Cowboys claim dual win over SDSU
STILLWATER, Okla. – Eleventh-ranked Oklahoma State won the first nine matches, including three by major decision, to defeat South Dakota State, 35-3, in a Big 12 Conference wrestling dual Friday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
SDSU dropped to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 duals. OSU, which featured nine ranked wrestlers in its lineup, improved to 9-2 overall and 5-1 in conference action.
The Cowboys claimed each of the five matches between ranked wrestlers, starting with the opening bout of the night as fourth-ranked Nick Piccininni posted a 17-1 technical-fall victory over 23rd-ranked Danny Vega of SDSU in the third period of their 125-pound matchup.
In the marquee matchup of the evening, top-ranked Boo Lewallen of Oklahoma State broke open his match against ninth-ranked Henry Pohlmeyer of SDSU in the third period. Lewallen took a 1-0 lead into the third period but cruised to a 10-0 major decision with a pair of four-point near-falls and an additional point for a riding-time advantage of more than a minute.
Lewallen’s win was the first of three consecutive major decisions by OSU wrestlers. Wyatt Sheets, ranked 21st at 157 pounds downed Jackrabbit reserve Peyton Smith, 11-3, while 10th-ranked Travis Wittlake scored a 14-6 major over 26th-ranked Tanner Cook in the 165-pound weight class.
The Cowboys also won some closely contested matches, highlighted by Anthony Montalvo’s 3-1 buzzer-beating victory over 17th-ranked Zach Carlson in the 184-pound matchup. The match appeared headed for overtime tied at 1, but the 21st-ranked Montalvo was awarded a takedown just before the horn after a video review.
At 141 pounds, the Jackrabbits’ Clay Carlson led 17th-ranked Dusty Hone of Oklahoma State, 2-1, after the first period. Hone took control in the second period, scoring on an escape and takedown for a 4-2 lead, then rode out the entire third period en route to a 5-2 decision.
Also winning by decision for Oklahoma State were 133-pounder Reece Witcraft, a 9-4 winner over Zach Price, and 174-pounder Joseph Smith, who downed Jackrabbit backup Kelby Hawkins, 9-3.
In the final matchup of the night between ranked foes, 18th-ranked Tanner Sloan of SDSU withdrew from his 197-pound match with ninth-ranked Dakota Geer after suffering an injury in the first period. Sloan finished the period, but could not continue.
SDSU heavyweight Blake Wolters ended the Cowboys’ shutout bid with a 4-3 decision over Auston Harris in the final match of the night. Wolters opened the scoring with a takedown in the first period and came up with the tie-breaking takedown with about 40 seconds remaining in the match as he posted his second dual win in a row.
The Jackrabbits are scheduled to complete their weekend road trip Sunday with a dual at first-year program Little Rock. Start time is set for 2 p.m.
#11 Oklahoma State 35, South Dakota State 3
125: #4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) tech. fall #23 Danny Vega (SDSU), 17-1 [6:28]
133: #25 Reece Witcraft (OSU) dec. Zach Price (SDSU), 9-4
141: #17 Dusty Hone (OSU) dec. Clay Carlson (SDSU), 5-2
149: #1 Boo Lewallen (OSU) major dec. #9 Henry Pohlmeyer (SDSU), 10-0
157: #21 Wyatt Sheets (OSU) major dec. Peyton Smith (SDSU), 11-3
165: #10 Travis Wittlake (OSU) major dec. Tanner Cook (SDSU), 14-6
174: #13 Joseph Smith (OSU) dec. Kelby Hawkins (SDSU), 9-3
184: #21 Anthony Montalvo (OSU) dec. #17 Zach Carlson (SDSU), 3-1
197: #9 Dakota Geer (OSU) def. #18 Tanner Sloan (SDSU), by injury default [3:00]
285: Blake Wolters (SDSU) dec. Auston Harris (OSU), 4-3
Note: Individual rankings by FloWrestling