Demas Crowned Big 12 Champion
TULSA, Okla. – Redshirt freshman Dom Demas captured the Big 12 title at 141 pounds Sunday night to become OU’s first individual champion since 2016. Demas, the No. 3 seed, pinned Oklahoma State’s Kaid Brock (No. 5) in just 54 seconds to win.
“I just knew I couldn’t stop wrestling. I had to keep scoring,” said Demas. “As long as I kept scoring, no one could beat me ... It’s the coolest feeling in the world.”
Demas took a quick 6-0 lead in the bout, scoring a takedown and a four-point nearfall before turning Brock to end the bout in under a minute.
Demas’ run to the final included a 3-2 win over Wyoming’s Sam Turner in the quarterfinal and an 8-5 decision against Sam Parker (Iowa State) in the semifinal.
Demas was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the tournament and will represent the Sooners at the 2019 NCAA Championships held in Pittsburgh, Pa., March 21-23.
“Dom does all the work, so Dom gets the credit,” said Oklahoma head coach Lou Rosselli. “He’s a product of having good workout partners, having people that care about him. He loves wrestling, he loves to compete and he’s going to be a great one for us."
Demas is OU's first Big 12 Champion at 141 pounds since Kendric Maple in 2013.
Justin Thomas took second at 157 pounds. The redshirt sophomore was defeated by Iowa State’s Chase Straw in a narrow 3-2 decision.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Davion Jeffries (149) and Jake Woodley (197) took third place in their respective weight classes, while Christian Moody was fourth at 125. As a team, OU finished fourth with 78 team points.
“I think we did a good job,” said Rosselli of his team. “We’ve got some guys who are close and I think we can make another jump.”
Jeffries’ run included a pin of Fresno State’s Khristian Olivas in 4:46 in the consolation semifinal, followed by a 4-2 win over Christian Monserrat (WVU) in the third-place bout. With the contest tied at 2-all late in the third, Jeffries got a takedown with seven seconds on the clock to win it.
With his third-place finish, Jeffries becomes a four-time Big 12 placer. The senior was the runner-up in 2016 and 2017, and took fifth in 2018. Also by virtue of his finish at the 2019 Big 12 Championship, Jeffries will make the fourth appearance at the NCAA Championship.
Woodley defeated West Virginia’s Noah Adams 8-3 in his consolation semifinal match. The redshirt freshman took third place with a 3-2 win against Fresno State’s Josh Hokit. Woodley used a takedown for a 2-0 start in the first before Adams escaped to cut his lead to 2-1. Woodley started the second on bottom and escaped to take a 3-1 lead in to the final period. Hokit escaped again, but Woodley rode him out to win the bout and record a podium finish in his first Big 12 Championship appearance.
Woodley has punched his ticket to the NCAA Championship, which will be held in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Christian Moody finished fourth at 125 to tie his career-best conference finish. Moody picked up an 8-0 major decision victory against Rico Montoya (Northern Colorado) in the consolation semifinal, but fell to Alex Mackall of Iowa State 18-3 in the third place bout.
Demas, Moody, Jeffries and Woodley will head to Pittsburgh, Pa., for the 2019 NCAA Championships held at PPG Paints Arena March 21-23.
Christian Moody (125)
Brent Fleetwood (NDSU) dec. Christian Moody (OU), 3-1 SV-1
Christian Moody (OU) dec. Sidney Flores (AF), 11-5
Christian Moody (OU) dec. Cole Verner (Wyoming) 3-2
Christian Moody (OU) maj. dec. Rico Montoya (UNC), 8-0
Alex Mackall (ISU) tech. fall Christian Moody (OU), 18-3 (6:41)
Anthony Madrigal (133)
Anthony Madrigal (OU) maj. dec. Isaiah Delgato (UVU) 10-0
Montorie Bridges (Wyoming) tech. fall Anthony Madrigal (OU), 18-1
Anthony Madrigal (OU) maj. dec. Sean Cannon (UNC), 10-1
Jack Skudlarcyzk (UNI) def. Anthony Madrigal (OU), 10-6
Dom Demas (141)
Dom Demas (OU) dec. Sam Turner (Wyoming), 3-2
Dom Demas (OU) dec. Ian Parker (ISU), 8-5
Dom Demas (OU) fall Kaid Brock (OSU), 0:54
Davion Jeffries (149)
Davion Jeffries (OU) fall Matthew Ontiveros (UVU), 2:04
Jarrett Degen (ISU) dec. Davion Jeffries (OU), 11-10
Davion Jeffries (OU) fall Dante Rodriguez (UNC), 6:47
Davion Jeffries (OU) maj. dec. Max Thomsen (UNI), 15-5
Davion Jeffries (OU) fall Khristian Olivas (FSU), 4:46
Davion Jeffries (OU) dec. Christian Monserrat (WVU), 4-2
Justin Thomas (157)
Justin Thomas (OU) dec. Colten Carlson (SDSU), 5-1
Justin Thomas (OU) dec. Luke Weber (NDSU), 13-8
Chase Straw (ISU) dec. Justin Thomas (OU), 3-2
Jeremy Thomas (165)
Logan Schumacher (ISU) fall Jeremy Thomas (OU), 4:21
Joe Smith (OSU) maj. dec. Jeremy Thomas (OU), 8-0
Anthony Mantanona (174)
Anthony Mantanona (OU) fall James Wujeck (WVU), 0:45
Kimball Bastian (UVU) dec. Anthony Mantanona (OU), 14-12
Anthony Mantanona (OU) maj. dec. Seth Bogulski (UNC), 13-5
Kayne MacCallum (184)
Sam Colbray (ISU) dec. Kayne MacCallum (OU), 11-5
Kayne MacCallum dec. Michael Otomo (NDSU), 6-5
Jackson Hemaeur (Fresno State) dec. Kayne MacCallum (OU), 8-4
Jake Woodley (197)
Jake Woodley dec. Tanner Orndorff (UVU), 13-8
Preston Weigel (OSU) maj. dec. Jake Woodley (OU), 13-0
Jake Woodley (OU) dec. Noah Adams (WVU), 8-3
Jake Woodley (OU) dec. Josh Hokit (FSU), 3-2
Jake Boyd (285)
Derek White (OSU) maj. dec. Jake Boyd (OU), 11-1
Brandon Ngati (WVU) dec. Jake Boyd (OU), 2-1