The Oregon State wrestling team opened Year 12 of the Jim Zalesky coaching era on Thursday with a 42-6 victory over Eastern Oregon at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers (1-0) won all nine contested bouts and scored 15 bonus points against the NAIA Mountaineers. Returning NCAA qualifiers Jack Hathaway (141 pounds) and Corey Griego (197) led OSU by pinning their opponents.
Mt. Hood Community College transfer Kurt Mode (149) and holdover Seth McLeod (184) added technical falls. Freshmen Hunter Willits (157) and Myles Terry (174) had major decisions.
“The big thing we’ve been working on is getting on top and turning guys,” Zalesky said. “Most guys tonight all did a good job of getting turns and working in the top position.
“Down the road, that’s what wins big matches, being tough on top. You get those tilts and it takes guys out of matches.”
OSU was without two-time NCAA qualifiers Ronnie Bresser (125) and Amarveer Dhesi (hwt.). It forfeited at 125 as last year’s starter at that weight, Kegan Caulkins, has moved up to 133.
A redshirt last season, Bresser is expected to return for the Dec. 10 dual at Michigan. Dhesi missed the entire 2016-17 season after suffering a knee injury in November; he is still rehabbing but could return for the annual Midlands Tournament at Northwestern on Dec. 29-30.
Heavyweight Cody Crawford, an NCAA qualifier and Pac-12 Tournament runner-up in Dhesi’s place last season, won by forfeit. First-year starter Devan Turner (133) and Billy Bigelow (165) won by decision.
"This is our lineup for now,” Zalesky said. “It might not be our lineup down the road, but tonight I liked the way we came out and fought.”
The Beavers return to action on Sunday at the annual Mike Clock Invitational at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Their next dual is Nov. 16 against George Mason in Fairfax, Virginia.