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No. 4 Oklahoma State dominates No. 17 Oklahoma, 31-3, in Bedlam Dual in Norman

by Oklahoma State Athletics and Oklahoma Athletics

Action from the OSU vs. OU dual meet, courtesy of Oklahoma State Athletics

No. 4 Oklahoma State Routs No. 17 Oklahoma, 31-3

Oklahoma State press release

Norman, Okla. – The Oklahoma State wrestling team defeated No. 17 Oklahoma, 31-3, in Norman at the Lloyd Noble Center on Sunday night.

"Overall, I thought we wrestled well," head coach John Smith said. "We won the tight matches and won some matches we have struggled with in the past. I think the difference in the match was the takedown ratio we had compared to them."

The Cowboys took nine of 10 matches from the Sooners, including ranked wins at 157, 165, 184, 197, 125 and 133.

Kaden Gfeller set the tone for the dual in the first match at 149 pounds. Gfeller was in control of Oklahoma's Dom Demas, who is a former All-American at 141 pounds for the Sooners. Tied at 2 going into the third period, Gfeller outscore Demas 7-1 in the final period to secure a 9-3 decision.

"I didn't know what to expect," Gfeller said. "I just wanted to wrestle my match and wrestle hard and push the pace on him to see if he could go. I took it personal that they flipped and wanted to start at 149 because they thought those one-hour weigh-ins would give me trouble. I was excited about that match."

Following Gfeller, Wyatt Sheets won a sudden victory decision over No. 15 Justin Thomas at 157 pounds to put the Cowboys up 6-0 in the team score. Sheets improves to 3-1 on the season after defeating ranked opponents in back-to-back matches against Drexel and OU. Travis Wittlake (165) was solid in his match against No. 29 Joe Grello as he won with an 8-4 decision.

Between 174-197, each of the Cowboys moved to 4-0 on the season as they helped the Cowboys build up a 19-0 lead through six matches. Dustin Plott continued his strong start to the season as he picked up a 10-2 major decision over Anthony Mantanona at 174. Dakota Geer (184) defeated No. 18 Darrien Roberts, 8-2, while top-ranked AJ Ferrari defeated No. 11 Jake Woodley for the fourth time in his career by a score of 6-3.

The Sooners got on the board when Josh Heindselman took down Luke Surber in sudden victory.

After that, it was much of the same story for Oklahoma State as No. 12 Trevor Mastrogiovanni remained undefeated with a 6-4 decision against No. 21 Joey Prata. Mastrogiovanni used a late takedown in the third period to seal the victory after being tied 4-4 with under a minute to go in the match.

At 133 pounds, Daton Fix collected his second fall and third bonus-point win of the season against No. 19 Tony Madrigal. Up big in the third period, Fix had a technical fall secured but ended up pinning Madrigal in 6:20. True freshman Carter Young wrapped up the night winning his first Bedlam match of his career. The Stillwater native defeated OU's Jacob Butler 9-4.

Oklahoma State will head for a three-match road trip in the mountains next weekend. The Cowboys will face both Air Force and Wyoming on Friday, with the dual against Air Force being at 1 p.m. before driving to Laramie to take on Wyoming at 8:30 p.m. A dual against Utah Valley will conclude the fall slate for OSU on Monday, December 20 at 8 p.m.

Sooners Fall in Bedlam

Oklahoma press release

NORMAN – The 17th-ranked Oklahoma wrestling team fell to No. 4 Oklahoma State by a score of 31-3 at the Lloyd Noble Center on Sunday.

"I'm disappointed in our effort. We have to get tougher and give more every day at practice," head coach Lou Rosselli said. "We have to work on our mentality and our environment to make sure we understand what it takes to win."

Heavyweight wrestler Josh Heindselman was the lone Sooner to take home a victory on Sunday. The Piedmont, Okla., native defeated No. 30 Luke Surber thanks to a takedown in sudden victory to remain unbeaten in Bedlam matches in his career, improving to 3-0 against the Cowboys.

"He did a nice job and got himself a win. It has everything to do with effort," Rosselli added. "Josh [Heindselman] has a workmanship mentality and if he continues on that path, I think you'll see him in the later rounds at Big 12s and nationals."

Redshirt senior All-American Dom Demas made his season debut for OU on Sunday night, wrestling at 149 pounds in a 9-3 decision loss to No. 20 Kaden Gfeller. Joey Prata (125 pounds), Justin Thomas (157 pounds) and Jake Woodley (197 pounds) all fought vs. ranked opponents, but came up just short as the three couldn't land the takedowns needed to win in the final period.

The Sooners (2-2, 2-1 Big 12) next take the mat in just over a month when they travel to Hampton, Va., to compete in the Virginia Duals Jan 14-15.

No. 4 Oklahoma State 31, No. 17 Oklahoma 3

Dec. 12, 2021 | Lloyd Noble Center | Norman, Okla.

Attendance: 3,558

149: No. 20 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) dec. Dom Demas (OU), 9-3

157: No. 16 Wyatt Sheets (OSU) dec. No. 15 Justin Thomas (OU), SV-1 4-2

165: No. 5 Travis Wittlake (OSU) dec. No. 29 Joe Grello (OU), 8-4

174: No. 9 Dustin Plott (OSU) MD Anthony Mantanona (OU), 10-2

184: No. 7 Dakota Geer (OSU) dec. No. 18 Darrien Roberts (OU), 8-2

197: No. 1 AJ Ferrari (OSU) dec. No. 11 Jake Woodley (OU), 6-3

HWT: Josh Heindselman (OU) dec. No. 30 Luke Surber (OSU), SV-1 3-1

125: No. 12 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) dec. No. 21 Joey Prata (OU), 6-4

133: No. 2 Daton Fix (OSU) fall No. 19 Tony Madrigal (OU), 6:20

141: No. 28 Carter Young (OSU) dec. Jacob Butler (OU), 9-4