EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Oklahoma wrestling team opened the 2018-19 season with nine top-five finishes at the Michigan State Open.
Redshirt freshman Jake Woodley took the title at 197 pounds, racking up three victories en route to the championship. Woodley received a first-round bye before tallying his first collegiate victory in a 17-1 technical fall, defeating Ross Sealby of Northern Illinois. He added an 8-0 major decision win over Dylan Reynolds (Edinboro) for a spot in the final. Woodley held on to win a 5-3 decision against Jackson Striggow (Michigan) to take the crown.
Eight other Sooners recorded top-five finishes at the event.
Graduate transfer Kayne MacCallum was the runner-up in the 184-pound division, picking up his first win as a Sooner with an 7-0 decision over Michael Aldrich (Northern Illinois). He then followed that victory with a 6-4 decision over Shwan Shadaia (unattached) and a 3-1 decision against Jelani Embree of Michigan to earn a spot in the final.
At 149 pounds, Davion Jeffries finished third in his respective bracket, recording two wins by pin along the way.
Jeremy Thomas also took third place at 165. The redshirt sophomore picked up his first win of the year in an 10-6 decision over Jaden Mattox (unattached). He then notched an 11-8 decision over Ohio State’s Fritz Schierl before suffering a loss to Northern Illinois’ Kenny Moore after a sudden-victory overtime. Thomas met teammate Hayden Hansen in the quarterfinal and prevailed in an 8-2 decision.
Hansen took fifth in the division, picking up three wins in the competition, including two in sudden-victory overtimes.
At 133 pounds, true freshman Anthony Madrigal finished fourth. After receiving a first-round bye, Madrigal earned his first collegiate victory in a 5-4 decision over Doug Zapf of Penn. In the semifinal, Madrigal was defeated by Ohio’s Mario Guillen, 6-4, after a sudden-victory overtime and moved to the consolation side of the draw.
Dom Demas took fourth in the 141 pounds bracket. The redshirt freshman opened his season – and OU career – with a pin, defeating David Bavery of Notre Dame in 4:59 in just 2:49, then follwed that win up with a tech fall (20-2) against Kole Krauss (unattched). After moving to the consolation side of the bracket, Demas pinned Matt Santos (unattached) in 2:46 before notching a sudden-victory overtime win (6-4) against Nate Hagan (unattached).
Redshirt freshman Anthony Mantanona recorded a fourth-place finish at 174 pounds. The Palm Desert, Calif., native notched his first win as a Sooner in an 8-1 decision over Penn’s Jake Hendricks, as well as a 5-2 decision over Collin Lieber (Central Michigan).
At 157 pounds, Justin Thomas took fifth. The redshirt sophomore opened his season with an 8-0 major decision over Zack Velasquez (unattached) before he was defeated by Wabash’s Austin Bethel by fall in 2:06. After moving into the consolation bracket, he picked up four more victories.
Heavyweight Jake Boyd finished sixth in his bracket, going 2-1 on the tournament.
At 125 pounds, Zach Atencio went 0-2. Jared Schieber also went 0-2 at 157; Ruston Duke was 0-2 in the 184-pounds division. In the heavyweight division, Eli Boulton was 0-2 while Collin McCoy was 1-2, picking up his first collegiate win after defeating Nick Jenkins (Central Michigan), 4-2, after two tiebreaker periods.
The Sooners return to the mat next week at the Journeyman/ASICS Collegiate Classic in Troy, New York.