By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
Oklahoma suffered another close loss in the second round of Freestyle Friday morning. The Outlaws battled hard, but Iowa Red pulled out all the stops and put together a tough team featuring six nationally ranked contenders.
Sand Springs’s own National Champion Daton Fix kicked off the dual with an 11-0 tech fall over Dante Tachia, but Iowa swept the next seven-straight matches.
Brock Rathbun took down All American Jacob Butler 10-0, Jaxen Gilmore took a 12-2 loss to No. 8 Carter Happel, and Brik Filippo lost 10-0 to Nelson Brands. Matt Malcomb scored a surprising 15-8 upset over No. 11 Wyatt Sheets, Marcus Coleman teched Christian Bahl 12-1, and Max Lyon teched Dan Baker 10-0 before the Outlaws finally managed to get back on the board.
Bear Hughes broke up the win streak with a 25 second pin of Donavon Doyle, then Iowa went right back at it as No. 14 Wyatt Wriedt teched Gunner Cash 16-6. Trenton Lieurance put up an impressive battle against No. 11 Carter Isley but lost by a close 3-1 decision.
Sand Springs’s Riley Weir won a 13-2 tech fall over Cobe Siebrecht and Wyatt Adams received a forfeit, but the last two bouts belonged to Iowa. No. 4 Kyle Biscoglia won a 12-10 decision over Colt Newton and No. 9 Jack Wagner wrapped things up with a 21-15 decision over Jet Taylor to win the dual 41-26.
Up next for Oklahoma is a tough New Jersey team whose only losses were a close 34-33 Pool A finals bout with Ohio and a 35-30 dual with Illinois. Jersey boasts an incredible twelve nationally ranked wrestlers.