Scouting the Sooners
Oklahoma comes into the dual ranked 11th nationally. OU is coming off of one of its biggest wins of the season winning at fourth-ranked Nebraska before defeating No. 20 Hofstra. OU comes into the contest with a 10-5-1 record. The Sooners have been battling injuries throughout the year losing some key wrestlers to their lineup. OU is still without 133-pounder Joe Comparin, but the rest of the lineup is intact. The Sooners boast five wrestlers all ranked in the top six of their weight class. Sam Hazewinkel is still undefeated and ranked second at 125. Teyon Ware is ranked second at 141, while Matt Storniolo and Joel Flaggert are both ranked fourth at 149 and 197, respectively. Jake Hager is ranked No. 6 at heavyweight.
Seniors Say Goodbye
Five Oklahoma State seniors wrestled their final match inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. It has been one of the most productive senior classes over the last 50 years combining to win three NCAA team titles, four individual titles, six All-American finishes and five Big 12 championships. The Cowboys have gone 33-1 inside Gallagher-Iba Arena over the last four years and 70-4 overall in duals. The seniors made senior day memorable all recording wins in their final match inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Steve Mocco recorded a fall and Rusty Blackmon rallied from a 7-0 deficit to win in sudden victory.
Oklahoma State has dominated collegiate wrestling since the NCAA started conducting a championship in 1928. The Cowboys have been even more dominating of late winning the last three NCAA titles and compiling a 107-8 record over the last six seasons. There has been one team that has continually stuck out and that is Minnesota. The Gophers have handed OSU five of those eight losses and have won seven of the last 10 meetings in the series, including twice this year. Oklahoma State still leads the all-time series at 16-9, but Minnesota is closing the gap.
Freshmen Become Sophomores
Head coach John Smith made a decision last winter to pull two freshmen out of redshirt because the Cowboys were struggling at both 125 and 133. Coleman Scott and Nathan Morgan both became Big 12 champions later on that year, while Scott went on to finish eighth at the NCAA Championships at 125. The freshmen have become sophomores and have turned into two of the better wrestlers at their weight class in the country. Scott is 23-3 and is ranked as high as fourth in the country. Morgan has the best record on the team at 25-1 and is ranked second by the NWCA/Intermat Individual Rankings at 133 after defeating fourth-ranked Mack Reiter of Minnesota twice and third-ranked Darrell Vasquez of Cal Poly.