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Sooners Ride Seniors to Victory

NORMAN – In a back and forth dual, Oklahoma wrestling used a flawless performance from its veterans to take down Edinboro, 19-16, on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center. OU’s senior quartet of Dawaylon Barnes, Andrew Dixon, Mike Longo and Yoanse Mejias all won their respective matches against the Fighting Scots.

Longo got things going for Oklahoma in a big way in his final match in Norman, shutting out Edinboro’s Nate Hagan at 141 pounds by major decision, 8-0, to get the Sooners on the board following an early deficit.

“I was pretty relaxed tonight,” Longo said. “I had my parents here, this is the first home dual they’ve been to this season. They made a 20-hour drive out here just to watch me, so it’s pretty special to have that and also just everyone who has supported me throughout these past two years at OU and my whole career.”

Junior Davion Jeffries earned his second consecutive win by major decision for OU, with a 12-0 shutout of Jensen Lorea at 149 pounds to put the Sooners on top, 8-7. The win was Jeffries’ fifth in six duals, extending his overall record to 21-12 on the season.

Oklahoma’s seniors kept rolling when Barnes secured a victory by major decision, 15-6, over Edinboro’s Fritz Hoehn at 165 pounds. Yoanse Mejias, ranked No. 10 in the nation at 174 pounds, made it two in a row for the Sooners with a 3-2 win against Ty Schoffstall.

“This was my last home dual I’ll ever have, whether it be high school or college, so it means a lot to me,” Barnes said. “All year of working, I’ve learned that you can always do more, but the major (decision) is good. I’m really glad we got the win. To have my entire class go out with wins in the last home match they’ll ever have is a great feeling.”

Edmond, Okla., native Andrew Dixon extended the Sooners lead to 19-13 with a 9-0 win by major decision at 197 to all-but-clinch the Oklahoma win. The victory pushed OU to 8-9 overall with a final home record of 4-1 on the 2017-18 season. 

The Sooners are due for a quick turnaround, as they will travel to Stillwater on Sunday for a 2 p.m. showdown with No. 4 Oklahoma State. Sunday’s contest will be the last Big 12 matchup of the season for OU.  The Sooners conclude the regular season at Lehigh next Saturday before prepping for the Big 12 Championships in Tulsa, which run March 3-4.

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