Daton Fix avenged his loss from four years ago to Nick Suriano in No. 3-ranked Oklahoma State’s 26-5 win over No. 24 Rutgers on Sunday at Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Fix and Suriano met in a top-6 showdown for the first time in their college careers since their 32:52-minute high school match at FloWrestling’s Who’s Number One in 2015.
The bout was tied 1-1 after three periods and sudden victory — both No. 6 Fix and No. 2 Suriano earned escape points in regulation. Fix appeared to lock his hands while riding Suriano in the first rideout tiebreaker, but there was no call.
Rutgers challenged for locked hands, but the call stood after a review. Suriano’s escape also counted as he earned the point after the challenge brick was tossed but before the review. Suriano then was called for locked hands, plus a Fix escape gave the OSU freshman a 3-2 lead in the second tiebreaker rideout. Rutgers challenged again, but this time it was overturned after a more than 10-minute video review.
Fix’s escape was wiped out, but he was able to get the point back and send the match to another sudden victory after a locked hands challenged by the Cowboys (7-0) was denied. Fix (19-0) won the bout 3-2 when Suriano was called for a hands-to-the-face penalty.
Unsportsmanlike like conduct on Suriano.— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) January 13, 2019
+1 for Fix.
That’s the match. pic.twitter.com/YpssPebLjH
Boos rained down on the officials and even a water bottle was tossed from the stands by a fan, who was escorted from the building.
The second ranked vs. ranked matchup came at 149 pounds between OSU’s No. 5 Kaden Gfeller and No. 2 Anthony Ashnault.
Ashnault and Gfeller escaped to start the second, but Ashnault took him down with an ankle pick to take the lead before the Cowboy redshirt freshman escaped to tie it 6-6 heading into the third. Ashnault escaped and took Gfeller down in the third to secure a 9-6 win.
The battle didn’t end after the whistle. Ashnault made the “pistols firing” gesture at OSU’s coaches, and Gfeller took exception to it and shoved the six-year Rutgers senior. Both teams were deduced a team point.
Oh man. After No. 2 Anthony Ashnault defeats No. 6 Kaden Dfeller and gives him the pistol fingers and Dfeller takes exception. The Oklahoma State grappler pushes him and both sides got a one-point deduction as a result. pic.twitter.com/isTkCpHVAA— Brian Fonseca (@briannnnf) January 13, 2019
Head coach Scott Goodale and Anthony Ashnault met with the media after today's dual with No. 3 Oklahoma State. pic.twitter.com/oX22futMvi— RVision (@RVisionRU) January 13, 2019
Tied 2-2 after the second at 157, John Van Brill escaped to start the final period to hand Jonce Blaylock a 4-3 loss.
No. 4 Nick Piccininni (125) and No. 11 Jacobe Smith (184) both recorded bonus-point wins. Piccininni shut out Shane Metzler for a 17-0 technical fall in the third period, and Smith picked up a 14-5 major decision with riding time over Willie Scott. Smith was expected to face No. 12 Nick Gravina, but the Rutgers grappler suffered an injury Friday night against Wisconsin’s Mason Reinhardt.
No. 5 Joe Smith (174) and No. 13 Kaid Brock (141) both had 9-6 decisions with riding time, while Dakota Geer (197) and No. 3 Derek White (heavyweight) had 4-2 decisions.
Andrew Shomers (165) escaped and grabbed a takedown in the third period before fending off a late scramble for a 5-4 win over Stephan Glasgow.
The Cowboys have another back-to-back on the road next weekend when they visit West Virginia in a Big 12 conference dual then head to Pittsburgh.
No. 3 OSU 26, No. 24 Rutgers 5
125: Piccininni (OSU) TF Metzler (RU), 17-0 TF 5:16
133: Fix (OSU) dec. Suriano (RU), 3-2 SV2
141: Brock (OSU) dec. Lipari (RU), 9-6 RT
149: Ashnault (RU) dec. Gfeller (OSU), 9-6
157: VanBrill (RU) dec. Blaylock (OSU), 4-3
165: Shomers (OSU) dec. Glasgow (RU), 5-4
174: Joe Smith (OSU) dec. Grello (RU), 9-6 RT
184: Jacobe Smith (OSU) major dec. Scott (RU), 14-5 RT
197: Geer (OSU) dec. Correnti (RU), 4-2
HWT: White (OSU) dec. Colucci (RU), 4-2