ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The back-and-forth rivalry between Oregon State and Michigan continued Sunday afternoon, when the No. 20 Wolverines pulled off a mild upset over the No. 12 Beavers. Last season, the teams split a pair of duals, with Michigan winning early in the season and OSU getting even at the National Duals late in the year.
At 149 pounds, OSU's Scott Sakaguchi and Michigan's Eric Grajales split their matches last season, too. Sunday, No. 5-ranked Grajales scored crucial points for his team and sent a ripple through the wrestling rankings by knocking off top-ranked Sakaguchi 10-6 in a wild match.
The Beavers' Alex Elder at 165 pounds and Amar Dhesi at heavyweight suffered their first losses of the season, also. A day earlier, the Beavers swept three matches at the Eastern Michigan Duals.
Oregon State has a week to lick its wounds before opening its home season Nov. 24 against Boise State.
SOU OPEN — At Ashland, Jacob Abrams and Brock Gutches made sure eighth-ranked Southern Oregon University captured a couple championships as the 25th SOU Pete Belcastro Open concluded.
Eighteen other Raiders placed in the top six of their respective weight classes at the 10-team gala. Lucas Randall, an SOU freshman wrestling unattached at 157pounds, was the third Raider who made a run to the finals and finished second.
Gutches, the No. 1 174-pounder in the NAIA, recorded one technical fall and three pins on the weekend, including a 3-minute, 34-second victory in the finals against Simpson's Brady Beaman, an all-American last season.
Abrams, ranked No. 6 at 184 pounds, took a 5-1 championship decision from North Idaho's Roland Gaydosh. He won his pool with two pins on Saturday.
Randall was the surprise, winning his pool with the help of a pair of pins although he was wrestling up a weight class. He dropped a decision to North Idaho's Nicholas Moreno in the 157-pound final.
Trevor Hancock (133 pounds), Chance Lindquist (141), Tyler Cowger (149) and Garrett Urrutia (165) were all third-place finishers. Hancock won his last bout by forfeit, Cowger won a 15-8 decision, and Lindquist and Urrutia, who was wrestling unattached due to his redshirt, also finished up with decisions.
The Raiders had 24 wrestlers advance out of pool play and into the championship rounds.
Two of the NAIA's top teams will await SOU in the week ahead with duals Thursday at No. 2 Montana State-Northern and Friday at No. 6 Great Falls (Mont.).