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Oklahoma State defeats Drexel, Smith ties Douglas for 5th on all-time wins list

PHILADELPHIA -- Coach John Smith tied Bobby Douglas for fifth on the list of all-time NCAA Division I coaching wins on Friday night in Oklahoma State's 30-6 victory over Drexel. Smith is the only active NCAA DI coach in the top five.

"Bobby Douglas was an Oklahoma State guy," Smith said. "That's special for me to reach that milestone. He was my coach at the '92 Olympics and has been a great mentor. I feel like I shouldn't be passing him, with what he's done for the sport and all the people he really made a difference for."

Five of eight Cowboy wins came with bonus points, beginning with senior Nick Piccininni's 16-1 technical fall over Dante Mininno. Also collecting bonus-point wins for the Pokes were No. 5 Boo Lewallen, Wyatt Sheets, Anthony Montalvo and Dakota Geer. Lewallen wrestled his first complete match in more than a year and defeated Vincent Foggia, 10-2. Sheets and Montalvo had big third-period pushes to give them 10 and 11 point victories, respectively.

Half of the wrestlers in Saturday night's lineup made their OSU dual debuts against the Dragons, and three came away with wins. The most notable victory was No. 20 Travis Wittlake's 5-1 decision over Drexel's 10th-ranked Ebed Jarrell. Dusty Hone won his first dual start, shutting out Tyler Williams, 6-1, and Anthony Montalvo scored a 14-3 major against Bryan McLaughlin.

"I liked what (Travis) did," Smith said. "I think there are some things he can take from that match, but overall I thought his effort was good. It was a good win for his first dual meet. Anthony did a good job, too. He picked up some big takedowns in the third and seemed to be excited to be out there. You love to see that. It's fun for a coach to watch."

Dakota Geer and Andrew Shomers bumped up weights to fill a couple of gaps in the Cowboy lineup. Shomers wrestled for the Cowboys at 174 pounds and won a hard-fought, 4-2, sudden victory bout against Michael O'Malley. Geer took out Owen Brooks, 16-7, with three third-period takedowns and more than two minutes of riding time.

Oklahoma State is back in action tomorrow at No. 10 Lehigh beginning at 12 p.m. CST. Fans can follow along with the action on Twitter with @CowboyWrestling and tune in to listen on Pete 94.3 FM/KSPI-AM 780.

Results:
125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) TF Dante Mininno (DU), 16-1
133: Chandler Olson (DU) dec. Reece Witcraft (OSU), 5-1
141: Dusty Hone (OSU) dec. Tyler Williams (DU), 6-0
149: No. 5 Boo Lewallen (OSU) MD Vincent Foggia (DU), 10-2
157: Wyatt Sheets (OSU) MD Parker Kropman (DU), 13-3
165: No. 20 Travis Wittlake (OSU) dec. No. 10 Ebed Jarrell (DU), 5-1
174: Andrew Shomers (OSU) dec. Michael O'Malley (DU), SV-1 4-2
184: Anthony Montalvo (OSU) MD Bryan McLaughlin (DU), 14-3
197: No. 5 (184) Dakota Geer (OSU) MD Owen Brooks (DU), 16-7
HWT: Sean O'Malley (DU) dec. Austin Harris (OSU), 2-1

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