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No. 6 Oklahoma State beats No. 24 Stanford, 29-7, in Cardinal's first home dual since reinstatement

by Stanford Athletics

AJ Ferrari of Oklahoma State scores a takedown of Nick Stemmett at 197 pounds. Photo by Tony Rotundo, Wrestlers Are Warriors


STANFORD, Calif. – The fourth-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team defeated No. 24 Stanford, 29-7, in its first match of the season on Saturday.

The win marks John Smith’s 450th dual win as head coach of the Cowboys. He is in third place on the list of all-time Division 1 wrestling coaching wins, needing 43 more to pass Harold Nichols and move into second place.

The Cowboys started off strong, building a 10-0 lead through the first three matches. No. 19 Trevor Mastrogiovanni began his sophomore campaign with a 5-2 decision over Logan Ashton, while No. 2 Daton Fix won a 7-3 decision against Jackson DiSario. Dusty Hone secured Oklahoma State’s first bonus-point win of the season with a 9-0 major decision at 141 pounds.

No. 14 Wyatt Sheets picked up his first win of the season in a 6-3 decision over Charles Darracott to get the Cowboys back in the win column after No. 7 Jaden Abas picked up a major decision over Kaden Gfeller at 149 pounds. The only other match Stanford won was a 4-0 decision at 165 pounds for the reigning national champion at 165 pounds, Shane Griffith over No. 6 Travis Wittlake.

OSU closed out the dual with four consecutive wins at the upper weights to widen the gap and seal the victory over the Cardinal. Dustin Plott held off a late surge by Tyler Eischens for a 7-6 decision before two-consecutive bonus-point wins came at the hands of Dakota Geer and AJ Ferrari.

Geer picked up where he left off last season when he led the team in bonus-point wins. He attacked early and often in his bout with Ethan Woods and collected a 22-7 technical fall in 6:21. As for Ferrari, he began his title defense with a 16-3 major decision over No. 25 Nick Stemmet.

The final match of the day marked the first dual win for Luke Surber. A sophomore from Tuttle, Oklahoma, Surber bumped up a weight class in the offseason to compete for the job at heavyweight. He was dominant as he closed out the dual with a 14-3 major decision and the third bonus-point victory in a row for the Cowboys.

“It was pretty good,” Surber said. “I can build off of it with a lot more fakes and shots and stuff to push the pace more, especially at heavyweight. I think I can use that to my advantage with my speed and athleticism. Overall, I think it was a good performance.”

Oklahoma State will hit the road again next weekend for another ranked dual. The Pokes will face Minnesota on Saturday, November 20, at 7 p.m. CT on Big 10 Network.


STANFORD, Calif. – Jaden Abas and Shane Griffith secured wins, but No. 24 Stanford dropped a 29-7 decision to No. 6 Oklahoma State, Saturday, at Maples Pavilion.

It was the first time Abas, a redshirt sophomore, had the chance to compete in front of a Cardinal home crowd. Ranked No. 7 nationally, he turned in a dominating 15-6 major decision over No. 22 Kaden Gfeller at 149 pounds. Abas tallied six takedowns in the win to improve to 5-0 on the season and 18-4 in his career. All five of his wins this season have come by bonus points.

Griffith, the defending national champion and top-ranked wrestler at 165 pounds, registered a 4-0 decision over sixth-ranked Travis Wittlake. After no score in the opening period, Griffith chose down to start the second. After a quick escape he scored a takedown in the first minute of the second frame and had a 3-0 lead after two. Wittlake chose bottom to start the third, but was unable to escape and Griffith finished with 3:18 of riding time to improve to 5-0 on the season and 45-1 in his career.

It had been 616 days since Stanford last competed on The Farm having last wrestled at the 2020 Pac-12 Championships on March 7, 2020.

Stanford hits the road next week, traveling to No. 6 Cornell on Saturday, Nov. 20 and Binghamton on Sunday, Nov. 21.

Note: Oklahoma State release on the dual will be added when available.

No. 6 Oklahoma State 29, No. 24 Stanford 7

125 #19 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OKST) dec. Logan Ashton (STAN) 5-2

133 #2 Daton Fix (OKST) dec. #25 Jackson DiSario (STAN) 7-3

141 #16 Dusty Hone (OKST) maj. dec. Jason Miranda (STAN) 9-0

149 #7 Jaden Abas (STAN) maj. dec. #22 Kaden Gfeller (OKST) 15-6

157 #14 Wyatt Sheets (OKST) dec. Charlie Darracott (STAN) 6-3

165 #1 Shane Griffith (STAN) dec. #6 Travis Wittlake (OKST) 4-0

174 #16 Dustin Plott (OKST) dec. #31 Tyler Eischens (STAN) 7-6

184 #7 Dakota Geer (OKST) tech. fall Ethan Woods (STAN) 22-7 (6:22)

197 #1 AJ Ferrari (OKST) maj. dec. #25 Nick Stemmet (STAN) 16-3

285 Luke Surber (OKST) maj. dec. Peter Ming (STAN) 14-3