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Back end of lineup leads Oklahoma State to 33-6 win over Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- No. 4 Oklahoma State moved to 5-0 on the season with a 33-6 win over Air Force in front of an empty arena in the Cowboys' Big 12 conference opener.

"Boo stands out to to me," Oklahoma State head coach John Smith said. "Travis WIttlake looked pretty good and our three upperweights did a good job at the end to close the dual out."

Trevor Mastrogiovanni won the first bout of the day with a hard-fought 2-1 decision. The freshman secured his fifth victory of the season by riding out Cody Phippen the entirety of the third period.

Air Force took a 6-3 lead after wins at 133 pounds and 141 pounds where Dusty Hone made his season dual debut for OSU. Late in the third period up 4-2, Hone got taken down and looked to take the lead back with a reversal, but his points were deducted after review ruled the reversal took place after time had expired. The ruling gave Lenny Petersen the 5-4 advantage with riding time.

Boo Lewallen put a stop to the Falcons' momentum and returned the lead in favor of the Cowboys with a 22-3 technical fall over Dylan Martinez. The No. 4 ranked 149 pounder in the nation picked up his third technical fall of the season, which is tied for the team lead.

Lewallen gave the Pokes an 8-6 lead and OSU never looked back winning the final seven matches of the dual.

Jalin Harper picked up his third-consecutive win in a 3-1 decision following his solid performance in Little Rock last Sunday. Fourth-ranked Travis Wittlake added another tech fall for the Cowboys at 165 pounds to separate the score even more before Dustin Plott improved his record to 5-0 in his freshman campaign with a 5-3 victory over Cody Surratt.

For the second weekend in a row Dakota Geer and AJ Ferrari went back-to-back technical falls. The duo at 184 and 197 tied Lewallen with their third tech falls of the season against Air Force.

Geer did his work early carrying an 8-1 lead into the second period before adding more points in the second and needing just 12 seconds in the third period to clinch the 22-3 tech fall. Contrary to Geer, Ferrari used an escape and four takedowns in a nine point third period to secure the victory.

Austin Harris ended the night for the Cowboys with his first bonus-point victory of the season, a 12-2 major decision over Wyatt Hendrickson.

No. 4 Oklahoma State will look to stay unbeaten next Saturday when the Pokes travel to Northern Iowa for a 1 p.m. dual before a bout with No. 9 Iowa State in Ames at 7 p.m.

Results:
125: No. 13 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) dec. Cody Phippen (AF), 2-1
133: No. 19 Jared Van Vleet (AF) dec. Andrew Nieman (OSU), 6-0
141: Lenny Petersen (AF) dec. Dusty Hone (OSU), 5-4
149: No. 4 Boo Lewallen (OSU) TF Dylan Martinez (AF), 22-3
157: Jalin Harper (OSU) dec. Parker Simington (AF), 3-1
165: No. 4 Travis Wittlake (OSU) dec. Chase Diehl (AF), 9-2
174: No. 19 Dustin Plott (OSU) dec. Cody Surratt (AF), 5-3
184: No. 9 Dakota Geer (OSU) TF Calvin Sund (AF), 18-1
197: No. 14 AJ Ferrari (OSU) TF Kayne Hutchinson (AF), 20-5
HWT: Austin Harris (OSU) MD Wyatt Hendrickson (AF), 12-2

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