Oregon State grounds Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The No. 13/15 ranked Oregon State wrestling team racked up its third victory of the season with a 32-7 decision over No. 25 Air Force, Friday night in Colorado Springs. The Beavers secured victories from eight weight classes en route to the 25-point win. OSU now stands at an even 3-3 on the year and remains 1-1 in Pac-12 competition, while Air Force loses for the first time this season and falls to 3-1 overall and stays at 0-0 in the Western Wrestling Conference.

157 pounder and 10th ranked RJ Pena set the tone for the Beavers with a 5-1 decision over AFA's Josh Kreimier in the meet's first match, giving Oregon State an early 3-0 advantage. Following an Air Force major decision in the 165 lb. bout, OSU stormed back with an Austin Morehead pin (00:25) over Falcon 174 pounder Dan Barringer, which gave the Orange and Black the lead back for good at 9-4.

Following Morehead's fall, the Academy would muster just one more victory on the night, coming in the 184 lb. match. Jim Zalesky's squad would answer the Air Force onslaught by reeling off 21-unanswered points to cruise to his 79th career win as OSU head coach.

Other Oregon State wrestlers coming out on top included No. 10 Taylor Meeks (197 lbs.) via major decision, No. 5 Chad Hanke (HWT) from a 6-4 decision, No. 4 Mike Mangrum (141 lbs.) by a tech fall and No. 9 Scott Sakaguchi (149 lbs.), also by major decision. 133 pounder Drew Van Anrooy was another Beaver in the win column, as was Joey Palmer (125 lbs.), who recorded his first collegiate dual win via major decision.

Hanke, Mangrum, Meeks and Pena all extended their winning streaks they had intact coming into the meet, with the senior heavyweights being the longest at seven. Hanke has not been defeated since the Reno Tournament of Champions in mid December.

The Beavers now have a day to rest before traveling north to Wyoming for a Sunday match-up with the No. 15/20th ranked Cowboys. The Pokes and ‘Beavs are set to square off at 1p.m. Pacific Time in Laramie.

157 – #10 RJ Pena (OSU) dec. Josh Kreimier, 5-1
165 – Jesse Stafford (AF) maj. dec. Alex Elder, 9-0
174 – Austin Morehead (OSU) fall Dan Barringer, 0:25
184 – Konner Witt (AF) dec. Brian Engdahl, 6-2
197 – #10 Taylor Meeks (OSU) maj. dec. Josh Mohr, 15-2
285 – #5 Chad Hanke (OSU) dec. Bentley Alsup, 6-4
125 – Joey Palmer (OSU) maj. dec. Mitch Brown, 15-4
133 – Drew Van Aanroy (OSU) dec. Dylan Hyder, 7-2
141 – #4 Mike Mangrum (OSU) tech fall Carter McElhany, 21-4 (5:53)
149 – #9 Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) maj. dec. Logan Burch, 15-4


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