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No. 6 Oklahoma State stops No. 11 Minnesota, 23-10, but Olympic champ Steveson dominates for the home fans

By Minnesota Athletics | Nov. 20, 2021, 11:56 p.m. (ET)

Gable Steveson graphic courtesy of Minnesota Athletics.

Oklahoma State press release

MINNEAPOLIS – The Oklahoma State wrestling team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 23-10 victory on the road at No. 11 Minnesota that saw six Cowboys defeat ranked Golden Gophers.

“I thought we looked good at several weight classes,” head coach John Smith said. “Our theme this week was to get better, but we didn’t get better at some weight classes. We didn’t have much killer instinct in us and didn’t want to finish some matches off. It’s early and hopefully we will improve from this match as we move onto Drexel next weekend.”

The sixth-ranked Cowboys got off to a quick start when sophomore Trevor Mastrogiovanni upset No. 5 Patrick McKee, who was an All-American last season. Mastrogiovanni held a 4-3 after the first period and separated the score in the second with an escape and pair of takedowns to extend his lead to 9-4. He finished off a 10-6 decision to put the Cowboys up 3-0.

“He had a really good effort,” Smith said. “There was a lot of confidence in his performance and those takedowns were big and critical. He picked him up when he was in on legs and he did a nice job finishing his shots, which made a difference in the outcome.”

Daton Fix moved to 2-0 on the season with an 18-7 major decision over No. 33 Jake Gliva. Dustin Plott, Dakota Geer and AJ Ferrari each moved their record to 2-0, as well, with wins today.

Ranked 15th in the nation, Plott took down No. 23 Jared Krattiger with a convincing 6-1 decision. At 184, Geer clinched the victory for OSU with a takedown in sudden victory. Geer and No. 21 Isaiah Salazar, who was 4-0 on the season, ended regulation at a 1-1 tie before Geer sealed his second victory of the season in the first sudden victory period. Ferrari got off to a fast start in his match with Michial Foy as he led 4-1 after one period. He doubled his lead in the second period and used a takedown with three seconds remaining to collect his second major decision in as many matches.

No. 22 Kaden Gfeller and No. 6 Travis Wittlake earned their first wins of the season after dropping bouts to top-10 opponents at Stanford. Down 2-0 after the first period, Gfeller took control of the match in the second period with an escape, takedown and four-point turn. He finished off No. 26 Michael Blockhus by a score of 10-3, while Wittlake defeated No. 21 Andrew Sparks, 8-3.

The Cowboys took seven of 10 matches in the duals with the losses coming at 141, 157 and heavyweight. At 141, true freshman Carter Young dropped his dual debut to Jake Bergeland by a score of 6-4, while Wyatt Sheets dropped his match with No. 5 Brayton Lee, 15-9. Luke Surber had the daunting task of facing top-ranked heavyweight and Olympic champion, Gable Steveson, who collected a 20-7 major decision.

Oklahoma State will return to Stillwater and prepare for its home opener with Drexel on Sunday, November 28. The Cowboys will host the Dragons at 2 p.m., which can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+

Minnesota press release

MINNEAPOLIS - An exciting night for Minnesota ended on a sour note as the No. 11 Gophers fell to No. 6 Oklahoma State 23-10 on a night where fans were welcomed back to Maturi Pavilion for the first time since the close of the 2019-20 season. The Gophers won three of the ten bouts in Saturday's contest.

The dual kicked off at 125 pounds, as Patrick McKee was upset by No. 16 Mastrogiovanni. Mastrogiovanni converted three takedowns in the match, which proved to be the difference in a 10-6 decision. Oklahoma State kept it rolling at 133 pounds, as No. 2 Daton Fix secured a major decision over Minnesota's Jake Gliva.

Jake Bergeland got the Gophers on the right foot at 141 pounds, as he defeated highly-anticipated freshman Carter Young by a score of 6-4. Bergeland's defense was the difference maker in the bout, as he scrambled out of two deep Young attacks to get two takedowns of his own and secure the victory.

After a tough loss at 149 pounds where Michael Blockhus dropped a 9-4 decision to Kaden Gfeller, Brayton Lee dominated in a battle between All-Americans, as he rolled to a 15-9 decision win over Wyatt Sheets. Lee was the aggressor for the entire match as he converted on multiple takedowns and had an eight-point lead, however a late takedown from Sheets spoiled the major decision bids.

From 165 to 197, Minnesota dropped four straight matches via three decisions and one major decision, allowing Oklahoma State to clinch the dual early. At 184 pounds, Isaiah Salazar competed in an exciting contest with sixth-ranked Dakota Geer, although a low-ankle attack in sudden victory allowed Geer to prevail in overtime.

No. 1 heavyweight in the nation Gable Steveson closed out the night with a bang, as he defeated Oklahoma State's Austin Surber with a 20-7 major decision. Steveson was seemingly scoring at will throughout the match with a total of nine takedowns as found repeat success with his double-leg attacks.

"It was awesome to get a win from Bergeland. Brayton Lee looked great, and obviously Gable did too," coach Eggum said. "Even some other guys like Salazar and Foy looked good against tough opponents"

Minnesota will fall to 0-1 on the young season, as the Cowboys will jump to 2-0. The Gophers will have a quick turnaround on the weekend, as they travel to Brookings, S.D. on Sunday morning to compete in the Daktronics Open. Their next home match will be Sunday, Nov. 28 as they host South Dakota State at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Notable:
Gable Steveson jumped to a 14-0 dual record inside Maturi Pavilion as he earned the major decision victory over Surber. Of his 14 home wins, he has earned bonus points in eleven of them.

Editor's Note: This was Steveson's first match since winning the Olympic gold medal for the United States in dramatic fashion in Tokyo in August.

Quotable:
"I think we're just allowing them to dictate the pace too much. We were doing a lot of reacting to them, and that's a hard way to upset a top team," Coach Eggum said. "Obviously, we know that they're a great team and we knew that there would be some tough battles, but we expected more from our guys. "It was awesome to get a win from Bergeland. Brayton Lee looked great, and obviously Gable did too. Even some other guys like Salazar and Foy looked good against tough opponents, but in general, I just think we wrestled a style that wasn't going to be beneficial to us if we wanted to really upset a team like that."

FINAL RESULTS:
125: No. 16 Trevor Mastrogiovanni (OKST) dec. No. 5 Patrick McKee, 9-4
133: No. 2 Daton Fix (OKST) MD Jake Gliva (MINN), 18-7
141: Jake Bergeland (MINN) dec. Carter Young (OKST), 6-4
149: Kaden Gfeller (OKST) dec. No. 19 Michael Blockhus (MINN), 9-4
157: No. 5 Brayton Lee (MINN) dec. No. 16 Wyatt Sheets (OKST), 15-9
165: No. 6 Travis Wittlake (OKST) dec. No. 18 Andrew Sparks (MINN), 8-3
174: No. 19 Dustin Plott (OKST) dec. No. 20 Jared Krattiger (MINN), 5-1
184: No. 6 Dakota Geer (OKST) dec. Isaiah Salazar (MINN), 3-1 SV1
197: No. 1 A.J. Ferrari (OKST) MD Michial Foy (MINN), 12-4
HWT: No. 1 Gable Steveson (MINN) MD Luke Surber (OKST), 20-7
FINAL: No. 6 Oklahoma State (23), No. 11 Minnesota (10)