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No. 6 Oklahoma State wins six matches to take Bedlam Dual over No. 19 Oklahoma, 24-16

by OSU Athletics, OU Athletics

Oklahoma State press release

STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State wrestling team secured its 47th undefeated regular season in program history with a 24-16 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday night.

"It takes teamwork to win dual meets," head coach John Smith said. "We take pride in it and it's important to us. An undefeated dual season is an accomplishment, but let's use it as motivation heading into the Big 12 Championships."

The sixth-ranked Cowboys jumped out to an early 9-0 lead on senior night courtesy of a Trevor Mastrogiovanni decision and a fall from Daton Fix. A takedown late in the third period led Mastrogiovanni to his 10th win of the season and second over Mason Naifeh of Oklahoma.

Top-ranked Daton Fix continued to dominate his opponents this season, pinning Tony Madrigal in 4:54. Fix collected his fourth fall in five matches, already doubling his total from his outstanding freshman season in 2019.

Two Cowboy seniors finished their careers in Gallagher-Iba Arena with Bedlam wins. No. 4 Boo Lewallen picked up a 6-2 decision over No. 18 Mitch Moore to move to 12-1 on the season, while No. 13 Dakota Geer earned his ninth bonus-point victory of the season with an 11-0 major decision over Darrien Roberts.

AJ Ferrari locked up the dual win for the Cowboys in the 197-pound bout with a 4-1 decision over No. 15 Jake Woodley. The talented freshman used a third-period takedown on the edge of the mat to make the score 3-1 with Ferrari adding a riding time point. The win marks Ferrari's third ranked win of the season, pushes his overall record to 12-1 and completes an undefeated dual season with his only loss coming to No. 4 Noah Adams in last week's Cowboy Challenge Tournament.

Travis Wittlake wrestled an almost identical match to his first Bedlam bout with Troy Mantanona in Norman. Wittlake was taken down early, but was dominant the remainder of the match, picking up his fourth technical fall of the season with a 26-11 win over Mantanona.

Freshman Jakason Burks made the first dual start of his career and was handed the task of wrestling No. 6 Dom Demas. Burks was 6-1 at 125 pounds this season, but was forced to bump up to 141 pounds due to injuries at the position. He held his own against the Sooner star for most of the match with the score being 6-3 in favor of Demas midway through the third period, but a throw from Demas got Burks to his back where he was pinned at the 5:31 mark.

Oklahoma State will have two weeks to prepare for the Big 12 Championships taking place March 6-7 in Tulsa at the BOK Center. The Cowboys will aim to claim their ninth-consecutive conference tournament championship when they return to the mat.

No. 6 Oklahoma State 24, No. 19 Oklahoma 16

Feb. 21, 2021 | Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Okla.

Attendance: 3,350

125: No. 17 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) dec. Mason Naifeh (OU), 6-4

133: No. 1 Daton Fix (OSU) fall Tony Madrigal (OU), 4:54

141: No. 6 Dom Demas (OU) fall Jakason Burks (OSU), 5:31

149: No. 4 Boo Lewallen (OSU) dec. No. 18 Mitch Moore (OSU), 6-2

157: No. 11 Justin Thomas (OU) MD No. 19 Wyatt Sheets (OSU), 13-5

165: No. 3 Travis Wittlake (OSU) TF Troy Mantanona (OU), 26-11 7:00

174: Anthony Mantanona (OU) dec. No. 13 Dustin Plott (OSU), 7-4

184: No. 13 Dakota Geer (OSU) MD Darrien Roberts (OU), 11-0

197: No. 12 AJ Ferrari (OSU) dec. No. 15 Jake Woodley (OU), 4-1

HWT: Josh Heindselman (OU) dec. Austin Harris (OSU), 3-1

Oklahoma press release by Josh Poteet

Stillwater, Okla. — Oklahoma won four matches in Sunday's Bedlam dual with Oklahoma State but fell to the Cowboys 24-16 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater to close its regular season.

The 19th-ranked Sooners (5-5, 2-4 Big 12) were victorious at 141, 157, 174 and 197 pounds but ultimately were downed by No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-0, 5-0 Big 12).

"We wrestled well in some weight classes, and came up short in others," head coach Lou Rosselli said after the dual. "I was really happy with the way that Dom (Demas) and Justin (Thomas) wrestled at 141 and 157 pounds for us. We'll start the prep for the postseason now and look forward to competing in Tulsa here in a couple of weeks."

Mason Naifeh and Tony Madrigal opened the dual at 125 and 133 pounds, respectively. Naifeh was locked in a heater late with No. 15 Trevor Mastrogiovanni but surrendered a late takedown to drop the bout 6-4. Madrigal matched up with No. 1 Daton Fix, who won via fall after 4:54.

As it was in the first Bedlam dual on Feb. 7, No. 7 Dom Demas got the Sooners on the board at 141 pounds. The All-American was able to throw Jakason Burks onto his back in the third period for the fall, the 10th of his career. With the victory, the Columbus, Ohio, product finished 9-1 on the regular season and remained a perfect 6-0 in Bedlam duals.

"When Dom is in good form, he is a really exciting wrestler, and that's what we saw today," Rosselli said. "We'll keep working with him as we head into March, but we feel that he is one of the best 141-pounders in the nation and know he looks forward to the opportunity to show that."

No. 15 Mitch Moore was defeated by No. 4 Boo Lewallen, 6-2 at 149 pounds.

No. 10 Justin Thomas put on a clinic at 157 pounds versus No. 15 Wyatt Sheets, claiming a 13-5 major decision to trim the Cowboys' lead to 12-10 at the intermission. Thomas landed shot after shot in his match with Sheets to win his fifth match in six tries and conclude the regular season with an 8-2 record and 2-0 in Bedlam.

Troy Mantanona collected the first points of the match versus No. 4 Travis Wittlake but was overtaken early and lost via tech fall, 26-11, after riding time to push the Cowboy advantage to 17-10.

Rosselli's team righted the course at 174 pounds when No. 27 Anthony Mantanona tallied a late takedown in the third period to knock off No. 11 Dustin Plott and finish the regular season with a 5-5 record. With the win, the All-American creates momentum as he heads into Big 12s, where he entered the day ranked 10th at 174 pounds. Mantanona's win was his second straight in Stillwater after defeating Joe Smith with a late third-period takedown in 2020 and moved the score to 17-13 Oklahoma State heading into the final three bouts.

"It was good to see Ant get a much-needed win," Rosselli said. "I thought he wrestled hard against a good young wrestler in DustonPlott and was able to come out on top. It's obviously been a tough year for him, so I think today can be huge."

Darrien Roberts dropped a major decision, 11-0, to No. 6 Dakota Geer and No. 15 Jake Woodley suffered a 4-1 defeat to No. 13 A.J. Ferrari, which locked in the dual win for Oklahoma State.

In similar fashion to the season's first Bedlam dual, freshman heavyweight No. 21 Josh Heindselman sent the Sooners home with a win, defeating No. 25 Austin Harris via 3-1 decision to improve to 7-3 on the year and 2-0 in Bedlam matchups.

The Sooners now turn their focus to the Big 12 Championships slated for March 6-7 in Tulsa, Okla., at the BOK Center. For ticketing information, fans can access Big 12 tickets online.