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NCAA Wrestling Championships: Five Oklahoma State returning All-Americans fail to place

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Iowa's Spencer Lee, celebrates defeating Oklahoma State's Nicholas Piccinni in their 125-pound match in the semifinals of the NCAA wrestling championships, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Lee faces Virginia's Jack Mueller for the championship Saturday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Iowa's Spencer Lee, celebrates defeating Oklahoma State's Nicholas Piccinni in their 125-pound match in the semifinals of the NCAA wrestling championships, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Pittsburgh. Lee faces Virginia's Jack Mueller for the championship Saturday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH — Oklahoma State entered the season with seven returning All-Americans. Amazingly, five did not place in the 2019 tournament. Joe Smith and Jacobe Smith were eliminated in consolations. Boo Lewallen (149) was lost to a season-ending injury. Chandler Rogers (165) lost to Joe Smith in ranking matches. Brock fell one win short of placing. He, Rogers and Joe Smith are two-time All-Americans.

Moran makes big comeback

Stillwater’s Tristan Moran (26-11), who transferred from OSU to Wisconsin, staged a phenomenal comeback in the third consolation round. He trailed North Carolina State’s Jamel Morris 10-0 then reeled off 16 straight points to win 16-10. He fell just short of placing with a 7-6 loss to Minnesota’s Mitch McKee (23-6)

Attendance good

Attendance for the first four sessions at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh exceeded 72,000, ensuring that the six-session total will easily eclipse 100,000.

Hot topic

Hot topic of discussion with coaches, fans and media was the decision to seed all wrestlers at all weights -– from 1 to 33. Seemingly an ill-advised move for several reasons, could be reviewed during off-season meetings of the NCAA Wrestling Committee.

J. Carl Guymon, for The Oklahoman

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