Wrestling Nabs a Pair, but Falls 29-6 to No. 3 Iowa State
Jan. 18, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. - Seniors Heinrich Barnes (Pretoria, South Africa) and Kyle Bressler (Federal Way, Wash.) both held on to capture wins in tight matches, but the Oregon State wrestling team fell to No. 3 Iowa State, 29-6, on Sunday afternoon.
"We fought a lot harder than we did last year," head coach Jim Zalesky said. We just didn't give ourselves enough chances to win, and we didn't pace ourselves well enough. I thought Heinrich [Barnes] and [Kyle] Bressler had good matches for us."
Barnes scored early at 149 pounds, picking up the only points in the first period on a takedown. Iowa State's Mitch Mueller took the lead in the third at 5-4 before a technical violation point tied the score at five all. Barnes earned the escape with just under a minute to go and held on to take the 6-5 decision.
Bressler took a harder route to capture his second victory at 174 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Andrew Sorenson scored the first point, but Bressler tied the match up in the third period with an escape of his own forcing the match into overtime. After no score in the first overtime, Bressler held Sorenson for 30 seconds before tallying an escape in the third overtime with 13 seconds to go, securing the second win.
The Beavers only allowed a pair of bonus point wins for Iowa State with six of the eight matches resulting in close decisions.
Of those close matches of the day was senior Jake Gonzales' (Enumclaw, Wash.) 3-1 overtime loss to No. 6 Tyler Clark at 125 pounds. Gonzales matched Clark's escape in the third period, but was unable to score in the first overtime with Clark earning the win on a takedown.
Redshirt freshman Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) started off his bout on top with a quick takedown, batting with No. 3 David Zabriskie to a 3-3 tie after one period. Things stayed tied after two at 6-6 before a Zabriskie escape in the third period closed out the match, despite close takedown attempts by Jack in the remaining seconds.
And junior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) battled to a close 9-7 decision, but fell to No. 6 Jon Reader at 165 pounds. Davis was down one point at 8-7, but Reader also gained a point for riding time.
Oregon State's record now sits at 4-6, while the Cyclones improve to 9-2.
Wrestling continues its home stand next weekend, hosting Pac-10 opponent, Cal Poly, on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.
No. 3 Iowa State 29, Oregon State 6
125 Pounds - No. 6 Tyler Clark (ISU) decision over Jake Gonzales (OSU), 3-1 (OT)
133 Pounds - No. 7 Nick Fanthorpe (ISU) decision over Kelly Kubec (OSU), 7-2
165 Pounds - No. 6 Jon Reader (ISU) decision over Keegan Davis (OSU), 9-7
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