The Oregon State wrestling team dropped its first Pac-12 Conference dual of the season on Sunday night, falling to No. 21 Arizona State, 20-13.
The dual began at the 157-pound weight class that featured two nationally ranked wrestlers. No. 18 Hunter Willits for Oregon State got in deep on a few shots in the first period, but the defense of No. 14 Pagdilao netted a 0-0 first period. Willits earned an escape for a 1-0 lead in the second period, but fell by decision 2-1.
The Beavers (2-5, 1-1) dropped major decisions at 165 and 174 pounds; Aaron Olmos lost 11-3 to No. 5 Josh Shields, while Colt Doyle lost 17-4 to No. 2, and defending NCAA champ, Zahid Valencia.
Bob Coleman got the nod at 184 pounds for the third straight meet. Coleman jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first period, and led 4-3 after two periods. But in sudden victory, it was Jacen Petersen who secured the takedown and the win.
Jamarcus Grant (197) earned his second dual victory of the season, sparking a three-match win streak for the Beavers in the dual. With the match heading to sudden victory tied 3-3, Grant used solid defense to escape a single-leg attack from Austyn Harris. On the next whistle, Grant secured the 5-3 decision.
No. 4 Amar Dhesi made it look easy against Brady Daniel at heavyweight. Dhesi led 6-2 after the first period thanks to three takedowns. Dhesi added six more takedowns throughout the remainder of the match, just missing out on the technical fall, winning by major decision 22-8.
It was a tightly contested match at 125 pounds between No. 3 Ronnie Bresser and Brandon Courtney. After a scoreless first period, Bresser jumped out on top with an early escape in the second period. A second stall call against Courtney gave Bresser the lead for good as he won by decision, 2-1.
Kegan Calkins nearly upset No. 24 Josiah Kline, scoring the first points of the match. Calkins trailed 5-4 after one period, and managed a takedown and escape in the second frame. However a third-period takedown from Kline sealed the win for ASU by decision 10-8.
The 141-pound match proved to be a thriller and the third sudden victory bout of the evening. OSU's Grant Willits took the lead in the final 10 seconds with a takedown, but Cory Crooks managed an escape as time expired forcing the sudden victory period before taking Willits won 8-6.
In the final bout, Josh Reyes battled No. 18 Josh Maruca to the very end, but fell by decision 4-3
The Beavers host Clackamas Community College at 7 p.m. Friday.