SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – Oregon State retained possession of the coveted Border Axe as it defeated Boise State 21-16 in thrilling fashion Saturday night. The first of two Border War match-ups between the schools this season came down to the final match with OSU junior Austin Morehead earning a pin and giving the No. 14 Beavers their third consective victory in the rivalry series dating back to 2011.
Morehead, a junior earned his first victory as a Beaver by pinning Bronco Scot Bacon for six team points in the 174-pound match. With the win, Oregon State moved to 1-1 on the year and 1-0 in Pac-12 play, while BSU fell to 0-4 and 0-1 within the conference.
The Beavers, who are now 3-5-1 against the Broncos since the inception of the Border Axe in 2009, also saw key victories on Saturday from a number of wrestlers. No. 11 Taylor Meeks earned an 8-3 decision against BSU’s Cody Dixon in the 197-pound match, as well as No. 6 heavyweight Chad Hanke who posted a 10-4 decision against Bronco J.T. Felix.
No. 4 Mike Mangrum evened his season record at 1-1 by pinning Boise State’s 141 pounder Travis Himmleman at the 6:34 mark of the third period. Scott Sakaguchi edged Boise’s Jason Chamberlain 3-2 in the 149-pound match, before Morehead made the difference and brought home the victory for coach Jim Zalesky’s Beavers.
Morehead took to the mat against Bacon in the final match of the meet with OSU trailing 16-15. At the 2:30 mark in the first period, Morehead followed a reversal by pinning Bacon and giving his team six points for the 21-16 victory.