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ASU Wrestling: #9 Arizona State defeats Oregon State 20-13

ASU kicks off conference play with a win in Corvallis.

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After last weekend’s trip to compete in the Virginia Duals, Arizona State Wrestling (4-6) was back in action Sunday night in Corvallis to take on the Oregon State Beavers (2-4) in a dual meet. The Sun Devils have now improved to 24-18 all-time versus the Beavers (8-9 in Corvallis). They have now beaten OSU the last four times they have met, including the past two times the teams have squared off in Corvallis.

The meet started with the 157 lb. matchup featuring grad student, Christian Pagdilao, and OSU’s Hunter Willits. After a scoreless first period, Pagdilao scored the only takedown of the match in the second to make it 2-1 heading into the final period. With riding time factoring in, Pagdilao would go on to get the 3-1 decision putting ASU up 3-0 after the first bout.

Junior, #5 Josh Shields (165 lb.), kept things rolling for Arizona State by taking down the Beavers’ Aaron Olmos. A takedown at the edge of the mat to end the first propelled Shields into the second period where he continued to dominate. He finished the match with his seventh major decision of the season, winning by a score of 11-3.

#2 Zahid Valencia (174 lb.), the junior, also came away with a major decision against his opponent, Colt Doyle, in the very next round. A reversal by Doyle in the second made it somewhat interesting, but Valencia responded with a quick escape and takedown to pull away. Valencia made it 13-4 heading into the third after securing a four point near fall. When time expired at the end of the third period, Valencia had earned a 17-4 major decision after tacking on a few more points to go along with his riding time.

In the the 184 lb. bout, Jacen Petersen (wrestling up) defeated Oregon State’s Bob Coleman to win ASU their fourth straight match. The senior was the first to strike in the sudden victory round edging out a 7-5 victory.

Austyn Harris (197 lb.), the senior, was up agains Beaver, Jamarcus Grant, in the final match before the intermission. Like the previous bout, this one also was decided in the sudden victory round. Sadly, Grant proved to be too much for Harris to handle. He scored a takedown to give himself the 5-3 win and put Oregon State on the board before the break. Arizona State led 14-3 heading into the break.

ASU started the second half of the meet with back-to-back losses in both the heavyweight and 125 lb. bouts. Freshman Brady Daniel (285 lb.) was no match for OSU’s #5 Amar Dhesi. Dhesi easily earned a 22-8 major decision over Daniel. Brandon Courtney (125 lb.), another Sun Devil freshman, lost by just one point to #3 Ronnie Bresser. Bresser squeaked out a 2-1 decision for OSU.

Sophomore, Josiah Kline (133 lb.), got the Sun Devils back on track wracking up a 10-8 decision against Oregon State’s Kegan Calkins. Kline was able to wrap up Calkins for a clutch takedown with short time in the third period to secure the win.

Arizona State split the final two bouts of the night: Sophomore Cory Crooks (141 lb.) lost to Grant Willits in the third match of the night that went into the sudden victory round. And junior Josh Maruca (149 lb.) came out on top against Beaver Josh Reyes.

The Sun Devils were the victors Sunday night outlasting the Beavers 20-13.

ASU’s month away from Tempe continues this Friday against Lock Haven (3-2) in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. The dual meet is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM MST. On Saturday, Arizona State will face Lehigh (5-7) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. That meet is also slated to get underway at 5:00 PM MST.