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No. 3 Oklahoma State wrestling routs West Virginia, 40-3

Daton Fix (133) wins another match against a ranked opponent.

Oklahoma State’s Daton Fix, top, rides No. 17 Matt Schmitt of West Virginia on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virigina.

The No. 3-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team took nine of 10 matches against West Virginia in a 40-3 win in a Big 12 conference dual Friday at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Cowboys posted two falls and two technical falls to improve to 8-0 and 4-0 in conference duals this season.

No. 2 heavyweight Derek White and No. 12 Kaid Brock at 141 pounds both pinned their opponents. White made quick work of Brandon Ngati in 2:23 for his sixth fall this season, while Brock had two takedowns then threw Caleb Rea straight to his back in the first at 2:43.

The Cowboys had two No. 4 ranked wrestlers in Nick Piccininni (125) and Joe Smith (174) scored tech falls. Piccininni displayed his up-tempo offensive with seven takedowns and a nearfall against Joey Thomas, while Smith had three first-period takedowns and two turns then added an escape and another takedown before a nearfall ended the bout against James Wujek.

No. 11 Jacobe Smith (184) also earned six team points with a forfeit.

No. 2 Daton Fix met No. 17 Matt Schmitt at 133 in a match between two undefeated grapplers. Fix had an inside trip takedown near the boundary line in the first period then Schmitt escaped to start the next frame, but Fix made it 4-1 with a takedown. Schmitt escaped again only to have Fix grab a takedown at the buzzer for a 6-2 edge. Schmitt scored his third escape in the final period, but Fix held on for a 8-2 decision with riding time.

No. 4 Kaden Gfeller (149) defeated Christian Monserrat 3-1 for his first win after going 0-2 last weekend against the top two ranked wrestlers. Wyatt Sheets (157) made his dual debut, and scored all three points he needed in the third period for a 3-1 decision against Zach Moore.

Tied 4-4 late in the third period, Andrew Shomers fended off a late takedown attempt by No. 20 Nick Kiussis to force sudden victory. Kiussis was awarded a takedown and a 6-4 decision after a scramble. Shomers is filling in for All-American Chandler Rogers, who suffered a hamstring injury earlier this month at the Southern Scuffle tournament.

The Cowboys visit No. 14 Pittsburgh at noon Central time Saturday.

No. 3 Oklahoma State 40, West Virginia 3

125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) TF Joey Thomas (WVU), 21-5

133: No. 2 Daton Fix (OSU) dec. No. 17 Matthew Schmitt (WVU), 8-2

141: No. 12 Kaid Brock (OSU) fall Caleb Rea/Luke Martin (WVU), 2:43

149: No. 4 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) dec. Christian Monserrat (WVU), 3-1

157: Wyatt Sheets (OSU) dec. Zach Moore (WVU), 3-0

165: No. 20 Nick Klussis (WVU) dec. Andrew Shomers (OSU), 6-4 in SV1

174: No. 4 Joe Smith (OSU) TF James Wujek (WVU), 20-2

184: No. 10 Jacobe Smith (OSU) forefit

197: No. 13 Dakota Geer (OSU) dec. Noah Adams (WVU), 10-6

HWT: No. 2 Derek White (OSU) fall Brandon Ngati (WVU), 2:23