No. 15 Beaver Wrestlers Edged by No. 18 Broncos in Border War, 19-15
Jan. 5, 2013
OSU claims victories in the 141, 157, 165, and 197 lb weight classes as well as heavyweight
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Despite winning five of its total 10 matches Saturday night, the Oregon State wrestling team fell to rival Boise State 19-15 at Gill Coliseum in front of a boisterous crowd of more than a thousand. The battle for the Border Axe came down to the final few weight classes, but ultimately it was the Broncos who reclaimed possession of the coveted wooden trophy.
Trailing 16-9 after the 174 lb. bout, the Beavers won two of their final three matches but in the end were unable to overcome an early nine point lead built up by the Broncos. Victorious OSU wrestlers included Mike Mangrum (141 lbs.), RJ Pena (157), Alex Elder (165 lbs), Taylor Meeks (197 lbs.) and heavyweight Chad Hanke. With the defeat, Oregon State fell to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in Pac-12 competition, while BSU picked up its first win of the season. The Broncos improved to 1-4 overall and 1-1 within the conference.
A pin and a decision by the Broncos in the 125 and 133 lb. weight classes gave them an early 9-0 advantage, but wins from Mangrum, Pena and Alex Elder closed the gap to 12-9 after the 165 lb. bout. BSU extended its lead in the next two matches with wins from 174 pounder Scott Bacon over Austin Morehead via major decision (11-3), and 6-2 decision from Jake Swartz over Brian Engdahl in the 184 lb. tilt.
Heading into its final two matches of the evening OSU trailed BSU 19-9 and picked up victories in the 197 lb. weight class with a 7-2 decision from Meeks and in the heavyweight bout with an 11-6 decision at the hands of Chad Hanke. The half dozen points racked up by the Beavers still put them four away from their border rivals at the conclusion of the meet, giving the Broncos possession of the axe for the first time since January of 2011.
The meet was also OSU’s first to be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks, as a total of 1,129 fans were on hand to root for the Beavers in their annual rivalry showdown with the Broncos. Oregon State took the first meeting between the two schools this season, with a 21-16 win over BSU in Spokane, Wash., Nov. 24.
OSU now has a week to rest and prepare for its trip into the Mountain Time zone where it will square off against Air Force on Friday, Jan. 11 followed by a tilt with Wyoming in Laramie on Sunday, Jan. 13. The Beavers battle with the Falcons takes place at 6 p.m. in Colorado Springs and their dual with the Cowboys starts at 1 p.m. in Wyoming, both times pacific.
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