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Big 12 Conference Recap (12/27/21)

Keegan O'Toole at the Collegiate Duals (photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com)


Friday 12/17

Oklahoma State DEF Air Force 45-0
Oklahoma State DEF Wyoming 30-3

Saturday 12/18

South Dakota State DEF Harper College (59-0), Kent State (33-6), Northern Illinois (26-9) at Huskie Duals at Northern Illinois

Sunday 12/19

California Baptist, Wyoming, Oklahoma State(Non-Starters), Utah Valley(Unattached) at Reno Tournament of Champions, Reno, NV

Wyoming-2nd place team
133-Job Greenwood-4th
141-Chase Zollman-2nd
149-Jaron Jensen-1st
157-Jacob Wright-1st
174-Hayden Hastings-1st
184-Tate Samuelson-2nd
197-Stephen Buchanan-1st
285-Terren Swartz-5th

Cal Baptist-5th place team
149-Chaz Hallmark-5th
157-AJ Raya-4th
165-Frank Almaguer-5th

Oklahoma State-9th place team
157-Jalin Harper-3rd
184-Gavin Stika-3rd
285-Austin Harris-3rd

Utah Valley-Unattached
141-Isaiah Delgado-3rd

Iowa State DEF Purdue 23-10

Monday 12/20

Oklahoma State DEF Utah Valley 37-0

Most Exciting: Wyoming and Oregon State going down to the wire at Reno.
Going into the 165-pound finals at Reno, Oregon State and Wyoming were tied at 167. Oregon State had finalists at 165-184-285 and one in the third-place match at 197. Wyoming had finalists at 174-184-197. Oregon State lost at 165 then Wyoming won at 174. Oregon State then won the third-place match at 197 to go up one. The head-to-head between Trey Munoz and Tate Samuelson at 184 was already expected to be crucial, but it suddenly became a match that looked like it would essentially decide the tournament as Wyoming was a heavy favorite at 197 and Oregon State a favorite at 285.

Munoz got an early takedown, then Samuelson got an escape. Samuelson got a quick escape in the second and Munoz in the third. Samuelson had a late flurry of attacks but was unable to get in on anything and Munoz won 3-1.
Buchanan then decided he would keep this team race alive. He got a major decision at 197 with a last second takedown. This major for Buchanan tied things up at 172 going into the HWT final.

A win for Traub and Oregon State wins it, a loss for Traub and Oregon State and Wyoming tie.

In sudden victory "Gas Tank" Gary Traub got a takedown on the edge to win and give Oregon State the team title

What I may have missed on: Preseason Big 12 Wrestler of the Year
I went with Daton Fix as my Preseason Wrestler of the Year. It was a pretty bold prediction with returning champions David Carr and AJ Ferrari two other available options. David Carr has been destroying people this year. On Sunday he picked up a fall over Kendall Coleman and has bonus point wins in six of his eight matches this season.
He did get pushed by Nebraska's Peyton Robb though, and Ryan Deakin is still out there, so maybe I wasn't crazy to go with Fix? But Carr looks poised to potentially go undefeated and pick up a lot of bonus points in the process.

Collegiate Duals:

Missouri (2-1) 33-6 over Binghamton, (L) 19-12 to NC State, 26-9 over Lehigh

Noah Surtin (125), Allan Hart (141), and Keegan O'Toole (165) all went 3-0

Northern Iowa (1-2) (L) 29-7 to Cornell, (L) 29-9 to Penn State), 33-9 over Hofstra

Brody Teske (125), Cael Happel (141), Austin Yant (165), and Parker Keckeisen (184) all went 2-1.

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