In battle of unbeatens No. 3 Oklahoma State beats No. 14 Pitt, 33-9; Phillippi tops Fix at 133

By Oklahoma State and Pittsburgh athletics | Jan. 19, 2019, 5:29 p.m. (ET)
Top photo of the Oklahoma State vs. Pitt match courtesy of Oklahoma State.
Bottom photo of Micky Phillippi courtesy of Pitt athletics.

Oklahoma State press release by Emily Lingenfelter

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Oklahoma State wrestling team defeated Pittsburgh in Fitzgerald Field House on Saturday to maintain its unblemished dual record. Four Cowboys recorded bonus-point wins, and Wyatt Sheets notched a decision win over tenth-ranked Taleb Rahmani, in the 33-9 victory.

Redshirt sophomore Sheets took over at 157 pounds for the Cowboys this weekend in place of Andrew Shomers, who bumped up a weight to fill in for Chandler Rogers. Sheets rode out the second period after giving up one takedown in the first. In the final period, the Cowboy picked up a takedown and nearfall to secure the 9-3 decision.

“That was a big match for Wyatt,” said coach John Smith. “That guy is ranked anywhere from eight to 12. It got kind of tight for a second, and Wyatt hit a single-leg I hadn’t seen him hit to get the takedown. He recovered after the stall call, came out and separated the score. He wore him down and finished him off. That was good.”

At 133 pounds, Kaid Brock earned his second fall of the season over Lorenzo Bentley in 32 seconds. Brock’s bout was followed with another pin for the Cowboys from Kaden Gfeller. He worked his way out of a single-leg grab from Robert Lee and turned him for the fall in just under a minute in the first.

Also notching bonus points for OSU, Nick Piccininni won a second-period technical fall, 21-6, after overwhelming Brendon Fenton with eight takedowns and a nearfall. Joe Smith defeated Gregg Harvey via major decision, 11-3, after Shomers fell to Jake Wentzel.

Jacobe Smith remained undefeated in dual action with a hard-fought decision over No. 12 Santino Bonaccorsi, and Dakota Geer followed at 197 with a 7-2 decision of his own over Kellan Stout. Heavyweight Derek White wrapped up action in Pittsburgh for the Pokes, winning a 9-8 decision over 13th-ranked Demetrius Thomas.

After a near two-month long hiatus, the Cowboys are finally back at Gallagher-Iba next weekend and host conference adversary Iowa State on Jan. 27, at 2:00 p.m.

No. 3 Oklahoma State 33, Pittsburgh 9
Jan. 19, 2019 | Fitzgerald Field House | Pittsburgh, Pa.
125: No. 4 Nick Piccininni (OSU) TF Brendon Fenton (PITT), 21-6
133: No. 4 George Phillipi (PITT) dec. No. 2 Daton Fix (OSU), 3-1
141: No. 13 Kaid Brock (OSU) fall Lorenzo Bentley (PITT), 0:32
149: No. 5 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) fall Robert Lee (PITT), 0:58
157: Wyatt Sheets (OSU) dec. No. 10 Taleb Rahmani (PITT), 9-3
165: Jake Wentzel (PITT) fall Andrew Shomers (OSU), 1:48
174: No. 5 Joe Smith (OSU) MD Gregg Harvey (PITT), 11-3
184: No. 11 Jacobe Smith (OSU) dec. No. 12 Santino Bonaccorsi (PITT), 7-4
197: No. 10 Dakota Geer (OSU) dec. Kellan Stout (PITT), 7-2
285: No. 2 Derek White (OSU) dec. No. 13 Demetrius Thomas (PITT), 9-8

Pittsburgh press release by Julie Jurich

PITTSBURGH – Redshirt freshman Micky Phillippi recorded his most notable win of the year at 133 pounds Saturday afternoon as the 14th-ranked University of Pittsburgh wrestling team suffered its first loss of the year to No. 3 Oklahoma State at the Fitzgerald Field House.

The Panthers move to 8-1 on the year after falling 36-9 to the Cowboys, who improve to 9-0 overall.

Phillippi, who ranks fourth in the nation at 133 pounds, handed No. 2 Daton Fix his first collegiate loss in a 3-1 decision. The Derry, Pa., native improves to 13-1 on the year and Fix moves to 21-1.

Pitt’s other win came at 165 pounds after redshirt sophomore Jake Wentzel pinned Andrew Shomers in 1:48.

“We’ve got a lot of little adjustments to make,” said second-year head coach Keith Gavin. “There were some closes matches in there where if we make some slight adjustments we come out on top. We’ll go back and watch the film to really narrow down what went wrong.”

“The biggest positive [from the match] was Micky Phillippi’s win, wrestling a hard fought match against a really good wrestler. He got the job done. Micky’s a super tough kid and I’m really proud of him.”

Oklahoma State jumped out to a 5-0 lead after a technical fall at 125 pounds.

Moving to the most anticipated match of the night, the bout at 133 pounds did not disappoint. After a scoreless opening frame, Phillippi started the second on top. An escape by Fix would give him the 1-0 advantage through two. Phillippi entered the third on bottom and quickly escaped to tie it 1-1. Phillippi then scored a takedown with 30 seconds to go in the third period and held off Fix the remainder of the way, handing him his first loss of the season.

“It feels really good [to get the win],” said Phillippi. “I’ve been working a lot in the room for moments like that, so it paid off. I feel good. I feel good about what happened and I feel good about the day.”

With the win, Phillippi improves to 13-1 overall and 6-1 against ranked opponents.

The Cowboys responded by jumping to a 17-3 after four bouts after recording falls at 141 and 149 pounds.

Redshirt junior Taleb Rahmani suffered his fourth loss of the season this afternoon after dropping a 9-3 decision to Wyatt Sheets at 157 pounds.

Wentzel got things going again for the Panthers at 165 pounds, recording his first pin of the year. The South Park, Pa., native pinned Andrew Shomers in 1:48, bringing the team score to 20-9 in favor of Oklahoma State.

Pitt was unable to secure any other wins through the remaining bouts, despite a close match at heavyweight between junior Demetrius Thomas and No. 2 Derek White. Thomas, who ranks 13th, worked his way back to tie it 8-8 with under 10 seconds to go in the third period. However, White had riding time locked up to secure the victory.

The Panthers will look to bounce back as they open ACC competition Friday, Jan. 25 at No. 13 Virginia Tech.