Jan. 21, 2011


CORVALLIS, Ore. ? The 13th-ranked Oregon State wrestling team scored bonus points in three of its four wins Friday night against Cal Poly, but was narrowly defeated by the 24th-ranked Mustangs in front of 1,229 fans at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Jason Lara, Scott Sakaguchi and Colby Covington each won by major decision and Brice Arand added a decision to round out OSU?s victories, but Cal Poly?s six decision victories was enough for the three-point victory. Oregon State, with the loss, dropped to 7-4-2 on the season and 1-1-1 in Pacific-10 Conference duals.

The Mustangs, meanwhile, improved to a perfect 6-0 in 2010-11.

Lara and Sakaguchi each won their team-leading 17th victories of the season while Covington extended his winning streak to nine bouts. Arand improved to 17-8 this season and snapped a two-bout losing streak.

The Beavers fell behind early, 6-0, with Alex Elder (157 pounds) and Jon Brascetta (165) losing the night?s first two bouts by decision, 11-5 and 5-3, respectively.

Covington and Arand, however, got the Beavers on the board and the lead. Covington (174) improved to 5-0 in major decisions this season when he downed Steven Vasquez, 21-10. Covington is also 11-0 in his two-year career in bouts decided by major decisions.

Arand (184) gave OSU a 7-6 lead in the next bout when he defeated Kelan Bragg, 5-0. It marked his third win this season when shutting out an opponent.

The 7-6 lead after Arand?s victory marked OSU?s final lead of the night, however, as Cal Poly?s Ryan Smith (197) and Atticus Disney (heavyweight) defeated Chad Hanke, 5-3, and Clayton Jack, 12-6, in the next two bouts.

Lara stepped up at 125 pounds and defeated Brandon Rocha, 12-3, earning his sixth major decision victory this season.

Garrett Drucker and Filip Novachkov started the first of two down-to-the-wire bouts, when at 133 points, the Cal Poly Mustang was victorious, 6-4. The two were tied, 4-4, until 10 seconds remained in the third period and Novachkov earned a two-point takedown to earn the win.

Mike Mangrum and Boris Novachkov were in a similar situation at 141 pounds and remained tied at two through the end of regulation time. However, Novachkov earned 1:30 of riding time to pick up the 3-2 win.

Sakaguchi (149) closed out the Beavers?s night with a 12-3 win over Brandon Rocha, picking up four team points. However, Cal Poly had already clinched the dual after the 141-pound dual which sent the Mustangs to a then-18-11 lead.

For Sakaguchi, it was his fourth major decision win of the season and he improved to 8-5 in dual-meet bouts.

The team returns to Gill Coliseum Sunday when OSU hosts Stanford at 2 p.m. PT. Live stats and live video are available on osubeavers.com and tickets still remain. They can be purchased online at osubeavers.com or by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS.


Cal Poly 18, Oregon State 15

Weight Winner Loser Outcome Score OSU CP 157 Barrett Abel (CP) Alex Elder (OSU) Decision 11-5
0 3 165 Ryan DesRoches (CP) Jon Brascetta (OSU) Decision 5-3 0 6 174 Colby Covington (OSU) Steven Vasquez (CP) Major Decision 21-10 3 6 184 Brice Arand (OSU) Kelan Bragg (CP) Decision 5-0 7 6 149 Ryan Smith (CP) Chad Hanke (OSU) Decision 5-3 7 9 HWT Atticus Disney (CP)
Clayton Jack (OSU) Decision 12-6 7 12 125 Jason Lara (OSU) Brandon Rocha (CP) Major Decision 12-3 11 12 133 Filip Novachkov (CP) Garrett Drucker (OSU) Decision
6-4 11 15 141 Boris Novachkov (CP) Mike Mangrum (OSU) Decision 3-2 11 18 149 Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) Stephen Thalin (CP) Major Decision 12-4 15 18 Support Oregon State University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. For more information follow this link or call 541-737-2370. You can make an "everyday champion."Follow Beaver Athletics on Twitter.