Oregon State Wrestling falls to No. 21 Arizona State in late match

285-pounder Amar Dhesi handles ASU’s Brady Gilliland-Daniel. Dhesi ended up taking the duel 22-8 and giving the Beavers four points.

Jarred Bierbrauer, OMN Sports Chief

Oregon State Wrestling was unable to build a comeback against No. 21 Arizona State this evening as the Sun Devils wrapped up a victory over OSU at Gill Coliseum with a final score of 20-13.

With this loss, the Beavers drop to 2-5 overall as a team with an 1-1 record in the Pac-12.

OSU senior 125-pounder Ronnie Bresser, who is currently ranked No. 4 for his class, was unable to take down Brandon Courtney of Arizona State in the 125 matchup.

“It was just one of those matches, just a little bit harder to get my feet and my hands moving,” Bresser said. “I don’t want to make any excuses, but I was gearing for one guy and they threw another guy at me and it threw me off just a little bit.”

This was Bresser’s second loss of the season out of 16 matches and his first loss in the Pac-12. The reigning Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week said he felt like they were outmatched in some of the duels, but liked the way his team fought against ASU overall.

In the heavyweight match, 285-pounder Amar Dhesi had no troubles handling ASU’s Brady Gilliland-Daniel, taking the duel 22-8 and giving the Beavers four points. According to Dhesi, who is ranked No.4 in the nation for his weight, he felt alright.

“I try not to think about the rankings, I’m trying to win the whole thing so it doesn’t really matter where I’m ranked,” Dhesi said. “I just try to motivate myself for every single match, doesn’t really matter who the opponent is.”

One of the highlights for Oregon State came when redshirt freshman Grant Willits took on ASU’s Cory Crooks. Willits took a lead with a takedown with just seconds to go in the third, but Crooks escaped to force the sudden victory period. Willits was able to take the match win, 8-6.

“I felt pretty good today,” Willits said. “There were times where I got a little laid back and but I felt like I was pretty explosive throughout it. I knew he was tired, as you can see in the end he kind of fell down but I just pushed the pace.”

The Beavers will be hosting Clackamas Community College next Friday at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.  

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