Wrestling Tops Titans
Jan. 25, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State wrestling team won eight matches, four of those being major decisions, to top Cal State Fullerton, 28-7, on Sunday afternoon.
“I thought we wrestled with a lot of aggressiveness,” head coach Jim Zalesky said. “There were some tough matches here and there, and I thought we won them. The 157-pound match was good. We got a win there where we haven’t won in a while; it was good for Cody Weishoff. And the upper weights really finished off the meet well.”
Senior Jake Gonzales (Enumclaw, Wash.) got the meet started off with a 12-9 decision over Andre Gonzalez at 125 pounds. Gonzales struck first with a takedown halfway through the first period and scoring the only points in the second period. Two takedowns and a reversal sealed the win for Gonzales in the third period.
The next win for the Beavers came from 16th-ranked senior Heinrich Barnes (Pretoria, South Africa) at 149 pounds. Barnes scored the takedown six seconds into the first period and scored the two-point near fall as time expired. Barnes racked up six more points in the second period, allowing Teddy Astorga one on an escape, before adding four more in the third period. With more than four minutes of riding time, Barnes earned his ninth major decision of the season in a 15-3 victory.
In the fifth bout, freshman Cody Weishoff (Molalla, Ore.) wrestled one of the most exciting matches of the day, defeating Matt Lopez at 157 pounds for his first Oregon State victory. Lopez scored quickly in the first period before Weishoff tied things up at four all in the second period. Lopez scored another couple points on a takedown before the second period expired. But Weishoff tied things up again in the third, adding a point for just over a minute of riding time, for a 7-6 win.
The Beavers came out of the break, sweeping the final five bouts with junior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) setting the tone with the second major decision of the day over Steven DeLaFuente at 165 pounds. Davis only allowed one escape through the first two periods, racking up seven points of his own before allowing a pair of escapes in the third period. Adding a point for riding time, Davis tallied the 13-3 win to give Oregon State the 14-7 advantage after six.
Twelfth-ranked senior Kyle Bressler (Federal Way, Wash.) extended his winning streak at 174 pounds to four with a 5-2 decision over Todd Noel. A pair of takedowns and an escape secured the win.
Sophomore Brice Arand (Springfield, Ore.) won his third major decision at 184 pounds this season over Tim Hawkins at 184 pounds. Arand built a five-point lead behind a takedown, two-point near fall and escape before Hawkins scored two of his three total points. But Arand put the match away in the third period with a couple of takedowns and two three-point near falls, adding riding time for a 16-3 victory.
At 197 pounds, redshirt freshman Chad Hanke (Dayton, Ore.) allowed John Drake only a pair of escapes throughout the seven minutes, controlling the match for a 7-2 decision.
And wrapping up the meet, redshirt freshman Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) recorded six takedowns, allowing only three escapes to Kurt Klimek at heavyweight, to tally his fourth major decision of the season and second bonus point match of the weekend.
Oregon State improves to 6-6, 3-1 Pac-10, while Cal State Fullerton falls to 8-5, 2-2 Pac-10.
Wrestling heads back out on the road for three duals on Friday, Jan. 30. The Beavers face Princeton at 11:00 a.m. before taking on Pac-10 opponent, Stanford, at 12:30 p.m. in Stanford, Calf. The team travels to UC Davis at 7:00 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton 7, Oregon State 28
125 Pounds – Jake Gonzales (OSU) decision over Andre Gonzalez (CSUF), 12-9
133 Pounds – No. 14 TJ Dillashaw (CSUF) decision over Kelly Kubec (OSU), 9-4
141 Pounds – Adin Duenas (CSUF) major decision over Garrett Drucker (OSU), 14-4
149 Pounds – No. 16 Heinrich Barnes (OSU) major decision over Teddy Astorga (CSUF), 15-3
157 Pounds – Cody Weishoff (OSU) decision over Matt Lopez (CSUF), 7-6
184 Pounds – Brice Arand (OSU) major decision over Tim Hawkins (CSUF), 16-3
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