InterMat Wrestling – Stanford defeats Oregon State for first time in Corvallis

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CORVALLIS, Ore. — For the first time in program history, Stanford defeated No.18 Oregon State in Corvallis, topping the Beavers 19-16, Friday, at Gill Coliseum.

The Cardinal defeated the Beavers for the second straight year – also a first in school history. Stanford improved to 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-12, while Oregon State falls to 4-8 and 2-2 in the conference.

Stanford head coach Jason Borrelli has now tied Chris Horpel (1979-01) for the most career dual wins in program history with 105.

Ranked third nationally, Oregon State’s Ronnie Bresser opened the dual with a second-period fall over No. 20 Gabriel Townsell at 125 pounds. Following the bout, Bresser tossed his head gear in celebration and it was deemed unsportsmanlike conduct by the officials, so the Beavers were docked a team point.

Redshirt senior Mason Pengilly scored Stanford’s first points of the dual with a 4-0 decision over Devan Turner at 133 pounds. Pengilly scored a takedown in the opening period and was able to ride Turner for the remainder of the period. He added an escape in the second and finished with riding time for the shutout. Pengilly moves to 9-4 overall and 6-1 in duals.

The Beavers pulled ahead 8-3 after Grant Willits posted a 9-3 decision over Brandon Kier at 141 pounds.

Stanford’s Requir van der Merwe, who is ranked 15th nationally at 149 pounds, cut Oregon State’s lead to 8-6 as he turned in a 6-1 decision against Josh Reyes. van der Merwe led 3-0 after the first period, earning a takedown and an escape after Reyes had to use injury time. He chose down to start the second and put up another point with the escape. Reyes chose neutral to start the third, but van der Merwe converted another takedown and picked up his 21st win of the season.

Fifth-year senior Paul Fox followed van der Merwe with a dominating 13-3 major decision over Zach Bresser at 157 pounds to give the Cardinal its first lead in the dual at 10-8. Fox scored early and often in the win. He improved to 19-8 on the season and is just eight wins away from breaking into Stanford’s top-10 career wins list.

Sophomore Dominick Mandarino pushed the Cardinal lead to 13-8 with a gritty 3-1 sudden victory decision over Aaron Olmos at 165 pounds. Tied 1-1 after regulation, Mandarino went in on a shot immediately after the whistle was blown in the sudden victory period and converted the two in just seven seconds. The Paramus, New Jersey, native improves to 21-8 overall and 6-3 in duals this season.

The Cardinal won its fourth straight bout as graduate Rico Stormer came from behind to defeat Colt Doyle, 7-6, at 174 pounds. Stormer trailed 4-1 going into the final period, where he chose to start down. Doyle was called for locked hands and Stormer was awarded a point. He then notched the escape and scored a takedown before Doyle earned the escape to tie it 5-5, but Doyle also had riding time locked up. Needing to score, Stormer was in on a shot late and converted the winning takedown for the Cardinal.

It was a high-scoring bout at 184 pounds as Oregon State’s Bob Coleman came out on top in an 11-9 decision over freshman Colbey Harlan, cutting Stanford’s lead to 16-11.

Redshirt sophomore Nathan Traxler sealed the Cardinal win with a 7-1 decision over Jamarcus Grant at 197 pounds. Ranked 12th nationally, Traxler led 2-0 after the first. He scored a reversal to start the second before Grant earned the escape. Grant chose neutral to start the third, but a late takedown by Traxler and the riding time point secured the victory. Traxler leads the Cardinal with 24 wins on the season and is now 10-1 in duals.

Oregon State capped off the scoring at heavyweight as fourth-ranked Amar Dhesi tallied a 25-10 technical fall in 6:36 over Oregon native Trevor Rasmussen.

Stanford returns to The Farm on Sunday for its final Pac-12 dual against Cal Poly on Pac-12 Networks. Seven Cardinal seniors will be recognized for Senior Day, beginning at 12 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

Results:

125 #3 Ronnie Bresser (OSU) fall #20 Gabriel Townsell (STAN) F4:05

133 Mason Pengilly (STAN) dec. Devan Turner (OSU) 4-0

141 Grant Willits (OSU) dec. Brandon Kier (STAN) 9-3

149 #15 Requir van der Merwe (STAN) dec. Josh Reyes (OSU) 6-1

157 Paul Fox (STAN) maj. dec. Zach Bresser (OSU) 13-3

165 Dominick Mandarino (STAN) dec. Aaron Olmos (OSU) 3-1 (SV)

174 Rico Stormer (STAN) dec. Colt Doyle (OSU) 7-6

184 Bob Coleman (OSU) dec. Colbey Harlan (STAN) 11-9

197 #12 Nathan Traxler (STAN) dec. Jamarcus Grant (OSU) 7-1

285 #4 Amar Dhesi (OSU) technical fall Trevor Rasmussen (STAN) 25-10 (6:36)





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