TEMPE, Ariz.—The Arizona State wrestling team picked up an upset victory over No. 22 Oregon State, 17-16, on Sunday.
ASU now sits at 7-7 on the year, 2-1 in Pac-12, while the Beavers now sit at 9-6, 3-1 in league action.
“We’re coming together as a team, our guys are wrestling hard, and everyone is trying to contribute the best they can toward the overall outcome in our duals,” head coach Shawn Charles said. “Obviously we want to win every match, but I can say that we have gotten better every time we come out. We’re going to go back to the wrestling room and continue to work on getting ready for conference.”
The match marked ASU’s home finale, and prior to the dual, ASU’s senior class of Nick Rex, Brendan Behrens, and Hans Rasmusson were honored for their contributions to the program both on and off the mat.
Ares Carpio got things started for the Sun Devils with a 6-2 decision over Pat Rollins at 125, but the Beavers’ Drew Van Anrooy tied up the dual with a 3-2 decision over Kalin Goodsite at 133.
At 141, Matt Kraus picked up four team points for ASU with a 13-1 major decision to put ASU up 7-3, before Oregon State’s Scott Sakaguchi scored a decision at 149 to cut the lead to 7-6.
Oregon State took the lead at 10-7 with a major decision at 157 as RJ Pena bettered Joel Smith, but after the break, Nick Rex picked up a 5-2 decision over Toney Chay to tie things back up at 10-10.
“Nick winning his final home match is how every senior should go out,” Charles said. “I’m happy to see the progress he’s made from the first time he stepped on the mat until now. Everyone can see that what he has done has really paid off. It’s great to see a senior go out with a victory in his final home dual.”
The Beavers regained the lead with a 9-5 decision at 174, before Blake Stauffer came out at 184 with a 17-8 major decision to give the Sun Devils the 14-13 edge.
At 197, Wesley Moore defeated Zachary Cardwell in a 6-2 decision to put the Sun Devils back up, 17-13, and at heavyweight, Chace Eskam held Beaver Amarveer Dhesi to a 5-1 decision to lock up the narrow victory for the Sun Devils.
Up next, the Sun Devils hit the road to round out the Pac-12 slate, taking on Cal Poly on Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. MT and Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. MT.
Arizona State 17, No. 22 Oregon State 16
125: Ares Carpio (ASU) def. Pat Rollins (OSU): Dec 6-2
133: Drew Van Anrooy (OSU) def. Kalin Goodsite (ASU): Dec 3-2
141: Matt Kraus (ASU) def. Joey Delgado (OSU): Major 13-1
149: Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) def. Preston McCalmon (ASU): Dec 6-2
157: RJ Pena (OSU) def. Joel Smith (ASU): Major 12-3
165: Nick Rex (ASU) def. Toney Chay (OSU): Dec 5-2
174: Joe Latham (OSU) def. Ray Waters (ASU): Dec 9-5
184: Blake Stauffer (ASU) def. Austin Morehead (OSU): Major 17-8
194: Wesley Moore (ASU) def. Zachary Cardwell (OSU): Dec 6-2
HWT: Amarveer Dhesi (OSU) def. Chace Eskam (ASU): Dec 5-1