STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State wrestling team defeated Stanford, 25-9, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday to improve to 13-2 on the season.
The Cowboys won seven of 10 bouts, which included bonus-point wins from Travis Wittlake and Luke Surber. No. 7 Oklahoma State has now won four straight and 10 of its last 11 duals heading into the final week of its regular season schedule.
“You get into the duals and you kind of know what your team is,” head coach John Smith said. “This is kind of how we’ve had to win, like six to seven guys wrestle pretty good. I really thought even (Victor Voinovich) had a pretty good match and (Wyatt) Sheets had a pretty good match… I thought (Wittlake) did a nice job. I would’ve liked to see him get that escape after he got taken down late, while kind of pressing the pace. It was a little bit of a sloppy shot, and that’s what happens sometimes, but, good effort by Travis. I thought Luke really bounced back from his match in South Dakota. I watched [Nick Stemmet] wrestle several times. I believe we wrestled him in Stanford (last season) and it was actually a competitive match. It looked like (Surber) had a purpose. I wasn’t expecting that out of him tonight, so it was good to see. Doucet kind of same as usual, good 7-2 victory.”
Daton Fix and Carter Young began the dual with victories to build up a 6-0 Cowboy lead. Fix notched his 20th win of the season with a 6-1 decision over No. 28 Jason Miranda, while Young took down Jason Miranda twice in the first period en route to a 6-3 decision.
After Victor Voinovich suffered a close loss to No. 11 Jaden Abas at 149 pounds, No. 10 Kaden Gfeller put the Pokes back on track. In his second to last match in Gallagher-Iba Arena, the senior put together a strong second and third period to claim a 9-5 decision over No. 26 Charlie Darracott, avenging a loss to him at the Southern Scuffle.
Wyatt Sheets nearly pulled off a major upset at 165 pounds, but dropped a 4-2 bout in sudden victory to No. 3 Shane Griffith. Sheets reversed Griffith to start the second period, but the former national champion was able to tie up the score with two escapes in regulation. In sudden victory, Griffith countered a shot by grabbing a hold of Sheets’ shoe and eventually securing a takedown of the edge of the mat 52 seconds into the overtime period.
The Cowboys’ upperweights would clinch the OSU victory beginning with an 11-5 decision from No. 9 Dustin Plott. The junior had dropped his previous two matches heading into Sunday, but was able to rally behind three takedowns to down No. 27 Tyler Eischens.
At 184 pounds, Wittlake racked up eight takedowns on his way to a 19-9 major decision over Brook Byers. Luke Surber followed up with a second-period pin of No. 25 Nick Stemmet. After building a 6-2 lead in the first period, Surber ran a chicken wing into an arm bar and stuck Stemmet at the 3:35 mark in the match.
Konner Doucet would claim a 7-2 decision over Peter Ming to snap a run of four consecutive losses, all of which to were higher ranked opponents. Stanford’s Nico Provo would take the final bout of the afternoon with a 5-2 decision over Reece Witcraft at 125 pounds.
The Cowboys will return to action Thursday night when they host Oklahoma in the final home dual of the season before closing out the regular season slate against No. 2 Iowa on Sunday.
No. 7 Oklahoma State 25, Stanford 9
Feb. 12, 2023 I Gallagher-Iba Arena I Stillwater, Okla.
133: No. 2 Daton Fix (OSU) dec. No. 28 Jackson DiSario (STAN), 6-1
141: No. 15 Carter Young (OSU) dec. Jason Miranda (STAN), 6-3
149: No. 11 Jaden Abas (STAN) dec. No. 21 Victor Voinovich (OSU), 6-5
157: No. 10 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) dec. No. 26 Charlie Darracott (STAN), 9-5
165: No. 3 Shane Griffith (STAN) dec. No. 25 Wyatt Sheets (OSU), SV-1 4-2
174: No. 9 Dustin Plott (OSU) dec. No. 27 Tyler Eischens (STAN), 11-5
184: No. 10 Travis Wittlake (OSU) MD Brook Byers (STAN), 19-9
197: No. 16 Luke Surber (OSU) fall No. 28 Nick Stemmet (STAN), 3:35
HWT: No. 23 Konner Doucet (OSU) dec. Peter Ming (STAN), 7-2
125: No. 28 Nico Provo (STAN) dec. Reece Witcraft (OSU), 5-2