Daton Fix edged Nick Suriano at 133 pounds (Photo/Juan Garcia)
PISCATAWAY, N.J.-- Cowboy Daton Fix defeated No. 3 Nick Suriano in a packed Rutgers Athletic Center, helping the Cowboys to a 26-5 defeat of the Scarlett Knights on Sunday afternoon. Oklahoma State won eight of 10 bouts to secure the win.
"It's nice to win on the road; that's important to do," said coach John Smith. "I think we can be better. We were competitive on the road though, and we'll take it and work to get better."
Fix's 3-2 double-tiebreaker lasted more than 30 minutes. After a scoreless first period, the pair scored only escapes in regulation, sending the bout to overtime. Rutgers coaches challenged for a locked hands call on Fix but were unsuccessful. A locked hands call on Suriano was then overturned. In SV2, Fix won the 3-2 decision after a hands to the face call on Suriano. The win pushed Fix to 20-0 on the season.
Nick Piccininni won by technical fall (Photo/Juan Garcia)
Nick Piccininni started the Cowboys off with a shutout technical fall over Shane Metzler. It marked his ninth of the season and moved his nearfall total to a team-leading nine. Also earning a bonus-point win for the Pokes was Jacobe Smith at 184 pounds. The 14-5 major decision was his second with extra points in as many days.
After bumping up to 165 pounds for the weekend, Andrew Shomers gutted out a 5-4 decision over Stephan Glasgow. Joe Smith and Kaid Brock defeated their opponents, 9-6.
The Cowboys' first of two lost bouts came at 149 pounds where Kaden Gfeller dropped a 10-7 decision to No. 2 Anthony Ashnault. Jonce Blaylock then lost, 4-3, to No. 15 John Van Brill.
OSU capped off the dual with back-to-back wins at 197 and heavyweight. Dakota Geer won a hard-fought 4-2 decision over Matt Correnti, and Derek White took his bout with Christian Colucci, 4-2, also. Each team was deducted a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct following the match at 149 pounds.
The Cowboys return to action next week with a conference matchup in Morgantown on Friday at 8 p.m. EST. From there, the team travels to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers the next day.
125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) TF Shane Metzler (RUTG), 16-0
133: No. 4 Daton Fix (OSU) dec. No. 3 Nick Suriano (RUTG) TB2 3-2
141: No. 12 Kaid Brock (OSU) dec. Pete Lipari (RUTG), 9-6
149: No. 2 Anthony Ashnault (RUTG) dec. No. 6 Kaden Gfeller (OSU), 10-7
157: No. 15 John Van Brill (RUTG) dec. Jonce Blaylock (OSU), 4-3
165: No. 18 Andrew Shomers (OSU) dec. Stephan Glasgow (RUTG), 5-4
174: No. 5 Joe Smith (OSU) dec. Joe Grello (RUTG), 9-6
184: No. 11 Jacobe Smith (OSU) MD Willie Scott (RUTG), 14-5
197: No. 10 Dakota Geer (OSU) dec. Matt Correnti (RUTG), 4-2
285: No. 3 Derek White (OKST) dec. Christian Colucci (RUTG), 4-2