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Oklahoma State advances 7 to semifinals at Southern Scuffle

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Seven Oklahoma State wrestlers advanced to semifinals action at the Southern Scuffle on Tuesday evening, with Chandler Rogers (165), Dakota Geer (197) and Derek White (HWT) each pinning their opponents in the quarterfinals.

The Cowboys had a strong outing on the first day of competition, going 38-11 overall. OSU is positioned in second, trailing only Penn State (121.5) in the team race with 111.5 points. Of the 38 bouts, 26 came with bonus points attached.

Rogers received a bye to the round of sixteen and pinned Colt Yinger of Ohio and Duke's Zach Finesilver to claim a spot in the semifinals. At 197, Geer earned a technical fall in his first match, then defeated Dylan Reynolds (Edinboro) before pinning Randal Diabe (Appalachian State) in the quarterfinals. White controlled his competition at 285 pounds, winning two technical falls in the earlier rounds before pinning Lock Haven's Thomas Haines.

At 125 pounds, redshirt junior Nick Piccinnini outscored his opponents 51-1 on the day. He notched technical falls over Arick Shankles (Edinboro), Cevion Severado (Missouri) and Jakob Camacho (NC State) to advance to the semifinals round. Daton Fix dominated the 133-pound bracket winning two technical falls and recording his first pin of the season over Air Force's John Towmey.

Kaden Gfeller notched falls in his first three matches of the day before gutting out a 3-2 decision against Penn State's Jarod Verleeren. Gfeller won the Scuffle title at 141 pounds a year ago wrestling unattached. Joe Smith took his first two matches at 174 pounds by fall and won a tight 4-2 decision over Trent Hidlay in the quarterfinals.

Bumping up to 184 pounds, Jacobe Smith fell to Virginia Tech's Hunter Bolen, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. Jonce Blaylock also lost his quarterfinals match with two-time NCAA Champion Jason Nolf. They will begin wrestling in consolations for a shot at podium tomorrow.

Dusty Hone is still in the hunt at 149 pounds for the Cowboys. After dropping his first bout of the day to Penn State's Brady Berge, the Cowboy has won four straight matches in the consolation bracket, including a 15-6 major decision to close out the day.

The Cowboys return to the mats tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time with a shot at 10 wrestlers claiming spots on the podium. Fans can watch the action on FloWrestling.com or follow along with @CowboyWrestling on Twitter.

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