*Article via NDSU Athlectics
NORMAN, Okla.—Oklahoma won the final four bouts and six overall to edge North Dakota State 20-18 in a Big12 Conference dual in McCasland Field House on Sunday, Feb. 24.
NDSU (10-6, 5-4 #Big12WR) will send 10 wrestlers to compete at the Big 12 Conference Wrestling Championships scheduled for March 9-10 in the BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.
North Dakota State jumped out to a 12-0 lead after two bouts with pins from No. 18-ranked Andrew Fogarty at 165 pounds at 4:24 over Jeremy Thomas. It was the seventh pin of the season for Fogarty, who improved to 17-3 overall and 14-2 in duals.
At 174 pounds, Lorenzo De La Riva trailed by five early in the second period, but turned the tables with his fifth pin of the year at 3:25 over Anthony Mantanona. De La Riva improved to 21-8 overall and 10-5 in duals.
NDSU heavyweight Brandon Metz recorded an important takedown with under a minute left in the third period in an 8-6 decision over Jake Boyd. Metz is now 15-10 overall and 6-8 in duals.
North Dakota State picked up its final win at 125 pounds. No. 9-ranked Brent Fleetwood (21-3, 13-1) and Christian Moody were scoreless in the first, and then traded escapes in the second and third periods. Fleetwood recorded a takedown with 22-seconds left to claim a 3-1 sudden victory-1 decision.
Oklahoma 20, North Dakota State 18
McCasland Field House, Norman, Okla. / Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019
165—#18 Andrew Fogarty (NDSU) fall Jeremy Thomas (OU), 4:24
174—Lorenzo De La Riva (NDSU) fall Anthony Mantanona (OU), 3:25
184—Kayne MacCallum (OU) dec Michael Otomo (NDSU), 7-0
197—#20 Jake Woodley (OU) dec Cordell Eaton (NDSU), 5-2
285—Brandon Metz (NDSU) dec Jake Boyd (OU), 8-6
125—#9 Brent Fleetwood (NDSU) sudden victory-1 Christian Moody (OU), SV-1 3-1
133—Anthony Madrigal (OU) dec #16 Cam Sykora (NDSU), 5-2
141—#18 Dom Demas (OU) tech fall Sawyer Degen (NDSU), TF 20-5 7:00
149—Davion Jeffries (OU) dec Jaden Van Maanen (NDSU), 9-2
157—#20 Justin Thomas (OU) dec #19 Luke Weber (NDSU), 7-6
Dual started at 165 pounds