Corvallis, Ore. – The No. 17 Oregon State wrestling team heads to Boise to take on the Broncos Saturday evening in its last dual matchup before the NCAA Tournament.
The second edition of the Border War, originally slated for Feb. 7, was cancelled due to poor weather conditions and travel restrictions. Both programs worked together to determine a new completion date and landed on March 8.
Earlier this season, the Beavs and the Broncos met up for the first installment of the Border War, and it was Boise State that tallied the narrow 19-18 win on the road. With this in the back of their minds, the Beavers are anxious to return to Corvallis with the win, and Border War axe, in tow.
Oregon State wrestlers will be going into the dual following a huge accomplishment last weekend: their third consecutive Pac-12 Championship. The Beavers finished over 20 points ahead of Stanford (the runner-up), claimed three Pac-12 individual champions in Joey Delgado, Scott Sakaguchi, and RJ Pena, and qualified eight wrestlers for the NCAA Tournament.
The dual will be run simultaneously with the Boise State’s gymnastics meet, otherwise known as a “Beauty and the Beast” competition. Oregon State has yet to host such an event, but this will be the Broncos’ second straight year doing so.
With key matchups at play, both Oregon State and Boise State will be viewing this dual as a way to keep a few wrestlers fresh and ready to go come time for nationals, wrestling a few starters and resting others. As nationals get started in just two weeks, both squads are looking at what is best for each individual wrestler.
In The Open Mat’s final coaches ranking released Tuesday, the Beavers found six of its wrestlers accounted for. Sakaguchi (149) sits at No. 11, Pena (157) No. 10, Joe Latham (174) No. 24, Austin Morehead (184) No. 32, Taylor Meeks (197) No. 11, and Amarveer Dhesi (HWT) No .17.
The Open Mat also released its second Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of the 2013-14 season: