Wrestling: Oklahoma Defeats NDSU in Big 12 Opener

The No. 17 Oklahoma wrestling team downed North Dakota State, 25-14, on Sunday afternoon inside McCasland Field House, marking the first dual win for new OU Head Coach Lou Rosselli.

The Sooners recorded six wins in the contest, including three bonus-point victories at heavyweight, 133 pounds and 141 pounds. Rosselli said he was happy with how his team responded in the dual.

“I think we had some people make weight a little bit better today, and their energy level was much better,” Rosselli said. “That gave them the ability to out-work their opponents most of the matches. We took a couple hits, but I think overall it was a good performance, and I think that the guys are getting better at understanding how you outwork your opponent.”

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Redshirt senior Ross Larson started out the match at heavyweight with a win by fall over senior Ben Tyanan in 1:38. Larson started with a quick takedown and held a 2-0 lead at the time of the fall. The pin marked Larson’s second fall of the weekend and the 44th of his career. He needs 15 more pins this season to break the OU career pins record of 58, set by Dan Chaid.

At 133 pounds, junior Trae Blackwell recorded the Sooners’ second win by fall of the match, pinning NDSU’s Albert Landeros in 2:19. Blackwell also held a 2-0 advantage at the time of his pin.

In the next match, junior Mike Longo recorded a 13-2 major decision over Taylor Nein. Longo recorded a takedown and a reversal in the first two periods before registering two 4-point nearfalls and the riding-time point in the final frame for the bonus-point win.

At 149 pounds, sophomore Davion Jeffries, ranked No. 12, held a 3-2 lead over Mitch Friedman late in the third period, but Jeffries connected on a takedown and added a 4-point nearfall to secure the win, 9-2.

Redshirt senior and 10th-ranked Clark Glass downed No. 18 Andrew Fogarty, 4-2. Glass registered a takedown, an escape and the riding-time point en route to his first win over a ranked opponent this season.

In the 197-pound bout, redshirt senior and No. 19 Brad Johnson ended the dual with a 6-2 decision over Cordell Eaton. Johnson secured a takedown in each of the first two periods and added an escape and the riding-time point in the final frame for the win.

At 125 pounds, freshman Dalton Duffield dropped a 23-7 technical fall (6:35) to No. 5 Josh Rodriguez, and Clay Ream downed junior DaWaylon Barnes, 9-2, at 157 pounds. Hayden Hansen (174 pounds) lost to Carter Nielsen in a 7-2 decision, and junior Andrew Dixon dropped an 8-5 decision to Tyler McNutt at 184 pounds.

With the win, the Sooners improved to 1-1 on the season, including a 1-0 mark in Big 12 competition. OU returns to the mat on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in McCasland Field House for the first of two Bedlam duals this season.

Season ticket packages, which include tickets to each of OU’s home duals, are available online now or by calling the ticket office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.
125No. 5 Josh Rodriguez (NDSU)TFDalton Duffield (OU), 23-7 (6:35)
133Trae Blackwell (OU)fallAlbert Landeros (NDSU), 2:19
141Mike Longo (OU)maj. dec.Taylor Nein (NDSU), 13-2
149No. 12 Davion Jeffries (OU)dec.Mitch Friedman (NDSU), 9-2
157Clay Ream (NDSU)dec.No. 12 DaWaylon Barnes (OU), 9-2
165No. 10 Clark Glass (OU)dec.No. 18 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU), 4-2
174Carter Nielsen (NDSU)dec.Hayden Hansen (OU), 7-2
184Tyler McNutt (NDSU)dec.Andrew Dixon (OU), 8-5
197 Brad Johnson (OU)dec.Cordell Eaton (NDSU), 6-2
HWT No. 12 Ross Larson (OU)fall Ben Tyanan (NDSU), 1:38
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