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    Big 12 Weekly Recap (1/23/2024)

    Air Force (Overall: 2-4; Conference: 0-2): No Competition. 

    Next Up: Air Force competes against SDSU and NDSU on the road on January 26th and 28th. 


    California Baptist (Overall: 3-8; Conference: 0-5): Dual Results (NDSU) | Dual Results (SDSU)

    The Lancers took a road trip north to take on North Dakota State and South Dakota State over the weekend. They went 0-2, dropping 25-15 to NDSU and 39-3 against SDSu, but had some individuals get solid wins. Against NDSU, the team got off to a quick start with Eli Griffin getting a 20-second pin followed by Hunter Leake scoring a pin of his own. Nathan Haas scored a decision over Adam Cherne and Dayne Morton took Maxwell Petersen to OT, but dropped a 4-1 decision. Against SDSU, the team's lone win came at 165, where Drayden Morton beat two-time qualifier Tanner Cook 4-2. Eli Griffin dropped his match to Tanner Jordan 7-3 in a ranked matchup. 

    Next Up: California Baptist has some time off before taking on Air Force on February 3rd. 


    Iowa State (Overall: 9-1; Conference: 2-0): No Competition. 

    Next Up: Iowa State duals Oklahoma on January 26th and Oklahoma State on January 27th. 


    Missouri (Overall: 7-0; Conference: 3-0): No Competition. 

    Next Up: Missouri hits the country roads to take on West Virginia on January 26th. 


    North Dakota State (Overall: 3-6; Conference: 2-1): Dual Results (CBU) | Dual Results (UNCO)

    The Bison got their first Big 12 dual win of the season and quickly followed it up with a 2-0 performance on the weekend. They started with a 25-12 win over California Baptist, winning seven matches after giving up pins at 125 and 133. NDSU scored a pin of their own at 285 and nearly had one at 197 as well. They followed that win up with a 27-14 dual win over Northern Colorado. They won six matches there, getting bonus points from 141-165 plus a forfeit at heavyweight. Despite Kellyn March returning earlier this season, Maxwell Petersen started in both duals and went 2-0. 

    Next Up: NDSU has five duals remaining and all are in the conference. They’ll start with Air Force at home on January 28th. 


    Northern Colorado (Overall: 8-4; Conference: 1-3): Dual Results (SDSU) | Dual Results (NDSU)

    The Bears had a tough 0-2 weekend against the Dakota schools. They started with a 29-16 loss to SDSU, but Stevo Poulin and Dom Serrano got ranked wins over Tanner Jordan and Derrick Cardinal respectively. Derek Matthews also pinned two-time qualifier Tanner Cook in the first minute of their match. The team had their second conference loss with a 27-14 result against NDSU. Poulin and Serrano again led the way with wins early, but the team wasn’t able to overcome bonus point losses from 141-165. Travis Mastrogiovanni and Xavier Vasquez got wins, but had to forfeit at heavyweight. The team was also missing 157 starter Vinny Zerban who likely would have made things closer. 

    Next Up: The Bears next dual Big 12 opponent Wyoming on January 26th. 


    Northern Iowa (Overall: 3-4; Conference: 2-0): No Competition. 

    Next Up: The Panthers have conference duals against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma on January 26th and 27th. 


    Oklahoma (Overall: 5-3; Conference: 2-2): No Competition. 

    Next Up: The Sooners dual Iowa State and Northern Iowa on January 26th and 27th at home. 


    Oklahoma State (Overall: 8-0; Conference: 3-0): Dual Results

    The Cowboys stayed undefeated with a 27-9 win over Oregon State in a dual with seven matches that were within a takedown. Troy Spratley was hit with a Brandon Kaylor suck-back and was pinned in the second period. Fix scored a dominant tech fall over Gabe Whisenhunt, before Tagen Jamison was upset by Cleveland Belton and a lone takedown. Sammy Alvarez got another start and ranked win, taking out Nash Singleton in overtime. That started a run for the Cowboys, as they won the rest of the matches. Brayden Thompson took out a bumped-up Matthew Olguin in overtime, Dustin Plott showed some impressive defense to beat Trey Munoz, and Luke Surber and Konner Doucet both went to overtime to get wins themselves. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but the team showed a lot of guts to come out on the right side of so many close matches. 

    Next Up: Oklahoma State duals Northern Iowa and Iowa State on January 26th and 27th. 


    South Dakota State (Overall: 8-2; Conference: 2-0): Dual Results (CBU) | Dual Results (UNCO)

    The Jackrabbits swept their conference opponents at home this weekend, beating Northern Colorado 29-16 before a 39-3 win over California Baptist. Tanner Jordan lost a match to returning Big 12 champ Stevo Poulin but bounced back with a 7-3 win over red-hot Eli Griffin. Clay Carlson, Alek Martin, Cael Swensen, Cade DeVos, Bennett Berge, and Tanner Sloan all went undefeated on the weekend. DeVos, Berge, and Sloan all had bonus points as well, scoring five techs and a 46-second pin. Tanner Cook had a rough weekend, getting pinned in a minute against UNC before a 4-2 loss against CBU. 

    Next Up: South Dakota State wrestles Air Force at home on January 26th. 


    Utah Valley (Overall: 1-3; Conference: 0-3): Dual Results

    The Wolverines competed against Big 12 opponent Wyoming and dropped a 22-12 dual. They got wins from Haiden Drury, Mahorni Rushton, Evan Bockman, and Chase Trussell. Drury beat ranked true freshman Cole Brooks with an escape and riding time. Evan Bockman scored another ranked win over Joey Novak with an overtime takedown win, flipping their CKLV result. That is now Bockman’s third consecutive win over a ranked Big 12 wrestler. 

    Next Up: Utah Valley has duals against North Dakota State and South Dakota State on February 2nd and 3rd. 


    West Virginia (Overall: 8-2; Conference: 2-2): No Competition.

    Next Up: West Virginia hosts Missouri in a big conference dual January 26th before traveling to take on Morgan State on January 28th. 


    Wyoming (Overall: 5-5; Conference: 3-3): Dual Results

    Wyoming beat Utah Valley 22-12 and improved to .500 for duals this season. Jore Volk, Garrett Ricks, and Sloan Swan all scored bonus points in their matches, while Gabe Willochell, Cooper Voorhees, and Quayin Short managed to get decision wins. Swan may have had one of the most impressive performances, coming from behind down 5-0 to winning 17-7. The team lost close matches at 141 and 197, with Joey Novak losing in sudden victory to Evan Bockman. 

    Next Up: Wyoming remains on the road with a dual against Northern Colorado on January 26th.

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