Four Oklahoma State wrestlers won Southern Scuffle individual titles Wednesday at McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
OSU’s No. 12-ranked Kaden Gfeller had the upset of the finals with a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Mitch Finesilver of Duke at 149 pounds. Cowboy heavyweight Derek White, ranked No. 6, held off a late rally by No. 3 Anthony Cassar of Penn State for a 3-2 victory.
Kaden Gfeller wins back to back Southern Scuffle titles with a 3-2 win over Mitch Finesilver. pic.twitter.com/bR8sG6Mnzn— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) January 3, 2019
OSU’s No. 4-ranked Nick Piccininni handled Northern Colorado’s Rico Montoya 7-2 at 125, and No. 6 Daton Fix secured the 133 title with a 7-3 victory with riding time over No. 9 Austin Gomez of Iowa State. Fix and Gomez will meet again in a Big 12 dual Jan. 27 in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State wins back to back Scuffle titles as Nick Piccininni rolls to the title at 125. pic.twitter.com/b8NjuvqLMb— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) January 3, 2019
Eighth-ranked Cowboy Joe Smith dropped a 5-1 decision to top-ranked Mark Hall of Penn State at 174. The duo were tied 1-1 with 15 seconds left in the third period before Hall recorded a takedown with a three-point nearfall.
Penn State won the Southern Scuffle team title with a 216.5 record point total. OSU took second at 188.5 and ISU was third at 104.
White started a run of three straight titles for OSU. He grabbed a takedown with 1:30 left in the first period then Cassar escaped for it to be 2-1 heading into the second. White escaped within three seconds and fended off some takedown attempts for the 3-2 win.
Derek White edges Anthony Cassar 3-2 to win the heavyweight Southern Scuffle title. pic.twitter.com/OBO8vIFWGM— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) January 3, 2019
Piccininni picked up the second title with his second win of the season over Montoya. He previously beat the UNCO wrestler 11-2 in the Dec. 16 dual in Greeley, Colorado.
Fix scored a takedown a minute into the match then Gomez escaped to make it 2-1 heading into the second. Fix escaped from bottom to start the second and another takedown with 30 seconds left and claimed a 7-3 win with riding time.
Daton Fix is too slick. He beats Gomez 6–3 to win his first Southern Scuffle title. pic.twitter.com/YRSSap8Q3f— FloWrestling (@FloWrestling) January 3, 2019
The Cowboys return to action in 10 day, when they visit Princeton and Rutgers in New Jersey for non-conference duals on back-to-back days.
OSU’s Southern Scuffle results
125: Nick Piccininni — 1st
133: Daton Fix — 1st
141: Kaid Brock — DNP
149: Kaden Gfeller — 1st, Dusty Hone DNP
157: Jonce Blaylock — 6th, Wyatt Sheets DNP
165: Chandler Rogers — 6th
174: Joe Smith — 2nd, Christian Bahl DNP
184: Jacobe Smith — 4th, Bear Hughes DNP
197: Dakota Geer — 4th, Austin Harris DNP
HWT: Derek White — 1st