Corvallis, Ore. – The No. 24 Oregon State wrestling team narrowly fell to No. 6 Oklahoma 20-18 on Saturday afternoon, despite two pins from Pat Rollins and RJ Pena, in the last home dual of the season.
Before the match began, Oregon State honored six seniors for their hard work, commitment, and dedication to the program for the past four years. Oregon State’s six seniors included Tyler Sherman, Lucas Mondragon, John Tuck, Austin Morehead, Scott Sakaguchi, and RJ Pena, all of whom were joined by their families as they were honored in front of Beaver Nation.
The dual started at heavyweight, and Oregon State’s No. 15 Amarveer Dhesi got the Beavers on the board first with a 6-2 decision over No. 17 Ross Larson. Teammate Pat Rollins (125) followed that up with an inspiring performance of his own. Rollins pinned Oklahoma’s Sean Williams in 4:33, giving the Beavers an early 9-0 lead.
Moving into 133, Oklahoma’s No. 8 Cody Brewer defeated Drew Van Anrooy by a 13-4 major decision, bringing the score to 9-4. At 141, No. 15 Nick Lester claimed the next three points with a 5-3 decision over Oregon State’s Joey Delgado.
The 149 lb. match brought excitement to Gill Coliseum as No. 12 Senior Scott Sakaguchi battled No. 2 Kendrick Maple. After three tight rounds, Maple tallied three points with an 8-6 decision over Sakaguchi, giving the Sooners a 10-9 lead.
No. 11 Senior RJ Pena brought the performance of the match as he went out with a bang in his last dual in Gill. In just 1:53, Pena pinned No. 19 Justin DeAngelis, bringing Beaver Nation to its feet and giving Oregon State a 15-10 lead.
The Sooners took the next two bouts as Clark Glass defeated Oregon State’s Toney Chay (165) by a 5-2 decision, while No. 1 Andrew Howe topped Joe Latham (174) by a 17-6 major decision, giving them a two-point edge over the Beavers.
Senior Austin Morehead (165) got the crowd on its feet as he tallied a win for the Beavs in his last dual in Gill Coliseum. Morehead defeated Oklahoma’s Danny Chaid by a 9-2 decision, giving the Beavers an 18-17 lead going into the final bout.
The 197 lb. matchup featured two ranked wrestlers to decide the match. Oregon State’s No. 13 Taylor Meeks battled Oklahoma’s No. 3 Travis Rutt, going all three rounds in front of an electric crowd. Rutt eventually claimed a 7-3 decision in the last round to top Meeks, solidifying Oklahoma’s 20-18 victory.
Oregon State next travels to San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly for a Pac-12 matchup.
Head Coach Jim Zalesky on the close dual today…
“I liked the way we wrestled. I still think we have things to work on and things that we preach at practice. Like I thought Delgado gave up five points in a position and we preach, and preach, and preach, don’t roll around… But I like Taylor Meeks going out there against a ranked opponent, a tough opponent that he hadn’t wrestled collegiately before… we had a shot there to win the match, but we just didn’t finish.”
On RJ Pena’s pin on Senior Day…
“It was great. It’s great when you have a senior go out there and get a fall… You want to please the crowd and these fans have been cheering for (him) for four years, so it’s good and gives them something to cheer about.”
RJ Pena on his pin…
“It was a rush. I had pictured in my head the last couple of days what I wanted to do on my last home meet. And that honestly, that move I hit, the arm-bar half, was what I had envisioned in my head. That’s my favorite way to pin someone… It was crazy, it was fun… The only thing that would have made it better is if we would have won the dual. But it was fun, it was a fun day.”
On Senior Day…
“I was pretty excited when I won because it helped the team at the time and it was my last dual. It was a little sad; it’s a little surreal right now. It hasn’t really sunk in yet that it’s my last time ever wrestling in Gill.”
Pat Rollins on his performance today…
“We went back to the drawing board and figured some things out, and it came down to that there are no consequences win or lose. I’m going to be a wrestler for the rest of my life, and it’s not going to change who I am win or lose. When you take out the consequences, I’m going out there because I love to do it.”Results:
HWT: Amarveer Dhesi decision Ross Larson, 6-2 (OSU 3, OU 0)
125: Pat Rollins fall Sean Williams, 4:33 (OSU 9, OU 0)
133: Cody Brewer major decision Drew Van Anrooy, 13-4 (OSU 9, OU 4)
141: Nick Lester decision Joey Delgado, 5-3 (OSU 9, OU 7)
149: Kendrick Maple decision Scott Sakaguchi, 8-6 (OSU 9, OU 10)
157: RJ Pena fall Justin DeAngelis, 1:53 (OSU 15, OU 10)
165: Clark Glass decision Toney Chay, 5-2 (OSU 15, OU 13)
174: Andrew Howe major decision Joe Latham, 17-6 (OSU 15, OU 17)
184: Austin Morehead decision Danny Chaid, 9-2 (OSU 18, OU 17)
197: Travis Rutt decision Taylor Meeks, 7-3 (OSU 18, OU 20)