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Mizzou wins 11th-straight conference title, Oklahoma State produces three Big 12 champions in Tulsa

by Taylor Miller-Gregorio, USA Wrestling

Photo of Keegan O’Toole at 2021 NCAA Championships. Photo by Tony Rotundo,

TULSA, Okla. – In its first season back in the Big 12, Mizzou claimed the conference team title on Sunday at the BOK Center with 131.5 points, followed by second-place Oklahoma with 113 points. It marks Mizzou’s 11th-consecutive conference championship as the Tigers earned the Big 12 title in 2012 before moving to the MAC Conference, where the team won nine-straight conference crowns.

Leading the way for the Tigers was No. 1 seed and 2021 Junior World champion Keegan O’Toole at 165 pounds. In the finals, O’Toole took on Peyton Hall of West Virginia in an exciting back-and-forth bout, where O’Toole came out on top, 13-7. It marks his second conference title as he won the 2021 MAC crown at 165.

Rounding out the top-five in the team race were Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Northern Iowa.

Despite taking fourth as a team Oklahoma State, which won every Big 12 team title from 2013-2021, had the most conference champions of the weekend with three and a fourth finalist.

Winning his third conference title of his career, Daton Fix, a 2021 Senior World silver medalist, took out No. 2 Kyle Biscoglia from Northern Iowa, 6-2, at 133 pounds. With the win, Fix carries a 21-0 record into Detroit, where the two-time NCAA finalist seeks his first national crown.

The second Big 12 champ of the night for the Cowboys was 149-pounder Kaden Gfeller, who grinded out a low-scoring 2-1 decision over OU’s Willie McDougald, the No. 2 seed, for his second conference title.

OSU’s third champion was Dustin Plott, who picked up the title at 174 pounds in exciting fashion over sixth-seeded Peyton Mocco of Mizzou. Down 3-2 in the final minute, the Cowboy fired off a stream of relentless attacks, which led to a takedown with less than 20 ticks on the clock for an eventual 4-3 win.

Returning NCAA champion David Carr of Iowa State collected his third Big 12 title in Tulsa, shutting down North Dakota State’s Jared Franek in the 157-pound finals to become the 16th Cyclone wrestler to win three conference championships. Carr heads into NCAAs with a 54-match win streak, dating back to early-December of 2019.

Northern Iowa had three athletes in the finals on Sunday but the lone champion for the Panthers came at 184, where Parker Keckeisen won his second Big 12 championship, recording a 13-3 major decision over Mizzou’s Jeremiah Kent. Keckeisen becomes the fifth-straight Panther to win the conference crown at 184 pounds.

Returning All-American Stephen Buchanan of Wyoming improved on his 2021 Big 12 runner-up finish, winning the 197-pound title on Sunday over Tanner Sloan of South Dakota State, 3-2. Buchanan is the first Wyoming Cowboy to top the Big 12 podium since 2018.

West Virginia picked up its third Big 12 champion in program history as senior Killian Cardinale, the No. 1 seed, defeated third-seeded Brody Teske of Northern Iowa with an offensive 8-3 victory in the 125-pound finals.

Two programs earned their first Big 12 champions in school history on Sunday.

At 141 pounds, Andrew Alirez made history for Northern Colorado, thanks to a 6-4 win against Allan Hart from Mizzou in the finals, while Air Force Academy earned their first as undefeated Wyatt Hendrickson put together a 16-6 major decision over Luke Surber of Oklahoma State at 285 pounds.

The Division I college postseason continues with the NCAA Championships, set for March 17-19 in Detroit, Mich.

BOK Center (Tulsa, Okla.) | March 5-6

Final team standings

1. Missouri – 131.5
2. Oklahoma – 113
3. Iowa State – 110
4. Oklahoma State – 107.5
5. Northern Iowa – 100
6. South Dakota State – 66
T7. North Dakota State – 62
T7. West Virginia – 62
9. Wyoming – 57.5
10. Air Force – 45
11. Northern Colorado – 35.5
12. Utah Valley – 34

Final results

125 pounds
1st Place - Killian Cardinale (West Virginia)
2nd Place - Brody Teske (N. Iowa)
3rd Place - Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OK State)
4th Place - Joey Prata (Oklahoma)
5th Place - Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley)
6th Place - Jace Koelzer (N. Colorado)
7th Place - Noah Surtin (Missouri)
8th Place - Kysen Terukina (Iowa St.)

1st – Killian Cardinale (WVU) dec. Brody Teske (UNI), 8-3
3rd - Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OK State) dec. Joey Prata (Oklahoma) 4-1
5th - Taylor LaMont (Utah Valley) MD Jace Koelzer (N. Colorado) 19-6
7th - Noah Surtin (Missouri) dec. Kysen Terukina (Iowa St.) 5-3 SV1

133 pounds
1st Place - Daton Fix (OK State)
2nd Place - Kyle Biscoglia (N. Iowa)
3rd Place - Ramazan Attasauov (Iowa St.)
4th Place - Sidney Flores (Air Force)
5th Place - Haiden Drury (Utah Valley)
6th Place - Anthony Madrigal (Oklahoma)
7th Place - Connor Brown (Missouri)
8th Place - Gabriel Tagg (South Dakota State)

1st – Daton Fix (OK State) dec. Kyle Biscoglia (UNI), 6-2
3rd - Ramazan Attasauov (Iowa St.) dec. Sidney Flores (Air Force) 8-5
5th - Haiden Drury (Utah Valley) dec. Anthony Madrigal (Oklahoma) 2-1
7th - Connor Brown (Missouri) df. Gabriel Tagg (South Dakota State) Fall 5:53

141 pounds
1st Place - Andrew Alirez (N. Colorado)
2nd Place - Allan Hart (Missouri)
3rd Place - Clay Carlson (South Dakota State)
4th Place - Dylan Droegemueller (North Dakota State)
5th Place - Ian Parker (Iowa St.)
6th Place - Jacob Butler (Oklahoma)
7th Place - Carter Young (OK State)
8th Place - Ty Smith (Utah Valley)

1st – Andrew Alirez (UNC) df. Allan Hart (Missouri), 6-4
3rd - Clay Carlson (South Dakota State) dec. Dylan Droegemueller (North Dakota State) 7-5
5th - Ian Parker (Iowa St.) dec. Jacob Butler (Oklahoma) 8-7
7th - Carter Young (OK State) dec. Ty Smith (Utah Valley) 7-4

149 pounds
1st Place - Kaden Gfeller (OK State)
2nd Place - Willie McDougald (Oklahoma)
3rd Place - Colin Realbuto (N. Iowa)
4th Place - Jarrett Degen (Iowa St.)
5th Place - Josh Edmond (Missouri)
6th Place - Dylan Martinez (Air Force)
7th Place - Gaven Sax (North Dakota State)
8th Place - Jeff Boyd (West Virginia)

1st – Kaden Gfeller (OK State) dec. Willie McDougald (OU), 2-1
3rd - Colin Realbuto (N. Iowa) dec. Jarrett Degen (Iowa St.) 8-6
5th - Josh Edmond (Missouri) MD Dylan Martinez (Air Force) 17-8
7th - Gaven Sax (North Dakota State) dec. Jeff Boyd (West Virginia) 12-5

157 pounds
1st Place - David Carr (Iowa St.)
2nd Place - Jared Franek (North Dakota State)
3rd Place - Jacob Wright (Wyoming)
4th Place - Justin Thomas (Oklahoma)
5th Place - Jarrett Jacques (Missouri)
6th Place - Derek Holschlag (N. Iowa)
7th Place - Alex Hornfeck (West Virginia)
8th Place - Kenny O`Neil (South Dakota State)

1st – David Carr (Iowa St.) dec. Jared Franek (NDSU), 8-2
3rd - Jacob Wright (Wyoming) dec. Justin Thomas (Oklahoma) 6-5 TB1
5th - Jarrett Jacques (Missouri) dec. Derek Holschlag (N. Iowa) 3-1 SV1
7th - Alex Hornfeck (West Virginia) dec. Kenny O`Neil (South Dakota State) 8-2

165 pounds
1st Place - Keegan O`Toole (Missouri)
2nd Place - Peyton Hall (West Virginia)
3rd Place - Austin Yant (N. Iowa)
4th Place - Luke Weber (North Dakota State)
5th Place - Joe Grello (Oklahoma)
6th Place - Isaac Judge (Iowa St.)
7th Place - Tanner Cook (South Dakota State)
8th Place - Nick Knutson (N. Colorado)

1st – Keegan O’Toole (Mizzou) dec. Peyton Hall (WVU), 13-7
3rd - Austin Yant (N. Iowa) dec. Luke Weber (North Dakota State) 5-4
5th - Joe Grello (Oklahoma) dec. Isaac Judge (Iowa St.) 6-2
7th - Tanner Cook (South Dakota State) df. Nick Knutson (N. Colorado) Fall 2:25

174 pounds
1st Place - Dustin Plott (OK State)
2nd Place - Peyton Mocco (Missouri)
3rd Place - Anthony Mantanona (Oklahoma)
4th Place - Cade DeVos (South Dakota State)
5th Place - Hayden Hastings (Wyoming)
6th Place - Lance Runyon (N. Iowa)
7th Place - Joel Devine (Iowa St.)
8th Place - Dennis Robin (West Virginia)

1st – Dustin Plott (OK State) dec. Peyton Mocco (Mizzou), 4-3
3rd - Anthony Mantanona (Oklahoma) dec. Cade DeVos (South Dakota State) 6-3
5th - Hayden Hastings (Wyoming) df. Lance Runyon (N. Iowa) win by medical forfeit
7th - Joel Devine (Iowa St.) dec. Dennis Robin (West Virginia) 6-0

184 pounds
1st Place - Parker Keckeisen (N. Iowa)
2nd Place - Jeremiah Kent (Missouri)
3rd Place - Marcus Coleman (Iowa St.)
4th Place - Keegan Moore (Oklahoma)
5th Place - Dakota Geer (OK State)
6th Place - Deanthony Parker Jr (North Dakota State)
7th Place - Tate Samuelson (Wyoming)
8th Place - Anthony Carman (West Virginia)

1st – Parker Keckeisen (UNI) MD Jeremiah Kent (Mizzou), 13-3
3rd - Marcus Coleman (Iowa St.) MD Keegan Moore (Oklahoma) 19-6
5th - Dakota Geer (OK State) dec. Deanthony Parker Jr (North Dakota State) 13-10
7th - Tate Samuelson (Wyoming) df. Anthony Carman (West Virginia) fall 1:40

197 pounds
1st Place - Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming)
2nd Place - Tanner Sloan (South Dakota State)
3rd Place - Rocky Elam (Missouri)
4th Place - Jake Woodley (Oklahoma)
5th Place - Yonger Bastida (Iowa St.)
6th Place - Owen Pentz (North Dakota State)
7th Place - Evan Bockman (Utah Valley)
8th Place - Alan Clothier (N. Colorado)

1st – Stephen Buchanan (Wyoming) dec. Tanner Sloan (SDSU), 3-2
3rd - Rocky Elam (Missouri) dec. Jake Woodley (Oklahoma) 6-1
5th - Yonger Bastida (Iowa St.) df. Owen Pentz (North Dakota State) win by medical forfeit
7th - Evan Bockman (Utah Valley) dec. Alan Clothier (N. Colorado) 7-4

285 pounds
1st Place - Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force)
2nd Place - Luke Surber (OK State)
3rd Place - Zach Elam (Missouri)
4th Place - Sam Schuyler (Iowa St.)
5th Place - AJ Nevills (South Dakota State)
6th Place - Josh Heindselman (Oklahoma)
7th Place - Michael Wolfgram (West Virginia)
8th Place - Brandon Metz (North Dakota State)

1st – Wyatt Hendrickson (Air Force) MD Luke Surber (OK State), 16-6
3rd - Zach Elam (Missouri) dec. Sam Schuyler (Iowa St.) 6-1
5th - AJ Nevills (South Dakota State) dec. Josh Heindselman (Oklahoma) 5-4 TB1
7th - Michael Wolfgram (West Virginia) dec. Brandon Metz (North Dakota State) 3-1

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