Corvallis, Ore. – The No. 24/34 Oregon State wrestling team journeys to California this weekend to take on No. 21/35 Stanford and CSU Bakersfield as they begin conference competition.
First up for the Beavs (4-3, 0-0) is the Cardinal (8-3, 1-0). Last year, Oregon State defeated Stanford in Gill Coliseum by a convincing score of 32-6. Eight Beavers tallied wins for Oregon State, including returners Drew Van Anrooy, Scott Sakaguchi, RJ Pena, Austin Morehead, Brian Engdahl, and Taylor Meeks.
On Saturday, both Oregon State and Stanford will be featuring four ranked wrestlers in the match. Sakaguchi (149) is ranked No. 11/17, Pena (157) sits at No. 14/8, Meeks ranks No. 15/12, and Amarveer Dhesi is ranked No. 17/18 by InterMat and The Open Mat, respectively. Stanford’s Evan Silver (125) is ranked No. 14/14, Ryan Mango (133) sits at No. 12/14, Jim Wilson (165) ranks No. 20/18, and Dan Scherer (197) is ranked No. 20.
Oregon State is 36-1-1 all-time against Stanford, the first matchup dating back to 1953. This year, though, it’s a seemingly equal matchup and the Beavers are looking to take down the Cardinal and clutch their first Pac-12 win of the season.
Sunday, the Beavs will travel to Bakersfield to battle the Runners (2-5, 0-2). In 2013, Oregon State claimed a 35-7 victory over CSU Bakersfield in front of Beaver Nation. Eight Oregon State wrestlers tallied wins for the Beavers, including returners Joey Palmer, Van Anrooy, Sakaguchi, Pena, Seth Thomas, and Meeks.
The Runners will feature one ranked wrestler in Sunday’s match: No. 14/16 Bryce Hammond (174). Oregon State is 21-11-0 against CSU Bakersfield, the first match dating back to 1960. The Beavers are looking to sweep the two California schools and come out of the weekend with two Pac-12 wins.
Saturday’s match against Stanford is set for 3 p.m. and will air on the Pac-12 Networks. Sunday’s match against CSU Bakersfield will begin at 2 p.m. and can be followed at www.Trackwrestling.com or at Twitter.com/OSU_Wrestling. (Note: Sunday’s match was originally set for 4 p.m. but was moved to an earlier time to get Oregon State wrestling on the road to home sooner.)