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S. Oregon defeats PLU in wrestling

TACOMA, Wash. -- The Southern Oregon University wrestling squad improved its dual meet record to 1-1 by routing Pacific Lutheran 32-6 Friday.

The Raiders, ranked No. 7 in the NAIA national poll, jumped out to a 13-0 lead on wins from Ryan Escobar at 118 pounds, Tyson Escobar at 126 and Matt Paulson at 134.

The win by Tyson Escobar came over Tuan Nguyen, who is ranked No. — in the nation in the NAIA at 118.

I'm really pleased with the way we wrestled, said Southern Oregon coach Mike Ritchey. We did the right things at the right times. We're improving every day.

The Lutes won at 142 and 150 to crawl back into the match before Southern Oregon reeled off five straight wins.

It was good for our guys' confidence to rip somebody pretty good, said Ritchey. I think they needed that.

Southern Oregon competes in the annual PLU Collegiate Open today.

Southern Oregon 32, Pacific Lutheran 6

118 -- Ryan Escobar, SOU, won by forfeit

126 -- Tyson Escobar, SOU, dec. Tuan Nguyen, 3-2.

136 -- Matt Paulson, SOU, dec. Tom Brown, 16-3.

142 -- Matt Werner, PLU, dec. Andy Chenoweth, 9-3.

150 -- John Aiken, PLU, dec. Dan Sturgill, 9-3.

158 -- Matt Armstrong, SOU, dec. Abe Porter, 16-3.

167 -- Victor Perry, SOU, pinned Clayton Hudiburg, 4:36.

177 -- Bill Wathen, SOU, dec. Mark Cypher, 5-2.

190 -- Jamie Haddon, SOU, dec. Matt Nelson, 6-4.

275 -- Chris Moore, SOU, dec. Rob Shipp, 7-2.