Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State wrestling team lost a hard-fought battle on Sunday to No. 19 Boise State by a score of 19-18, the end result coming down to the final bout of the day.
The Beavers got off to a hot start at 133 as Drew Van Anrooy defeated Boise State’s Ty Stevenson by a 10-0 major decision. OSU’s Joey Delgado (141) kept the ball rolling and claimed a 10-2 major decision over Travis Himmelman, giving the Beavers an early 8-0 lead.
Boise State tallied its first three points at 149 as Chris Castillo defeated Oregon State’s Scott Sakaguchi by a 3-2 decision, bringing the score within five.
Oregon State’s RJ Pena (157) got the Beavers back on track with a 6-2 decision over Holden Packard. Alex Elder (165) collected four more points for the Beavers after an 11-2 major decision over Boise State’s Taylor West, bringing the score to 15-3.
The Broncos responded with seven straight points at 174 and 184, as Boise State’s Austin Dewey topped Joe Latham with a 6-5 decision, and Jacob Swartz defeated John Tuck by a 20-7 major decision, bringing them within five with just three bouts remaining.
At 197, Oregon State’s Taylor Meeks collected a 1-0 decision over Cody Dixon, giving the Beavers an 18-10 lead. Boise State’s J.T. Felix then tallied six points for the Broncos after pinning Amarveer Dhesi (HWT), bringing the score within two points heading into the final bout.
The 125 battle brought Gill to its feet as OSU’s Pat Rollins and Boise State’s Rami Haddadin continued to battle back and forth. Rollins grabbed two takedowns and a near fall in the final minute to even the score at nine, but Haddadin was able to work an escape in the last seconds of the match, tallying a 10-9 decision, and clutching a 19-18 victory over the Beavers. Oregon State moves to 3-2 on the season.
Head Coach Jim Zalesky on the match…
“We lost a couple close matches that we shouldn’t have… You’ve got to be ready to wrestle. At five weights we were good to go and we even made a good come back there at the end with Rollins. It’s good for Rollins because a lot of times in the past he hasn’t. We just fell short. The most points win matches.”
On the performance from Van Anrooy, Delgado, and Pena…
“They got us off to a great start. It was good for Van Anrooy, bouncing back from last week. Delgado was good, a first home match for him and he was good there... I’m real happy with RJ, I think he wrestled a lot better than what I saw last week… This time he kept attacking.”
RJ Pena on the match…
“It was a team loss, collectively. I feel like we didn’t get the chain rolling and we didn’t get that one match that sort of sparked the energy. Maybe we did at first and then we just sort of lost it. We’ve got to keep that energy going throughout the whole match.”
On refocusing the team for next week’s dual…
“I can’t let them feel down on themselves. Even though it was a loss… it’s still early in the season, we’ve still got a match next weekend that we’ve got to be up for. We can’t bring ourselves down; we’ve got to get right back up. People go through this kind of stuff all the time. It’s not how the loss is, it’s how you adapt to that loss and take advantage of the opportunities you have next weekend.”
Oregon State hosts No. 3 Minnesota next Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.Results:
133: Drew Van Anrooy major decision Ty Stevenson, 10-0 (OSU 4, BSU 0)
141: Joey Delgado major decision Travis Himmelman, 10-2 (OSU 8, BSU 0)
149: Chris Castillo decision Scott Sakaguchi, 3-2 (OSU 8, BSU 3)
157: RJ Pena decision Holden Packard, 6-2 (OSU 11, BSU 3)
165: Alex Elder major decision Taylor West, 11-2 (OSU 15, BSU 3)
174: Austin Dewey decision Joe Latham, 6-5 (OSU 15, BSU 6)
184: Jacob Swartz major decision John Tuck, 20-7 (OSU 15, BSU 10)
197: Taylor Meeks decision Cody Dixon, 1-0 (OSU 18, BSU 10)
HWT: J.T. Felix pin Amarveer Dhesi, 0:31 (OSU 18, BSU 16)
125: Rami Haddadin decision Pat Rollins, 10-9 (OSU 18, BSU 19)