Oklahoma comes back to secure 20-18 victory over NDSU

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners played host to the NDSU Bison in a late season Big 12 conference match. In a dual that figured to feature toss up matches at 149, 157, 174, and 197, the coaches decided to save two of them for the last match, as the dual started at 165.

18th ranked Andrew Fogarty took on Jeremy Thomas in the opening match. After two minutes of limited action, Fogarty began to find his rhythm. Fogarty fired off a shot that was initially stopped, but a subsequent re-attack was able to find the mark to give Fogarty the 2-0 lead. In the second, Fogarty followed up a quick escape with a nice re-attack for two more. Fogarty was able to get to work on top and record a big second period fall.

174 brought two guys who are right on the edge of earning an automatic qualifier spot for the Big 12, in Lorenzo De La Riva and Anthony Mantanona. Both California high school grads are typically high scorers, and today would be no different. Mantanona got on the board early with a four-point throw from a double over position. De La Riva would answer with an escape and take down of his own to close the gap. Mantanona closed with a reversal and a 6-3 lead. The second period at 174 proved to be huge in terms of deciding the dual. Mantanona locked up a cradle but as he took De La Riva over, he was caught on his back and called for a defensive fall, giving De La Riva and the Bison a huge six points.

Kayne MacCallum would get the Sooners on track at 184 against Michael Otomo. MacCallum put together a complete, and dominating performance, as he recorded a 7-0 win. MacCallum would use two takedowns, a reversal, and riding time to secure his victory.

197 brought us another interesting matchup, as two more guys on the edge of earning automatic qualifier spots for the Big 12 squared off; with Jake Woodley and Cordell Eaton stepping to the mat. Each wrestler traded good early attacks with Woodley doing a particularly good job of defending. Woodley was able to finally capitalize in the final ten seconds to take a 2-0 lead. That first period lead would hold up, as Woodley would get one more takedown and secure the 5-3 victory.

Brandon Metz looked to get the Bison back on track against Jake Boyd at HWT. Metz put together a solid performance, racking up three takedowns and two escapes to earn an 8-6 victory for the Bison.

125 Brought 9th ranked Brent Fleetwood to the mat against two-time NCAA qualifier Christian Moody. After a scoreless first period, Moody would get on the board first with a quick escape. Fleetwood would get a quick escape of his own in the third. After three periods, neither wrestler had been close to a takedown so overtime was needed. Fleetwood was able to get on his offense in the extra time, as he used a good single leg to secure the winning takedown and put Moody on his back. Even with the loss, Moody likely can take a lot of positives away from this and into the Big 12 tournament.

16th ranked Cam Sykora would square off with freshman Anthony Madrigal. Madrigal would get a quick takedown, but Sykora answered with a quick reversal. Sykora would build up over a minute of riding time too. The second period would see no scoring but Madrigal would win a huge flurry in the third. With Sykora on top, Madrigal would get a point for clasping and work through an extended scramble to come up with the deciding reversal. This was the first ranked win of Madrigal's young career, and would breathe life into the Sooner squad.

18th ranked Dom Demas looked to continue the Oklahoma comeback against Sawyer Degen. This was all Demas from start to finish. Demas racked up several takedowns, a couple back points, and earned a stalling point in the final five seconds to secure a crucial tech fall.

149 brought in another two guys who are on the cusp of earning automatic qualifier spots for the Big12 in Davion Jeffries and Jaden Van Maanen. Jeffries came in on a roll, with his last two matches being wins over No. 17 Henry Pohlmeyer and No. 20 Khristian Olivas. Van Maanen was on the verge of beating Pohlmeyer, but was called for a defensive fall while leading with under a minute to go. Van Maanen would get the scoring going first with a first period takedown. Following an escape, Jeffries would answer with a big takedown in the final 15 seconds to take a 3-2 lead. Jeffries kept the momentum going in the second with a quick escape and another takedown. Jeffries would ride out in the third, with a two-point tilt mixed in, to secure a 9-2 victory.

The 157 matchup had a lot riding on the result. With the team score sitting at 18-17 NDSU, the winner at 157 would win the dual. Additionally, 19th ranked Luke Weber and 20th ranked Justin Thomas met with the possibility of the No. 1 seed at the B12 tournament on the line. Weber was able to secure the early advantage with a takedown just over a minute and a half into the match. Thomas would escape to end the period down 2-1. Thomas would find his footing in the second period. Thomas would secure an early reversal to grab his first lead of the match. Following the reversal, Weber would escape, only to be met with two takedowns in quick succession by Thomas. With the flurry of activity, Thomas built a 7-4 second period lead. Weber would escape and receive a point for stalling in the third to close the gap to 7-6. However, he would get no closer as Thomas secured the one-point decision and completed the Sooner comeback.

165: Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) pinned Jeremy Thomas (OU), 4:24
174: Lorenzo De La Riva (NDSU) pinned Anthony Mantanona (OU), 3:25
184: Kayne MacCallum (OU) dec. Michael Otomo (NDSU), 7-0
197: Jake Woodley (OU) dec. Cordell Eaton (NDSU), 5-2
285: Brandon Metz (NDSU) dec. Jake Boyd (OU), 8-6
125: Brent Fleetwood (NDSU) dec. Christian Moody (OU), 3-1 SV
133: Anthony Madrigal (OU) dec. Cam Sykora (NDSU), 5-2
141: Dom Demas (OU) tech. fall Sawyer Degen (NDSU), TF 20-5 7:00
149: Davion Jeffries (OU) dec. Jaden Van Maanen (NDSU), 9-2
157: Justin Thomas (OU) dec. 19 Luke Weber (NDSU), 7-6


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