The No. 3-ranked Oklahoma State stayed perfect with four bonus-point victories in a 33-9 road win over No. 14 Pittsburgh on Saturday at Fitzgerald Fieldhouse.
No. 4 Nick Piccininni opened the dual at 125 pounds with his second technical fall win of the weekend with a 21-6 win over Brendon Fenton.
Then came the marquee match of the dual with No. 2 Daton Fix and No. 4 Mikey Phillipi at 133.
Fix nearly scored a takedown on two separate occasions in the first period, but Phillipi was able to fend off the attacks. Fix took a 1-0 lead into the third period after an escape in the second. Phillippi scored a takedown on the boundary with 30 seconds left in the match to hand Fix’s his first collegiate loss, 3-1. Phillippi’s takedown was the first offensive scored on Fix all season.
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The Cowboys quieted a raucous crowd with back-to-back pins in less than a minute from No. 12 Kaid Brock and No. 4 Kaden Gfeller.
Wyatt Sheets kept the momentum going for OSU with a 9-3 decision over No. 10 Taleb Rahmani at 157. Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the redshirt sophomore Sheets picked up a takedown and four-point nearfall for the win.
After the intermission, Jake Wentzel gave the Panthers some life with a pin in 1:48 against Andrew Shomers, who bumped up to 165 for injured All-American Chandler Rogers.
No. 4 Joe Smith (174) overwhelmed Gregg Harvey with a six-point first period en route to a 11-3 major decision.
No. 10 Jacobe Smith then scored a takedown with less than a minute left in the match to rally for a 7-4 decision with riding time over No. 12 Santino Bonaccorsi.
No. 10 Dakota Geer (197) and No. 2 Derek White (heavyweight) closed out the dual with decisions over their opponents.
Kellan Stout took down Geer, but the Cowboy reversed him and scored another reversal to start the second and rode Stout out. Geer grabbed a takedown and locked in riding time for a 7-2 decision.
White had his closest match since his loss to No. 1 Gable Stevenson of Minnesota, when he faced No. 13 Demetrius Thomas.
White took Thomas down twice in the first then escaped and grabbed another takedown in the second. Thomas returned the favor with a takedown of his own, but White escaped to hold a 8-5 lead after two. Thomas pushed the action and forced a stalling call on White, but couldn’t overcome the Cowboy’s defense as White took a 9-7 decision with riding time.
The Cowboys return to Gallagher-Iba Arena to host No. 16 Iowa State in a Big 12 conference dual on Jan. 27 in Stillwater. It’ll be the first home dual for the Cowboys since Dec. 9, when they put a beat down on Bedlam rival Oklahoma, 41-2.
No. 3 Oklahoma State 33, No. 14 Pittsburgh 9
125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) TF Brendon Fenton (PITT), 21-6
133: No. 4 Mikey Phillipi (PITT) dec. No. 2 Daton Fix (OSU), 3-1
141: No. 12 Kaid Brock (OSU) fall Lorenzo Bently (PITT), 0:32
149: No. 4 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) fall Robert Lee (PITT), 0:58
157: Wyatt Sheets (OSU) dec. No. 10 Taleb Rahmani (PITT), 9-3
165: Jake Wentzel (PITT) fall Andrew Shomers (OSU), 1:48
174: No. 4 Joe Smith (OSU) major dec. Gregg Harvey (PITT), 11-3
184: No. 10 Jacobe Smith (OSU) dec. No. 12 Santino Bonaccorsi (PITT), 7-4
197: No. 10 Dakota Geer (OSU) dec. Kellan Stout (PITT), 7-2
HWT: No. 2 Derek White (OSU) dec. No. 13 Demetrius Thomas (PITT), 9-8