TULSA, Okla. – Davion Jeffries and Matt Reed advanced to Sunday’s finals round and five other Sooners are still alive in the 2017 Big 12 Championship, held inside the BOK Center.
The Sooners currently sit in fourth place in the team standings with 63 points. Oklahoma State (155.5) tops the leaderboard, while North Dakota State is in second at 70.5. South Dakota State is in third with 64.5 points.
Jeffries and Reed will compete in Sunday’s final, while Christian Moody (125 pounds), Mike Longo (141 pounds), Clark Glass (157 pounds), Brad Johnson (197 pounds) and Ross Larson (285 pounds) will compete in tomorrow’s wrestlebacks.
Jeffries recorded a win by fall in 4:43 over No. 2 Alex Kocer of South Dakota State in his 149-pound semifinal bout to advance to Sunday afternoon’s finals where he will face Oklahoma State’s Anthony Collica. In his quarterfinal bout, Jeffries was down 6-4 to Air Force’s Jerry McGinty with five seconds remaining but escaped and threw McGinty to his back for two nearfall points for the 7-6 win. Jeffries’ performance automatically qualifies him for the national tournament.
At 184 pounds, Reed secured an 11-5 decision over No. 1 David Kocer of South Dakota State to advance to Sunday’s finals against Oklahoma State’s Kyle Crutchmer and punch his ticket to the 2017 NCAA Championships. In the quarterfinals, the redshirt senior recorded a 6-4 decision over Kimball Bastian of Utah Valley to advance.
“That felt great, especially after losing to him earlier this year in our dual. I felt a lot better than I did the first time we wrestled,” Reed said. “It’s postseason so it’s time to show up and show out. You have to come in here and feel like you’re the best wrestler. I didn’t get to wrestle the first half of the season, and when I came back my wrestling was kind of off, but I’m feeling good here at the right time at the end of the season.”
At 125 pounds, Moody dropped his semifinal contest to No. 1-seed Josh Rodriguez by fall in 2:18. The redshirt freshman opened the tournament with a 4-3 decision over Iowa State’s Kyle Larson in his quarterfinal bout. He will take on SDSU’s Ben Gillette in tomorrow’s second consolation round of four.
Longo lost to Wyoming’s No. 1-seed Bryce Meredith in the 141-pound semifinals match and will also compete in tomorrow’s consolation semifinal bouts. Longo downed Utah Valley’s Trevor Willson by 7-4 decision in his opening match of the championship. He will face John Meeks of Iowa State in tomorrow’s wrestlebacks.
Redshirt senior Johnson recorded a 4-0 decision over Anthony McLaughlin of Air Force in the quarterfinals to advance to the second session before dropping a 4-1 decision to West Virginia’s Jacob Smith in the semifinals. He will face Cordell Eaton of NDSU in Sunday’s consolation rounds.
At 157 pounds, Glass dropped his opening bout to Iowa State’s Colston Diblasi, 1-0, but responded with an 8-3 decision over South Dakota State’s Logan Peterson in the second consolation round of four. He will match up with Archie Colgan of Wyoming in Sunday’s consolation semifinals.
Jacob Rubio faced off with Utah Valley’s Jarod Maynes in the pigtail matches, coming up with a 3-1 decision. The 133-pounder lost to SDSU’s Seth Gross by fall in 3:41 in the quarterfinals, but responded in the second consolation round of eight with a 3-2 decision over Wyoming’s Ronnie Stevens. The sophomore was eliminated in the wrestleback quarterfinals, dropping a 5-2 decision to Rico Montoya of Northern Colorado.
Andrew Dixon was eliminated from the championship after losing to North Dakota State’s Tyler McNutt by 16-1 technical fall. The junior downed Air Force’s Zen Ikehara, 3-1, in SV-1 in the pigtail matches, but he dropped his quarterfinal bout to Oklahoma State’s Nolan Boyd by 12-1. Dixon beat Utah Valley’s Able Gomez by 16-0 technical fall in the second consolation round of eight.
At 165 pounds, Yoanse Mejias dropped contests to both Luke Zilverberg of SDSU (4-0) and Keilan Torres of UNC (3-1; SV-1) and was eliminated from the championship.
The Sooners are back in action for Sunday’s third session starting at 8 a.m. The finals are set to begin at 1 p.m. CT and will broadcast live on local FOX Sports affiliates.
Christian Moody (OU) dec. Kyle Larson (ISU), 4-3
Josh Rodriguez (NDSU) fall Christian Moody (OU), 2:18
Jacob Rubio (OU) dec. Jarod Maynes (UVU), 3-1
Seth Gross (SDSU) fall Jacob Rubio (OU), 3:41
Jacob Rubio (OU) dec. Ronnie Stevens (WYO), 3-2
Rico Montoya (UNC) dec. Jacob Rubio (OU), 5-2
Mike Longo (OU) dec. Trevor Willson (UVU), 7-4
Bryce Meredith (WYO) dec. Mike Longo (OU), 13-7
Davion Jeffries (OU) dec. Jerry McGinty (AF), 7-6
Davion Jeffries (OU) fall Alex Kocer (SDSU), 4:43
Colston Diblasi (ISU) dec. Clark Glass (OU), 1-0
Clark Glass (OU) dec. Logan Peterson (SDSU), 8-3
Luke Zilverberg (SDSU) dec. Yoanse Mejias (OU), 4-0
Keilan Torres (UNC) dec. Yoanse Mejias (OU), 3-1 (SV-1)
Matt Reed (OU) dec. Kimball Bastian (UVU), 6-4
Matt Reed (OU) dec. David Kocer (SDSU), 11-5
Andrew Dixon (OU) dec. Zen Ikehara (AF), 3-1 (SV-1)
Nolan Boyd (OSU) maj. dec. Andrew Dixon (OU), 12-1
Andrew Dixon (OU) tech. fall Able Gomez (Utah Valley), 16-0
Tyler McNutt (NDSU) tech. fall Andrew Dixon (OU), 16-1
Brad Johnson (OU) dec. Anthony McLaughlin (Air Force), 4-0
Jacob Smith (WVU) dec. Brad Johnson (OU), 4-1
Ross Larson (OU) tech. fall Alex Macki (SDSU), 16-0 (2:42)
Dustin Dennison (UVU) dec. Ross Larson (OU), 6-0