Oklahoma State cruises to 37-9 win over WVU

STILLWATER -- The ninth-ranked Oklahoma State wrestling team (6-1, 3-0 Big 12) notched seven bonus-point wins over West Virginia to knock off a third consecutive conference opponent, 37-9, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena on Friday evening.

"I thought we looked pretty good overall," coach John Smith said. "We didn't focus on riding time that much, it just materialized that way. Overall, it was a pretty good effort. We did a good job with our takedowns and our riding. Tomorrow we are going to need all that plus some."

Boo Lewallen and Anthony Montalvo led the way, both scoring falls for the Pokes in the dual. The two Cowboys picked up fall No. 2 on the season in the first period of their matches. For Montalvo, the 2:30 pin marked his first inside Gallagher-Iba.

"Anthony did a good job," Smith said. "He stayed hungry with the over bar and running the chicken wing. You love the pins. Those bonus points are big."

Senior Nick Piccininni and Reese Witcraft got the dual underway with a horde of scoring in back-to-back technical falls. Piccininni took out West Virginia's Joey Thomas in one period with a takedown and four straight turns. It took Witcraft just more than five and half minutes to top Lucas Seibert, 17-1.

Dusty Hone collected his second straight dual win with a 7-2 decision over Caleb Rea just before Lewallen dropped Liam Lusher in the first period of his bout.

The Pokes followed that match with three straight major decisions for Wyatt Sheets (157), Travis Wittlake (165) and Andrew Shomers (174). Sheets collected dual win No. 4 with the 12-point shutout against Alex Hornfeck. Wittlake remained undefeated in dual action with a 12-3 advantage over Nick Kiussis and Shomers collected his 10th win of the season, 11-3, over Scott Joll,

OSU's two losses on the evening came at 197 pounds when second-ranked Noah Adams pinned Dakota Geer, and in his first match of the season, Cornelius Putnam lost to Brandon Ngati in sudden victory.

The Cowboys return to action Saturday night in Gallagher-Iba with a top-10 bout against No. 10 Pittsburgh.

125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) TF Joey Thomas (WVU) 18-0
133: Reece Witcraft (OSU) TF Lucas Seibert (WVU) 17-1
141: Dusty Hone (OSU) dec. Caleb Rea (WVU) 7-2
149: No. 3 Boo Lewallen (OSU) FALL Liam Lusher (WVU) 1:10
157: Wyatt Sheets (OSU) MD Alex Hornfeck (WVU) 12-0
165: No. 9 Travis Wittlake (OSU) MD Nick Kiussis (WVU) 12-3
174: Andrew Shomers (OSU) MD Scot Joll (MD) 11-3
184: Anthony Montalvo (OSU) FALL Jackson Moomau (WVU) 2:30
197: No. 2 Noah Adams (WVU) FALL No. 11 Dakota Geer (OSU) 1:07
HWT: Brandon Ngati (WVU) dec. Cornelius Putnam (OSU) SV1 3-1


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