Sooners Take Down Iowa State, 21-16

Andie Beene
By Andie Beene
Assistant Director of Communications

Iowa State
Iowa State

OU vs. Iowa State Final Results

125 No. 17 Christian Moody (OU) fall Sinjin Briggs (ISU), 0:37
133 Jake Rubio (OU) dec. Markus Simmons (ISU), 3-2
141 Ian Parker (ISU) dec. Mike Longo (OU), 4-2
149 Davion Jeffries (OU) dec. No. 18 Jarett Degen (ISU), 8-5
157 Chase Straw (ISU) dec. Justin Thomas (OU), 4-3
165 Dawaylon Barnes (OU) fall Brady Jennings (ISU), 6:17
174 No. 11 Yoanse Mejias (OU) dec. Danny Bush (ISU), 2-1
184 Dane Pestano (ISU) maj. dec. Matthew Waddell (OU), 11-3
197 Sam Colbray (ISU) dec. Andrew Dixon (OU), 2-1 SV-1
HWT Marcus Harrington (ISU) dec. Connor Webb (OU), 7-4

NORMAN – Fueled by two wins by fall, the Oklahoma wrestling team claimed a 21-16 victory over conference foe Iowa State on Friday night inside McCasland Field House.

The Sooners moved to 7-6 on the season and 3-2 in Big 12 competition with the win. It also marked the third consecutive win for Oklahoma over the Cyclones and snapped Iowa State's four-dual winning streak.

“I thought that obviously it was nice to get a win,” OU head coach Lou Rosselli said. “I thought the bonus points made a difference. I thought that we took a couple of hits at weights that we thought we could have won… We have to turn those around to continue to grow and get better. They had a (win) streak going, so for us it was a good win. It just shows growth and improvement on some of our guys. But, overall, bonus points made the biggest difference.”

No. 17 Christian Moody started the dual with a bang for the Sooners, winning by fall over Sinjin Briggs in just 37 seconds at 125 pounds. It marked his second pin of the season and gave OU an early 6-0 lead.

Redshirt junior Jake Rubio carried the Sooner momentum to the 133-pound bout, where he defeated Markus Simmons by 3-2 decision to extend OU’s lead. With the match tied at 1-1 early in the third period, Rubio took his opponent down to claim the win.

“Obviously Christian (Moody) going out and doing his job at the beginning really puts a swell in the match,” Rosselli said. “And then, Jake Rubio comes out and gets a win too, and that really changes the dynamic of the match.”

At 149 pounds, junior Davion Jeffries upset No. 18 Jarett Degen by 8-5 decision. He built a 6-3 lead in the first period with a reversal and a four-point nearfall, and Jeffries added another reversal in the second to defeat Degen.

Following an intermission at the midway point, Dawaylon Barnes claimed OU’s second win by fall of the night, pinning Brady Jennings in 6:17 at 165 pounds. The win marked his fourth pin of the season, matching a team high held by Jeffries and Mike Longo.

“If I had to put a pin point on a match that mattered, it would be Dawaylon Barnes and Christian Moody,” Rosselli said. “One started us, and one started us at the beginning of the break. If I had to put a tipping point, those two things made a huge difference in the match.”

In the 174-pound match, No. 11 Yoanse Mejias outlasted Danny Bush in a 2-1 decision. Although Bush earned the riding time point, he was called for stalling three times to give Mejias the two penalty points that would make the difference.

Mike Longo dropped a 4-2 decision to Ian Parker at 141 pounds. Justin Thomas was narrowly downed by Chase Straw in the 157-pound bout, 4-3. Matthew Waddell (184 pounds) was defeated by Dane Pestano in an 11-3 major decision. Andrew Dixon was edged in overtime by Sam Colbray, 2-1, at 197 pounds. In the heavyweight match, Connor Webb was downed by Marcus Harrington by 7-4 decision.

Up next, the Sooners conclude their homestand as they host No. 12 South Dakota State on Sunday afternoon. The conference matchup is slated for a 2 p.m. CT start and will be aired on Fox Sports Oklahoma and Fox College Sports Central. Fans can purchase tickets for both duals online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424.

“With South Dakota State, obviously they are ranked, but if our team can compete the way they are capable that match will be a really good match,” Rosselli said of Sunday’s dual. “They have one guy on their team that I know that is probably a little better than us and we just have to fight like an animal, and that is at 133 pounds. He has shown that he is very good and we just have to manage that match. But, the other matches, we can be in all of them… I am excited, and I know that their coach prepares them well and they will be ready to fight, so we better be ready.”