Broncos Retain Border Axe, Defeat Sixth-Ranked OSU

Nov. 24, 2013

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The 19th-ranked Boise State wrestling team upset No. 6 Oregon State Sunday at Gill Coliseum, knocking off the Beavers 19-18 in this year's first edition of the Border War.

After falling behind 15-3, the Broncos (1-1) stormed back, winning four of the last five matches to knock off the defending Pac-12 champions in their first league dual of the season.

The Beavers (4-2) opened with consecutive major decisions at 133 and 141 pounds, but redshirt sophomore Chris Castillo earned the biggest victory of his Bronco career, putting the Broncos on the board by knocking off the nation's third-ranked 149-pounder, Scott Sakaguchi, 3-2.

Castillo improved to 6-0 on the season.

Oregon State recorded back-to-back decisions at 157 and 165 pounds to extend its advantage to 15-3, but the Broncos responded with an onslaught in the second half of the dual.

Redshirt freshman Austin Dewey earned a 6-5 decision over Joe Latham at 174 pounds, and redshirt senior Jake Swartz, the nation's fifth-ranked 184-pounder, followed with a 20-7 major decision over John Tuck.

The Beavers' Taylor Meeks, ranked No. 1 at 197 pounds, narrowly escaped his match with Bronco senior Cody Dixon, posting a 1-0 decision to push Oregon State's lead to 18-10.

In the following match, senior heavyweight J.T. Felix (No. 5) pinned Amarveer Dhesi in 31 seconds, closing the gap and bringing the fate of a dual to the final match for the second time in 10 days.

Sophomore Rami Haddadin, whose only two losses of the season came to the nation's sixth-ranked wrestler, earned an escape point in the closing seconds of the third period, earning a 10-9 decision and clinching the Broncos' first dual victory of the season.

With the victory, Boise State has won back-to-back duals over Oregon State in Corvallis, and has won six-consecutive Pac-12 duals.

In addition to Castillo, Swartz (2-0) and Felix (5-0) are each also undefeated for the Broncos, and Felix has four pins and a major decision in his five matches thus far.

The Beavers will make a return trip to Boise Feb. 7 (7 p.m.), but next up for the Broncos is the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Dec. 6-7.

133: Drew Van Anrooy major decision Ty Stevenson, 10-0 (OSU 4, BSU 0)
141: Joey Delgado major decision Travis Himmelman, 10-2 (OSU 8, BSU 0)
149: Chris Castillo decision Scott Sakaguchi, 3-2 (OSU 8, BSU 3)
157: RJ Pena decision Holden Packard, 6-2 (OSU 11, BSU 3)
165: Alex Elder major decision Taylor West, 11-2 (OSU 15, BSU 3)
174: Austin Dewey decision Joe Latham, 6-5 (OSU 15, BSU 6)
184: Jacob Swartz major decision John Tuck, 20-7 (OSU 15, BSU 10)
197: Taylor Meeks decision Cody Dixon, 1-0 (OSU 18, BSU 10)
HWT: J.T. Felix pin Amarveer Dhesi, 0:31 (OSU 18, BSU 16)
125: Rami Haddadin decision Pat Rollins, 10-9 (OSU 18, BSU 19)

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