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Oklahoma State wrestling: 7 Cowboys make FloWrestling’s way-too-early 2020 preseason rankings

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Five Cowboys land in the top 10 of their weight class.

2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championship Photo by Justin K. Aller/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Seven Oklahoma State wrestlers are ranked in FloWrestling’s way-too-early preseason rankings, which were released Monday, including five inside the top 10 of their weight class.

Iowa State leads the Big 12 with eight ranked wrestlers, including seven Cyclones in the top 10 at each weight. Oklahoma and Wyoming each have five ranked wrestlers, Fresno State and Northern Colorado have four and Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and West Virginia each have three ranked wrestlers. North Dakota State and Utah Valley have two, while Air Force is the lone Big 12 program without a ranked wrestler.

WVU’s Noah Adams is the highest ranked Big 12 wrestler with the No. 1 spot at 197 following an undefeated season.

Daton Fix is the highest ranked Cowboy at No. 2 at 133 pounds, with Northwestern’s Sebastian Rivera at No. 1. Fix was the NCAA runner-up at the weight to Rutgers’ Nick Suriano in 2019 before taking an Olympic redshirt this past season. Fix, a redshirt sophomore, planned to compete for the 57-kilogram (125 pounds) spot on the United States’ men’s freestyle team at the U.S. Olympic Trials, so he could drop down to that weight.

At 141, Kaid Brock returns at No. 7 after missing this past season due to a torn ACL in August. The redshirt senior and two-time NCAA All-American at 133 pounds was granted a sixth year of eligibility. He went 22-9 in 2018-19 at 141 pounds as he moved up for Fix to slot into OSU’s lineup.

Boo Lewallen, a sixth year senior, entered the rankings at No. 4 at 149. Lewallen went 21-2 this past season and earned the No. 5 seed for the NCAA tournament before it was canceled due to the health concerns around the coronavirus.

Wyatt Sheets, a redshirt junior, is No. 9 at 157 after a 20-7 campaign that saw him earn the No. 11 seed for NCAAs. Redshirt sophomores Travis Wittlake and Anthony Montalvo are ranked Nos. 6 and 11 at 165 and 184, respectively. Wittlake went 27-2 and won the Big 12 title last season for the No. 4 seed at NCAAs, while Montalvo was 25-6 for the No. 9 seed.

Dakota Geer, a redshirt senior, rounds out the ranked Cowboys at No. 14 at 197, which was the seed he had at NCAAs. Geer, a 2019 NCAA All-American, started the season strong before struggling a bit down the stretch to finish 24-8.

OSU wrestlers in FloWrestling’s way-too-early rankings

133: Daton Fix, R-So. (No. 2)

141: Kaid Brock, R-Sr. (No. 7)

149: Boo Lewallen, R-Sr. (No. 4)

157: Wyatt Sheets, R-Jr. (No. 9)

165: Travis Wittlake, R-So. (No. 6)

184: Anthony Montalvo, R-So. (No. 11)

197: Dakota Geer, R-Sr. (No. 14)

Other Big 12 schools

125: No. 10 Alex Mackall (ISU), No. 14 Killian Cardinale (WVU)

133: No. 8 Montorie Bridges (UW), No. 9 Austin Gomez (ISU), No. 11 Mosha Schwartz (UNCO), No. 12 Taylor LaMont (UVU), No. 15 Anthony Madrigal (OU), No. 16 Jack Skudlarczyk (UNI)

141: No. 4 Ian Parker (ISU), No. 6 Dom Demas (OU), No. 10 Michael Blockhus (UNI), No. 14 DJ Lloren (FSU), No. 22 Caleb Rea (WVU)

149: No. 6 Jarrett Degen (ISU), No. 16 Andrew Alirez (UNCO)

157: No. 3 David Carr (ISU), No. 18 Jared Franek (NDSU), No. 19 Justin Thomas (OU), No. 20 Cade DeVos (SDSU), No. 22 Jacob Wright (FSU)

165: No. 19 Tanner Cook (SDSU)

174: No. 7 Anthon Mantanona (OU), No. 8 Demetrius Romero (UVU), No. 9 Samuel Colbray (ISU), No. 19 Hayden Hastings (UW), No. 21 Jackson Hemauer (FSU)

184: No. 19 Marcus Coleman (ISU), No. 22 Alan Clothier (UNCO), No. 25 Tate Samuelson (UW)

197: No. 1 Noah Adams (WVU), No. 10 Tanner Sloan (SDSU), No. 15 Jake Woodley (OU), No. 16 Stephen Buchanan (UW)

285: No. 9 Gannon Gremmel (ISU), No. 11 Brian Andrews (UW), No. 12 Carter Isley (UNI), No. 13 Dalton Robertson (UNCO), No. 17 AJ Nevills (FSU), No. 18 Brandon Metz (NDSU)