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ASU picks up convincing win over Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The No. 14 Sun Devils (8-4, 2-1 Pac-12) faced an early deficit before Josh Maruca turned the tide with an upset of Oregon State's Joey Delgado at 149 lbs. Three pins in four matches and five bonus point wins in the last six matches lifted Arizona State to a 33-11 win vs. the Beavers.

The Devils handed the Beavers (3-6, 2-1 Pac-12) their first conference loss of the season.

The match marks the Devil's second three-pin win of the season (also Jan. 8 vs. Cal Poly) and second match with five bonus point victories of the season (also Jan. 13 vs. Bucknell at VA Duals). ASU has now earned a dual win vs. the Beavers in three of the teams' last four matches.

"Overall, it was a good effort," said head coach Zeke Jones. "We went from three-a-days last week to two-a-days this week so the extra rest made them feel like animals. It's still too early to rest so we'll ramp it back up next week."

At 125, Josh Kramer took an early 8-0 lead on two takedowns and a four-point near fall before Kegan Calkins pulled within four, 11-7, while keeping just a single foot in bounds. Kramer would ultimately give the Sun Devils the early 3-0 lead on a 12-8 decision.

After Joey Palmer gave the Beavers a 5-3 lead on a tech fall at 133, Oregon State extended their lead, 8-3, on a decision at 141 decided only by riding time.

In the first ranked matchup of the day, No. 18 Joey Delgado took an early lead, breaking up a mid-match tie on a stall call on No. 23 Josh Maruca. Maruca would respond with a two-point near fall and a takedown to earn a 9-5 comeback decision to bring the Devils within two, 8-6, heading into the heart of the order.

At 157, Josh Shields took a 6-2 lead midway through the second period and ultimately pinned Abraham Rodriguez 4:33 minutes into the bout as the Sun Devils regained the lead, 12-8, ultimately for good. After the 10-minute break, Anthony Valencia earned the Devils' second straight pin at 165 lbs., just 2:01 into the first period, his team-leading ninth of the season.

In a similar move to earlier matches, Jacen Petersen moved down a class to 174 lbs., a coaching decision that paid off as Petersen earned his first major decision of the season, 18-7, to put ASU ahead, 22-8, going into the final three weights.

Zahid Valencia took little time, just 1:21 for ASU's ninth fastest fall of the season, to pin Seth McLeod. The Sun Devils' third pin of the match and Z. Valencia's 29th win of the season officially put the match out of reach for the Beavers as ASU took a 28-8 lead.

Oregon State's Corey Griego earned a 11-4 decision at 197 before David Henry made an appearance for Cody Crawford at heavyweight to face Tanner Hall. Hall put an exclamation point on the match with his first tech fall of the season, winning 23-8.

"[Josh] Maruca's turn on top and Tanner [Hall]'s multiple takedowns were a culmination of a lot of time and work in the wrestling room. Coaches Matt Kraus and Chris Pendleton have put a lot of time into them so it's paying off."

This week, the Sun Devils return home to host CSU Bakersfield, a match broadcast once again on Pac-12 Network Arizona on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7pm before closing the regular season at Boise State on Sunday, Feb. 12 (5 pm MT).

Results:
125 - Josh Kramer Dec. Kegan Calkins, 12-8 (RT 1:24)(ASU 3, OSU 0)
133 - Joey Palmer TF Ted Rico, 19-4 (OSU 5, ASU 3)
141 - Jack Hathaway Dec Nikko Villarreal, 3-2 (RT 2:01) (OSU 8, ASU 3)
149 - #23 Josh Maruca Dec #18 Joey Delgado, 9-5 (OSU 8, ASU 6)
157 - #9 Josh Shields pins Abraham Rodriguez, 3:33 (ASU 12, OSU 8)
165 - #8 Anthony Valencia pins Rodney Williams, 2:01 (ASU 18, OSU 8)
174 - Jacen Petersen MD Bob Coleman, 18-7 (RT) (ASU 22, OSU 8)
184 - #1 Zahid Valencia pins Seth McLeod, 1:21 (ASU 28, OSU 8)
197 - Corey Griego Dec Austyn Harris, 11-4 (RT 4:52) (ASU 28, OSU 11)
HWT - #5 Tanner Hall TF David Henry, 23-8 6:29 (ASU 33, OSU 11)

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