Beaver Wrestling gets first conference victory of the season

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Kayla Jones, OMN Photographer

Oregon State redshirt-junior 157-pound wrestler Hunter Willits elevating his opponent’s leg to get the takedown against the University of Little Rock, Arkansas Trojans in Gill Coliseum on Jan. 14, 2022. Willits would win his match by a score of 7-2, and the Beavers would win the meet by a score of 34-0.

Hannah Mitchell , Sports Contributor

The Oregon State wrestling team won decisively against the University of Little Rock, Arkansas with a  34-0 victory shutout at home on Jan. 14.

This was their first match at home this season since November when the Beavers faced off against the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks and the Campbell University Camels. This meet also marked the first PAC-12 dual meet for either team of the season.

In total, the Beavers won all 10 matches of the night, including a technical fall by redshirt-freshman 184-pound wrestler Trey Munoz, major decisions by redshirt-sophomore 125-pound wrestler Brandon Kaylor and redshirt-senior 133-pound wrestler Devan Turner. The rest of the victories from the Beavers were decision victories.

After the meet, Turner, who won his match by a score of 12-2, said that the team was excited to be back inside of Gill Coliseum.

“The team was excited to compete and all around we felt good and anxious to get back on the mat.” Turner said.

Head wrestling coach Chris Pendleton echoed Turner, being overall glad with his team’s performance. Along with many sporting events being postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, Pendleton understands that these days, it is a victory to have the opportunity to compete.

“Anytime we can compete and we get to compete, that’s a win,” Pendleton said.

The Beavers’ season is in full swing and the team is headed on the road next week to compete against the University of Wyoming Cowboys  and the University of  Northern Colorado Bears. Heading into those two dual meets, Pendelton was pleased with the overall team performance, but knew that there could be little things that can make the team better. “We’re training for a marathon, not a sprint,” Pendleton said.

Oregon State 34, Little Rock 0

157– #17 Hunter Willits (Oregon State) decision Chase Tebbets (Little Rock), 7-2. OSU 3, LR 0

165– Matthew Olguin (Oregon State) decision Tyler Brennan (Little Rock), 6-1. OSU 6, LR 0

174– #27 Mateo Olmos (Oregon State) decision Triston Wills (Little Rock), 8-5. OSU 9, LR 0

184– #15 Trey Munoz (Oregon State) technical fall Tanner Mendoza (Little Rock), 25-10. OSU 14, LR 0

197– Ryan Reyes (Oregon State) decision Brooks Sacharczyk (Little Rock), 16-14. OSU 17, LR 0

HWT– #10 Gary Traub (Oregon State) decision Josiah Hill (Little Rock), 11-6 (TB-1). OSU 20, LR 0

125– #16 Brandon Kaylor (Oregon State) major decision Jayden Carson (Little Rock), 12-4. OSU 24, LR 0

133– #12 Devan Turner (Oregon State) major decision Jaylen Carson (Little Rock), 12-2. OSU 28, LR 0

141– #14 Grant Willits (Oregon State) decision Conner Ward (Little Rock), 10-3. OSU 31, LR 0

149– #28 Cory Crooks (Oregon State) decision Joseph Bianchi (Little Rock), 3-1. OSU 34, LR 0