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No. 22 Beavers Wrestle To 18-18 Tie With No. 2 Boise StateSalem-News.com Sports
(Boise, Idaho) - The 22nd-ranked Oregon State wrestling team overcame an early 14-0 deficit, winning 18 consecutive points in an 18-18 tie with second-ranked Boise State Saturday night at Taco Bell Arena.
“This was a good opener for us,” Oregon State head coach Jim Zalesky said. “I was happy with our ability to come back after they opened up with a sizeable lead and we battled the entire night. It was a great matchup between two top 25 teams that will end up meeting again later in the season.”
Colby Covington, Chad Hanke and Clayton Jack posted major decisions in the tie, Oregon State’s first under Zalesky. Other winners included Brice Arand and Jason Lara.
The meet at Boise State was the season opener for the Beavers and the second dual meet of the year for Boise State. And it was a tightly-contested event that saw both teams post large scoreless streaks before two weight classes at the end ultimately decided the meet was going to end as a tie.
Boise State ran off 14 consecutive points, winning three each at 141, 149 and 165 pounds. Adam Hall posted the night’s only technical fall, winning 22-7 over OSU freshman Alex Elder.
But Covington ended that scoring streak for the Broncos, posting OSU’s first points with a 13-4 major decision over Jake Swartz at the 174-pound class.
Brice Arand (184 pounds) followed Covington with a strong 12-5 decision over Randy Larson that pushed the Beavers to a 14-7 deficit.
They didn’t stop there. Hanke tallied Oregon State’s second major decision of the night, defeating Derek Toney, 13-3, at 197-pounds to give the Beavers four more points.
OSU took the lead for the first time on the night with with the heavyweight wrestler Jack. He posted the Beavers’ third and final major decision, getting it over Boise State’s Toby Erickson. Jack’s win earned the Beavers four more points for a 15-14 advantage.
Jason Lara and Alan Bartelli had perhaps the night’s most competitive bout at 125 pounds. The ninth bout of the night – the meet started at 141 pounds – saw two overtimes, ultimately being decided by a Lara escape 17 seconds into the second overtime. Bartelli and Lara managed just one point apiece in regular time.
The nation’s No. 1 wrestler at 133 pounds, Andrew Hochstrasser, was able to down Oregon State’s Kelly Kubec, 11-0, for a major decision on the last bout of the night. That sent the Broncos to an 18-18 tie with the Beavers.
Oregon State will next hit the mat Sunday, Nov. 21 when the Beavers travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on host Missouri and Hofstra.
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