College wrestling: Cowboys overwhelm Sooners in Bedlam Battle
NORMAN, Okla. – Top-ranked Oklahoma State dropped No. 16 Oklahoma, 33-3, in the 175th edition of Bedlam wrestling Friday night after winning nine of 10 individual bouts. The win bumped the Cowboys' advantage in the series to 138-27-10 and marked the Cowboys' third 30-point victory in the first three duals of the season.
The Cowboys (3-0) recorded four bonus point victories in the win, including technical falls from Kyle Crutchmer and Nolan Boyd at 174 and 184 pounds, respectively, to close out the match.
"The scoreboard looks good," head coach John Smith said. "I felt like we didn't impose our will in some of the matches where I really thought there was a lopsided (advantage), and then it was scoreless in the first period. That scenario is not a scenario you want to see, but sometimes that happens early (in the season). I was pleased with the matches where it seemed like we were tight, and then we exploded and put up a lot of points, so that was good to see."
Preston Weigel started off the night with a 4-0 decision, racking up nearly four minutes of riding time over No. 18 Brad Johnson to improve to 5-1 on the season. Weigel recorded a takedown halfway through the first period, securing nearly a minute and a half of riding time after one. Starting the second on bottom, Weigel escaped quickly to boost his lead to three where it would stay for the remainder of the match.
Senior heavyweight Austin Schafer picked up his second-straight top-15 win Saturday night with a 5-2 decision over No. 15 Ross Larson that extended the Cowboy lead to 6-0. After a scoreless first period, Schafer got the high end of a scoring flurry to start the second, escaping before taking down Larson to jump out to a 3-2 lead after the first two periods. The Edmond, Okla., product closed it out, escaping to open the period and holding off Larson for the remainder of the match.
125-pounder Nick Piccininni tallied a 12-2 major decision over Christian Moody for the first bonus point win of the night for the Pokes. Despite neither wrestler finding a way to score in the first, the redshirt freshman used three takedowns and a four-point nearfall in the final two periods to run up the score in a hurry and convert the major decision. In three duals this season, Piccininni has recorded a pair of technical falls and tonight's major decision to boost his dual point total to 14 on the year.
Kaid Brock recorded a 10-7 win over Oklahoma's Trae Blackwell at 133 pounds to move to 7-0 overall this season and 3-0 in duals. Brock recorded a couple of takedowns in the first period, following with a couple more in the second to lead 9-5 after three. Starting the third on bottom, the Stillwater native escaped to make his lead five. Blackwell would score on a takedown late in the final period, but it was too late as Brock ran out the clock for the decision.
Reigning NCAA Champion Dean Heil came out of the gate hot at 141 pounds, recording three takedowns and a four-point nearfall to lead 10-2 after one frame. The scoring slowed down with each wrestler only adding an escape in the remaining two periods, but that opening spurt and riding time put Heil on top with a 12-3 decision.
Anthony Collica picked up his second win of the season in as many matches with a 10-5 decision over No. 14 Davion Jeffries at 149 pounds to bump the Cowboy lead to 20-0. After a takedown in each of the first two periods, Collica finished strong with a takedown and reversal in the final frame to wrap up the win.
At 157 pounds, Jonce Blaylock dropped 13th-ranked DaWaylon Barnes in a 6-3 decision to seal the victory for the Pokes with three matches to go. Blaylock took a 1-0 lead into the final period. After Barnes escaped to open the third and tie the match at one, the match looked to be headed for sudden victory as both wrestlers struggled to score, but Barnes was called for his second stalling of the night, putting Blaylock ahead. The redshirt sophomore just built his lead after that, closing the match with a pair of takedowns to seal the upset and his second career win over a ranked
Chandler Rogers was the only Cowboy to be defeated Friday night, falling in a 3-1 sudden victory decision to No. 11 Clark Glass at 165 pounds.
Kyle Crutchmer surged late to pick up a 21-6 technical fall over Oklahoma's Hayden Hansen. Leading 5-1 after the first two periods, Kyle Crutchmer found no trouble scoring in the third. Crutchmer tallied five takedowns and two nearfalls in the final frame to get the tech, marking his second bonus point victory of the season.
Nolan Boyd finished off the Cowboy rout with a technical fall win over OU's Andrew Dixon. Boyd jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first period, and got the tech fall in 5:43 after a couple of takedowns and a four-point nearfall over the final two periods.
The dual win was the Cowboys' sixth straight over the Sooners and their 13th in the last 14 meetings. OSU returns to action Sunday at 1 p.m., squaring off with No. 21 Pitt in Gallagher-Iba Arena.