Two close losses fueled Drew Van Anrooy to get better.
The Oregon State sophomore 133-pounder came into Saturday’s dual with Air Force having lost three straight matches and five of six.
He felt as though he wrestled well recently but just didn’t win.
Van Anrooy got rewarded for his time in the practice room Saturday, defeating Greg Rinker 8-2 to help the Beavers get past the Falcons 30-3 at Gill Coliseum.
“I’ve just been trying to stay positive throughout the season, working hard,” said Van Anrooy, who improved his season record to 10-13. “I’m just continuing to build and hoping to peak at the Pac-12 tournament and national tournament.”
Van Anrooy’s win was the first of nine straight for OSU after teammate Joey Palmer opened the dual with an 11-6 loss to nationally ranked Josh Martinez at 125.
OSU’s Joey Delgado, who had also lost three in a row, got a 3-2 decision against David Walker at 141 after leading 3-0 in the second round.
It was a day of turnarounds as 165-pounder Toney Chay came back from some recent struggles to Jesse Stafford 8-3.
Chay (21-11) overcame a 2-0 deficit early in the match with an escape, takedown and three-point nearfall in the second round.
“Just get better. I just work on what I did wrong in practice,” Chay said of his approach.
“It’s good to see them win because they’ve been close,” added OSU coach Jim Zalesky of Van Anrooy, Delgado and Chay. “It was good for those guys to find a way to win.”
OSU has come up short this season in many dual matches decided by a few points, but that wasn’t the case against the Falcons.
The Beavers got five wins in a row by decision after losing the opening match.
They also collected wins from seniors Scott Sakaguchi (149) and R.J. Pena (157), both ranked nationally, during that stretch.
Joe Latham followed with a 24-14 major decision versus Scott Reilly at 174 in which Latham had 10 takedowns.
Latham turned a 3-3 tie in the first round into a 9-4 lead in the second and continued working Reilly for points.
The Beavers also got major decisions (wins by 8 to 14 points) from Austin Morehead (184) and Amarveer Dhesi (heavyweight) and a decision from Taylor Meeks at 197.
Meeks and Air Force’s Parker Hines were tied 3-3 in the second. Meeks scored four takedowns the rest of the way to grab the lead and stay in front.
Meeks and Sakaguchi won their 20th matches of the season. Chay, Latham and Pena have already reached that plateau.
Dhesi, a true freshman from Surrey, British Columbia, improved to 13-5 with a 17-5 win against Marcus Malecek.
He’s 10-3 since a three-match losing streak in November.
“He looks good. He’s coming along. He’s learning,” Zalesky said. “He’s a young kid and I think he’s improved as the year has gone on. There’s a lot of upside to him.”
Oregon State 30, Air Force 3
125: Josh Martinez, AF, dec. Joey Palmer, 11-6
133: Drew Van Anrooy, OSU, dec. Greg Rinker, 8-2
141: Joey Delgado, OSU, dec. David Walker, 3-2
149: Scott Sakaguchi, OSU, dec. Natrelle Demison, 10-4
157: R.J. Pena, OSU, dec. Josh Kreimier, 11-8
165: Toney Chay, OSU, dec. Jesse Stafford, 8-3
174: Joe Latham, OSU, maj. dec. Scott Reilly, 24-14
184: Austin Morehead, OSU, maj. dec. Daniel Barringer, 9-0
197: Taylor Meeks, OSU, dec. Parker Hines, 13-10
Heavyweight: Amarveer Dhesi, OSU, maj. dec. Marcus Malecek, 17-5