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NCAA wrestling notebook: Oklahoma State's Geer earns unlikely All-America honors

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Rutger's Nick Suriano, top, and Oklahoma State's Daton Fix battle for position during their 133-pound match in the finals of the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh. Suriano won the match. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Rutger's Nick Suriano, top, and Oklahoma State's Daton Fix battle for position during their 133-pound match in the finals of the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh. Suriano won the match. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

This is the first time the NCAA has seeded all 33 wrestlers at each weight class.

The only wrestler seeded in the bottom half (17-33) to place was Oklahoma State 184-pounder Dakota Geer. The sophomore transfer from Edinboro upset the Nos. 2, 3 and 7 seeds en route to all-America honors.

With the state of Oklahoma’s high school wrestling population being small, it is rare to produce many high quality Division I recruits.

But Oklahoma State’s starting lineup beginning the season had seven of 10 starters from in-state. Six have been all-Americans at least once.

Extra points

Next year’s tournament will be in Minneapolis’s US Bank Stadium. It will likely break the tournament attendance record. But it will of interest to see how the venue is configured for wrestling, i.e., how many seats will offer reasonable views. ... Penn State loses one of the sport’s most historic dynamic duos in seniors Jason Nolf and Bo Nickal but returns four all-Americans, including champions Vincente Joseph and Mark Hall. … Saturday’s finals attendance was 18,950, running the three-day total at 109,405 for the six sessions.

J. Carl Guymon, For The Oklahoman

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