BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Oregon State wrestling team jumped out to a big lead, but had to fend off Cal State Bakersfield down the stretch on Sunday night, earning a 23-13 win in its final dual of the season.
The Beavers finished the season with a 6-6 overall record, and 2-2 in Pac-12 matches.
No. 14-ranked Corey Griego opened the dual at 197 pounds and came away with a decisive victory over former high school teammate No. 15 Matt Williams. He has won eight bouts in a row after an 11-10 decision on Sunday night.
Heavyweight Amarveer Dhesi totaled his most points in a single match this season as the No. 8-ranked heavyweight started with two first period takedowns. The redshirt senior opened the flood gates in the second and third periods with a combined 10 takedowns between the final periods for a 27-12 win.
No. 12-ranked Ronnie Bresser won the third-straight bout of the night for the Beavers. Bresser built an 8-1 lead in the first period behind two takedowns and a four-point near fall. He would win by decision over No. 27 Sergio Mendez, 9-4.
The Roadrunners would claim the next two matches at 133 and 141 pounds.
Josh Reyes (149) won his second straight over Noah Blakely-Beanes by decision, 7-4. Reyes got a takedown in each period, with the dagger coming in the final minute of the third.
Freshman Hunter Willits has been in close matches with ranked opponents all year, and on Sunday he finally got the better. Willits upset 15th-ranked 157-pounder Coleman Hammond with an escape in the third period and a takedown in the final 30-seconds to win 3-2.
Bakersfield began to mount a comeback at 165 pounds. Jacob Thalin won by major decision over Rodney Williams to pull the Roadrunners to 17-10.
Freshman 174-pounder Myles Terry secured the Beavers victory. Trailing 13-1 in the third period, the St. Helens native found double under-hooks throwing Lorenzo De La Riva to his back to get his first pin of his collegiate career.
Bob Coleman lost the final match of the evening at 184 pounds by decision 9-5.
The Beavers are idle until hosting the Pac-12 Championships on Feb. 25.