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Oklahoma takes down Appalachian State

BOONE, N.C. -- The Oklahoma wrestling team earned its first dual match victory of the season Sunday at Appalachian State, defeating the Mountaineers 20-12, in OU's final match of the calendar year.

At 184, OU's Kayne MacCallum got the first win of the day, defeating Appalachian State's Alan Clothier in a 4-3 decision. The graduate transfer opened the bout with a takedown in the first period and got an escape for a 3-1 lead after the second. Clothier tied things up at 3-all with a reversal in the final frame, but MacCallum escaped to retake the lead at 4-3 and hold on to win the bout. His victory put the Sooners on the board first with a 3-0 lead.

Appalachian State evened out the match at 3-3 after the 187 pounds bout, with No. 18 Randall Diabe defeating OU's Jake Woodley in a 5-3 decision.

OU's Jake Boyd was defeated by Carey Miller 4-2 in the heavyweight matchup and the Mountaineers took a 6-3 lead in the contest.

Christian Moody tied the match again at 6-all with a 4-2 decision against De'Andre Swinson-Barr at 125. Moody used an early takedown for a 2-1 lead after one period, then got an escape in the second to go up 3-1. App State's Swinson-Barr closed the gap to 3-2 with an escape in the final frame, but Moody held on and was awarded a point for riding time to secure the victory.

At 133, freshman Anthony Madrigal was defeated by Codi Russell in a 5-4 decision, and the Mountaineers again took the lead 9-6

No. 8 Dom Demas (141) tied the match at 9-all with a 13-7 win over Irvin Enriquez. Demas used a total of five takedowns and earned a point for riding time to close out Enriquez and give the Sooners the lead.

At 149, OU's Davion Jeffries defeated Matt Zovistoski in a tech fall (18-2). Jeffries' win came by way of four four-point near falls and a reversal to extend OU's lead to 14-9.

The Sooners took a 17-9 lead when Justin Thomas (157) defeated Mountaineer Angel Najar 3-2. After a scoreless first period, Thomas used an escape to get on the board in the second before getting a takedown in the third and holding on to win.

OU's Jeremy Thomas suffered a narrow 5-4 loss to Michael Elliot in the 165 pounds bout. Thomas led 4-1 through two periods before Elliot came back to score a takedown and an escape to tie it in the third. Elliot was awarded a point for riding time to secure the match, but OU held on to a 17-12 lead.

In the final bout of the day, Sooner Anthony Mantanona (174) held on to win a thriller against Thomas Flitz, 18-14. Mantanona took an early lead, grabbing a takedown and three four-point near falls in the first period to go up 14-2. The redshirt freshman escaped in the second for a 15-4 lead before Flitz scored ten points to close the the gap in the third, but Mantanona prevailed and Oklahoma closed out the match 20-12.

With the victory, OU moves to 4-0 in the all-time series with Appalachian State.

Results:
125 Christian Moody (OU) Dec. 4-2 De'Andre Swinson-Barr (APP)
133 Codi Russell (APP) Dec. 5-4 Anthony Madrigal (OU)
141 No. 8 Dom Demas (OU) Dec. 13-7 Irvin Enriquez (APP)
149 Davion Jeffries (OU) Tech fall 18-2 Matt Zovistoski (APP)
157 Justin Thomas (OU) Dec. 3-2 Angel Najar (APP)
165 Michael Elliot (APP) Dec. 5-4 Jeremy Thomas (OU)
174 Anthony Mantanona (OU) Dec. 18-14 Thomas Flitz (APP)
184 Kayne MacCallum (OU) Dec. 4-3 Alan Clothier (APP)
197 No. 18 Randall Diabe Dec. 5-3 Jake Woodley (OU)
HWT Carey Miller (APP) Dec. 4-2 Jake Boyd (OU)

Up Next
OU will return to Norman Jan. 4 to host West Virginia inside McCasland Field House at 6:30 p.m., followed by Pitt on Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. at Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Okla.

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