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  • Urrutia fourth at Spokane Open

  • SPOKANE, Wash. — Garrett Urrutia was the highest placer Sunday for the seventh-ranked Southern Oregon University wrestling team, capturing fourth place at the Spokane Open.
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  • SPOKANE, Wash. — Garrett Urrutia was the highest placer Sunday for the seventh-ranked Southern Oregon University wrestling team, capturing fourth place at the Spokane Open.
    Urrutia, in the 165-pound class, lost a first-round decision but went on to advance to the third-place match with five straight wins. Included were a technical fall and a pin, and in the consolation semifinals Urrutia defeated Pacific University's Bruce Balcita, 5-2, before North Idaho's Tyler McLean pinned him for third.
    Chris Berg (197) and Cody Jones (174) were SOU's other placers, earning fifth and sixth. Berg went 4-2 on the day, which was capped by a win by injury default, and Jones took an 11-6 quarterfinal decision from North Idaho's Johnathen Dennis before dropping his last three.
    Montana State-Northern won the team title, edging North Idaho, and SOU was 10th out of 24 schools that were represented.
    The Raiders competed without several of their top wrestlers.
    BOISE STATE 19, NO. 14 OREGON STATE 18 — At Corvallis, Oregon State's "big three" of returning All-Americans looked a little shaky at Gill Coliseum, but Boise State's pair of stars definitely did not. The difference was an upset over No. 14 OSU.
    At 149 pounds, the Broncos' Chris Castillo knocked off two-time All-American Scott Sakaguchi, 3-2. The Beavers' fifth-ranked RJ Pena at 157 pounds and top-ranked Taylor Meeks at 197 avoided upsets, but ended up in close contests with no bonus points.
    Boise State's fourth-ranked Jake Swartz at 184 pounds, meanwhile, beat OSU's John Tuck 20-7. And the Broncos' fifth-ranked heavyweight, J.T. Felix, pinned OSU true freshman Amar Dhesi in 30 seconds to swing the dual.
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