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Oklahoma State handles UNC in season opener

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- The third-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team picked up its first win of the 2017-18 season Saturday afternoon at the Journeymen Northeast Duals, defeating No. 22 North Carolina, 25-9, at Shenendehowa High School.

The Cowboys (1-0) never trailed in the dual, as North Carolina forfeited the 125-pound match and OSU took six of the remaining nine matches to lock up the victory.

At 133, redshirt sophomore Kaid Brock tallied his first dual win of the year in a decision over Tar Heel Zach Sherman. Sherman struck first with a takedown in the opening minute before Brock was able to escape and score two points of his own to take a 3-2 lead after the first period. With riding time, the Cowboy would hold on for the 5-3 win.

Two-time defending national champion Dean Heil stretched his win streak to 45 matches Saturday with a win over A.C. Headlee. Heil tallied a couple of takedowns in the second and third periods while allowing Headlee none to wrap up a 5-2 decision.

OSU dropped its first match of the day at 149 pounds, with Geo Martinez coming up short, 4-3, in his first dual start as a Cowboy to No. 15 Troy Heilmann. After a Martinez takedown in the second period, the score was tied at two heading to the third. Martinez, choosing down to open the frame, escaped to take a 3-2 lead and held it for much of the period; however, Heilmann was able to score a takedown in the final 30 seconds to take the win.

Jonce Blaylock moved to 5-0 in his last five dual starts as he dropped Kennedy Monday for a decision to expand the Pokes' lead to 15-3. Both Blaylock and Monday tallied a couple takedowns each throughout the match, but Blaylock's ability to escape from bottom and a two-point nearfall to end the match clinched the 10-5 victory for the junior.

Junior Chandler Rogers escaped an early deficit against UNC's Clay Lautt to grab his first win of the season and expand the Cowboys' lead. In the opening period, Lautt was awarded an optional start after Rogers called an injury timeout, and escaped followed by a takedown and Rogers escape to put the Cowboy down, 3-1, heading to the second. Lautt chose down and escaped to build his lead to 4-1. Rogers then scored eight unanswered over the final two periods, including a couple of takedowns and a two-point nearfall, to win, 9-4, with riding time.

Junior Jacobe Smith made his first start of his OSU career at 174 pounds against No. 9 Ethan Ramos. Smith scored a takedown midway through the second to take a 5-4 lead, but Ramos pulled away from that point and claimed the Tar Heels' second win of the day in a 13-8 decision.

Redshirt freshman Keegan Moore got the win in his Cowboy debut, picking up a pair of takedowns over Adis Radoncic to notch the 5-2 decision.

Sophomore 197-pounder Andrew Marsden opened his match against No. 10 Danny Chaid strong, scoring a takedown and two-point nearfall, along with a reversal in the first frame to lead, 6-5, after one. Chaid, however, would regain the lead in the second and not look back, pulling away for the 13-9 decision.

At heavyweight, Derek White was able to score bonus points for the Pokes, scoring two takedowns and a four-point nearfall on his way to a 10-1 major decision over Cory Daniel to wrap up the match. It marked the second dual win of White's career.

The Cowboys will be back in action on Sunday in Troy, N.Y. at the Journeymen Collegiate Classic at 9 a.m. ET. Fans can watch the action live on FloWrestling.

Results:
125: No. 3 Nick Piccininni (OSU) wins by forfeit
133: No. 3 Kaid Brock (OSU) dec. Zach Sherman (UNC) 5-3
141: No. 1 Dean Heil (OSU) dec. A.C. Headlee (UNC) 5-2
149: No. 15 Troy Heilmann (UNC) dec. Geo Martinez (OSU) 4-3
157: Jonce Blaylock (OSU) dec. Kennedy Monday (UNC) 10-5
165: No. 4 Chandler Rogers (OSU) dec. Clay Lautt (UNC) 9-4
174: No. 9 Ethan Ramos (UNC) dec. No. 12 Jacobe Smith (OSU) 13-8
184: Keegan Moore (OSU) dec. Adis Radoncic (UNC) 5-2
197: No. 10 Danny Chaid (UNC) dec. Andrew Marsden (OSU) 13-9
HWT: Derek White (OSU) MD Cory Daniel (UNC) 10-1

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