STILL WATER – The fourth-longest home winning streak in Oklahoma State wrestling history came to an end on Saturday night as the Cowboys narrowly failed in their comeback bid in the 19-15 loss to northern Iowa. OSU had won 26 straight games at Gallagher-Iba Arena since last losing at home on Jan. 27, 2018.
With the Cowboys trailing 16-12 with two fights remaining, junior redshirt Gavin Stika debuted for Oklahoma State at 197 pounds in place of best AJ Ferrari, which was not available. Going into the game, Stika was 11-3 this season after struggling in open tournaments at 184 pounds. Stika opened the scoring in the second period with a breakout and a takedown after a scoreless opening period. A third-period exit from Stika resulted in a 4-1 decision over John Gunderson that gave OSU a chance to win the heavyweight duel.
“It was a great win for him,” said the head coach John Smith noted. “He didn’t get a chance to start this year, and he did a good job. He stayed in a good position. He probably gave up a bit of size, but in the end just a good effort from the point of view. view to roll, break the guy and finish his shot.”
The double encounter came down to the heavyweight match between No. 29 Luc Surber and UNI’s Tyrell Gordon, with the Pokes trailing one point in the team score. A third-period breakout was the difference in the game as Surber couldn’t finish on a shot late in the fight. Gordon collected the driving time point with 1:56 and the 2-0 decision, sealing the victory for the Panthers.
Despite the heartbreaking finish, Oklahoma State took a 12-0 lead with wins over ranked opponents in the first four games of the contest. Number 6 Trevor Mastrogiovanni went unbeaten this season with a comeback in a sudden win for a 7-5 win over No.13 Brody Teske, while Fix data, Carter Young and Kaden Gfeller each claimed their own decisions at 133, 141 and 149 pounds.
The Panthers won their first game at 157 pounds where Derek Holschlag upset No. 13 Wyatt sheets, 3-2. OSU dropped four straight fights from 157 pounds to 184 pounds, which included a pin at 174 pounds and a major decision by fourth-placed Parker Keckeisen on No. 9. Dakota Geer at 184.
Oklahoma State will still have a shot at winning No. 500 at Gallagher-Iba Arena this weekend against No. 7 Iowa State tomorrow at 2 p.m. CT.
“We need it. We need a quick turnaround and we have to fight,” Smith said. “It was a lackluster effort from us. Even some of the games we won, I felt like it wasn’t enough, that’s for sure.”
Northern Iowa 19, No. 3 Oklahoma State 15
January 29, 2022 | Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Okla.
125: No. 6 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OSU) Dec. No. 13 Brody Teske (UNI), SV-1 7-5
133:2 Fix data (OSU) Dec. #24 Kyle Biscoglia (UNI), 5-1
141: No. 21 Carter Young (OSU) Dec. No. 23 Cael Happel (UNI), 10-6
149:14 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) Dec. No. 33 Colin Realbuto (UNI), 3-2
157: Derek Holschlag (UNI) dec. No. 13 Wyatt sheets (OSU), 3-2
165: #18 Austin Yant (UNI) Dec. Number 6 Travis Wittlake (OSU), 2-0
174: n°21 Lance Runyon (UNI) fall n°8 Dustin Plot (OSU), 4:59
184: No. 4 Parker Keckeisen (UNI) MD No. 9 Dakota Geer (OSU), 12-3
197: Gavin Stika (OSU) Dec. John Gunderson (UNI), 4-1
HWT: Tyrell Gordon (UNI) Dec. No. 29 Luc Surber (OSU), 2-0