Corvallis, Ore. – Six Oregon State wrestlers captured wins in their bouts as the Beavers defeated Arizona State, 19-13, on Sunday afternoon.
“It's always a positive to come out on top, but overall as a team performance we need to wrestle a lot better,” head coach Jim Zalesky said. “It has to be an individual time of the year where you have to get yourself ready. I'm disappointed in some of our guys who didn't get themselves ready to go today. I think they thought maybe Arizona State was going to fall down for them. That doesn't happen.”
Redshirt freshman Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) captured the lead for the Beavers after the team found itself down 3-0 after the first match. Kubec shut out David Prado, 9-0, to earn his seventh major decision of the season and to give Oregon State the one-point edge at 133 pounds.
Two bouts later, 16th-ranked senior Heinrich Barnes (Pretoria, South Africa) tied the meet up at seven all with an 8-2 decision over Vicente Varela at 149 pounds, nearly picking up the major decision as time expired, and adding a point of riding time.
Sophomore Jon Brascetta (Aurora, Colo.) gave Oregon State its first lead at 157 pounds, winning his third straight match. Brascetta and Michael Swigart went through the first period scoreless before Brascetta scored first on an escape. Swigart tied things up in the third period before a takedown sealed the win and gave the Beavers a 10-7 advantage.
Continuing with the wins, junior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) stopped Kyle DeBerry at 165 pounds with a 4-0 decision, scoring a takedown in the first period before an escape in the second. The third period was scoreless, but Davis added a point for riding time to widen the gap to six.
Later in the meet with the score tied at 13-13, redshirt freshman Chad Hanke (Dayton, Ore.) found himself tied after two periods with Jake Cranford at 197 pounds. Choosing the bottom to start the third period, Hanke tallied the escape for the slim lead before a takedown sealed the win and the lead for the Beavers.
With the meet able to swing in either direction still, redshirt freshman Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) wrapped things up by keeping Imanibom Etukeren down through most of the match. Jack struck early in the first period before Etukeren chose down in the second period but was unable to score. Choosing neutral for the final period, Jack chalked up another takedown, allowing an escape, before adding another point with over five minutes of riding time to secure the win for Oregon State.
Oregon State improves to 10-7, 6-2 Pac-10, while Arizona State falls to 5-7, 3-3 Pac-10.
Wrestling wraps up the regular season at home against No. 11 Boise State next Sunday, Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum. Sunday's meet also will be Senior Night, honoring the team's six seniors.
Arizona State 13, Oregon State 19
125 Pounds – No. 12 Anthony Robles (A) decision over Jake Gonzales (O), 8-3
133 Pounds – Kelly Kubec (O) major decision over David Prado (A), 9-0
141 Pounds – Chris Drouin (A) major decision over Garrett Drucker (O), 10-2
149 Pounds – No. 16 Heinrich Barnes (O) decision over Vicente Varela (A), 8-2
157 Pounds – Jon Brascetta (O) decision over Michael Swigart (A), 3-1
165 Pounds – Keegan Davis (O) decision over Kyle DeBerry (A), 4-0
174 Pounds – Eric Starks (A) decision over No. 11 Kyle Bressler (O), 4-2
184 Pounds – Jake Meredith (A) decision over Brice Arand (O), 5-4
197 Pounds – Chad Hanke (O) decision over Jake Cranford (A), 9-6
Heavyweight –Clayton Jack (O) decision over Imanibom Etukeren (A), 7-1
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