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Oklahoma State wrestling: No. 10 Cowboys win 11th straight Bedlam dual vs. Oklahoma, 27-8

Austin Harris’ major decision win at heavyweight helped the Cowboys sweep the Sooners.

Oklahoma State heavyweight Austin Harris, top, scores a takedown with six seconds remaining for a 13-5 major decision against Oklahoma’s Collin McCoy on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The No. 10-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team scored four bonus-point wins to extend its Bedlam winning streak to 11 duals with a 27-8 victory against Oklahoma on Sunday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Cowboys (13-2, 8-1 Big 12) took seven matches of 10 matches against the Sooners (4-7, 2-6), including an upset win for Wyatt Sheets at 157 pounds. Sheets avenged his loss in the previous Bedlam match against No. 20 Justin Thomas with two takedowns and a two-point nearfall for an 8-3 win. Sheets is 2-1 in his career against Thomas.

OSU’s Nick Piccininni, ranked No. 4 at 125, recorded a third-period fall, No. 7 Travis Wittlake had a technical fall at 165 and heavyweight Austin Harris and No. 6 Boo Lewallen at 141 scored major decisions.

OU took a 3-0 lead when No. 17 Anthony Mantanona rolled through No. 10 Joe Smith’s shot attempt and turned the Cowboy in the final 30 seconds for a 10-5 win.

At 184, No. 15 Anthony Montalvo of OSU escaped to start the third and scored a takedown with 14 seconds remaining for a 4-0 win against Darrien Roberts to tie the dual. OU was deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct when Roberts shoved Montalvo after the match. The Cowboys were also hit for mat control to make the dual 2-2.

OSU’s Dakota Geer, ranked No. 14, dropped a back-and-forth bout 10-9 against No. 19 Jake Woodley for the Sooners to take a 5-2 lead.

Harris got the call at heavyweight and scored five takedowns with riding time time for a 13-5 major decision against Collin McCoy to put OSU up 6-5.

Piccininni and true freshman Reece Witcraft had comeback wins at 125 and 133, respectively for the Cowboys to take a 15-5 lead.

After being taken down by Christian Moody, Piccininni scored a reversal and four-point nearfall for a 6-2 lead then Moody pushed back two takedowns and forced two stall calls to make it 9-8 at the end of two periods. Piccininni then grabbed a takedown and locked up a cradle for the fall at 5:54.

Witcraft was thrown to his back by OU backup Tommy Hoskins, but escaped and returned the favor for a 7-7 tie after the first. Witcraft rode out the second then escaped and grabbed a low-level takedown for an 11-7 win.

At 141, No. 5 Dom Demas cut the deficit to 15-8 with a takedown in the first and third periods for a 4-3 win against Dusty Hone.

Lewallen scored a double-leg takedowns and four-point turns in the second and third periods with riding time for a dominate 14-1 major decision against Jacob Butler at 149.

Wittlake put the exclamation point on OSU’s dual win with a takedown clinic in a 19-4 technicall fall in 5:26 over Elijah Joseph for his with his team-leading 25th victory this season.

What’s next

The Cowboys visit rival Iowa at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The dual will be broadcasted on Big Ten Network.

No. 10 Oklahoma State 27, Oklahoma 8

174: No. 17 Anthony Mantanona (OU) dec. No. 10 Joe Smith (OSU), 10-5

184: No. 15 Anthony Montalvo (OSU) dec. Darrien Roberts (OU), 4-0

197: No. 19 Jake Woodley (OU) dec. No. 14 Dakota Geer (OSU), 10-9

285: Austin Harris (OSU) MD Collin McCoy (OU), 13-5

125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) FALL Christian Moody (OU), 5:54

133: Reece Witcraft (OSU) DEC Tommy Hoskins (OU), 11-7

141: No. 5 Dom Demas (OU) DEC Dusty Hone (OSU), 4-3

149: No. 6 Boo Lewallen (OSU) MD Jacob Butler (OU), 14-1

157: Wyatt Sheets (OSU) DEC No. 20 Justin Thomas (OU), 8-3

165: No. 7 Travis Wittlake (OSU) TF Elijah Joseph (OU), 19-4 in 5:26