West Virginia Wrestling

No. 24 WVU Falls to No. 5 OSU

MORGANTOWN. W. Va. (January 15, 2016) No. 7 Jacob A. Smith earned a win at 197 pounds as the No. 24 West Virginia University Wrestling team suffered a 38-3 loss to No. 5 Oklahoma State in Big 12 action on Friday evening at the WVU Coliseum.

It was the first Big 12 dual of the season for the Mountaineers (5-3). The squad will host league foe and No. 9-ranked Oklahoma on Sunday as part of Beauty and The Beast in a 4 p.m. event at the Coliseum.

We have to go back to the drawing board to see what went wrong and go from there, said WVU coach Sammie Henson. I feel that they just came out and wanted it more than us. They imposed their will on us instead of us imposing our will on them. It showed us where were at, and its not good.

Smith entered the match-up 2-0 against Preston Weigel, earning a win by fall in the most recent meeting between the two at the Southern Scuffle in early January. Neither scored in the first period, with Smith starting the second in the defensive position. Weigel was able to secure a minute of riding time, but Smith got on the board midway through the period with an escape for a 1-0 lead. Smith yielded an escape to Weigel to start the third, but Weigel was soon called for stalling a second time to give Smith a 2-1 advantage. However, Weigel tacked on the point for riding time at the end of regulation to tie the bout 1-1 and force overtime. Smith earned the takedown in the extra period to win a 4-2 decision and move to 19-6 on the season.

No. 12/13 Dylan Cottrell entered the 157-pound bout looking to avenge his first loss of the season, which came at the hands of No. 7 Joe Smith at the Joe Parisi Open in November. Cottrell struck first with the takedown, though Smith escaped and countered with his own takedown for a 3-2 lead. Smith started the second period in the defensive position, scoring a reversal and adding near fall points. Cottrell escaped, but the damage was done and he trailed 9-9 entering the third. Cottrell added an escape in the third, but a late takedown by Smith gave him the 11-4 decision.

Bubba Scheffel also struck first against No. 19 Nolan Boyd at 184, scoring a takedown in the opening period. Boyd scored the reversal and the two entered the second tied, 2-2. With Scheffel starting on top, Boyd escaped and added a takedown for a 5-2 advantage after five minutes of action. Scheffel earned back-to-back stall calls to before escaping in the third. Leading 6-3, Boyd registered a pair of takedowns to earn the 11-4 decision win.

No. 5 Oklahoma State 38, No. 24 West Virginia 3
125: No. 5 Eddie Klimara (OSU) dec. No. 12/13 Zeke Moisey (WVU), 6-0
133: Gary Wayne Harding (OSU) def. Keegan Moore (WVU), injury default
141: No.1 Dean Heil (OSU) tech. fall Tony DeAngelo (WVU), 17-2 (7:00)
149: No. 16 Anthony Collica (OSU) tech. fall Zachary Moore (WVU), 24-8 (6:35)
157: No. 7 Joe Smith (OSU) dec. No. 12/13 Dylan Cottrell (WVU), 11-4
165: No. 1 Alex Dieringer (OSU) tech. fall Connor Flynn (WVU), 17-1 (2:39)
174: No. 3 Kyle Crutcher (OSU) major dec. Ross Renzi (WVU), 12-4
184: No. 19 Nolan Boyd (OSU) dec. Bubba Scheffel (WVU), 11-4
197: No. 7 Jacob A. Smith (WVU) dec. Preston Weigel (OSU), 4-2 SV-1
HWT: No. 5 Austin Marsden (OSU) major dec. A.J. Vizcarrondo (WVU), 8-0

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