CORVALLIS, Ore. – Five match wins Sunday powered No. 13 Wyoming to a 23-22 road victory against No. 16 Oregon State.
The dual ended with the score tied at 22, but 13th-ranked Wyoming (2-2 overall) earned the victory on criteria, scoring 34 match points to Oregon State’s 30, giving the Cowboys an additional team point. It was Wyoming’s first win against the Beavers since 2004, when the Cowboys defeated OSU 17-16.
Oregon State fell to 5-2 overall.
“It was a pretty wild dual,” Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. “It didn’t go down by any means how I thought it might. But between two good teams, to have four pins and really competitive matchups, duals get that way. You feel lucky to be on the right side of those.”
The dual began at 125 pounds with No. 14 Michael Martinez of UW and Pat Rollins. Martinez worked his way into a takedown with less than a minute left in the first period for a 2-0 lead. But Rollins was in the top position to start the second period and took advantage, pinning Martinez at the 3:36 mark.
No. 16 Zach Zehner, a redshirt freshman, took on James Roberts in the 133-pound match. Zehner earned a takedown less than 15 seconds in for a 2-0 lead. A Roberts escape seconds later made the score 2-1 before Zehner used his aggressiveness to earn another takedown, and controlled Roberts for nearly two minutes. After Roberts earned an escape to make it 4-2, Zehner then lifted Roberts off the mat and threw him for another takedown. Roberts earned a takedown, but Zehner’s reversal and subsequent pin at the 3:22 mark gave him the win and the team score was tied at 6-6.
“I was proud of the guys who responded,” Branch said. “When you give up a pin in a match we feel like we’re going to win and we’re ahead, that can affect how the rest of the team performs. Zach came right out and got it back for us. He wrestled great.”
Senior Chase Smith got in on his first dual action of the season at 141 pounds and took on fifth-ranked Mike Mangrum of Oregon State. The action was frenetic to start the bout, and Smith earned a takedown to take the 2-0 lead heading into the second period with 1:44 of advantage time. Smith earned 3:27 of riding time in the second period, but Mangrum followed with an escape and a takedown to take a 3-2 lead into the third period. Mangrum rode out the third, but the riding-time point made the wrestlers even at 3 heading into extra time.
The wrestlers failed to score in the first minute, and it headed to the tiebreaker session. Mangrum rode Smith for all 30 seconds in the first session, and Smith did the same in the following 30-second round. Another minute was added to the clock, and Mangrum earned a takedown 30 seconds into the sudden-death period. Mangrum’s 5-3 decision gave the Beavers a 9-6 lead in the dual.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Richardson took on OSU’s 19th-ranked Scott Sakaguchi at 149 pounds. Defense prevailed in the first period and the session ended in a 0-0 tie. Sakaguchi rode Richardson the entire second period and earned two near-fall points to take the 2-0 lead into the last period. Sakaguchi then scored an escape and added a takedown for the 6-0 win with riding time, giving Oregon State a 12-6 lead after four matches.
Dakota Friesth and No. 18 R.J. Pena of Oregon State mixed it up in the 157-pound match, and Pena struck first with a takedown. Seconds later, Friesth escaped to make it 2-1. Pena went right back on top for a two-point takedown and he earned three near-fall points with 35 seconds to go in the period for the 7-1 lead. Pena then pinned Friesth at the 2:50 mark for OSU’s 18-6 lead in the team score.
Wyoming senior Shane Onufer, ranked fourth, took on Joe Latham in the 165-pound bout, and Onufer built an early 2-0 lead with a takedown. Onufer gave up an escape to work for more offense and made the score 2-1 heading into the second period. Onufer then added an escape point and worked for a stall point against Latham. Onufer added a takedown for the 6-1 lead with 30 seconds left in the second period. Another stall point was added to Onufer’s score for the 7-1 lead, and with riding time Onufer took home an 8-1 win.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Iowa 24, No. 17 Northwestern 13|
|No. 3 Penn State 43, Wisconsin 0|
|No. 4 Minnesota 40, Purdue 0|
|No. 5 Cornell 22, No. 24 Binghamton 21|
|No. 10 Pittsburgh 30, Bloomsburg 3|
|No. 13 Wyoming 23, No. 16 Oregon State 22|
|No. T17 Virginia Tech 24, NC State 15|
Pat Martinez, a sophomore, and Cody Weishoff of OSU tangled in the 174-pound match. Martinez had a takedown 48 seconds into the first period, but Weishoff made it 2-1 with an escape. Martinez added two more points with a takedown and made it 4-1 after one round. Martinez’s reversal made it 6-1, but Weishoff earned a reversal to make it 6-3 shortly thereafter. At the start of the third period, Weishoff’s escape made it 6-4, but Martinez worked for another takedown for the 8-4 lead, which was the final margin.
UW’s top-ranked senior Joe LeBlanc and Ty Vinson dueled at 184 pounds where LeBlanc eventually worked for a takedown and the 2-0 lead. LeBlanc earned two near-fall points for the 4-0 lead after one period. After choosing down to start the second, LeBlanc’s reversal and subsequent pin at 3:37 evened the team score at 18.
Wyoming redshirt junior Alfonso Hernandez, ranked eighth, and No. 16 Taylor Meeks took to the mats at 197 pounds in the only match of the day pairing ranked wrestlers. Hernandez got a takedown and two near-fall points to make it 4-0 with 58 seconds left in the first period. Meeks earned an escape point, but Hernandez stayed on the attack and got another takedown to make it 6-1 after the first round.
After a Meeks escape, Hernandez worked for another takedown for the 8-2 advantage. Another escape by Meeks made the score 8-3 but Hernandez’s takedown gave him a seven-point lead as the second period expired. He continued to pile up the points and with riding time, Hernandez earned a 16-5 major decision, giving Wyoming four team points and a 22-18 lead heading into the final bout.
In the heavyweight match, Wyoming’s L.J. Helbig and fifth-ranked Clayton Jack of OSU stepped on the mat, knowing anything other than a major decision would be the deciding points. Jack got a takedown for the 2-0 lead right before the buzzer sounded and made it 3-0 shortly into the second period. Helbig was called for stalling for a 4-0 deficit before Jack earned a takedown for the 6-0 lead. He then added seven more points in the third for a 13-1 major decision, which tied the team score at 22.
The team score then went to the criteria including number of falls, number of technical falls, major decisions and number of match points scored. The tiebreaker came down to total match points scored, which was a 34-30 Wyoming advantage to give Wyoming an additional team point for the win.