Freshmen Fix, Gfeller lead Oklahoma State to win over Minnesota

Freshman Daton Fix defeated two-time All-American Ethan Lizak at 133 pounds (Photo/David Peterson, Minnesota/USA Wrestling)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The No. 4 Oklahoma State wrestling team (2-0) won its second dual of the weekend Sunday, as the Cowboys won seven individual bouts with three wins over ranked opponents and three more bonus-point wins to take down No. 11 Minnesota, 23-9, at Maturi Pavillion.

Nick Piccininni, Daton Fix, Kaden Gfeller and each claimed wins over ranked opponents at 125, 133 and 149 pounds, respectively, while Chandler Rogers (165 pounds), Jacobe Smith (174 pounds) and Dakota Geer (184 pounds) won three-straight major decisions to separate the Cowboys from the Gophers for a comfortable dual win.

"I thought we did a good job as far as winning the second and third periods in some of those closer bouts," coach John Smith said. "Looking at the positives, we had Kaden Gfeller with a good win. It was a nice match to watch from a guy who had to bump up a weight with short notice."

At 149 pounds, Gfeller stepped in for injured Boo Lewallen to upset No. 18 Tommy Thorn, 9-3. The Cowboy's offense started early with a takedown and finished strong with a takedown and two-point nearfall to close out the final period.

Fix matched up with No. 6 Ethan Lizak at 133 pounds and defeated the 2017 NCAA finalist, 6-1. The ninth-ranked Cowboy scored two takedowns and a reversal and held Lizak to only one escape in the bout.

"I was really excited for this trip," Fix said. "It was my college debut, really, and I was looking forward to wrestling Seth Gross and Ethan Lizak. I only got the opportunity to wrestle one, and I took advantage of it. I've been looking forward to this year for as long as I can remember."

Piccininni was tested at 125 pounds in a matchup with the Minnesota's Sean Russell but held on to defeat the fifth-ranked Gopher, 3-0. The Poke moves to 3-2 in the series against Russell and handed Russell his first loss of the season.

Jacobe Smith notched a win at 174 pounds (Photo/Mark Beshey, The Guillotine)

The string of three consecutive major decisions began with a Rogers win over Minnesota's Carson Brolsma, 10-2. Rogers picked up four takedowns in the bout and also earned a riding time point. Smith notched an 11-2 major over Devin Skatzka in the 174 bout, and Geer shut out Owen Webster in his 10-0 major at 184 pounds.

Andrew Marsden picked up OSU's seventh win of the dual at 197 pounds, beating Brandon Krone, 2-0.

Mitchell McKee topped Kaid Brock at 141 pounds (Photo/David Peterson, Minnesota/USA Wrestling)

Redshirt junior Kaid Brock and Andrew Shomers lost decisions at 141 and 157, respectively. No. 8 Mitch McKee upset Brock, 6-3, to mark the 141-pounder's first loss in the series. Shomers dropped a close bout to No. 11 Steve Bleise, 8-5, when the Gopher picked up a late takedown and nearfall. Third-ranked Derek White fell to No. 5 Gable Steveson at heavyweight, 8-2.

It marked OSU's fourth-straight win over Minnesota, and its second-straight in Minneapolis. OSU would have won the match 24-9, but was docked a team point during Fix's match.

The Cowboys open the home portion of their schedule next week, facing the Wyoming Cowboys on Nov. 25 in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) dec. No. 5 Sean Russell (MINN), 3-0
133: No. 9 Dayton Fix (OSU) dec. No. 6 Ethan Lizak (MINN), 6-1
141: No 8 Mitch McKee (MINN) dec. No. 5 Kaid Brock (OSU), 6-3
149: Kaden Gfeller (OSU) dec. No. 18 Tommy Thorn (MINN), 9-3
157: No. 11 Steve Bleise (MINN) dec. No. 20 Andrew Shomers (OSU), 8-5
165: Chandler Rogers (OSU) MD Logan Peterson (MINN), 10-2
174: Jacobe Smith (OSU) MD Devin Skatzka (MINN), 11-2
184: No. 12 Dakota Geer (OSU) MD Owen Webster (MINN), 10-0
197: Andrew Marsden (OSU) dec. Brandon Krone (MINN), 2-0
285: No. 5 Gable Steveson (MINN) dec. No. 3 Derek White (OSU), 8-2


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