Oregon State tops Wyoming in Laramie

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The No. 13/15 ranked Oregon State wrestling team made it a perfect weekend with a second triumph in three days. This time it was at the hands of the No. 15/20 Wyoming Cowboys, 21-12 in Laramie, Sunday afternoon.

The Beavers, now 4-3 and 1-1 in the Pac-12, used wins from six different weight classes to go ahead to the 11 point victory. With the loss Wyoming drops to 6-3 and remains 1-1 in the Western Wrestling Conference.

Leading the way for head coach Jim Zalesky's squad was 141 pounder Mike Mangrum and 157 lb. wrestler RJ Pena, who both earned bonus points in their individual match victories. Mangrum took to the mats with OSU and Wyoming knotted up at 6-6, but the No. 4 ranked senior used a technical fall (16-0) against the Cowboys' Kyle Komata to give his team the lead for good at 11-6.

Following a 4-2 Scott Sakaguchi decision, Pena won via major decision (11-3) over UW's Andy McCulley in the 157 lb. bout, making it a commanding 12 point Orange and Black lead at 18-6. Despite Wyoming victories in two of the final three matches, the OSU lead was too much to overcome as the ‘Beavs secured their 19th all-time win over the Cowboys and third in the last four years.

Other Oregon State winners on Sunday included No. 5 ranked heavyweight Chad Hanke (7-4, Dec.), who now boasts a team-high eight match winning streak, 133 pounder Drew Van Anrooy (9-5, Dec.), as well as Alex Elder who posted a 9-2 decision over Cowboy Dakota Friesth in the 133 lb match.

The Beavers, who are now above the .500 mark for the first time all season, next host Stanford Saturday, Jan. 19 inside Gill Coliseum. OSU and the Cardinal are set to square off on the mats starting at 7 p.m.

197: No. 4 Alfonso Hernandez (UW) dec. No. 9 Taylor Meeks (OSU), 7-6 / Wyoming 3, Oregon State 0
285: No. 5 Chad Hanke (OSU) dec. Leland Pfeifer (UW), 8-4 / Wyoming 3, Oregon State 3
125: Tyler Cox (UW) dec. Joey Palmer (OSU), 6-2 / Wyoming 6, Oregon State 3
133: Drew Van Anrooy (OSU) dec. Zach Zehner (UW), 9-5 / Wyoming 6, Oregon State 6
141: No. 4 Mike Mangrum (OSU) tech. fall Kyle Komata (UW), 16-0 / Oregon State 11, Wyoming 6
149: No. 9 Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) dec. Brandon Richardson (UW), 4-2 / Oregon State 14, Wyoming 6
157: No. 7 R.J. Pena (OSU) maj. dec. No. 12 Andy McCulley (UW), 11-3 / Oregon State 18, Wyoming 6
165: Alex Elder (OSU) dec. Dakota Friesth (UW), 9-2 / Oregon State 21, Wyoming 6
174: L.J. Helbig (UW) dec. Austin Morehead (OSU), 14-9 / Oregon State 21, Wyoming 9
184: Shane Woods (UW) dec. Brian Engdahl (OSU), 5-4 / Oregon State 21, Wyoming 12


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