FRESNO, Calif. -- Winning the final four matches of the dual and seven in total, the Fresno State Wrestling team defeated Oregon State, 27-13 on Thursday evening at the Save Mart Center.
Fresno State (7-6), who has won four of its five duals since the calendar turned to 2019, won three of the first five matches of the dual to take a 12-7 lead into the intermission and after a quick fall by Oregon State (3-6) at 125 pounds momentarily gave the Beavers a one-point lead, it was all Bulldogs down the stretch as they cruised to their third straight dual meet win at home.
How It Happened
With the dual getting started at 165 pounds, redshirt junior Isaiah Hokit got the start for the Bulldogs and wasted little time getting to work with a quick pair of takedowns in the first period to take a 4-1 lead and added two more takedowns, two escapes and a riding time point to cruise to an 11-3 win over Aaron Olmos as 2:27 of riding time gave him a crucial extra point to secure a major decision.
Leading 4-0, the Beavers evened the match at 4-4 with a major decision by Colt Doyle over the 'Dogs Dominic Kincaid, 9-1, but the Bulldogs quickly responded with back-to-back wins by No. 25 Jackson Hemauer at 184 pounds and No. 13 Josh Hokit at 197 pounds.
Snapping a three-match losing skid, Hemauer went right to work taking down the Beavers' Bob Coleman and then recorded three straight four-point near falls to take a 14-0 lead into the second period and opened the second frame with a quick escape to notch a 15-0 technical fall win in 3:10.
Hokit extended the home team's advantage to 12-4 scoring a 12-6 decision over Jamarcus Grant as the junior used takedowns near the end of both the first and second periods to lead 6-2 heading to the final frame. Quickly escaping, Hokit notched two more takedowns and added 1:03 of riding time to push his winning streak to six matches.
The Beavers picked up wins at the next two weights as Oregon State heavyweight No. 4 Amar Dhesi knocked off the 'Dogs No. 20 AJ Nevills, 10-4 and No. 3 Ronnie Bresser made quick work of the 'Dogs Robert Garcia IV at 125 pounds pinning him in 14 seconds to score nine straight points and take a 13-12 lead in the dual.
It was all Bulldogs from there as the final four matches were all won by Fresno State starting with Gary Joint topping Kegan Calkins, 10-3 at 133 pounds using a takedown, two-point near fall and reversal in the first period to lead 6-3 and closed it out with an escape, takedown and riding time point in the third period for the victory.
Sophomore Chris Deloza won a back-and-forth contest at 141 pounds defeating Grant Willits, 10-7 as Deloza led 6-4 heading to the third period and after a reversal put him up 8-4, a takedown clinched the match for the Fresno native.
Leading the Beavers 18-13 in the dual with two matches remaining, redshirt junior Khristian Olivas sealed the win for the Bulldogs with a hard-fought 8-3 win over Josh Reyes. Leading 4-3 heading the period, Olivas escaped for a 5-3 lead and after Reyes nearly tied the match with a takedown, Olivas was able to escape his hold for a takedown of his own to lead 7-3 and a riding time point gave the 'Dog a five-point win.
With the dual secured, the 'Dogs Jacob Wright knocked off Hunter Willits at 157 pounds by injury default as the Beaver was unable to finish the match giving the 'Dogs six more team points and a 27-13 dual meet win.
The 'Dogs are right back in action at the Save Mart Center on Sunday hosting Big 12 opponent No. 11 Wyoming (12-3, 3-1 B12) at 12 p.m. for Junior Bulldog Kid's Club Day.
Head Coach Troy Steiner
On tonight's win over Oregon State
"I really liked how we came and performed. We knew coming into the match there was going to be some tight battles from the beginning and our guys stayed strong in tough positions and that is what it takes in these duals."
149-pounder Khristian Olivas
On securing the dual meet win over the Beavers with his 8-3 victory over Josh Reyes
"It was awesome! I knew going into the match that if I won, we clinched the match and I like that pressure and put the team on my back and got the job done."
- It was Isaiah Hokit's fifth major decision of the season.
- Hemauer notched his third technical fall of 2018-19.
- Josh Hokit won his sixth straight match and stays unbeaten in duals improving to 5-0 and 16-3 overall.
- Jacob Wright won his team-high 18th match of the season.
165: Isaiah Hokit (FS) maj. dec. Aaron Olmos (OSU), 11-3 | FS 4, OSU 0
174: Colt Doyle (OSU) maj. dec. Dominic Kincaid (FS), 9-1 | FS 4, OSU 0
184: No. 25/-/-/25 Jackson Hemauer (FS) tech. fall Bob Coleman (OSU), 15-0 (3:10) | FS 9, OSU 4
197: No. 13/13/13/14 Josh Hokit (FS) dec. Jamarcus Grant (OSU), 12-6 | FS 12, OSU 4
285: No. -/4/5/8 Amar Dhesi (OSU) dec. No. 20/-/-/20 AJ Nevills (FS), 10-4 | FS 12, OSU 7
125: No. 3/3/3/3 Ronnie Bresser (OSU) won by fall over Robert Garcia IV (FS), 0:14 | OSU 13, FS 12
133: Gary Joint (FS) dec. Kegan Calkins (OSU), 10-3 | FS 15, OSU 13
141: Chris Deloza (FS) dec. Grant Willits (OSU), 10-7 | FS 18, OSU 13
149: No. 19/18/17/12 Khristian Olivas (FS) dec. Josh Reyes (OSU), 8-3 | FS 21, OSU 13
157: Jacob Wright (FS) won by injury default over No. 28/-/-/- Hunter Willits (OSU), 3:59