Oklahoma State wrestling: Cowboys control Bedlam from the start, top Sooners 24-10
NORMAN — With blood smeared on his face, Dustin Plott kept grinding.
Oklahoma State’s 174-pound wrestler had his match stopped multiple times to clean up the blood that was dripping from his nose, but Plott found a way to get his hand raised in the end.
The No. 17-ranked Plott won an 11-6 decision over OU’s Anthony Mantanona that helped the Cowboys close the door on a 24-10 dual victory on Sunday afternoon at the Lloyd Noble Center.
“We saw Plott find out how hard he could wrestle,” OSU coach John Smith said of the true freshman from Tuttle. “He pushed through that match and he generated points. He broke through at a point in that match when it looked kinda iffy, like, which way is this gonna go?
“That’s what you gotta do.”
In the following match at 184 pounds, OSU’s No. 9-ranked Dakota Geer piled up points in the third period for an 18-4 major decision over OU’s Darrien Roberts that sealed the dual victory.
“Two matches that I look at and I’m like, ‘OK, that’s OSU Cowboys,’ I’m gonna pick the 174-pound match with my true freshman, and I’m gonna take Dakota Geer.
“We’ve wrestled (Roberts) several times with different people and we’ve never beaten him like that. As we saw early in that match, it was a tussle. There wasn’t a lot of points scored. Then just one breakout, and Geer took off and said, ‘I’m not stopping.’”
The wins by Plott and Geer followed a victory by Travis Wittlake in which the No. 4-ranked 165-pounder scored a 27-11 technical fall over OU’s Troy Mantanona.
Following that trio of key victories, another Cowboy true freshman, No. 14 AJ Ferrari, earned a 3-2 decision over No. 12 Jake Woodley.
“AJ just needs to try to score and not strategize to win matches,” Smith said. “In the end, you’re limiting your offense and you’re limiting what you’re capable of doing. Good win for him, but he’s got more.”
The Cowboys opened the dual with victories at 125 and 133 pounds, and both came with young wrestlers scoring points in the final period. At 125, true freshman Trevor Mastrogiovanni won an 8-2 decision and at 133, Cowboy sophomore Reece Witcraft won 7-4.
“Let’s give credit to those two guys at the start,” Smith said. “I think OU knew that they had a chance to win both of those matches, and we won ‘em both. We won ‘em both with takedowns and being aggressive, and we won in the third period. I love seeing us win in the third period.
“Even if you’re wrestling ugly and you’re not having a great match, you win third periods, you’re gonna win matches.”
At Lloyd Noble Center, Norman
OSU 24, OU 10
125: Trevor Mastrogiovanni, OSU, dec. Mason Naifeh, 8-2
133: Reece Witcraft, OSU, dec. Tony Madrigal, 7-4
141: Dom Demas, OU, maj. dec. Dusty Hone, 11-3
149: Boo Lewallen, OSU, dec. Mitch Moore, 4-0
157: Justin Thomas, OU, dec. Wyatt Sheets, 4-3, 2OT
165: Travis Wittlake, OSU, tech. fall Troy Mantanona, 27-11
174: Dustin Plott, OSU, dec. Anthony Mantanona, 11-6
184: Dakota Geer, OSU, maj. dec. Darrien Roberts, 18-4
197: AJ Ferrari, OSU, dec. Jake Woodley, 3-2
HWT: Josh Heindselman, OU, dec. Austin Harris, 3-1 SV