Oklahoma State pins WVU wrestling team 180

STILLWATER, Okla. — Freshman Nick Kiussis notched his fourth pin of the season, at 165 pounds, but the WVU wrestling team fell to fifth-ranked Oklahoma State, 29-6, on Jan. 19, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Mountaineers (3-4, 2-2 Big 12) have now faced six opponents ranked inside the USA Today/NWCA Coaches’ Top 25 poll this season, with the Cowboys (7-1, 4-0 Big 12) marking WVU’s first opponent ranked inside the top five. Despite today’s loss, WVU has topped three opponents ranked in this season’s top 25.

The Cowboys used a pair of major decisions to start with a 17-0 lead before Kiussis won by fall over Dalton Moran, in 2:04, to give the Mountaineers their only six points on the scoreboard.

At 125 pounds, redshirt junior Zeke Moisey wrestled through two scoreless periods before No. 7 Nick Piccininni of Oklahoma State used an escape, a takedown and riding points for a 4-0 victory.

Redshirt freshman Matthew Schmitt suffered a 6-1 setback to Kaid Brock, who is ranked No. 3 nationally, at 133 pounds.

Junior Christian Monserrat scored a pair of escapes and a reversal in the final period, but dropped an 11-5 decision to No. 5 Dean Heil, at 141 pounds, to give OSU a 9-0 lead after three bouts.

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