The Oklahoma State wrestling team returns home to host Wyoming in its first match of the season in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Friday night. The Cowboys are coming off of a road trip in which they defeated No. 14 Lehigh and Bucknell on the same day, winning eight of 10 bouts in both matches.
On the Air
OSU’s dual with Wyoming will be streamed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with J. Carl Guymon and Hardell Moore on the call. The match can also be heard on the radio with Robert Allen going on air on Hot 93.7 KSPI-FM beginning at 6:30 p.m. Live stats can be found on Trackwrestling.com.
The Series - Wyoming
Oklahoma State and the Cowboys from Wyoming have met 26 times over the years with OSU holding a 25-0-1 record in the series. The programs have wrestled every season since the 2011-12 campaign, except for the shortened COVID season in 2020, although Wyoming competed in the Cowboy Challenge Tournament in Stillwater. The first contest took place in 1956 in Stillwater, where OSU topped Wyoming 21-3, while the lone dual the Pokes did not win was a tie in the second meeting between the programs in 1957. Former Cowboy Mark Branch has never beaten his alma mater as a coach in 14 tries but has kept the contest competitive over the years. The series returns to Stillwater this season where OSU is 12-0 against Wyoming after the teams most recently last met in 2021 when OSU won 30-3 in Laramie.
About the Cowboys
Oklahoma State moved up one spot to No. 10 in the NWCA Coaches Poll following a 2-0 start to the season after defeating No. 14 Lehigh and Bucknell on the road last weekend. The Pokes return four All-Americans who have earned All-America honors a total of eight times, headlined by three-time NCAA finalist Daton Fix. Wyatt Sheets and Travis Wittlake are both two-time All-Americans for OSU, while Dustin Plott is coming off of his first appearance on the podium last season. The OSU lineup has seen some movement from a season ago with weight changes from past starters opening opportunities at 165 pounds and heavyweight. Wittlake moved up two weight classes to 184 pounds in the offseason, while Luke Surber dropped down a weight to 197 pounds. In their places, Wyatt Sheets won both matches at 165 pounds, while Konner Doucet collected his first two dual wins as a Cowboy heavyweight. Trevor Mastrogiovanni returns for his third season in the lineup at 125 pounds as he looks to make the jump that Plott did a year ago to All-America status for the first time. Carter Young returns at 141 pounds where he went 12-9 as a true freshman, but should benefit from an offseason where he grew into the weight class. Talented freshman Victor Voinovich will start the season at 149 pounds, but could be challenged by reigning Big 12 champion Kaden Gfeller who decided to return to Oklahoma State for his final season in August. Kaden Gfeller got the starting nod at 157 pounds against Lehigh’s All-American Josh Humphreys, while Luke Mechler made his dual debut against Bucknell at the weight. Voinovich flashed potential while redshirting as a true freshman posting a 16-1 record and placing third at the Southern Scuffle. With Sheets and Gfeller back for their COVID seasons, the middleweights could see some different looks throughout the course of the season. Those two and Jalin Harper will be challenged by a group of Cowboys looking to break into the starting lineup for the first time, including Chance McLane, Travis Mastrogiovanni, Mechler and talented freshman Jordan Williams.
A Pair of Oklahoma State Wins Would...
• Move the Cowboys to 3-0 overall; 1-0 in Big 12 duals
• Mark OSU’s first home win of the season
• Move the all-time series record with Wyoming to 26-0-1 and 13-0 in Stillwater
• Make John Smith’s coaching record in head-to-head matchups with former wrestlers, 22-1
• Move OSU’s winning streak in home openers to 23
Cowboys in the Polls
Oklahoma State’s roster features 10 wrestlers ranked in various polls this week, with five holding spots inside the top-10. Senior 133-pounder Daton Fix is the consensus No. 2 wrestler at his weight and is the highest ranked Cowboy, as the reigning Big 12 champion and a national finalist the last two seasons. Following Fix, Dustin Plott appears at No. 4 at 174 pounds after earning All-America honors for the first time last season with a sixth-place finish. Also making appearances in the top 10 of their respective weight classes are Trevor Mastrogiovanni, Kaden Gfeller and Travis Wittlake. Mastrogiovanni holds down the No. 7 spot to enter the season after he posted a 19-5 record as a sophomore, while Gfeller is ranked as high as No. 10 by Intermat after nearly upsetting Lehigh’s Josh Humphreys at 157 pounds. Wittlake is bumping up two weight classes to 184 pounds and is ranked No. 9 by WIN Magazine, after spending the last three seasons starting for OSU at 165 pounds. Wyatt Sheets is ranked as high as No. 16 at 165 pounds where he won both bouts on OSU’s opening weekend, while Victor Voinovich (149) is ranked No. 20 by Intermat. Luke Surber was ranked No. 15 by WIN Magazine as he moves down to 197 pounds, while Konner Doucet was ranked inside the top-20 for the first time in his career at heavyweight.