Grant Willits and Turner Win Individual Titles; OSU Claims 2nd at Pac-12s
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State wrestling team finished the 2021 Pac-12 Wrestling Championship in second-place on Sunday in Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers posted a team score of 123.0, only trailing Arizona State who recorded 138.0 points.
#20 Devan Turner and #14 Grant Willits became the 27th and 28th Pac-12 individual champions in the program. Both wrestlers also earned their second individual title, making them just the seventh and eighth athletes in school history with multiple Pac-12 titles.
OSU had four Beavers -- #20 Devan Turner (133), #14 Grant Willits (141), #12 Hunter Willits (157), and #30 J.J. Dixon (197) – qualify for the 2021 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 18-20 in St. Louis, Missouri.
No. 1 seed Grant Willits and No. 2 seed Devan Turner paced the Beavers on Sunday. Following a first-round bye for each, Turner came out to earn a 4-3 overtime decision against #24 Jason Miranda (Stanford) in the semifinals. Likewise, Grant topped Julian Chlebove with a 7-2 semifinal decision.
It was a pair of back-to-back explosive finishes for Oregon State. #20 Turner (133) led off at 133 with a 3-1 decision over #30 Chance Rich of CSU Bakersfield for his second straight title. #14 Grant (141) followed with a fall at 4:42 over Stanford's Real Woods for his second title in three years.
Hunter Willits (157), Ryan Reyes (184), and J.J. Dixon (197) all went into the day with a first-round bye and finished second in his respective weight class.
#12 Hunter (157) made a stand in the semifinals with a 14-2 major decision over Brawley Lamer from Cal Poly, before falling to Arizona State's #12 Jacori Teemer by way of decision in the championship, 9-4.
It was a 9-4 decision against Jared Hill (Stanford) that secured Reyes' spot in the finals. In a battle of top-25 wrestlers, #24 Reyes (184) fell to #23 Dom Ducharme (CSU Bakersfield) in overtime, 3-2.
#30 Dixon (197) fought his way to semifinal win over Josh Loomer of CSU Bakersfield, posting a 2-0 decision. The finals matchup went to #4 Kordell Norfleet (ASU) with a 16-4 major decision over Dixon.
#26 Brandon Kaylor (125) and Matthew Olguin (165) each earned a third-place finish in the event.
125: #26 Brandon Kaylor (3rd Place)
Quarterfinal – #26 Brandon Kaylor (OSU) major decision Eddie Flores (CSUB), 12-3
Semifinal - #25 Jackson DiSario (Stanford) decision #26 Brandon Kaylor (OSU), 7-3
Consolation semifinal – #26 Brandon Kaylor (OSU) injury forfeit Khyler Brewer (UALR)
3rd place match – #26 Brandon Kaylor (OSU) decision Antonio Lorenzo (Cal Poly), 3-1
133: #20 Devan Turner (1st Place, NCAA Qualifier)
Semifinal – #20 Devan Turner (OSU) decision #24 Jason Miranda (Stanford), 4-3 (TB-1)
Championship –#20 Devan Turner (OSU) decision #30 Chance Rich (CSUB), 3-1
141: #14 Grant Willits (1st Place, NCAA Qualifier)
Semifinal - #14 Grant Willits (OSU) decision Julian Chlebove (ASU), 7-2
Championship - #14 Grant Willits fall Real Woods (Stanford), 4:42
149: Lane Stigall (4th Place)
Quarterfinal – Lane Stigall (OSU) major decision Kyle Prewitt (UALR), 16-8
Semifinal - #10 Legend Lamer (Cal Poly) major decision Lane Stigall (OSU), 11-2
Consolation semifinal – Lane Stigall (OSU) major decision Kalani Tonge (CSUB), 9-1
3rd place match - #28 Cory Crooks (ASU) decision Lane Stigall (OSU), 7-2
157: #12 Hunter Willits (2nd Place, NCAA Qualifier)
Semifinal - #12 Hunter Willits (OSU) major decision Brawley Lamer (Cal Poly), 14-2
Championship - #12 Jacori Teemer (ASU) decision #12 Hunter Willits (OSU), 9-4
165: Matthew Olguin (3rd Place)
Quarterfinal – Matthew Olguin (OSU) fall Hunter LaRue (CSUB), 5:34
Semifinal - #4 Anthony Valencia (ASU) decision Matthew Olguin (OSU), 8-1
Consolation semifinal – Matthew Olguin (OSU) fall Alex Hernandez (UALR), 6:23
3rd place match – Matthew Olguin (OSU) decision Adam Kemp (Cal Poly), 2-1 (TB-1)
174: Colton Beisley (5th Place)
Quarterfinal – Triston Wills (UALR) decision Colton Beisley (OSU), 8-5
Consolation semifinal – Albert Urias (CSUB) decision Colton Beisley (OSU), 8-3
5th place match – Colton Beisley (OSU) tech. fall Elijah Clever (Stanford), 19-3
184: #24 Ryan Reyes (2nd Place)
Semifinal - #24 Ryan Reyes (OSU) decision Jared Hill (Stanford), 9-5
Championship - #23 Dom Ducharme (CSUB) decision #24 Ryan Reyes (OSU), 3-2 (TB-1)
197: #30 J.J. Dixon (2nd Place, NCAA Qualifier)
Semifinal - #30 J.J. Dixon (OSU) decision Josh Loomer (CSUB), 2-0
Championship - #4 Kordell Norfleet (ASU) major decision #30 J.J. Dixon (OSU), 16-4
HWT: Brian Barnes (6th Place)
Quarterfinal – Sam Aguilar (Cal Poly) major decision Brian Barnes (OSU), 8-0
Consolation semifinal – Jacob Sieder (CSUB) fall Brian Barnes (OSU), 3:44
5th place match – Gabe Beyer (UALR) fall Brian Barnes (OSU), 3:16
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