How Iowa’s losses led to Oklahoma State first wrestling defeat

How Iowa’s losses led to Oklahoma State first wrestling defeat

The Cowboys on Sunday lost their first dual in Gallagher-Iba Arena since 2022. OSU coach John Smith said because the Hawkeyes had already been roughed up this season, they were the more imposing team.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Feb 25, 2024, 7:52pm CST

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Feb 25, 2024, 7:52pm CST

STILLWATER —  OSU wrestling coach John Smith says bruises are advantages. That advice materialized on Sunday. 

Fourth-ranked Iowa beat No. 2 Oklahoma State 22-9 on Sunday, handing the Cowboys their first loss in 15 duals. Normally the Hawkeyes, the team with the second-most team NCAA wrestling championships (24), have a flawless record when they wrestle OSU, the team with the most team national championships (34). This time, the Hawkeyes carried losses to No. 12 Michigan and No. 1 Penn State.

“That team’s been bruised up with a couple of losses and it showed,” John Smith said. “Lot of fight in them. Some of the matches where it seemed like we could have made the difference they won. Won the match not pretty, but just by doing enough, that’s for sure.”

Oklahoma State was 14-0 entering Sunday’s dual. It was the first time in five years Iowa wrestled in Stillwater. Gallagher-Iba Arena was sold out, and the 13,721 fans forming the third-largest crowd in GIA history were positioned to watch a monumental dual win to launch OSU into the Big 12 Tournament.

It didn’t happen. Neither did the pandemonium of the previous sold-out dual in 2019. The Cowboys did not muster a major decision and had no pins.

“It was a good crowd,” Smith said. “I mean, I wish we could have pleased them a little bit more and gave them something to cheer about. I don’t think we gave them a whole lot. You know, even in some of the matches, we won.”

It is OSU’s biggest margin of defeat since a 28-7 loss at Iowa last season. 

“I wasn’t expecting that, that’s for damn sure,” Smith said of Sunday’s dual.

The only major decision of the day came from a 12-3 win by Iowa 174-pounder Patrick Kennedy against Brayden Thompson. It put the Hawkeyes up 16-6 and was the first real sign it would be OSU’s first home loss since December 2022 against Minnesota. 

Smith said the intensity required to beat Iowa wasn’t there. Iowa led takedowns 11-5 and neutral points 30-15. 

“I think they obviously may be overwhelmed by being undefeated and going in,” Smith said. 

Senior Daton Fix won his 133-pound match against Brody Teske 7-3. He said the difference in the dual was the fight both teams brought. 

“They brought the fight to us and we didn’t punch back,” Fix said. “We needed to. I think that I could have done a better job of getting momentum back for us.”

After his match, the last Fix will wrestle in Gallagher-Iba Arena, a video played on the videoboard honoring his undefeated career record at home. Fix acknowledged the crowd with a bow.

“I just wanted to take it in one last time,” Fix said. “I grew up dreaming of putting on that orange singlet and wrestling in Gallagher-Iba. As a little kid, I spent a lot of a lot of time here. So it’s a dream come true for me just to be able to represent Oklahoma State and I love Oklahoma State.”

Sunday’s results 

125: Drake Ayala, Iowa, dec. Troy Spratley, 8-1, SV

133: Daton Fix, OSU, dec , Brody Teske, 7-2

141: Real Woods, Iowa, dec. Tagen Jamison 4-1

149: Jordan Williams, OSU, dec. Victor Voinovich 7-3

157: Jared Franek, Iowa, dec. Teague Travis, 10-4

165: Michael Caliendo,Iowa, dec. Izzak Olejnik, 7-2

174: Patrick Kennedy Jr., Iowa, major dec. Brayden Thompson, 12-3

184: Dustin Plott, OSU, dec. Gabe Arnold, 5-1 

197: Zach Glazier, Iowa, dec. Luke Surber, 4-1

HWT: Ben Kueter, Iowa, dec. Konner Doucet, 5-1


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