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Oregon State dominates Northern Colorado

Corvallis, Ore. -- The Oregon State wrestling team earned a split on the weekend by dominating Northern Colorado 35-6 on Sunday before a Gill Coliseum crowd of 848.

The Beavers (6-5, 0-1 Pac-12) bounced back from Friday's loss at Arizona State in impressive fashion against the Bears (3-5), who downed host Boise State on Friday. OSU won 8 of 10 matches, got pins from Joey Palmer (133) and Amarveer Dhesi (hwt.) and earned 11 bonus points.

OSU was aggressive early, led 14-0 after three matches and never looked back in recording it's a lopsided win over the Bears for the second year in a row. The Beavers prevailed 40-6 in Greeley last year, and they now lead the all-time series 18-7.

"[Ronnie] Bresser came out and got a tech fall, Joey Palmer [133] got a pin and Jack Hathaway [141] got behind but found a way to come back and win his match and it kind of sparked us," OSU coach Jim Zalesky said, alluding to the five bonus points in the first three weight classes.

"Northern Colorado fought hard. They beat Boise State the other night. They were in a lot of matches, but we took them out of some matches and that's what you have to do."

Joey Delgado (149), Seth Thomas (165), Tyler Chay (174) and Corey Griego (184) also won their matches. Griego earned a technical fall and Chay won by major decision.

Thomas's 16-10 win over Keilan Torres had the crowd especially pumped up. He trailed 8-1 in the first period before rallying for his second win of the weekend and his fifth in a row overall.

"That made the crowd excited, but from a coaching standpoint you don't want him to get behind 8-1 and expect him to come back all the time," Zalesky said. "But it's good to know he can come back."

It was the second straight home match in which Thomas, a senior who was the Pac-12 runner-up last season, won in comeback fashion. He trailed Wyoming's Chaz Polson 6-0 early on Jan. 16 before recovering and winning by a fall in 5:00.

Zalesky described the Beavers as "ready to wrestle" and put their pratfall at Tempe in their rear-view mirror.

"We got ourselves ready," he said. "The other night we didn't and Arizona State just outwrestled us, beat us to the punch. If you get beat to the punch you are going to lose most of the time."

The Beavers begin a busy week of Pacific-12 action on Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. dual at Stanford. Hey face Cal Poly on Friday and UC Riverside on Saturday; both matches begin at 7 p.m.

OSU's next home dual is Feb. 11 against Oklahoma, starting at 7 p.m. That match opens a three-dual homestand that concludes the regular season; OSU hosts Air Force at 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 and Boise State in the annual Border War at 11 a.m. Feb. 21.

For more information on the Oregon State wrestling team, follow the club's official Twitter account at Twitter.com/OSU_Wrestling or by Facebook at Facebook.com/OregonStateWrestling.

Results:
125: Ronnie Bresser (OSU) tech. fall over Jesse Reed (UNC), 20-5
133: Joey Palmer (OSU) pinned Rico Montoya (UNC), 4:00
141: Jack Hathaway (OSU) dec. Ben Polkowske (UNC), 8-4
149: Joey Delgado (OSU) dec. Timmy Box (UNC), 7-4
157: Eleazar De Luca (UNC) dec. Abraham Rodriguez (OSU), 3-2
165: Seth Thomas (OSU) dec. Keilan Torres (UNC), 16-10
174: Tyler Chay (OSU) maj. dec. Tanner Davis (UNC), 9-0
184: Corey Griego (OSU) tech. fall over Horacio Vialpando (UNC), 18-3
197: Trent Noon (UNC) dec. Cody Crawford (OSU), 6-2
Hwt.: Amarveer Dhesi (OSU) pinned Jack Kuck (UNC), 1:37

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