The Oregon State wrestling team closed the home portion of its schedule in impressive fashion on Sunday night with a 32-9 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in a Pac-12 dual at Gill Coliseum.
Redshirt junior Jack Hathaway’s 7-0 decision over No. 17 Russell Rohfling in the second match was key for the Beavers (6-7, 4-1). OSU won for the fourth time in its last five starts and completed a weekend sweep that started with a 25-10 win over Cal Poly on Friday afternoon.
Seniors Joey Palmer, Joey Delgado and Ali Alshujery were honored before the match. Palmer then got the Beavers off to a great start with a 20-5 technical fall at 133, his eighth bonus-point win in his last 10 matches.
Hathaway then built a 6-0 first-period lead over Rohfling with a takedown and a four-point near-fall and closed out his fourth victory in a row. He most likely cemented a No. 2 seed for the upcoming Pac-12 Championships, as he was No. 2 and Rohfling No. 3 in the most recent conference rankings.
Bakersfield closed to within 11-9 after a pin at 165. However, Bob Coleman (174), Seth McLeod (184), Corey Griego (197), Cody Crawford (hwt) and Kegan Calkins (125) won the final five matches for the Beavers, with Crawford and Calkins winning by authoritative first-period pins.
“It was good to get some wins this weekend, and we are wrestling better,” coach Jim Zalesky said. “Jack had defeated Rohfling earlier this year, got that takedown and the lead.
“Bob Coleman won a match; he’s a freshman and hasn’t won a lot so it was big for him. Seth McLoud won. Those guys haven’t really won much yet so it was good for them.
“Griego got a quality win and then Cody and Kegan got those pins. That was a great way to finish the meet.”
The Beavers close the regular season at No. 15 Oklahoma on Friday. They are then idle until the Feb. 26 Pac-12 Championships at Stanford. OSU is the five-time defending Pac-12 champion.