Oregon State Wrestling unable to hold off Stanford on senior night

OSU Redshirt freshman 133-pounder Grant Willis exhausted after his match at Gill Coliseum in against Iowa State. 

Evan Baughman, Sports Reporter

Oregon State Wrestling was outlasted by Stanford on Friday night at Gill Coliseum, with a final score of 16-10.

The 4-9 Beavers continue to hunt for their first conference victory, falling to an 0-2 record tonight in Pac-12 competition.

OSU got off to a hot start against the Cardinal, taking a 6-0 lead after 125-pound senior Ronnie Bresser was able to pin Stanford’s Gabriel Townsel to end the match.

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“I just came out ready and prepared, to me it’s just another match. But I wanted to take into consideration that my family is here and my girlfriend is here. There’s a lot of things going good for me today. Just had to stay focused and treat it like another match,” Bresser said.

Bresser was able to bounce back big in his first Pac-12 match since falling to Arizona State’s Brandon Courtney.

“I think it’s just the little matches. If we come out on top on 49, 65 right there and 74, we flip flop those three matches and we’re winning,” Bresser said.

Head Coach Jim Zalesky had similar thoughts, and wants the team to be able to close out late matches.

“There’s two matches there, 65 and 74, one we’re ahead one went to overtime, we just didn’t close the gap. You got to find a way to win those two matches. We win one of those two matches and we win the meet,”  Zalesky said.

For Zalesky, he has been especially proud of seniors such as No. 4 heavyweight Amar Dhesi, who defeated Stanford’s Trevor Rasmussen 25-10 in the match.

“They’ve done a great job for us, Ronnie and Dhesi have been kind of our book ends and have done a great job. I think they’re going to do well here in the next month. They’ve got a lot coming up to look forward to. All these seniors have meant a lot to us,” Zalesky said.

In the 184-pound bout, OSU junior Bob Coleman was able to deliver a late victory against Stanford’s Colbey Harlan to give the Beavers a late boost with an 11-9 match win.

“It just feels good to come out and win in front of the home crowd,” Coleman said. “I wanted to go out and perform for my coaches and the team, and have a positive impact on a home duel.”

OSU will hit the road next week as they take on California Baptist University on Friday, Feb. 22. This will be their final meet until the Pac-12 Championships in Tempe, Arizona, on March 9.