Corvallis, Ore. – The No. 20 Oregon State wrestling team topped No. 31 Air Force 30-3 Saturday, with nine consecutive wins to seal the deal.
Air Force’s Josh Martinez collected the first three points of the match after an 11-6 decision over Joey Palmer (125), giving the Falcons an early lead. The Beavers responded with relentless pressure and didn’t let up for the rest of the match.
Oregon State’s Drew Van Anrooy (133) tallied the first three points for the Beavs with an 8-2 decision over Greg Rinker. He was followed by teammate Joey Delgado (141), who collected a 3-2 decision over Air Force’s David Walker, bringing the score to 6-3.
Senior’s Scott Sakaguchi (149) and RJ Pena (157) kept the ball rolling for the Beavs, gathering a combined six points. Sakaguchi earned a 10-4 decision over Natrelle Demison, while Pena tallied an 11-8 decision over Josh Kreimier, bringing the score to 12-3.
Oregon State’s Toney Chay (165) collected his first win in front of Beaver Nation with an 8-3 decision over Air Force’s Jesse Stafford. Teammate Joe Latham (174) then tallied four points for the Beavers after a 24-14 major decision over Scott Reilly, giving the Beavers a 19-3 lead heading into the final three bouts.
At 184, Austin Morehead earned a 9-0 major decision over Air Force’s Daniel Barringer, advancing Oregon State’s lead to 20. Moving into 197, Taylor Meeks tallied three points for the Beavs with a 13-10 decision over Parker Hines.
Oregon State’s Amarveer Dhesi (HWT) tallied four final points for the Beavers, after a 17-5 major decision over Air Force’s Marcus Malecek, solidifying Oregon State’s 30-3 victory.
The Beavers face a quick turnaround and will battle No. 22 North Dakota State tomorrow in gill Coliseum at 12:30 p.m. PT. Follow match updates at wwwTrackwrestling.com and Twitter.com/OSU_Wrestling. Receive free admission to the wrestling meet by showing a purchased Oregon State Men’s Basketball Civil War ticket at the box office window.
Head Coach Jim Zalesky on the win…
“It’s better to win, it’s always better for your confidence to win. Delgado got one out… Chay came from behind and found a way to win… So it was good for those guys to find a way to win.”
On true freshman Amarveer Dhesi’s performance…
“He looks good, he’s coming along. He’s still 19, so he’s a young kid and I think he’s improved this year. There’s a lot of upside to him”
Drew Van Anrooy on his performance…
“I’m feeling pretty good; this is a good win for me. I’ve have worked to stay positive during the season. I take it with a strong hold and keep it going through the rest of the season.”
On the team’s win…
“We wrestle pretty well as a team. We’re not there yet completely as a team, but we’re doing better. We’ve done better this week and we’re going to keep doing better until the national tournament.”Results:
125: Josh Martinez decision Joey Palmer, 11-6 (OSU 0, AF 3)
133: Drew Van Anrooy decision Greg Rinker, 8-2 (OSU 3, AF 3)
141: Joey Delgado decision David Walker, 3-2 (OSU 6, AF 3)
149: Scott Sakaguchi decision Natrelle Demison, 10-4 (OSU 9, AF 3)
157: RJ Pena decision Josh Kreimier, 11-8 (OSU 12, AF 3)
165: Toney Chay decision Jesse Stafford, 8-3 (OSU 15, AF 3)
174: Joe Latham major decision Scott Reilly, 24-14 (OSU 19, AF 3)
184: Austin Morehead major decision Daniel Barringer, 9-0 (OSU 23, AF 3)
197: Taylor Meeks decision Parker Hines, 13-10 (OSU 26, AF 3)
HWT: Amarveer Dhesi major decision Marcus Malecek, 17-5 (OSU 30, AF 3)