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No. 3 Oklahoma State fends off No. 25 Princeton, 27-12

Jacobe Smith and Derek White score to pins for the Cowboys to improve to 6-0 this season.

Oklahoma State’s Jacobe Smith, left, picks up the fall against Princeton’s Kevin Parker in the first period of their 184-pound match Saturday, Jan. 12, at Jadwin Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey.

The No. 3-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team picked up four bonus-point victories, including pins from Jacobe Smith and Derek White, for a 27-12 non-conference dual win Saturday at No. 25 Princeton.

It’s the first time this season the Cowboys (6-0) have allowed double digits in a dual. Prior to Saturday, OSU’s highest point total allowed was nine to Minnesota on Nov. 18 in Minneapolis.

Nick Piccininni, Daton Fix and Kaid Brock opened up a 12-0 lead for the Cowboys at Jadwin Gymnasium. No. 4-ranked Piccininni battled out a 9-4 decision against No. 12 Patrick Glory at 125 pounds before No. 6 Fix cruised to a 22-7 third-period technical fall at 133 over Jonathan Gomez. No. 13 Brock picked up his first win since returning from an injury with a 16-2 major decision with riding time over Marshall Keller.

No. 1 Matthew Kolodzik put Princeton on the scoreboard with a 8-3 decision with riding time over No. 5 Kaden Gfeller. Kolodzik scored three quick takedowns, including one in each period, plus an escape for the win. It’s the first loss this season for Gfeller, who bumped up to 149 for injured All-American Boo Lewellan.

Fix and Gfeller will both face No. 2-ranked opponents again Sunday at Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Fix meets sophomore Nick Suriano in a rematch of their 32:52-minute match from four years ago, while Gfeller takes on six-year senior Anthony Ashnault.

Kolodzik’s victory was the first of three for the Tigers.

Quincy Monday, the son of OSU great Kenny Monday, had a wild 6-5 win over Jonce Blaylock at 157. The younger Monday and Blaylock traded takedowns and reversals in the first period. OSU head coach John Smith challenged Blaylock’s takedown attempt in the final moments of the match, but the call stood and Monday held on for a 6-5 win.

Andrew Shomers, who is the regular starter at 157, moved up a weight to face Lenny Merkin. Shomers was strong on top with a two-point nearfall in the second period, but Merkin turned into him for a reversal and nearly put the Cowboy on his back with a hip toss. The two traded reversals in the third before Merkin escaped and stuffed Shomers’ last-second takedown attempt for a 9-7 victory.

Joe and Jacobe Smith put an end to the Tigers’ momentum.

No. 5 Joe Smith built a 7-2 lead in the second, but Travis Stefanik made it a close match in the third. Stefanik escaped then scored a takedown, but Smith turned up the pressure and matched him with a three-point swing for a 10-6 win.

No. 11 Jacobe Smith was in trouble, or at least it appeared so. He was battling for positioning and was nearly taken down by Kevin Parker, but he shifted his hips and threw the Tiger grappler to the mat with a headlock for a pin at 1:32. Princeton asked for a review of Parker’s takedown attempt, but the call held up and Jacobe Smith increased the Cowboys’ lead to 21-9.

No. 13 Dakota Geer, who like so many for OSU was wrestling up a weight, couldn’t fend off the furious attack from No. 3 Patrick Brucki in a 8-4 loss. Geer will have another ranked opponent Sunday, when he faces No. 12 Nick Gravina.

No. 3 Derek White duplicated Jacobe Smith’s effort with a first-period fall of Obinna Ajah at heavyweight.

No. 3 OSU 27, No. 25 Princeton 12

125: Piccininni (OSU) dec. Glory (PRI), 9-4
133: Fix (OSU) tech fall Gomez (PRI), 22-7
141: Brock (OSU) major dec. Marshall Keller (PRI), 16-2 RT
149: Kolozik (PRI) dec. Gfeller (OSU), 8-3 RT
157: Monday (PRI) dec. Blaylock (OSU), 6-5
165: Merkin (PRI) dec. Shomers (OSU), 9-7
174: Joe Smith (OSU) dec. Stefanik (PRI), 11-8
184: Jacobe Smith (OSU) fall Parker (PRI), 1:32
197: Brucki (PRI) dec. Geer (OSU), 8-4
HWT: White (OSU) fall Ajah (PRI), 2:09