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2019 Southern Scuffle: 4 Oklahoma State wrestlers win titles

Daton Fix, Kaden Gfeller, Nick Piccininni and Derek White take to the top of the podium.

2017 NCAA Div I Wrestling Championships Session One Photo by Hunter Martin/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

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.

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.

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.

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.

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