Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State wrestling team fell to No. 2/3 Minnesota 28-12 on Saturday evening, after coming within two points after the sixth bout.
The 2,138 people in attendance showed their support for the Beavers through all 10 bouts, showing particular excitement for senior RJ Pena (157) and redshirt junior Alex Elder (165) after both collected a combined 12 points for Oregon State with a pair of pins over their opponents.
Minnesota tallied the first 14 points of the match with major decisions over Pat Rollins (125) and Drew Van Anrooy (133), and decision victories over Joey Delgado (141) and No. 7 Scott Sakaguchi (141). Sakaguchi’s bout with Minnesota’s No. 3 Nick Dardanes came down to the wire and ended in a 4-3 decision.
No. 6 Pena got the Beavers back on track at 157, recording a fall against Minnesota’s Brandon Kingsley at the 4:04 mark. Pena tallied Oregon State’s first six points and brought a new sense of energy to the squad.
At 165, Elder kept the ball rolling with an upset over Minnesota’s No. 17 Daniel Zilverberg, recording a fall in 6:58. Elder collected six more points for the Beavers, bringing them within two heading into the last four bouts.
Moving into 174, Minnesota claimed a decision over Oregon State’s Joe Latham, and a tech fall over Brian Engdahl at 184. Minnesota’s No. 2 Scott Schiller upset Oregon State’s No. 1 Taylor Meeks at 197 by a 3-1 sudden victory decision.
In the final bout, Minnesota’s No. 1 Tony Nelson recorded a 6-0 decision over Oregon State’s No. 20 Amarveer Dhesi, giving the Gophers the 28-12 victory.
Head Coach Jim Zalesky on the team’s performance…
“I think you’ve got to know where you’re at. I don’t want to know where I’m at when it’s too late; I want to know where I am right now. So this is a good measuring stick to see where we are at early in the year. Now we’ve got a long time to work on what we got beat on.”
On Pena and Elder’s pins…
“It was kind of disappointing at 149, it was a tough match. It was kind of a close call. We needed some momentum there and those two pins got us going.”
Alex Elder on following Pena’s big pin…
“You try not to focus too much on what the guy ahead of you is doing; you’ve got to worry about your own match. But you can’t help but get fired up and ready to go. You get the momentum going.”
Elder on his pin…
“The whole match I just kept in my mind, ‘keep wrestling; keep wrestling.’ Just don’t give up and good things happen when you keep wrestling. That’s kind of the mentality I had through the whole match.”
Elder on the team’s performance…
“It’s a good measure of where we’re at. We definitely need to improve on a lot of things; team-wise, everyone. It shows that we have a lot of room for improvement and what we need to do to close that gap.”
The Beavers return to Gill on December 20th as they host Wyoming.Results:
125 – Samuel Brancale major decision Pat Rollins, 10-1 (OSU 0, UM 4)
133 – David Thorn major decision Drew Van Anrooy, 12-2 (OSU 0, UM 8)
141 – Chris Dardanes decision Joey Delgado, 10-4 (OSU 0, UM 11)
149 – Nick Dardanes decision Scott Sakaguchi, 4-3 (OSU 0, UM 14)
157 – RJ Pena pin Brandon Kingsley, 4:04 (OSU 6, UM 14)
165 – Alex Elder pin Daniel Zilverberg, 6:58 (OSU 12, UM 14)
174 – Logan Storley decision Joe Latham, 12-7 (OSU 12, UM 17)
184 – Brett Pfarr tech fall Brian Engdahl, 18-3 (OSU 12, UM 22)
197 – Scott Schiller decision Taylor Meeks, 3-1 OT (OSU 12, UM 25)
HWT – Tony Nelson decision Amarveer Dhesi, 6-0 (OSU 12, UM 28)