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Oklahoma State closes out undefeated regular season on Senior Night

Oklahoma State's seniors were honored Sunday in Stillwater (Photo/Oklahoma State Athletics)

STILLWATER -- The Oklahoma State wrestling team secured its 47th undefeated regular season in program history with a 24-16 victory over No. 19 Oklahoma in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday night.

"It takes teamwork to win dual meets," head coach John Smith said. "We take pride in it and it's important to us. An undefeated dual season is an accomplishment, but let's use it as motivation heading into the Big 12 Championships."

The sixth-ranked Cowboys jumped out to an early 9-0 lead on senior night courtesy of a Trevor Mastrogiovanni decision and a fall from Daton Fix. A takedown late in the third period led Mastrogiovanni to his 10th win of the season and second over Mason Naifeh of Oklahoma.

Top-ranked Daton Fix continued to dominate his opponents this season, pinning Tony Madrigal in 4:54. Fix collected his fourth fall in five matches, already doubling his total from his outstanding freshman season in 2019.

Two Cowboy seniors finished their careers in Gallagher-Iba Arena with Bedlam wins. No. 4 Boo Lewallen picked up a 6-2 decision over No. 18 Mitch Moore to move to 12-1 on the season, while No. 13 Dakota Geer earned his ninth bonus-point victory of the season with an 11-0 major decision over Darrien Roberts.

AJ Ferrari locked up the dual win for the Cowboys in the 197-pound bout with a 4-1 decision over No. 15 Jake Woodley. The talented freshman used a third-period takedown on the edge of the mat to make the score 3-1 with Ferrari adding a riding time point. The win marks Ferrari's third ranked win of the season, pushes his overall record to 12-1 and completes an undefeated dual season with his only loss coming to No. 4 Noah Adams in last week's Cowboy Challenge Tournament.

Travis Wittlake wrestled an almost identical match to his first Bedlam bout with Troy Mantanona in Norman. Wittlake was taken down early, but was dominant the remainder of the match, picking up his fourth technical fall of the season with a 26-11 win over Mantanona.

Freshman Jakason Burks made the first dual start of his career and was handed the task of wrestling No. 6 Dom Demas. Burks was 6-1 at 125 pounds this season, but was forced to bump up to 141 pounds due to injuries at the position. He held his own against the Sooner star for most of the match with the score being 6-3 in favor of Demas midway through the third period, but a throw from Demas got Burks to his back where he was pinned at the 5:31 mark.

Oklahoma State will have two weeks to prepare for the Big 12 Championships taking place March 6-7 in Tulsa at the BOK Center. The Cowboys will aim to claim their ninth-consecutive conference tournament championship when they return to the mat.

Results:
125: No. 17 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) dec. Mason Naifeh (OU), 6-4
133: No. 1 Daton Fix (OSU) fall Tony Madrigal (OU), 4:54
141: No. 6 Dom Demas (OU) fall Jakason Burks (OSU), 5:31
149: No. 4 Boo Lewallen (OSU) dec. No. 18 Mitch Moore (OU), 6-2
157: No. 11 Justin Thomas (OU) MD No. 19 Wyatt Sheets (OSU), 13-5
165: No. 3 Travis Wittlake (OSU) TF Troy Mantanona (OU), 26-11 7:00
174: Anthony Mantanona (OU) dec. No. 13 Dustin Plott (OSU), 7-4
184: No. 13 Dakota Geer (OSU) MD Darrien Roberts (OU), 11-0
197: No. 12 AJ Ferrari (OSU) dec. No. 15 Jake Woodley (OU), 4-1
HWT: Josh Heindselman (OU) dec. Austin Harris (OSU), 3-1

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