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    #2 Iowa vs. #10 Oklahoma State Preview

    Spencer Lee (left) and Daton Fix (Photos Courtesy of Mark Lundy; LutteLens.com)

    The dual portion of the 2022-2023 college wrestling season is coming to an end. To mark the occasion, No.2 Iowa and No. 10 Oklahoma State will face off in one of the oldest rivalries in the sport. The Cowboys have dropped a pair of duals this year, but they seem to be pulling it together recently. On the other hand, Iowa has gone undefeated other than a loss against No. 1 Penn State. The following is a weight-by-weight preview of the match.

    125: No.1 Spencer Lee (Iowa) vs. No. 28 Reece Witcraft (Oklahoma State)

    The three-time NCAA champion has started his final season with an undefeated 13-0 record. He has scored bonus points in all but one of his matches. Two weeks ago, No. 7 Patrick McKee (Minnesota) just barely managed to hang on to a regular decision, as he dropped his match by a 7-1 score. Lee got back to his bonus point ways this past Sunday with an 11-2 major decision over No. 17 Jack Medley (Michigan). In his 13 matches on the year, Lee has already bested five of the other top-10 ranked wrestlers at the weight in the InterMat rankings.

    Witcraft qualified for the 2020 NCAA tournament at 133 pounds as a true freshman. He has competed mostly in a reserve role since that season, but he bumped down to 125 pounds when a spot in the starting lineup opened earlier this month. Witcraft made his season debut at 125 on Feb. 3 and now has four matches under his belt. His lone win this year at weight came last week when he scored a 9-5 decision over No. 29 Tanner Jordan (South Dakota State).

    The Cowboy’s job here will be to keep it close and avoid giving up bonus points. Unfortunately, Witcraft has been pinned five times in his college career, and he has given up bonus points in both of his matches against Iowa wrestlers. Look for Lee to spend a little extra time on top working for the fall in this one.

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