STILLWATER -- Cowboy wrestling toppled Lehigh, 27-6, on Sunday afternoon in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The win against the 22nd-ranked Mountain Hawks moved the Cowboys to 12-0 on the season and was the eighth win for the Pokes over a ranked opponent.
"I thought that would be a tough dual meet," coach John Smith said. "Getting wins at those first four weights was a big way to start the dual, and Andrew stepping out and having a nice win at 165 and a nice performance from Sheets with a takedown in overtime to win… Those are two battle matches that we want at the end. Those are the things you like to see… guys finding ways to win."
At 157 pounds, Wyatt Sheets picked up his second win over a ranked opponent since entering the starting lineup, defeating 16th-ranked Josh Humphreys in sudden victory. Sheets held a 5-2 lead to begin the third period, but Humphreys scored an escape and notched a takedown late to tie the match at 5. Sheets scored the match-winning takedown 30 seconds into overtime to give the Cowboys a 17-0 team lead through five bouts.
"I don't think I've really ever experienced anything like that just because I was in Gallagher," Wyatt Sheets said. "It was a completely different experience than anything I've ever been in. I actually didn't know that guy was ranked. It's a big confidence boost, and I'm just now finding out about it. I'm excited."
Andrew Shomers extended the Cowboys' lead further and picked up a 10-9 decision over Gordon Wolf at 165 pounds. Shomers reversed Wolf with only four seconds left in the match to pull off the win. It marked his third victory wrestling at the higher weight.
Three Cowboys notched bonus-point wins Sunday afternoon. Nick Piccininni won a 16-5 major decision over Luke Resnick and moved to 24-0 on the season. At 141 pounds, Kaid Brock bounced back from a tough loss and notched 12-4 major decision over Ryan Pomrinca with a late takedown. Dakota Geer scored six third-period points to earn a 13-5 major decision over Chris Weiler at 197 pounds.
Picking up decisions for the Cowboys were Daton Fix, Kaden Gfeller and Derek White. Fix won 7-1 over Brandon Paetzell and Gfeller notched a 13-8 win against Cortlandt Schuyler. White won his 20th dual match in a 3-2 win over No. 7 Jordan Wood.
Joe Smith lost a close decision to No. 6 Jordan Kutler and Jacobe Smith was topped by No. 8 Ryan Preisch, 8-3, in his first dual loss of the season.
The Cowboys' next dual is at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, against Big 12 opponent Air Force in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) MD Luke Resnick (LEH) 16-5
133: No. 3 Daton Fix (OSU) dec. Brandon Paetzell (LEH) 7-1
141: No. 15 Kaid Brock (OSU) MD. Ryan Pomrinca (LEH) 12-4
149: No. 5 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) dec. Cortlandt Schuyler (LEH) 13-8
157: Wyatt Sheets (OSU) dec. No. 16 Josh Humphreys (LEH) SV, 7-5
165: Andrew Shomers (OSU) dec. Gordon Wolf (LEH) 10-9
174: No. 6 Jordan Kutler (LEH) dec. No. 5 Joe Smith (OSU) 2-1
184: No. 8 Ryan Preisch (LEH) dec. No. 11 Jacobe Smith (OSU) 8-3
197: No. 10 Dakota Geer (OSU) MD. Chris Weiler (LEH) 13-5
285: No. 2 Derek White (OSU) dec. No. 7 Jordan Wood (LEH) 3-2