Covington Earns All-America Status at NCAA Wrestling Championships
March 18, 2011
Final Standings and Brackets after Day Two
Philadelphia ?*Fourth-seeded senior Colby Covington will advance to Saturday?s placing matches, still in contention for third place at 174 pounds, but more importantly earning his first All-America honors on Friday evening in the fourth session of the 2011 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Wells Fargo Center.
Oregon State is currently in 22nd place with 25.0 points after Session IV. The 25 points are the most an Oregon State wrestling team has earned under head coach Jim Zalesky.
Covington scored a takedown in the first period to garner the early 2-0 lead with Ryan Patrovich of Hofstra escaping to cut Covington?s lead in half. A second period escape by Patrovich tied everything going into the deciding period. Covington escaped shortly into the two minutes to earn the go-ahead point, holding on to win 3-2 and automatically securing a top eight finish.
With the win, Covington matched up with his second ranked opponent of the day in No. 8 Mike Letts of Maryland. Covington led 2-1 going into the final period, earning an escape point before sealing the victory with a takedown with just under a minute to wrestle. Adding a point for riding time, Covington handed Letts a 6-1 decision, while moving to the consolation semifinals to face third-seeded Mack Lewnes of Cornell ? the same opponent he fell to in the quarterfinals last season in double sudden victory.
Sophomore Mike Mangrum came up just shy of All-America status for the second year. Mangrum fell behind early to No. 10 Todd Schravien of Missouri and a late comeback wasn?t quite enough as Schravien tallied a takedown and added a point for riding time in the final 30 seconds of the match to win 11-3, and end Mangrum?s run with an identical 3-2 tournament record.
Senior Colby Covington and Mangrum were the two remaining wrestlers still in alive in the NCAA Wrestling Tournament after Friday morning?s session, leading Oregon State to a 23rd place showing after three full sessions with 18.0 points.
In Oregon State?s first match of the morning, Mangrum and Anwar Goeres wrestled a pair of scoreless periods before Goeres took a 2-0 lead on Mangrum on a reversal after choosing down to start the third. Mangrum went on a 6-0 run with an escape, takedown and three-point near fall sequence to advance to the next round with a 6-4 decision.
Redshirt freshman Scott Sakaguchi followed soon after at 149 pounds on the next mat over, falling behind Justin Gaethje of Northern Colorado 4-2 at the start of the final period. Sakaguchi wore Gaethje down, eliminating the riding time factor first before eventually tying the match up at six all to force a one-minute sudden victory. With 36 seconds remaining in the overtime period, Sakaguchi turned on Gaethje, earning the 8-6 decision and advancing.
Mangrum extended his tournament run by upsetting No. 9 Cole VonOhlen from Air Force, shutting VonOhlen out early before holding on to win 6-4. Last season, Mangrum fell 9-7 to Germane Lindsey of Ohio in the All-America qualifying match.
Senior fourth-seeded Colby Covington looked to get redemption after a heartbreaking quarterfinal loss in last year?s NCAA Championships at 174 pounds. But Virginia?s fifth-seeded Christopher Henrich attacked quickly and jumped out to an early lead over Covington ? holding Covington to only escape points until a takedown late in the second period. Covington put another point on the board on the escape in the third, but he was unable to overcome the deficit and Henrich?s stalling with Henrich adding a point for riding time to win 7-5.
In the first round of wrestlebacks on the day, senior Brice Arand was unable to score any offensive points, ending his NCAA Tournament run in a 6-1 decision in favor of No. 6 Ryan Loder of Northern Iowa. Arand finished with a 1-2 showing. Junior Chad Hanke battled but came up just short against No. 9 Sonny Yohn of Minnesota, 5-3, while junior Clayton Jack got caught while attacking and was pinned in 41 seconds by Kevin Lester of Columbia.
After his earlier impressive comeback, Sakaguchi couldn?t quite top Ivan Lopouchanski of UNC Greensboro, falling 8-3, and finishing the NCAA Tournament at 3-2 overall.
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Oregon State Notes ? Senior Colby Covington?s quarterfinal loss snaps a career-long 19-match winning streak ? Covington becomes the first All-American since Heinrich Barnes in 2009 ? Barnes finished eighth ? Covington is guaranteed at least sixth place at this point ? Sophomore Mike Mangrum tied the most wins he?s had at the NCAA Championships with three ? Mangrum?s win marks the Beavers first win of the tournament over a seeded opponent in No. 9 Cole VonOhlen of Air Force ? Redshirt freshman Scott Sakaguchi finishes 2-1 in sudden victory decisions and 3-2 at the tournament ? Oregon State has already bested its NCAA Tournament scores under head coach Jim Zalesky with 25.0 points ? the previous best coming in 2007 with 22.0 points.
Team Scores (Top 5 and Oregon State): 1.Penn State, 92.5; 2. Cornell 75.0; 3. Iowa 74.0; 4. Oklahoma State 65.5; 5. American 56.0; 22. Oregon State 25.0.
Oregon State Individual Results - Sessions I-I
No. 5 Zachary Sanders (MINN) decision over Jason Lara (OSU), 6-2
Brad Pataky (PSU) decision over Jason Lara (OSU), 6-1
No. 8 Mike Grey (CORNELL) decision over Garrett Drucker (OSU), 11-5
Ian Paddock (OHIOST) decision over Garrett Drucker (OSU), 3-1** * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Mike Mangrum (OSU) decision over Vicente Varela (HOF), 9-3
No. 1 Kellen Russell (MICH) major decision over Mike Mangrum (OSU), 15-6
Mike Mangrum (OSU) decision over Anwar Goeres (Binghamton), 6-4
Mike Mangrum (OSU) decision over No. 9 Cole VonOhlen (AFA), 6-4
No. 10 Todd Schravien (MIZZ) major decision over Mike Mangrum (OSU), 11-3
Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) decision over Matt Lester (OKLA), 3-1
Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) decision over Cole Dallaserra (WYO), 4-2
No. 3 Kevin LeValley (BUCK) major decision over Scott Sakaguchi (OSU), 8-0
Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) decision over Justin Gaethje (NCOLO), 8-6 (SV)
Ivan Lopouchanski (UNCG) decision over Scott Sakaguchi (OSU), 8-
No. 4 Colby Covington (OSU) major decision over Mike Dessino (BLOOM), 18-6
No. 4 Colby Covington (OSU) decision over Jacob Swartz (BOISE), 8-2
No. 5 Christopher Henrich (UVA) decision over No. 4 Colby Covington (OSU), 7-5
No. 4 Colby Covington (OSU) decision over Ryan Patrovich (HOF), 3-2
No. 4 Colby Covington (OSU) decision over No. 8 Mike Letts (MD), 6-1
Colby Covington ? All-American
No. 1 Christopher Honeycutt (EDIN) decision over Brice Arand (OSU), 8-2
Brice Arand (OSU) fall over Jonathan Velazquez (GWEBB), 1:33
No. 6 Ryan Loder (UNI) decision over Brice Arand (OSU), 6-1
John Hall (BOSTON) fall over Chad Hanke (OSU), 6:50
Chad Hanke (OSU) technical fall over Caylor Williams (UNCG), 20-4 (6:15)
No. 9 Sonny Yohn (MINN) decision over Chad Hanke (OSU), 5-3.
Clayton Jack (OSU) fall over Jeremy Johnson (OHIO), 3:17
No. 9 Cameron Wade (PSU) decision over Clayton Jack (OSU), 9-2
Clayton Jack (OSU) decision over Christian Brantley (UNI), 7-2
Kevin Lester (COLUM) fall over Clayton Jack (OSU), 0:41
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