Oklahoma State had their wrestle-off matches on Saturday in the wrestling room at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cowboys wrestled matches at 125, 133, 141, 149, 157, 184, HWT and a mini-tournament at 165.
There were notable results up and down the line, but the most hotly contested came at 149, 165 and 184.
At 149, Victor Voinovich faced off with true freshman Jordan Williams. Voinovich picked up a takedown to get an early edge in the match but gave up two reversals keeping things tight and leaving Williams in the match. A late shot and scramble gave Voinovich a 7-5 win and a likely starting spot at 149.
At 165 there was a mini-tournament featuring Jalin Harper, Chance McLane, Travis Mastrogiovanni and Brett Black. In the first matches, Harper beat Black 10-0, and McLane beat Mastrogiovanni 3-1 with an early takedown being the difference. In the final matchup of this group, Harper knocked off McLane 4-0 with a second-period rideout and an escape and takedown in the third.
At 184, Travis Wittlake won two tough tests against Kyle Haas and Gavin Stika, who started at 197 for most of last season following the injury to AJ Ferrari.
In the first match, Haas got the first takedown and had racked up a solid amount of riding time to go into the third period tied at 2 and the position choice. Haas took injury time at this point which gave the position choice back to Wittlake. Wittlake got an escape then the riding time for Haas made it 3-3 and sent the match to OT, where Wittlake got a takedown on the edge to win. In the second match between Stika and Wittlake, Wittlake got an early takedown and turn to go up 4-0. Stika got an escape, then Wittlake got one of his own in the second and the match went into the third with Wittlake up 5-1. An escape and takedown for Stika made it 5-4. Stika cut Wittlake making it 6-4 and was unable to score another takedown in the final seconds to send it to overtime.
At 141, Carter Young and Dusty Hone both won matches, as did Wyatt Sheets and Luke Mechler at 157. No official word on whether or not we’ll see later wrestle-offs between these two but one would assume their may be some in the room later.
Matches were going on two mats, and I was only able to get the scores from matches on Mat 1.
125 — Trevor Mastrogiovanni MAJ DEC Zach Blankenship, 11-1
133 — Daton Fix MAJ DEC Reece Witcraft, 9-0
141 — Carter Young MAJ DEC Andrew Bloemhof
149 — Victor Voinovich DEC Jordan Williams, 7-5
157 — Luke Mechler DEC Daniel Manibog, 8-1
157 — Wyatt Sheets Tech Fall Hunter Worthen, 15-0
165 — Jalin Harper MAJ DEC Brett Black, 10-0
165 — Chance McLane DEC Travis Mastrogiovanni, 3-1
165 — Jalin Harper DEC Chance McLane, 4-0
184 — Travis Wittlake DEC Kyle Haas, 5-3 in OT
184 — Travis Wittlake DEC Gavin Stika, 6-4
HWT — Chandler Rogers (you read that correctly) DEC Konner Doucet, 5-1
HWT — Konner Doucet MAJ DEC Hayden Simpson, 12-3