Cowboys Host Wyoming in Home Opener on Friday

Wyoming Notes

The basics

The Oklahoma State Wrestling Team will return home to host Wyoming Friday night in its first home game of the season at the Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cowboys are coming off a road trip in which they defeated No. 14 Lehigh and Bucknell on the same day, winning eight of 10 fights in both games.

In the air
OSU’s clash with Wyoming is streaming on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with J. Carl Guymon and Hardell Moore in conversation. The match can also be heard on the radio with Robert Allen airing on Hot 93.7 KSPI-FM from 6:30pm. For live stats, visit Trackwrestling.com.

The Series – Wyoming
Oklahoma State and the Wyoming Cowboys have met 26 times over the years, with OSU holding a 25-0-1 record in the series. The programs have wrestled every season since the 2011–12 campaign except for the shortened COVID season in 2020, although Wyoming has competed in the Cowboy Challenge Tournament in Stillwater. The first contest was held in Stillwater in 1956, where OSU won Wyoming 21-3, while the only duel the Pokes didn’t win was a tie in the second meeting between the programs in 1957. Former cowboy Mark Branch has never beaten his alma mater as a coach in 14 tries but has kept the competition competitive over the years. The series returns to Stillwater this season, where OSU is 12-0 against Wyoming after the teams last met in 2021 when OSU won 30-3 in Laramie.

About the cowboys
Oklahoma State moved up one spot to No. 10 in the NWCA Coaches Poll after a 2-0 start to the season after beating No. 14 Lehigh and Bucknell on the road last weekend. The Pokes bring back four All-Americans who have earned eight total All-America honors, led by the three-time NCAA finalist DatonFix. Wyatt Leaves and Travis Wittlake are both two-time All-Americans for OSU while Dustin Plott comes from his first appearance on the podium last season. The OSU roster has moved somewhat in a season, with weight changes from previous starters opening up opportunities at 165 pounds and heavyweight. Wittlake went up two weight classes to 184 pounds during the offseason Luke Surer dropped a weight to 197 pounds. in their places Wyatt Leaves won both games at 165 pounds while Expert Doucet garnered his first two double wins as a cowboy heavyweight. Trevor Mastrogiovanni returns for his third season in the lineup at 125 pounds as he attempts to make the leap Plott made to All-America status for the first time a year ago. Carter Young returns at 141lbs where he went 12-9 as a true freshman but should benefit from an offseason growing into the weight class. Talented newcomer Viktor Voinovich will start the season at 149 pounds but could be challenged by the reigning Big 12 champion Caden Gfeller who decided to return to Oklahoma State in August for his final season. Caden Gfeller got the starting nod at 157 pounds against Lehigh’s All-American Josh Humphreys while Luke Mechler made his doubles debut against Bucknell in weight. Voinovich flashed potential while wearing a redshirt as a true freshman, posting a 16-1 record and finishing third in the Southern Scuffle. With Sheets and Gfeller back for their COVID season, the middleweights could see some different looks over the course of the season. These two and Jalin Harper is challenged by a group of cowboys looking to get on the grid for the first time, including Chance McLane, Travis MastrogiovanniMechler and talented newcomer Jordan Williams.

A win in Oklahoma State would…
• Get the Cowboys 3-0 overall; 1-0 in Big 12 doubles
• Mark OSU’s first home win of the season
• Raise the all-time series record with Wyoming to 26-0-1 and 13-0 in Stillwater
• Make JohnSmith‘s coaching record in head-to-head matches with former wrestlers, 22-1
• Extend OSU’s home game winning streak to 23

Cowboys in the polls
Oklahoma State’s list includes 10 wrestlers who have ranked in various polls this week, with five holding spots in the top-10. Older 133-pounder DatonFix is the No. 2 consensus wrestler by weight and highest-ranked cowboy, as reigning Big 12 champion and national finalist for the past two seasons. after fix, Dustin Plott appears at No. 4 at 174 pounds after earning his first All-America honors last season with a sixth-place finish. There are also appearances in the top 10 of their respective weight classes Trevor Mastrogiovanni, Caden Gfeller and Travis Wittlake. Mastrogiovanni holds 7th place to enter the season after posting a 19-5 record in his sophomore year, while Gfeller ranks as low as 10th Intermat after almost upsetting Lehigh’s Josh Humphreys at 157 pounds. Wittlake climbs two weight classes to 184 pounds and is ranked 9th by WIN magazineafter spending the last three seasons starting at 165 pounds for OSU. Wyatt Leaves is ranked as high as No. 16 at 165 pounds, where he won both fights in OSU’s opening weekend while Viktor Voinovich (149) is ranked 20th by Intermat. Luke Surer was ranked 15th by WIN magazine while moving to 197 pounds Expert Doucet was ranked in the top 20 for the first time in his heavyweight career.

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