January 15, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The dual between No. 16 Oregon State and 13th-ranked Wyoming Sunday was expected to be an equal matchup before the teams even stepped on the mat.
That was exactly what the 1,086 fans in attendance at Gill Coliseum got. The teams tied, 22-22, after 10 bouts but the Cowboys were declared the victors after taking into account individual points, a tiebreaker.
Both teams picked up two pins apiece – Pat Rollins and RJ Pena for OSU and Zach Zehner and Joe LeBlanc for Wyoming – in addition to one major decision. That left point differential, which Wyoming won, giving the Cowboys the 23-22 decision.
OSU held an 18-6 advantage after Pena pinned Dakota Friesth in 2:50 for the victory at 157 pounds. The Cowboys, however, picked up the next 16 points to go up 22-18.
That left the heavyweight bout featuring Clayton Jack and LJ Helbig. Jack won handedly, 13-1, but needed a technical fall or pin to give the Beavers the win. His four points put the Beavers on par with the Cowboys, necessitating the tiebreaker.
Rollins started the bout at 125 and picked up his 20th win of the season with a pin of Michael Martinez in 3:37. That avenged an earlier loss for Rollins to Martinez.
Wyoming answered back when Zehner pinned James Roberts in 3:22 at 133 pounds.
That was followed by the longest bout of the day. Mike Mangrum and Chase Smith went to a second sudden victory at 141 pounds where Mangrum was victorious with a takedown, giving him a 5-3 win.
Scott Sakaguchi gave the Beavers their second consecutive win when he was a 6-0 winner over Brandon Richardson at 149 pounds. The win gave him a 25-5 record on the year.
Sakaguchi’s put OSU up, 12-6, before Pena’s pin. Pena’s victory was his 22nd of the season; it was his 17th of the season, just two shy of tying the OSU single-season record for a sophomore and it was also the 30th of his career.
The loss puts the Beavers at 5-2 this season while Wyoming improved to 2-2.
The Beavers return to action Friday when hosting Northern Colorado in a 7 p.m. PT dual at Gill Coliseum.
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No. 13 Wyoming 23, No. 16 Oregon State 22
125 – Pat Rollins pin Michael Martinez (WYO), 3:37. OSU 6, WYO 0
133 – Zach Zehner (WYO) pin James Roberts, 3:22. OSU 6, WYO 6
141 – Mike Mangrum decision Chase Smith (WYO), 5-3. (SV2), OSU 9, WYO 6
149 – Scott Sakaguchi decision Brandon Richardson (WYO), 6-0. OSU 12, WYO 6
157 – RJ Pena pin Dakota Friesth (WYO), 2:50. OSU 18, WYO 6
165 – Shane Onufer (WYO) decision Joe Latham, 8-1. OSU 18, WYO 9
174 – Patrick Martinez (WYO) decision Cody Weishoff, 8-4. OSU 18, WYO 12
184 – Joe LeBlanc (WYO) pin Ty Vinson, 3:37. OSU 18, WYO 18
197 – Alfonso Hernandez (WYO) major decision Taylor Meeks, 16-5. WYO 22, OSU 18
HWT – Clayton Jack major decision LJ Helbig (WYO), 13-1. OSU 22, WYO 22
Wyoming awarded one point as tiebreaker.