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Beavers drop decision to North Dakota State

CORVALLIS — The No. 20 Oregon State wrestling team dropped a 19-17 decision to No. 22 North Dakota State in Gill Coliseum on Sunday.

The Bison scored the first nine points before OSU rattled off 11 straight for an 11-9 lead.

But the Bison won the next three bouts and took a 19-11 lead into the last two matches.

The Beavers won both but could not pull out the team win.

North Dakota State's Hunter Weber pinned Joey Palmer at 125 to get the Bison started.

Justin LaVelle topped Drew Van Anrooy at 133, 4-2, for the quick 9-0 lead.

Joey Delgado got the Beavers started with a 9-4 decision over Clay Cathey at 141. Seniors Scott Sakaguchi (149) and RJ Pena (157) followed with back-to-back major decisions over their opponents. Sakaguchi defeated Tyler Diamond 14-3, while Pena topped Nick Olejnik 15-4, giving the Beavers an 11-9 lead.

North Dakota State claimed the next three bouts, starting with Steve Monk who earned a 9-0 major decision over Toney Chay at 165. Hayden Zillmer then collected a 3-1 sudden victory decision over Joe Latham at 174.

Kurtis Julson made it 19-11 with a 9-4 decision over Austin Morehead at 184.

OSU's Taylor Meeks earned a 9-2 decision over Tyler Lehmann at 197, bringing the Beavers within five. In the final bout, Amarveer Dhesi tallied three more points for OSU with a 10-4 decision over Evan Knutson at heavyweight, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Bison.

The Beavers return to Gill Coliseum next weekend as they host Lehigh and Oklahoma in their last two home duals of the season.

"We just have to get back in the gym and fix those mistakes," coach Jim Zalesky said. "We fix those mistakes and we keep moving forward and look to get that win next weekend."