Oklahoma State wrestlers went 2-2 during Friday’s semifinals in the men’s senior division freestyle at the U.S. Open in Las Vegas.
Rising redshirt sophomore Daton Fix (57kg) and alum Alex Dieringer (79kg) won their bouts, while alums Jordan Oliver (65kg) and Derek White (125kg) fell in the semifinals. The consolation rounds begin at 11 a.m. Central time, while the finals start at 4 p.m. on FloWrestling.
Fix defeated 2017 NCAA champion Darian Cruz 2-0 to advance to Saturday’s finals. Fix will face 2017 World silver medalist Thomas Gilman, who won by disqualification against Nathan Tomasello in the other semifinal.
Dieringer scored a quick 10-0 technical fall against Geno Morelli to meet former Cowboy Chance Marsteller in the finals. Dieringer has outscored his four opponents 42-0 in the tournament, with his semifinal bout being the only match to last longer than a minute.
Oliver led 4-4 on criteria at the break against his training partner Yianni Diakomihalis, a two-time NCAA champion and two-time Cadet World champion. But Diakomihalis poured it on in the second period for a 16-5 technical fall against Oliver.
White was outmatched in a 6-0 loss to Adam Coon, a Greco-Roman World silver medalist.
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Nick Piccininni and Eddie Klimara (57kg) and Wyatt Sheets (70kg) all went 3-2, while Cornelius Putnam (125kg) was 1-2.
Saturday’s final matches
57kg: Daton Fix vs. Thomas Gilman
79kg: Alex Dieringer vs. Chance Marsteller
Friday’s semifinal results
57kg: Daton Fix def. Darian Cruz, 2-0
65kg: Yianni Diakomihalis def. Jordan Oliver, 16-5 tech fall
79kg: Alex Dieringer def. Geno Morelli, 10-0 tech fall
125kg: Adam Coon def. Derek White, 6-0