Oklahoma State Stays Undefeated, Takes Out South Dakota State 31-6

Oklahoma State Stays Undefeated, Takes Out South Dakota State 31-6

A recap of Oklahoma State's wrestling dual victory over South Dakota State to move 12-0 on the season.

Feb 11, 2024 by Jon Kozak
Oklahoma State Stays Undefeated, Takes Out South Dakota State 31-6

Oklahoma State continued its dominance this season with a 31-6 victory over #13 South Dakota State on Saturday night. The Cowboys are now 12-0 on the season and have established themselves as the #2 team in the country. Check out the full box scores below to see a quick recap of the dual:

125: #7 Troy Spratley, OK State dec. #13 Tanner Jordan - 7-3

133: #3 Daton Fix, OK State MD #17 Derrick Cardinal, SD State - 15-4

141: #8 Tagen Jamison, OK State dec. #22 Clay Carlson, SD State - 8-5, SV-1

149: #23 Jordan Williams, OK State FALL #22 Alek Martin, SD State - 4:46

157: #10 Teague Travis, OK State dec. #17 Cael Swensen, SD State - 4-1, SV-1

165: #3 Izzak Olejnik, OK State FALL Tanner Cook, SD State - 2:55

174: #4 Cade Devos, SD State dec. #24 Brayden Thompson, OK State - 9-3

184: #2 Dustin Plott, OK State dec. #8 Bennett Berge, SD State - 9-6, SV-1

197: #5 Tanner Sloan, SD State dec. #15 Luke Surber, OK State - 3-0

285: #8 Konner Doucet, OK State dec. Luke Rasmussen, SD State - 9-7

Close Matches & Pins The Difference For The Cowboys

As you can see from the above match scores, the dual was closer than the final 31-6 suggests. Oklahoma State won 5 matches by 3 points or less and 3 matches in overtime. The Jackrabbits were close to pulling off big upsets at 141, 157, and 184 but in the end, the Cowboys secured overtime takedowns to help propel them to victory. Check out Tagen Jamison's overtime takedown over All-American Clay Carlson in the below tweet:

Beyond the overtime victories, Oklahoma State got pins by Jordan Williams at 149 and Izzak Olejnik at 165 which played a big part in their victory. Olejnik was a big favorite in his match against Tanner Cook but 149 was a "toss-up" match on paper and a big win for #23 Jordan Williams over #22 Alek Martin. 

Oklahoma State To Close Out The Season With Rivalry Matches

The Cowboys have two duals remaining on their schedule and they just happen to be the two biggest duals of the season. First, is the "Bedlam Rivalry" where Oklahoma State will welcome in-state rival Oklahoma to Stillwater next Sunday, February 18. Oklahoma State already holds a 28-9 victory over the Sooners this season when they wrestled back in December. Then, the following Sunday, the #3 Iowa Hawkeyes will travel to Stillwater to close out the dual season in what should be an incredible showcase of talent. That dual is set to feature 19 total ranked wrestlers with ranked matchups at 9 of the 10 weights. 

If the Cowboys win their remaining two duals, they'll finish undefeated for the first time since 2021. That year they notably went on to place 3rd at the NCAA Tournament. 2019 was the only other year in the past 10 seasons Oklahoma State finished with an undefeated record. Coincidentally the Cowboys also placed 3rd at the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma State is currently ranked 2nd in both our dual and tournament team rankings and carries big expectations with them into the post-season.