in , ,

OU vs SDSU Takeaways

#12 South Dakota State over #24 Oklahoma (20-13)

The Sooners had some opportunities in these matches but fell short to the Jackrabbits and will have an uphill battle to finish 0.500. They won four matches here, including two solid upset wins. Word from the broadcast indicated that Mosha Schwartz is done for the season so Carter Schmidt wrestled in his second event of the season attached (Third if the Reno tournament counted). That spot and 165 saw different starters, as Nijenhuis made the descent back down and looked solid getting a win tonight. With just one dual left, here are my takeaways for the Sooners. 

  • Koelzer and McDougald can start to build some momentum late.

A 2022 qualifier at 125, I thought Koelzer would be able to step in and qualify in his second year at 133 and first with the Sooners. He’s had some struggles this year however, with some solid wins mixed with head scratching losses. He looked good in taking out a much improved Cardinal tonight and could use a win like this to surge in the postseason. Depending on the Big 12 automatic qualifier allotment, Koelzer may have to score an upset or two to get there. After a win like this he looks like he could be an important factor for the team in March. 

McDougald is in a similar boat, with a close decision over a higher ranked wrestler. McDougald made waves in 2022 and ended up in the Big 12 finals. The weight class has only gotten stronger since then, but if he wants to ensure another chance at NCAA’s then getting wins like this are going to help his seeding for Big 12’s. 

  • Hendriksen, Hill, and Picklo show some promise in close losses.

Hendriksen had a good back and forth with Jordan, but wasn’t able to win the scrambles for a takedown. Jordan has been very solid this season and a veteran, so to see true freshman Hendriksen wrestle so well is encouraging as he has…

Yes, there's even more!
The Best Oklahoma Wrestling Content.
Enjoy local Oklahoma wrestling perspective as well as national outlook with the power of Rokfin. Cancel at any time.
  • Exclusive Oklahoma Wrestling content
  • Rankings, articles, video, livestreams
  • Access to over 130+ wrestling channels
  • Ad-Free. No ads, no banners – not now, not ever
  • Our Mission is to provide the most and best Oklahoma wrestling content. We believe wrestling is the toughest sport and deserves media coverage. If you appreciate what we do, please consider subscribing to help support what we provide
  • With an Rokfin subscription, you gain access to exclusive content, Missouri high school rankings and other premium content that may not be available to non-subscribers. The Owrestle premium subscription is available at $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year, offering the flexibility to cancel anytime.
  • There aren't many sites dedicated to wrestling in Oklahoma, if any. If you appreciate what we do for the sport, please consider subscribing to help support us.

What do you think?

64 points
Upvote Downvote

Leave a Reply