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Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni raises his arm after defeating Northern Colorado's Rico Montoya during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Wrestling Championships at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World]
Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni raises his arm after defeating Northern Colorado's Rico Montoya during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Wrestling Championships at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World]

TULSA — Oklahoma State wrestler Nick Piccininni wasn’t 10 seconds into his post-match interview before he explained his frustration with his performance in the Big 12 championship match Sunday night — a match that he won to take the conference title at 125 pounds at the BOK Center.

Moments later, OSU 133-pound freshman Daton Fix lamented not scoring more points in his championship victory. And 149-pound freshman Kaden Gfeller discussed his need to better work through matches with injuries he’s been battling.

Senior 174-pounder Jacobe Smith’s leg attacks weren’t on point — and it went on and on.

The Cowboys were Big 12 champions on Sunday night in Tulsa, and dominantly so, having wrapped up the title before the championship round even began. Then they went on to win six of the 10 individual titles, with Preston Weigel and Derek White also winning at 197 pounds and heavyweight, respectively.

They were excited about their seventh straight Big 12 tournament title. But not satisfied.

“I won,” Gfeller said of his match. “That’s the objective. I felt like I could’ve wrestled a little better.”

The second-ranked Cowboys want to legitimately contend for the NCAA championship March 21-23 in Pittsburgh, where everyone will be chasing No. 1 Penn State once again.

So the Cowboys were happy with what they accomplished on Sunday, but their true goal, they feel, is within reach.

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“We take the Big 12 tournament seriously,” coach John Smith said. “It’s important. It’s not something you get used to or don’t respect winning. It’s important to our program. It’s important to Oklahoma State. It’s important to our athletic director. We want to win Big 12 championships.”

And even if some of the OSU wrestlers were frustrated with their individual performances, the team dominance provided a boost of confidence.

“I’m not quite happy with (my performance),” Piccininni said. “A win is a win at this point in the season, and there’s more stuff to work on for me. It’s eye-opening for me, still. There’s a bigger picture to this, and it’s coming in two weeks.”

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<strong>Oklahoma State's Daton Fix clinches his fist in victory after defeating Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during a Big 12 wrestling match on Sunday at the BOK Center in Tulsa. [IAN MAULE/Tulsa World]</strong>

Oklahoma State's Daton Fix clinches his fist in victory after defeating Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during a Big 12 wrestling match on Sunday at the BOK Center in Tulsa. [IAN MAULE/Tulsa World]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-44d9078123907d27442ee67f16b9a807.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Daton Fix clinches his fist in victory after defeating Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during a Big 12 wrestling match on Sunday at the BOK Center in Tulsa. [IAN MAULE/Tulsa World] " title=" Oklahoma State's Daton Fix clinches his fist in victory after defeating Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during a Big 12 wrestling match on Sunday at the BOK Center in Tulsa. [IAN MAULE/Tulsa World] "><figcaption> Oklahoma State's Daton Fix clinches his fist in victory after defeating Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during a Big 12 wrestling match on Sunday at the BOK Center in Tulsa. [IAN MAULE/Tulsa World] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e11859e5807bcff78947bb724db3272d.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Daton Fix clinches his fist after defeating Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World " title="Oklahoma State's Daton Fix clinches his fist after defeating Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Daton Fix clinches his fist after defeating Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b019a3a0e22096d34b8818a18213ff85.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Daton Fix attempts to score back points on Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World " title="Oklahoma State's Daton Fix attempts to score back points on Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Daton Fix attempts to score back points on Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cf9a5b17d5dd44a090b5fd53957742f2.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Daton Fix attempts to escape from Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World " title="Oklahoma State's Daton Fix attempts to escape from Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Daton Fix attempts to escape from Wyoming's Montorie Bridges during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-21b06c952b04e03e9218df788e093fce.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma's Dominick Demas celebrates after pinning Oklahoma State's Kaid Brock during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World " title="Oklahoma's Dominick Demas celebrates after pinning Oklahoma State's Kaid Brock during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World "><figcaption>Oklahoma's Dominick Demas celebrates after pinning Oklahoma State's Kaid Brock during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1f40f76ce54cb8b33c8b8b8b4c2da456.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Preston Weigel attempts to turn Iowa State's Willie Miklus during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World " title="Oklahoma State's Preston Weigel attempts to turn Iowa State's Willie Miklus during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Preston Weigel attempts to turn Iowa State's Willie Miklus during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b7e8938e80245480f90762581b26e4cc.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith looks towards the official while attempting to secure a takedown against Northern Iowa's Taylor Lujan during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World " title="Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith looks towards the official while attempting to secure a takedown against Northern Iowa's Taylor Lujan during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World "><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith looks towards the official while attempting to secure a takedown against Northern Iowa's Taylor Lujan during their Big 12 wrestling championship match at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Sunday, March 10, 2019. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-585d96fc5ce9a4e840648fec7db166fc.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni raises his arm after defeating Northern Colorado's Rico Montoya (right) during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World" title="Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni raises his arm after defeating Northern Colorado's Rico Montoya (right) during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni raises his arm after defeating Northern Colorado's Rico Montoya (right) during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7ca9accb1a690697b750cf590fcd664c.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma's Davion Jeffries celebrates after defeating Northern Colorado's Dante Rodriquez during the consulation round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World" title="Oklahoma's Davion Jeffries celebrates after defeating Northern Colorado's Dante Rodriquez during the consulation round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World"><figcaption>Oklahoma's Davion Jeffries celebrates after defeating Northern Colorado's Dante Rodriquez during the consulation round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d02042963bf00564aaa65c4da48d5cf7.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith (left) wrestles Wyoming's Hayden Hastings during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World" title="Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith (left) wrestles Wyoming's Hayden Hastings during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith (left) wrestles Wyoming's Hayden Hastings during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6d65ba31467e96dee5c621e36ddc64a2.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith (left) wrestles Fresno State's Dominic Kincaid during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World" title="Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith (left) wrestles Fresno State's Dominic Kincaid during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith (left) wrestles Fresno State's Dominic Kincaid during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bd2ab995083f393cd4a59fa5bcef9de8.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Joe Smith (top) wrestles Utah Valley's Demetrious Romero during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World" title="Oklahoma State's Joe Smith (top) wrestles Utah Valley's Demetrious Romero during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Joe Smith (top) wrestles Utah Valley's Demetrious Romero during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ab9cd2381e3229c0b58f4ea6ff731376.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma's Justin Thomas (left) wrestles North Dakota State's Luke Weber during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World" title="Oklahoma's Justin Thomas (left) wrestles North Dakota State's Luke Weber during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World"><figcaption>Oklahoma's Justin Thomas (left) wrestles North Dakota State's Luke Weber during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4f3b0db030b783ef555f757438262b82.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith (right) wrestles Wyoming's Hayden Hastings during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World" title="Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith (right) wrestles Wyoming's Hayden Hastings during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World"><figcaption>Oklahoma State's Jacobe Smith (right) wrestles Wyoming's Hayden Hastings during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Championship at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on 3/9/19. BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-545e30c37cbee2f207a62b68ebe4483b.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni raises his arm after defeating Northern Colorado's Rico Montoya during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Wrestling Championships at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World] " title=" Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni raises his arm after defeating Northern Colorado's Rico Montoya during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Wrestling Championships at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World] "><figcaption> Oklahoma State's Nick Piccininni raises his arm after defeating Northern Colorado's Rico Montoya during the semifinal round of the Big 12 Wrestling Championships at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Saturday. [BRETT ROJO/For the Tulsa World] </figcaption></figure>
Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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