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Sooners Defeat West Virginia in Home Opener

NORMAN – The Oklahoma wrestling team picked up its first Big 12 victory in the Sooners’ home opener, topping West Virginia 26-17 Friday night. 

Redshirt freshman Anthony Mantanona (174 pounds) and graduate transfer Kayne MacCallum (184 pounds) highlighted the Sooners’ win with pins, while No. 8 Dom Demas (141 pounds) added a tech fall.

“That’s the style we want to wrestle,” said head coach Lou Rosselli of his team’s aggressiveness against the Mountaineers. “I think Sooner Nation needs to see that style of wrestling – that you’re aggressive, that you’re trying to build the lead and that you’re outworking your opponent. We preach it all the time, and they did a nice job with it today.”

Wrestling at 125 pounds, Christian Moody opened the match with an 8-3 decision against West Virginia’s Joey Thomas. The redshirt junior got a takedown in the first period before using an escape and two more takedowns in the second to lead 5-2. In the final frame, Moody added another takedown at the whistle and was awarded a point for riding time for the victory.  

Demas notched his third straight victory with an 18-1 tech fall win over Luke Martin in the 141 bout. In an action-packed second period, Demas picked up a takedown, two four-point nearfalls and a two-point nearfall to take a 14-1 lead into the third. Demas sealed the deal with a takedown and a point for riding time.

With his win, Demas moves to 17-3 on the season and remains undefeated (2-0) against Big 12 action.

At 157, Justin Thomas notched a 7-4 decision against the Mountaineers’ Zach Moore. Thomas held a narrow 5-4 lead going into the third period, but sealed his victory after a takedown with 11 seconds left on the clock.

Mantanona (174) picked up his second pin of the season in just 1:27 with a win by fall against James Wujek.

“Certainly that made a big difference,” said Rosselli of Mantanona’s pin. “Anthony’s really good on top. He’s a young kid still, but he’s learning how to do it. It was nice to see Anthony bury him.”

At 184, MacCallum followed up Mantanona’s victory with a pin of his own, defeating Jackson Moomau in 2:07, good for his second win by fall this year.

“He did a nice job,” Rosselli said of MacCallum. “As the year goes on, I think he’ll keep progressing. He’s good in all three areas. It was nice to see him get the fall and to capitalize on that when the team needed him.”

Jake Woodley defeated WVU’s Noah Adams 5-3 in the 197 match. The bout was tied at 1-1 in the third, but a takedown by Woodley with 1:10 on the gave the Sooner a 3-1 lead before he scored another takedown in the final seconds to win.

OU’s Anthony Madrigal (133) was defeated by Matthew Schmitt in a 20-1 tech fall. Davion Jeffries was pinned by Christian Monserrat in 4:08 at 149. Jeremy Thomas was defeated by West Virginia’s Nick Kiussis 5-3 at 165. Heavyweight Jake Boyd was topped by Brandon Ngati 5-1 in the final bout of the night.

Up Next

The Sooners will host Pitt Sunday at Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Okla. Admission for the event is free, and food trucks from Midway Deli will be available to fans. Doors open at 1 p.m.

Live stats for the Pitt dual will be available through Trackwrestling.

For updates, follow @OU_Wrestling on Twitter, or like Sooner Wrestling on Facebook.  

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