Oklahoma goes 2-0 on weekend with win over NDSU
NORMAN -- The No. 20 Oklahoma wrestling team earned its second win of the weekend, downing North Dakota State 29-7 on Sunday afternoon inside McCasland Field House.
The Sooners (3-0 overall, 1-0 Big 12) used four bonus-point wins for their third straight contest scoring 26-or-more points. The win also capped off a perfect record in the month of November for Oklahoma.
After 12 years of lining up on the North Dakota State bench, Sunday's dual marked the first time OU head coach Roger Kish squared off against his former team.
"I have nothing but respect for North Dakota State and I enjoyed a wonderful 12 years with that program," Kish said. "I'm grateful we had the opportunity to host the Bison in Norman and I wish them the best of luck in the future."
Freshman Conrad Hendriksen got the first win of the afternoon for the Sooners, downing NDSU's Carlos Negrete Jr. by 3-1 decision. Negrete Jr. gave up a pair of stalling points which proved to be the difference as both wrestlers scored only an escape on the mat in the 125-pound bout.
At 133 pounds, No. 26 Jace Koelzer secured an 8-2 decision win over Ryan Henningson. Koelzer earned a pair of takedowns and two escape points to give the Sooners a 6-0 lead. Koelzer last faced Henningson as a 125-pounder at Northern Colorado, beating the senior via 12-4 major decision in 2022.
Mosha Schwartz kept the momentum rolling for Oklahoma, downing No. 30 Gavin Drexler by 16-7 major decision in the 141-pound bout. No. 9 Schwartz got a takedown on Drexler early and turned it into four swipes. The senior would grow his lead to 13-0 before Drexler mounted a comeback with an escape and two takedowns of his own. One final takedown for Scwartz in the final minute earned the Sooners a bonus point.
In the 149-pound bout, No. 17 Willie McDougald got the win by 7-5 decision over Maxwell Petersen. Two takedowns and an escape were enough to tack on three more points for the Sooners.
Junior Jared Hill was defeated by NDSU's Landen Johnson in his season-dual debut, via 7-3 decision at 157 pounds.
The most impressive win of the day came in the 165-pound bout, where Minnesota transfer Cael Carlson racked up three minutes of riding time to go with two takedowns to pick up a 9-0 major decision over Brendan Howes. Sunday marked Carlson's first shutout since defeating Howes as a member of the Golden Gophers at the 2022 Bison Open.
"Everyone on the team is buying in and working hard," said Carlson. "I think we've been one of the mot conditioned teams in the country so far this year, and that's part of our identity."
No. 13 Tate Picklo bounced back from a loss on Friday by defeating the Bison's 174-pound competitor, Gaven Sax. A late takedown resulted in a major as the junior rode out Sax for the 11-2 bonus point win.
At 184 pounds, No. 19 Giuseppe Hoose suffered his second loss of the season, losing to freshman Adam Cherne. In his Bison debut, Cherne added four takedowns to pull of the 18-6 major decision.
Senior Stephen Buchanan took control of the 197-pound match, dominating Spencer Mooberry via 17-2 tech fall in five minutes. The Wyoming transfer tallied four takedowns and a near fall en route to his fourth tech fall win of the season.
No. 14 Josh Heindselman finished the dual off with a 5-2 decision over Devon Dawson. An escape, takedown and riding time point improved the heavyweight's record to a perfect 7-0.
Oklahoma returns to the mat on Friday, Dec. 1 in Colombia, Mo., at 7 p.m. for a Big-12 matchup with No. 4 Missouri. The Sooners travel straight to No. 24 West Virginia for a 1 p.m. contest on Dec. 3 in Morgantown.
125: Conrad Hendriksen (OU) over Carlos Negrete Jr (NDSU); Dec 3-1
133: #26 Jace Koelzer (OU) over Ryan Henningson (NDSU); Dec 8-2
141: #9 Mosha Schwartz (OU) over #26 Gavin Drexler (NDSU); MD 16-7
149: #17 Willie McDougald (OU) over Max Petersen (NDSU); Dec 7-5
157: Landen Johnson (NDSU) over Jared Hill (OU); Dec 7-3
165: #15 Cael Carlson (OU) over Brendan Howes (NDSU); MD 9-0
174: #13 Tate Picklo (OU) over Gaven Sax (NDSU); MD 11-2
184: Adam Cherne (NDSU) over #19 Giuseppe Hoose (OU); MD 18-6
197: #2 Stephen Buchanan (OU) over Spencer Mooberry (NDSU); TF 17-2
285: #14 Josh Heindselman (OU) over Devon Dawson (NDSU); Dec 5-2