“That is kind of what you live for,” coach John Smith said. “I thought Dakota and Andrew did a good job, just have to focus at the end of the third period, and I thought (Daton) worked through the match with common sense. He did pretty good defending when his opponent got to his legs.”
The dual started with a shootout at 141 pounds with No. 6 Kaid Brock defeating Wyoming’s Sam Turner, 14-10. The redshirt junior scored five takedowns in the first period and added another in the third. At 149 pounds, Kaden Gfeller remained undefeated with a major decision over Jaron Jensen.
Shomers notched his first win against a ranked opponent this season with a 3-1 decision over No. 19 Dewey Krueger. He was awarded two points for stalling in the bout and road out the entire second period to finish the bout with about four minutes of time on top.
“It was a big cultural change,” Shomers said. “I wrestled at a small school, and there was about 100 people at each match, so being here on Thanksgiving weekend and have a crowd like that was really exciting.”
Redshirt sophomore Dakota Geer won his third major decision of the season, defeating Carless Looney, 14-4, in his first OSU home dual. Looney got an early first-period takedown, but No. 14 Geer responded with a reversal and went on to score three more takedowns and two back points in the closing periods.
“There’s definitely a different atmosphere here than at Edinboro,” Geer said. “There were a lot more people, which makes it more exciting. I like it … I like it here.”
In the afternoon’s finale, No. 6 Daton Fix won a much-anticipated bout with 11th-ranked Montorie Bridges, 3-0. Fix was awarded a point after two stalling calls in the first and rode the returning All-American through the second period. Fix was able to escape in the third and notched a point for riding time.
At 165 pounds, No. 6 Chandler Rogers lost his match to ninth-ranked Branson Ashworth, 4-1, in the pair’s third meeting. In the next bout No. 8 Jacobe Smith squeaked out a 6-5 decision over Hayden Hastings following a last-second, third-period reversal. Andrew Marsden fell to Cale Davidson, 8-5, in the 197-pound matchup.
No. 3 Derek White scored three takedowns to win his bout with Brian Andrews, 8-2, before Nick Piccininni collected the Cowboys’ third bonus-point win of the day, in a 12-4 major decision over Cole Verner.
OSU returns to GIA on Dec. 9, for Bedlam. The Cowboys take the mat at 12:30 p.m., and the match will air live on ESPNU.
141: No. 6 Kaid Brock (OSU) dec. Sam Turner (WYO), 14-10
149: No. 15 Kaden Gfeller (OSU) MD Jaron Jensen (WYO), 9-1
157: No. 18 Andrew Shomers (OSU) dec. No. 19 Dewey Krueger (WYO), 3-1
165: No. 9 Branson Ashworth (WYO) dec. No. 6 Chandler Rogers (OSU), 4-1
174: No. 8 Jacobe Smith (OSU) dec. Hayden Hastings (WYO), 6-5
184: No. Dakota Geer (OSU) MD Carless Looney (WYO), 14-4
197: Cale Davidson (WYO) dec. Andrew Marsden (OSU), 8-5
285: Derek White (OSU) dec. Brian Andrews (WYO), 8-2
125: No. 3 Nick Piccininni (OSU) MD Cole Verner (WYO), 12-4
133: No. 6 Daton Fix (OSU) dec. No. 11 Montorie Bridges (WYO), 3-0