TULSA, Okla. -
A pair of West Virginia natives led the WVU wrestling team at in the first session of the 2017 Big 12 Wrestling Championship as Dylan Cottrell
and Jacob A. Smith
advanced to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Cottrell, the No. 2 seed at 165 pounds, won an 8-1 decision over Iowa State’s Logan Breitenbach to register his eighth consecutive win in the quarterfinals. The Spencer, West Virginia, native used a takedown and four nearfall points in the first for a 6-0 lead. He added an escape in the second before claiming riding time point in the win. Cottrell will take on North Dakota State’s Andrew Fogarty in the semifinals on Saturday evening.
The No. 1 seed at 197 pounds, Smith claimed a 9-5 win over Iowa State’s Marcus Harrington in the quarterfinals. Harrington scored first with a takedown, but Smith escaped and countered with a takedown of his own for a 3-2 lead. He added four nearfall points to push the score to 7-2 at the end of the first. Starting the second in the defensive position, Smith added an escape to make it an 8-2 advantage but was called for stalling to make it 8-3. Smith was again called for stalling twice in the closing seconds of the third, adding a pair of points to Harrington’s total, but added the riding time point for the 9-5 decision. Smith will face Oklahoma’s Brad Johnson in the semifinals. The two previously met back on Jan. 20, with Smith winning a 3-1 decision.
and Christian Monserrat
picked up a pair of wins in the round of 16 to start the first session. Wheeling used takedown, a reversal and a pair of nearfall points in winning an 8-2 decision over South Dakota State’s Henry Pohlmeyer at 141 pounds. Monserrat scored a takedown and six nearfall points in an 11-1 major decision over Iowa State’s Gabe Moreno at 149. Both advanced to the quarterfinals, as Wheeling dropped a 12-2 major decision to Wyoming’s Bryce Meredith, while Monserrat suffered a 10-0 setback to SDSU’s Alex Kocer.
In addition to Cottrell and Smith in the semifinals, the remaining eight Mountaineers will be in action in the consolation bracket. The second session will start at 7 p.m. ET and will be carried live by FloWrestling.
West Virginia is in eighth place with 15 points. Oklahoma State leads the way with 46.5 points, followed by South Dakota State with 43.5. North Dakota State and Oklahoma are tied for third with 39.5 points.
Round of 16:
174: Michael Billingsley (AF) major dec. Ty Millward
141: Bryce Meredith (WYO) major dec. Joe Wheeling