CORVALLIS, Ore. –Taylor Meeks and Clayton Jack provided the 1,448 fans in attendance at Gill Coliseum with some late excitement on Friday night, but their falls were not enough to overcome No. 13 Missouri’s lead in the No. 17 Beavers’ 21-18 loss.
Meeks and Jack both picked up falls to bring the Oregon State fans to their feet, and in the process, kept their season records perfect at 9-0 and 8-0, respectively. The Beavers eventually lost by three points but maintained close bouts throughout the night against the Tigers from the Big 12 Conference.
Missouri, now 2-1 on the year, won four of its six individual bouts by decisions. Of those four victories, the average win came by less than four points, just enough for the win.
Meeks, with the Beavers down 21-6 after four consecutive individual wins by Missouri, picked up the Beavers’ first bonus points of the night when he pinned Brent Haynes in 4:23. Haynes came into the match ranked 12th nationally at 197 pounds by Intermat and ended the night as Meeks’ fifth pin of the season.
Meeks was followed closely by Jack at the heavyweight class. The Vacaville, Calif., native downed Missouri’s Devon Mellon in 2:05, capping the Beavers’ night with his fifth pin of the season and 32nd of his career. Jack improved to 90-34 all-time and 46-13 in dual meets.
The three-point advantage was earned by Missouri via a technical fall by No. 5 Alan Waters at 125 pounds and a major decision by Mike Larson at 184 pounds. Waters defeated Oregon State’s (2-1) Pat Rollins, 19-3, and Larson, in the eighth bout of the night, was victorious by an 8-0 score over John Tuck.
Nathan McCormack followed Waters’ victory with a 9-3 decision over James Roberts at 133. The loss marked the first of the year for Roberts who dropped to 8-1.
Two other Beavers kept their perfect seasons intact following the loss at 133. It took Mike Mangrum an overtime period, but he defeated Missouri’s Brandon Wiest, 7-5, at 141 pounds. Mangrum improved to 8-0; Friday’s win was his first decision of the 2011-12 campaign.
Scott Sakaguchi pushed his record to 8-0 on the year when he downed Kyle Bradley, 8-5, at 149 pounds. Sakaguchi came into the meet ranked eighth while Bradley was 15th. The bout was the only one of the night to feature two ranked wrestlers.
Missouri went on a four-bout win streak after Sakaguchi’s win streak, however, pushing to a 21-6 lead. Drake Houdashelt defeated RJ Pena, 11-7, at 157 pounds and was followed by Zach Toal, who won, 3-1, over Cody Weishoff at 165.
Dorian Henderson (174) then defeated Ty Vinson, 5-2, in the last bout decided by a decision.
The Beavers are off until next weekend when they participate in the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday.
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Missouri 21, Oregon State 18 125 – Alan Waters (MU) technical fall Pat Rollins, 19-3. MU 5, OSU 0 133 – Nathan McCormick (MU) decision James Roberts, 9-3. MU 8, OSU 0 141 – Mike Mangrum decision Brandon Wiest (MU), 7-5 (OT). MU 8, OSU 3 149 – Scott Sakaguchi decision Kyle Bradley (MU), 8-5. MU 8, OSU 6 157 – Drake Houdashelt (MU) decision RJ Pena, 11-7. MU 11, OSU 6 165 – Zach Toal (MU) decision Cody Weishoff, 3-1. MU 14, OSU 6 174 – Dorian Henderson (MU) decision Ty Vinson, 5-2. MU 17, OSU 6 184 – Mike Larson (MU) major decision John Tuck, 8-0. MU 21, OSU 6 194 – Taylor Meeks fall Brent Haynes (MU), 4:23. MU 21, OSU 12 HWT – Clayton Jack fall Devon Mellon (MU), 2:05. MU 21, OSU 18 Attendance: 1,448
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