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Oklahoma State wrestling: 7 Cowboys make FloWrestling’s preseason rankings

OSU is ranked No. 3 as a team behind Penn State and Iowa.

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Seven Oklahoma State wrestlers found themselves ranked among the top-25 of their respective weight classes in FloWrestling’s preseason rankings.

OSU is ranked No. 3 as a team behind Penn State and Iowa. Ohio State is No. 4 and Arizona State and Wisconsin are tied at No. 5. Northern Iowa (No. 10), Iowa State (No. 13) and Oklahoma (No. 19) also made the top 25.

Six of the seven ranked Cowboy wrestlers are in the top 10, with Wyatt Sheets being the lone outsider at No. 25 at 157 pounds.

Daton Fix is the highest ranked Cowboy at No. 2 at 133 pounds and No. 12 in the pound for pound rankings. Fix was the Big 12 champion and NCAA runner-up last season, but could opt to take an Olympic redshirt this season.

Nick Piccininni (No. 4 at 125 pounds) finished his first undefeated regular season and winning his third consecutive Big 12 title in 2018-19. He was fifth at NCAAs.

Kaden Gfeller (No. 10 at 141), Boo Lewallen (No. 7 at 149), Joe Smith (No. 6 at 174) and Dakota Geer (No. 7 at 197) are also ranked.

Gfeller moved up to 149 last season after Lewallen was sidelined with a season-ending injury. Gfeller repeated as Southern Scuffle champ, won his first Big 12 title and was a NCAA qualifier. Smith competed at 165 and 174 last season, winning the Reno Tournament of Champions and taking fifth place at Big 12s to qualify for NCAAs. Geer transferred from Edinboro and took third at Big 12s after being out a month then took seventh at NCAAs with the No. 26 seed.

Other Big 12 ranked wrestlers

125

11. Jacob Schwarm (Sr) of Northern Iowa

14. Alex Mackall (Jr) of Iowa State

15. Cole Verner (Sr) of Wyoming

18. Christian Moody (Sr) of Oklahoma

21. Sidney Flores (So) of Air Force

133

8. Austin Gomez (So) of ISU

11. Montorie Bridges (Jr) of Wyoming

13. Cam Sykora (Sr) of North Dakota State

23. Gary Joint (So) of Fresno State

141

  1. Dom Demas (So) of OU

12. Sam Turner (Jr) of Wyoming

14. Ian Parker (Jr) of ISU

149

3. Jarrett Degen (Jr) of ISU

8. Max Thomsen (Sr) of UNI

13. Matt Findlay (Jr) of Utah Valley

16. Khristian Olivas (Sr) of Fresno State

25. Alec Opsal (Sr) of Air Force

157

12. Justin Thomas (Jr) of OU

17. David Carr (Fr) of ISU

165

7. Bryce Steiert (Sr) of UNI

9. Demetrius Romero (Sr) of Utah Valley

12. Andrew Fogarty (Sr) of ND State

16. Austin Matthews (Sr) of Northern Colorado

174

11. Kimball Bastian (Sr) of Utah Valley

16. Hayden Hastings (So) of Wyoming

19. Lorenzo De La Riva (Sr) of ND State

22. Marcus Coleman (So) of ISU

25. Anthony Mantanona (So) of OU

184

4. Taylor Lujan (Sr) of UNI

5. Samuel Colbray (Jr) of ISU

17. Tate Samuelson (So) of Wyoming

18. Jackson Hemauer (So) of Fresno State

197

4. Jacob Holschlag (Sr) of UNI

5. Tanner Sloan (Fr) of South Dakota State

6. Josh Hokit (Sr) of Fresno State

17. Jake Woodley (So) of OU

20. Noah Adams (So) of West Virginia

23. Cale Davidson (So) of Wyoming

285

12. Tate Orndorff (So) of Utah Valley

15. Brian Andrews (Jr) of Wyoming

16. AJ Nevills (Jr) of Fresno State

17. Gannon Gremmel (Jr) of ISU

20. Carter Isley (Jr) of UNI

21. Brandon Metz (So) of ND State

24. Brandon Ngati (Sr) of WVU