CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Five match wins Sunday powered the Wyoming Cowboy wrestling team to a team victory over No. 16 Oregon State on the road, 23-22.
The dual ended with the score tied at 22, but 13th-ranked Wyoming (2-2 overall) earned the victory on criteria, scoring 34 match points to Oregon State's 30. That added an additional team point. It was Wyoming's first win over the Beavers since 2003-04, when the Cowboys defeated OSU 17-16. Oregon State moved to 5-2 overall.
"It was a pretty wild dual," Wyoming coach Mark Branch said. "It didn't go down by any means how I thought it might. But between two good teams, to have four pins and really competitive matchups, duals get that way. You feel lucky to be on the right side of those."
No. 16 Zach Zehner, a redshirt freshman, took on James Roberts in the 133-pound match. Zehner earned a takedown less than 15 seconds in for a 2-0 lead. A Roberts escape seconds later made the score 2-1. Zehner then used his aggressiveness to earn another takedown, and controlled Roberts for nearly two minutes, but Roberts earned an escape to make it 4-2. Zehner then lifted Roberts off the mat and threw him for another takedown to take the 6-2 lead into the second period. Roberts earned a takedown, but Zehner's reversal and subsequent pin at the 3:22 mark gave him the win and the team score was tied at 6.
"I was proud of the guys who responded," Branch said. "When you give up a pin in a match we feel like we're going to win and we're ahead, that can affect how the rest of the team performs. Zach came right out and got it back for us. He wrestled great."