January 27, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS — After a 3-0 start to the campaign for Maroon & Gold, the Gophers are making another move to meet the fifth-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in their toughest test of the young season.

It will be Minnesota’s second clash of the week after a 37-4 win over Augustana at Williams Arena Thursday night, while Oklahoma State enters the contest after a two-week break, having been 18-3 since beating Wyoming in the home opener .

The duel will take place on Sunday, December 1st at 14:00 CST at the Gallagher-Iba Arena. Fans can follow Sunday’s action live on ESPN+ or follow match-by-match updates on Twitter at @GopherWrestling.

Tale of the Tape – The Cowboys
Oklahoma State is led by legendary head coach John Smith, who is in his 32nd season with a career record of 465-69-6. The Cowboys roster features a solid mix of veteran leadership and young talent, with all ten wrestlers ranked in the InterMat polls. Three-time NCAA finalist Daton Fix is ​​leading the way for Oklahoma State, along with All-Americans Dustin Plott, Travis Wittlake and Wyatt Sheets.

Oklahoma State enters the contest with a 3-0 record on the season by an average lead of 25 points, beating No. 22 Lehigh, Bucknell and Wyoming this year.

The series with Oklahoma State
Minnesota is behind the all-time series against the Oklahoma State Cowboys with a record of 14-28 in a series that dates back to 1941. Oklahoma State has won the last six meetings, which is the second-longest winning streak in the series. The Golden Gophers have won their last ten encounters with Oklahoma State 3-7, their most recent win coming on November 29, 2014. Minnesota’s most recent win at Gallagher-Iba Arena came on December 8, 2013 where they defeated the Cowboys by a score from 16-15.

First date: L, 6-18 (2/18/1941)

Last meeting: L, 10-23 (11/20/21)

Longest winning streak: W3 (twice; 01/15/2006–12/06/2006 and 02/23/2014–11/29/2014)

Longest losing streak: L8 (2/18/1941-2/6/1992)

Current streak: L6

last meeting
Minnesota hosted the Oklahoma State Cowboys on November 27, 2021, where they won just three of the 10 fights, falling 23-10. Jake Bergeland caused quite a stir in his first start as a full-time 141-pounder when he defeated Carter Young 6-4. Brayton Lee dominated an All-Americans bout as he defeated Wyatt Sheets 15-9. top heavyweight Gable Steveson ended the duel with a 20-7 major decision over Luke Surber.

Possible matchups
This Sunday’s matinee between the Gophers and the Cowboys could feature as many as 19 ranked wrestlers in the InterMat roster, with ranked bouts in nine of the 10 weight classes.

At 125 pounds there will be a top 10 rubber match between No. 4 Patrick McKee and No. 7 Trevor Mastrogiovanni, as last season’s two split matches in which McKee won recent contest at the NCAA championships by a 9-1 major decision.

Aaron Nagao will face the toughest test of his young career as he faces three-time NCAA finalist and runner-up Daton Fix.

#3 Jake Bergeland aims to make his season debut in the starting lineup with a rematch against Oklahoma State’s Carter Young. Bergeland defeated Young 6-4 in last season’s duel.

Another top 10 matchup could cost £157 as No.2 Brayton Lee faces a potential matchup with top ten opponent Kaden Gfeller.

Bailiff O’Reilly is looking for his second upset in as many weeks as the Goodhue, Minnesota graduate student faces a top-five opponent in number 4 Dustin Plott.

Isaiah Salazar will be looking for a statement win at 184 pounds as he is set to face former All-American Travis Wittlake in a top-15 contest.

Following Sunday’s action, the Gophers will wrap up the off-conference schedule next weekend with a grueling road trip as they make a brief stop in Fargo, ND on Friday, December 9th to bond with the state of North Dakota measure before heading west to San Luis Obispo, California to compete in a triangular duel with Cal Poly and Lindenwood.

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