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Rising Rookies & Seasoned Champs: Oklahoma State vs. Bucknell Preview

#11 Oklahoma State vs Bucknell

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Oklahoma State starts their season off this week at home against Bucknell. Last year these two dualed and the Cowboys won eight matches in a 30-6 rout. This year there’s an expected six new starters, with potential for some freshman getting in early matches. The dual itself is likely to be one-sided, but there are some tests in Bucknell’s lineup. Matches at 149, 157, and 165 are intriguing, and getting the first look at the new starters should be a good opportunity for fans. 

  1. True freshman opportunities

True freshmen can wrestle in five competitions attached, including duals, and stay in redshirt. With how tough the schedule jumps through the season, this could be a good chance to give some of the #1 recruiting class matches. At 133lbs Daton Fix has beaten #X Kurt Phipps each of the past two years. Getting ranked matches is always good, but Fix doesn’t necessarily need to worry about that as much. With that, it could be a great chance to get a look at #8 recruit Cael Hughes against a ranked opponent. 

Brayden Thompson is the expected starter at 174lbs for the season, so I expect him to go here. At 184lbs Dustin Plott is coming up, but is coming off U23’s. A handful of wrestlers that also competed at U23’s didn’t go in their schools first action, so this could be a chance for Jersey Robb to compete after winning the Broncho Open at 184lbs. Bucknell has a ranked wrestler at 184lbs in Logan Deacetis, but he competed in their intrasquad dual and is listed on the roster at 197lbs…

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