ASU wins Pac-12 opener at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The No. 9 Sun Devil Wrestling team headed to the Pacific Northwest to open their Pac-12 schedule, coming away with a 20-13 win at Oregon State. The Sun Devils are now 24-18 all-time vs. the Beavers, improving to 8-9 in Corvallis. ASU wins their second straight in Corvallis after five-straight previous losses on the Beavers' home mat.

Starting at 157, the Sun Devils opened the contest with four straight wins, two by major decisions to lead 14-0. No. 2 Zahid Valencia (174) earned nearfall points to push him over the major decision threshold while Jacen Petersen (184) won the first of two overtime bouts after being down early in the match.

The Beavers got their first win just before halftime, a decision at 197 lbs. as they tacked on two more wins after the break to pull within four, 14-10. Redshirt freshman Brandon Courtney put up a good showing at 125 lbs vs. No. 3 and returning Pac-12 champion Ronnie Bresser, falling by a narrow 2-1 decision.

Arizona State pushed their lead to seven, 17-10, as No. 24 Josiah Kline (133) won by decision, 10-8. OSU pulled again within four, 17-13, with a decision victory at 141 lbs. but No. 18 Josh Maruca sealed the Sun Devil victory with a 4-3 decision at 149 lbs. to cap the dual.

The Sun Devils continue their road schedule next weekend with a return trip to Pennsylvania. They will compete vs. Lock Haven in Red Lion, Pa. Jan. 25 and at Lehigh on Jan. 26, both matches scheduled for 7 pm ET/5 pm MT. Saturday's match will be live streamed on the Patriot Network for free:

157: #14 Christian Pagdilao dec. No. 18 Hunter Willits, 3-1
165: #5 Josh Shields MD Aaron Olmos, 11-3
174: #2 Zahid Valencia MD Colt Doyle, 17-4
184: Jacen Petersen dec. Bob Coleman, 7-5 (SV1)
197: Jamarcus Grant dec. Austyn Harris, 5-3 (SV1)
285: #5 Amar Dhesi MD Brady Daniel, 22-8
125: #3 Ronnie Bresser dec. Brandon Courtney, 2-1
133: #24 Josiah Kline dec. Kegan Calkins, 10-8
141: Grant Willits dec. Cory Crooks, 8-6 (SV1)
149: #18 Josh Maruca dec. Josh Reyes, 4-3


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