ranked Jackrabbits, who had their seven-match winning streak snapped, dropped to 8-3 overall and 4-1 against Big 12 Conference opponents. Oklahoma State, whose entire 10-man lineup in Sunday’s dual featured a ranked wrestler, stayed unbeaten in duals at 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12.
“It was good to win the three matches we did, but we still lost the dual and it was a Big 12 dual,” SDSU head coach Chris Bono. “We’ve got to get home and get better.”
All three of SDSU’s wins came against a Cowboy wrestler in the top five of their respective weight classes in the most recent Intermat rankings. Seventh-ranked Seth Gross recorded only one takedown in his match against second-ranked Kaid Brock, but came away with a 6-4 decision. Gross led 3-2 after the first period and rode out the entire second period before scoring on a pair of escapes and a riding-time advantage. With the win, Gross improved to 19-1 overall and 9-0 in duals.
David Kocer, the 20th ranked wrestler at 174 pounds, pulled off the biggest upset of the day with a 7-2 decision over fifth-ranked Kyle Crutchmer. Kocer recorded an early takedown and four-point near-fall to build a 6-0 lead in the first period and never allowed Crutchmer to mount any sort of offensive attack. A returning NCAA qualifier, Kocer improved to 14-5 overall and 9-2 in duals this season.
Also victorious in a matchup between highly ranked wrestlers was Jackrabbit 197-pounder Nate Rotert, who notched a 3-1, sudden-victory decision over fourth-ranked Preston Weigel. Rotert, ranked eighth, was awarded a point for stalling near the end of the second period and gave up an escape to open the third period. With time winding down in the overtime period, Rotert recorded a takedown to up his season mark to 13-3 and 7-2 in dual action.
The only matchup between ranked wrestlers that Oklahoma State won was at 149 pounds, where second-ranked Anthony Collica posted a 23-8 technical fall win over No. 20 Alex Kocer.
The Cowboys received two other wins by technical fall – from 11th-ranked Nick Piccininni at 125 pounds and sixth-ranked Nolan Boyd in the 184-pound weight class. Seventh-ranked heavyweight Austin Schafer ended the dual with a first-period pin of Alex Macki.
Top-ranked 141-pounder Dean Heil won by major decision for Oklahoma State over Isaac Andrade, with 157-pounder Joe Smith and 165-pounder Chandler Rogers, both ranked sixth, turning in wins by decision.
SDSU returns to action Saturday with a pair of duals in Edwardsville, Illinois. The Jackrabbits will take on host SIUE at 2:30 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. dual against Gardner-Webb.
#1 Oklahoma State 31, #19 South Dakota State 9
125: #11 Nick Piccininni (OKST) tech. fall Ben Gillette (SDSU), 15-0 (3:47)
133: #7 Seth Gross (SDSU) dec. #2 Kaid Brock (OKST), 6-4
141: #1 Dean Heil (OKST) major dec. Isaac Andrade (SDSU), 9-0
149: #2 Anthony Collica (OKST) tech. fall #20 Alex Kocer (SDSU), 23-8 (7:00)
157: #6 Joe Smith (OKST) dec. Logan Peterson (SDSU), 10-3
165: #6 Chandler Rogers (OKST) dec. Luke Zilverberg (SDSU), 8-3
174: #20 David Kocer (SDSU) dec. #5 Kyle Crutchmer (OKST), 7-2
184: #6 Nolan Boyd (OKST) tech. fall Martin Mueller (SDSU), 18-2 (5:25)
197: #8 Nate Rotert (SDSU) dec. #4 Preston Weigel (OKST), 3-1 (SV-1)
285: #7 Austin Schafer (OKST) def. Alex Macki (SDSU), by fall 2:46