(STILLWATER, Oklahoma / Jan. 25, 2018) – The fifth-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team continues its seven-dual homestand this weekend when it hosts No. 3 Missouri and Big 12 foe Iowa State at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Cowboys will wrestle on back-to-back days, beginning with the Tigers on Saturday at 7 p.m. OSU will return to the mat on Sunday at 2 p.m. to face off with the Cyclones.
Watch the Cowboys
Fox Sports Oklahoma will carry Saturday's dual against the Tigers live with J. Carl Guymon and Lee Roy Smith on the call while FloWrestling will stream the dual for fans outside of Oklahoma. FloWrestling will stream Sunday's match against the Cyclones nationwide as well.
Listen to the Cowboys
Fans can listen to the duals live on Pete 94.3 FM (Saturday) and 93.7 FM KSPI (Sunday) with Rex Holt and Roger Moore on the call. Both duals will also be streamed on okstate.com
Live Stats and Play-by-Play
Fans can follow the action online through live results and play-by-play on trackwrestling.com.
In the Polls
The Cowboys enter this weekend's duals with nine wrestlers ranked at their respective weights.
Three Cowboys enter this weekend's dual ranked inside the top five after All-American performances a season ago. Two-time NCAA Champion Dean Heil is ranked No. 3 by Trackwrestling, while Kaid Brock is also ranked as high as No. 3 by a number of publications. At 197 pounds, Preston Weigel is ranked as high as No. 2 by WIN Magazine. Returning All-American Nick Piccininni is ranked No. 6 by FloWrestling at 125. Chandler Rogers is ranked No. 7 at 165 pounds by WIN Magazine.
A couple of newcomers to the OSU lineup currently hold rankings as well. Heavyweight Derek White is slotted at No. 9 by Amateur Wrestling News. Boo Lewallen is also ranked as high as No. 12 at 149 pounds (WIN Magazine). Meanwhile, Jacobe Smith comes in at No. 10 at 174, according to The Open Mat, and Keegan Moore is ranked No. 20 by Amateur Wrestling News.
The Series: Missouri
- Friday's dual will mark the 50th meeting in the all-time series between the Cowboys and Tigers, which dates back to 1929.
- OSU has dominated the series thus far, winning 42 of the first 49 bouts.
- Missouri didn't pick up its first win in the series until 2003, losing the first 30 meetings.
- The Cowboys took the last meeting between the two programs, edging Missouri, 20-16, in Columbia.
- Head Coach John Smith has posted a 23-6-1 record against the Tigers during his tenure at OSU.
- OSU is 22-2 against Missouri in Stillwater.
The Series: Iowa State
- Friday's dual will mark the 82nd meeting in the series between OSU and Iowa State, which dates all the way back to 1921. The Cowboys are 58-20-3 in the previous contests.
- The Cyclones took the first dual in the series, 37-9, in Ames.
- OSU is 31-6-1 against Iowa State in Stillwater.
- The Cowboys have won 10 straight over the Cyclones, most recently taking a 34-3 triumph last season in Ames.
- Head coach John Smith is 24-7 against the Cyclones.
The Matchups: Missouri
Saturday's dual against Missouri will feature three top-10 matchups, according to the latest Intermat rankings.
A quick rundown of each key bout:
- 133: No. 3 Kaid Brock (OSU) vs. No. 7 John Erneste (MIZZ)
Brock and Erneste have met twice in their careers, with both meetings coming last season. Brock is 2-0 in the previous meetings, which includes a 14-5 major decision at the 2017 Southern Scuffle and a 15-8 decision in the Cowboys' dual win over the Tigers in Columbia.
- 141: No. 5 Dean Heil (OSU) vs. No. 3 Jaydin Eierman (MIZZ)
A pair of top-five foes, Heil has come out on top in both of the previous two matchups with Eierman. Heil took an 8-6 dual victory last season in Columbia, edging the Tiger, 8-6. In the last meeting between the two, Heil pulled out a 6-5 decision in the NCAA quarterfinals, helping pave the way to his second-straight NCAA title.
- 197: No. 3 Preston Weigel (OSU) vs. No. 7 Willie Micklus (MIZZ)
Saturday's anticipated matchup between Weigel and Micklus will be the first career meeting between the two grapplers. Weigel is off to an impressive, 6-0 start to his junior season that includes four ranked wins and a pair of technical falls. Meanwhile, Micklus is 14-3 overall with a 10-2 dual record. Micklus has dropped a couple of ranked foes this season, including a fall over No. 2 Jared Haugt of Virginia Tech in November.
Last Time Out
The Oklahoma State wrestling team dominated Sunday in its home dual against Kent State at Gallagher-Iba Arena, stacking up bonus points for a 42-3 victory in what was perhaps its most complete match of the season thus far.
Eight of the Cowboys' nine wins on Sunday came with bonus points, including five coming by way of either pin or technical fall. Of those five bouts, four were wrapped up before the conclusion of the first period.
No. 5 Oklahoma State 42, Kent State 3
Jan. 21, 2018 | Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Okla.
125: No. 7 Nick Piccininni (OSU) TF Jake Ferri (KSU) 16-1
133: No. 3 Kaid Brock (OSU) MD Anthony Tutolo (KSU) 13-5
141: No. 5 Dean Heil (OSU) fall Tim Rooney (KSU) 2:44
149: No. 15 Boo Lewallen (OSU) TF Chance Driscoll (KSU) 23-8
157: Jonce Blaylock (OSU) MD Casey Sparkman (KSU) 11-2
165: Isaac Bast (KSU) dec. Dalton Moran (OSU) 7-1
174: No. 14 Jacobe Smith (OSU) fall Dylan Barreiro (KSU) 1:24
184: Keegan Moore (OSU) dec. Colin McCracken (KSU) 8-5
197: No. 3 Preston Weigel (OSU) TF Kyle Conel (KSU) 16-0
HWT: No. 10 Derek White (OSU) MD Devin Nye (KSU) 10-1