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Oklahoma State leads Big 12 Championships after quarterfinals, two points ahead of second-place Northern Iowa

by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling

Image of Parker Keckeisen (UNI) courtesy of Northern Iowa Athletics.

TULSA, Okla. – They said it would be a dog fight for the 2022 Big 12 Wrestling Championships title, and the first session, which included preliminaries and quarterfinals, proved it to be exactly so.

Returning champion Oklahoma State holds a two-point lead over Northern Iowa after the first session, 57 points to 55 points. Iowa State is just one point behind Northern Iowa at 54 points. Missouri is 13.5 points behind the Cyclones at 40.5 points.

The Cowboys are moving into the semifinals with five wrestlers (by seed): No. 4 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (125), No. 1 Daton Fix (133), No. 1 Kaden Gfeller (149), No. 1 Dustin Plott (174), No. 4 Dakota Geer (184) and No. 7 Luke Surber (285).

Two big quarterfinal losses for Oklahoma State came in the middle weights, when No. 3 seed Wyatt Sheets was beaten by No. 6 Justin Thomas, 3-2 in overtime tiebreaker at 157 pounds, and No. 4 seed Travis Wittlake fell to No. 5 seed Luke Weber of North Dakota State, 4-0 at 165 pounds. However, Surber’s sudden victory win in overtime over No. 2 seed Zach Elam of Missouri in the last match of the session moved the Cowboys ahead of the Panthers.

Northern Iowa placed six into the semifinals, No. 3 Brody Teske (125), No. 2 Kyle Biscoglia (133), No. 5 Colin Realbuto (149), No. 3 Austin Yant (165), No. 4 Lance Runyon (174) and No. 1 Parker Keckeisen (184). The Panthers wrestle Oklahoma State three times in the semifinals (149, 174 and 184).

Iowa State also has six in the semifinals: No. 5 Ramazan Attasauov (133), No. 3 Jarrett Degen (149), No. 1 David Carr (157), No. 2 Marcus Coleman (184), No. 4 Yonger Bastida (197) and No. 3 Sam Schuyler (285). They wrestle Oklahoma State twice in the semifinals (133 and 285).

Session II begins at 5:00 p.m. Central time, and includes the semifinals and two rounds or consolations. The session will be live on XII Now/ESPN+


At Tulsa, Okla.

Semifinal pairings


No. 1 Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) vs. No. 4 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OK State)

No. 3 Brody Teske (N. Iowa) vs. No. 7 Joey Prata (Oklahoma)


No. 1 Daton Fix (OK State) vs. No. 5 Ramazan Attasauov (Iowa St.)

No. 6 Haiden Drury (Utah Valley) vs. No. 2 Kyle Biscoglia (N. Iowa)


No. 8 Dylan Droegemueller (North Dakota State) vs. No. 4 Allan Hart (Missouri)

No. 3 Andrew Alirez (N. Colorado) vs. No. 2 Clay Carlson (South Dakota State)


No. 1 Kaden Gfeller (OK State) vs. No. 5 Colin Realbuto (N. Iowa)

No. 3 Jarrett Degen (Iowa St.) vs. No. 2 Willie McDougald (Oklahoma)


No. 1 David Carr (Iowa St.) vs. No. 5 Jacob Wright (Wyoming)

No. 6 Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) vs. No. 2 Jared Franek (North Dakota State)


No. 1 Keegan O`Toole (Missouri) vs. No. 5 Luke Weber (North Dakota State)

No. 3 Austin Yant (N. Iowa) vs. No. 2 Peyton Hall (West Virginia)


No. 1 Dustin Plott (OK State) vs. No. 4 Lance Runyon (N. Iowa)

No. 6 Peyton Mocco (Missouri) vs. No. 2 Cade DeVos (South Dakota State)


No. 1 Parker Keckeisen (N. Iowa) vs. No. 4 Dakota Geer (OK State)

No. 6 Jeremiah Kent (Missouri) vs. No. 2 Marcus Coleman (Iowa St.)


No. 1 Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming) vs. No. 4 Yonger Bastida (Iowa St.)

No. 6 Owen Pentz (North Dakota State) vs. No. 2 Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State)


No. 1 Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) vs. No. 4 AJ Nevills (South Dakota State)

No. 3 Sam Schuyler (Iowa St.) vs. No. 7 Luke Surber (OK State)

Team Standings After Session I

1 Oklahoma State 57.0

2 Northern Iowa 55.0

3 Iowa State 54.0

4 Missouri 40.5

5 South Dakota State 34.0

6 Oklahoma 32.5

7 North Dakota State 32.0

8 West Virginia 22.0

8 Wyoming 22.0

10 Air Force 11.0

10 Utah Valley 11.0

12 Northern Colorado 9.0

Quarterfinal results


Killian Cardinale (West Virginia) dec. Jace Koelzer (N. Colorado) (MD 8-0)

Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OK State) dec. Noah Surtin (Missouri) (Dec 4-2)

Brody Teske (N. Iowa) dec. Kysen Terukina (Iowa St.) (Dec 6-5)

Joey Prata (Oklahoma) dec. Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) (Dec 7-5)


Daton Fix (OK State) tech. fall Job Greenwood (Wyoming) (TF-1.5 3:47 (17-2))

Ramazan Attasauov (Iowa St.) maj. dec. Garett Lautzenheiser (West Virginia) (MD 8-0)

Haiden Drury (Utah Valley) dec. Connor Brown (Missouri) (Dec 6-2)

Kyle Biscoglia (N. Iowa) maj. dec. Anthony Madrigal (Oklahoma) (MD 10-2)


Dylan Droegemueller (North Dakota State) dec. Jacob Butler (Oklahoma) (Dec 4-2)

Allan Hart (Missouri) dec. Smith (Utah Valley) (Dec 9-2)

Andrew Alirez (N. Colorado) dec. Cael Happel (N. Iowa)(Dec 7-2)

Clay Carlson (South Dakota State) dec. Darren Green (Wyoming) (Dec 6-2)


Kaden Gfeller (OK State) maj. dec. Gaven Sax (North Dakota State) (MD 9-0)

Colin Realbuto (N. Iowa) dec. Josh Edmond (Missouri) (Dec 3-1)

Jarrett Degen (Iowa St.) dec. Jeff Boyd (West Virginia) (Dec 3-1)

Willie McDougald (Oklahoma) dec. Dylan Martinez (Air Force) (Dec 8-6)


David Carr (Iowa St.) tech. fall Jaxon Garoutte (Utah Valley) (TF-1.5 7:00 (18-3))

Jacob Wright (Wyoming) dec. Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) (TB-1 3-2)

Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) dec. Wyatt Sheets (OK State) (Dec 6-2)

Jared Franek (North Dakota State) dec. Derek Holschlag (N. Iowa) (Dec 8-4)


Keegan O`Toole (Missouri) dec. Joe Grello (Oklahoma) (Dec 6-1)

Luke Weber (North Dakota State) dec. Travis Wittlake (OK State) (Dec 4-0)

Austin Yant (N. Iowa) dec. Danny Snediker (Utah Valley) (Dec 4-1)

Peyton Hall (West Virginia) maj. dec. Isaac Judge (Iowa St.) (MD 13-5)


Dustin Plott (OK State) maj. dec. Dennis Robin (West Virginia) (MD 12-3)

Lance Runyon (N. Iowa) dec. Hayden Hastings (Wyoming) (Dec 5-1)

Peyton Mocco (Missouri) pin Anthony Mantanona (Oklahoma) (Fall 6:39)

Cade DeVos (South Dakota State) dec. Joel Devine (Iowa St.) (Dec 3-0)


Parker Keckeisen (N. Iowa) maj. dec. Deanthony Parker Jr (North Dakota State) (MD 12-4)

Dakota Geer (OK State) maj. dec. Anthony Carman (West Virginia) (Dec 8-5)

Jeremiah Kent (Missouri) dec. Tate Samuelson (Wyoming) (Dec 6-2)

Marcus Coleman (Iowa St.) dec. Keegan Moore (Oklahoma) (Dec 9-5)


Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming) maj. dec. Evan Bockman (Utah Valley) 12-8 (MD 12-4)

Yonger Bastida (Iowa St.) dec. Rocky Elam (Missouri) 1-1 (Dec 4-3)

Owen Pentz (North Dakota State) dec. Jake Woodley (Oklahoma) 21-6 (Dec 6-4)

Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State) dec. Alan Clothier (N. Colorado) 0-1 (Dec 5-1)


Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) dec. Josh Heindselman (Oklahoma) 12-11 (Dec 11-5)

AJ Nevills (South Dakota State) dec. Michael Wolfgram (West Virginia) 0-1 (Dec 4-3)

Sam Schuyler (Iowa St.) dec. Brandon Metz (North Dakota State) 0-1 (SV-1 3-1)

Luke Surber (OK State) dec. Zach Elam (Missouri) 0-1 (SV-1 6-4)