Oklahoma State, Oklahoma prepare to chase titles at NCAA Wrestling Championships – Tulsa World


After winning the program?s sixth consecutive Big 12 championship, Oklahoma State will be represented by nine wrestlers at the NCAA Championships.

The Cowboys will feature Nick Piccininni (125 pounds), Kaid Brock (133), Dean Heil (141), Boo Lewallen (149), Chandler Rogers (165), Jacobe Smith (174), Keegan Moore (184), Preston Weigel (197) and Derek White (285) in Cleveland on Thursday through Saturday.

Brock, who lost in the Big 12 finals to South Dakota State?s Seth Gross, is the Cowboys? highest seeded wrestler at No. 4.

Piccininni and two-time NCAA champion Heil are No. 6 seeds.

Smith, Lewallen, Moore and White ? seeded Nos. 8-13 ? will be making their first appearances in the NCAA Championships.

?From what the guys say, it?s just a big atmosphere, really exciting,? said Lewallen, who won his first Big 12 individual title a week ago. ?I take their advice to heart.?

Oklahoma will take five wrestlers to the championships, including Christian Moody (125), Dawaylon Barnes (165) and Yoanse Mejias (174), who automatically qualified through their finishes at the Big 12 Championships.

Two other Sooners ? Davion Jeffries (149) and Mike Longo (141) ? got into the tournament as at-large selections.

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There will be one Bedlam matchup in the early rounds, as Jeffries will face Lewallen in the first round. The two also met in the Big 12 Championships in Tulsa, with Lewallen winning a 10-4 decision.

Both teams head into the weekend feeling good about their chances.

?I really felt like our best wrestling was our last day we wrestled at the Big 12,? OSU coach John Smith said. ?Of course, that?s placement day and championship day. That?s the day you get awarded medals and trophies. We were wrestling our best during that day. That is a good feeling going into nationals. That is what I?m going to remind my team: Let?s roll it over and wrestle our three best days at nationals.?


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