Oklahoma State Claims Team Title, Three Champions at Southern Scuffle

Chattanooga, Tennessee – The Oklahoma State Wrestling Team captured its third Southern Scuffle team title in program history, led by the top three-seeded Cowboys who won singles titles, including DatonFix, Dustin Plott and Travis Wittlake.

The Cowboys’ 181 points is the third-most OSU has ever scored in the Southern Scuffle and was 36.5 points ahead of second-place North Dakota state. The three individual champions for OSU tied with NDSU for most teams in the event.

“I thought we fought well in most places,” said the head coach JohnSmith said. “We had some games tonight that we were in control of and found a way to lose. But we also found a lot of ways to win this weekend. Overall I think it gives our team a chance to develop further.”

Fix was the first of four finalists to take the mat for Oklahoma State. A first-half takedown and a turnaround early in the second gave him a comfortable lead on his way to a 7-1 decision over Chattanooga’s Brayden Palmer. Fix went 10-0 up on the season after winning five games this weekend.

Viktor Voinovich he reached the 149-pound final with a 4-1 win over Virginia’s Michael Gioffre in the semifinals earlier in the day. Voinovich took an early lead in the championship fight against sixth-seeded Kellyn March, but gave up a turnaround and drive timing in the third period, sending the match into overtime. In the first period of sudden victory, March hit a takedown to win the match 5-3 and the scuffle title.

At 174 pounds, a rematch of the 2022 Big 12 championship game ensued between top seed Plott and second-seeded Missouri’s Peyton Mocco. After giving up two takedowns in the first period, Plott settled in and controlled the rest of the game, highlighted by a takedown and a four-point fastfall in the third period for a 12-7 decision.

Immediately after Plott’s win, Wittlake took the mat to face North Dakota State’s Deanthony Parker Jr. Wittlake took the bottom position after a goalless first period and escaped early before an injury layoff from Parker gave Wittlake another escape opportunity. Wittlake added another point after forcing two delays in the second half in a 3-1 win.

Trevor Mastrogiovanni and Gavin Stika advanced to the semi-finals after three wins on Sunday but dropped both decisions. Mastrogiovanni lost 3-0 to Missouri’s Noah Surtin before bouncing back in the consolation semifinals to defeat Caleb Smith (Appalachian St) and eventually finished fourth. Stika would have faced Wittlake in the final but fell 5-1 to Parker. He would defeat Iowa State’s Joel Devine for the second time in the tournament and set up for third place when he defeated Virginia Tech’s Sam Fisher 6-0.

The Cowboys went into the second day of the bout 4.5 points behind Missouri in the team race, but overtook the lead and broke the score with help from the Cowboys starters in the wrestlebacks. After narrow defeats in the quarterfinals Trevor Mastrogiovanni, Caden Gfeller, Wyatt Leaves, Luke Surer and Expert Doucet reacted on Monday with three wins in the consolation round to qualifying for third place.

Wyatt Leaves, Expert Doucet and Luke Surer third place in their respective brackets, while Caden Gfeller garnered a fourth place finish at 157 pounds. Kyle Hass it made three cowboys with a seventh place and a 184 lb place Carter Young At 141 pounds, the eighth-place cowboy rounded out the podium. Jordan Williams, Reece Wittcraft and Travis Mastrogiovanni All lost their first game of the day, eliminating them from the tournament.

Oklahoma State No. 14 will return to double action next weekend when they travel to Corvallis to face off against Chris Pendleton and the Oregon State Beavers on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Results of the final

133: No. 1 DatonFix (OSU) Dec. Brayden Palmer (Chattanooga), 7-3
149: No. 6 Kellyn March (NDSU) Dec. Number 4 Viktor Voinovich (OSU), 5-3 SV-1
174: No. 1 Dustin Plott (OSU) Dec. No. 2 Peyton Mocco (Missouri), 12-7
184: No. 1 Travis Wittlake (OSU) Dec. Deanthony Parker Jr. (NDSU), 3-1

team score
1. State of Oklahoma – 181

2. State of North Dakota – 141.5
3. Missouri—125
5. Minnesota – 96

OSU Placements

125: Trevor Mastrogiovanni (4.)
133: DatonFix (1), Reece Wittcraft (DNP)
141: Carter Young (8th.), André Bloemhof (DNP), Teague Travis (DNP)
149: Viktor Voinovich (2.), Jordan Williams (DNP), cutting blades (DNP)
157: Caden Gfeller (4.), Travis Mastrogiovanni (DNP), Daniel Manibog (DNP), Luke Mechler (DNP)
165: Wyatt Leaves (3.), Chance McLane (DNP), Jalin Harper (DNP)
174: Dustin Plott (1)
184: Travis Wittlake (1), Gavin Stika (3.), Kyle Hass (7.)
197: Luke Surer (3.)
HWT: Expert Doucet (3.)

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