March 19, 2013
174 pounder Cody Weishoff's overtime decision (7-4) against Boise State's Scotty Bacon at the Pac-12 Championships, punched his ticket to Des Moines for his first NCAA Championships appearance. Weishoff will be joined by six of his teammates later this week as OSU looks to finish in the Top 10 for a second consecutive season.
Oregon State will look to improve upon its 10th overall finish last season, with more than a half-dozen wrestlers competing
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Seven members of the Oregon State wrestling team will travel to Des Moines, Iowa this week to compete in the 2013 NCAA Championships. Mike Mangrum (141 lbs.), Scott Sakaguchi (149 lbs.), RJ Pena (157 lbs.), Cody Weishoff (174 lbs.), Ty Vinson (184 lbs.), Taylor Meeks (197 lbs.) and heavyweight Chad Hanke will all be representing OSU at Nationals, as the school will send at least a half dozen wrestlers to NCAA’s for the fourth straight season.
The Beavers wrapped up their second consecutive Pac-12 Championship and third conference title in the last four years earlier this month and finished the season ranked No. 8/9/11 in the polls. Head Coach Jim Zalesky led his squad to a 10th place overall finish last season in St. Louis and will look to place an OSU team lower than that for the first time since 1998.
The NCAA’s will take place Thursday, March 21-Saturday, March 23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines and will be televised live by the ESPN family of networks. Opening Round action can be caught live on ESPN3, while select quarterfinal and semifinal action can be seen live on ESPNU. The finals can be seen by a national audience live on ESPN, Saturday night.
*NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
OREGON STATE
The Beavers enter the 2013 NCAA Championships fresh off their second straight Pac-12 Championship and third conference title in the last four years. OSU scored a team best 158.0 points in Tempe, Ariz., en route to securing three individual weight class championships and an additional three runners up. In Tempe, 141 pounder Mike Mangrum wrapped up his second straight Pac-12 crown, while Taylor Meeks (197 lbs.) and heavyweight Chad Hanke won their first. OSU finished the year ranked No. 8/9/11, the exact same place they stood in the Intermat, The Open Mat and D1 College Wrestling to close out the regular season.
As a unit, OSU boasts six wrestlers with a total of 16 final national rankings beside their name, to close out the 2012-13 season. The highest of which is 141 pounder Mike Mangrum who pulled a trio of No. 3 ratings from the Intermat, The Open Mat as well as D1 College Wrestling. Behind Mangrum is heavyweight Chad Hanke who is No. 4 across the board. as well as 197 pounder Taylor Meeks who is No. 5/6. Scott Sakaguchi (149 lbs.) at No. 7/8/8 and RJ Pena (157 lbs.), who is No. 8/12/14, round out the Orange and Black wrestlers who have at least one top 10 ranking in their weight class. The final ranked wrestler for the ‘Beavs is Ty Vinson who is rated No. 24 by D1 College Wrestling.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2013 NCAA Championships will be held from Thursday, March 21-Saturday, March 23, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa State will be the host school and Oregon State will once again bring at least a half dozen to Nationals for the fourth straight year. Going to Des Moines will be Mike Mangrum (141 lbs.), Scott Sakaguchi (149 lbs.), RJ Pena (157 lbs.), Cody Weishoff (174 lbs.), Ty Vinson (184 lbs.), Taylor Meeks (197 lbs.) and heavyweight Chad Hanke. Last season OSU finished 10th overall and will be looking to secure consecutive top 10 finishes for the first time since 1995-96, which was also the last time it had a national champion as Les Gutches won back-to-back titles at 177 lbs., during that same stretch of time. The last time the Orange and Black finished better than 10th was 1998, when they placed ninth. Returning NCAA Participants include Mangrum (2010, 2011, 2012), who finished fifth last year in St. Louis, Sakaguchi (2011, 2012), who also placed last year at seventh. They are joined by RJ Pena (2012), Ty Vinson (2012), Taylor Meeks (2012) and Chad Hanke who made his lone appearance in 2011 at 197 lbs. This will be his first NCAA trip at heavyweight.
NCAA SEEDINGS
Mike Mangrum secured the highest seed out of the bunch as he will be No. 3 and take on Missouri’s unseeded Nicholas Hucke (13-13). Following the 141 pounder, is heavyweight Chad Hanke, a No. 4 seed taking on unseeded Kevin Innis (21-5) from Boston University. At 197 lbs., Taylor Meeks was awarded a fifth seed and will battle Michigan’s Maxwell Huntely (17-14), who has beaten twice this season, once in the first dual meet of the year and another time during National Duals. Both matches were in Corvallis, and both were won by Meeks via a two point decision, (5-3) Nov. 16, and (7-5) Feb. 9. The second-to-last seeded OSU wrestler is 149 lb. junior Scott Sakaguchi who drew a No. 7 and will face off against Buffalo’s Blake Roulo (24-13), who is unseeded. 157 pounder RJ Pena was given a No 10 seed and will take to the mats in the first round against Ohio State’s unseeded Josh Demas, who is 17-10 on the year. The final two first round match-ups for Beaver wrestlers feature unseeded Ty Vinson (184 lbs.), who will take on No. 4 Steve Bosak (20-2) of Cornell, as well as 174 pounder Cody Weishoff, going up against No. 1 seed Chris Perry (30-2) out of Oklahoma State.
30-WIN CLUB
A quartet of OSU wrestlers competing in Des Moines have reached the coveted 30-win plateau. Those four include 141 pounder Mike Mangrum (37-4), heavyweight Chad Hanke (33-3), 197 lb. sophomore Taylor Meeks (32-5) and 157 pounder RJ Pena (32-5). Mangrum, Meeks and Hanke each boast 14-1 dual records, while Pena sits at 13-2. This is the second straight year OSU has had at least four wrestlers with 30 wins as in 2011-12, Clayton Jack (39-3), Mangrum (38-5), Scott Sakaguchi (38-7) and Pena (30-11) were members of the select club.
GOING STREAKING
A trio of OSU wrestlers are riding impressive 10+ win streaks into the NCAA Championships.* The three all won Pac-12 Championships in Tempe and include heavyweight Chad Hanke and 141 pounder Mike Mangrum, who are tops on the list with 18 straight. victories dating back to the Midlands Championships in Chicago (Dec. 28-29). Behind Hanke and Mangrum is Taylor Meeks (197 lbs., who boasts an 11 match win streak, stretching back to the Stanford dual (Jan. 19). The 18 wins for Hanke and Mangrum are both team highs for the season and bested 157 pounder RJ Pena’s previous team high streak of 12.
CLIMBING UP THE CAREER LADDER
Mike Mangrum (141 lbs.) is continuing his assault on the OSU record book when it comes to career wins. The senior captain began the season with 96 victories and now has 133, which places him in sole possession of sixth place on the all-time career wins list. Next up for the Auburn, Wash., native is legendary OSU grappler Les Gutches (1993-96; 177/190) who has 134. The only other current Beaver with 100 or more career wins is heavyweight Chad Hanke, who is 17th on the all-time list with 111.* The next rung on the all-time career wins list ladder are Brad Swartz (1979-82; 150), Pat Plourd (1975-78; 118) & Eric Jorgensen *(1998-2001; 142/150/157) who all have 113.
OSU NCAA TEAM SUPERLATIVES
HIGHEST FINISH..................... SECOND
Times Ocurred ............................. Twice
Last Time ....................................... 1995
MOST CONSECUTIVE APPS. .......... 25
Times Occurred .............................. Once
Years ............................................ 1964-88
MOST CONSECUTIVE TOP 10 FINISHES …... SEVEN
Times Occurred ............................................ Once
Years .................................................. ........ 1969-75
Highest Finish During Stretch ......................... 2nd (1973)
OSU NCAA INDIVIDUAL SUPERLATIVES
HIGHEST FINISH..................... FIRST
Times Occurred ......................... 12
Last Time .................................. 1996
Wrestler ..................................... Les Gutches (177)
MOST NATIONAL TITLES ........ TWO
Times Occurred ........................... Four
Wrestler (Yrs; Wt) ....................... Les Gutches (1995-96; 177)
**************************........................ Dan Hicks (1978-79; 142)
************************** ........................ Greg Strobel (1973-74; 190)
**************************** ...................... Jess Lewis (1969-70; HWT)
MOST TOP 5 FINISHES ............. FOUR
Times Occurred ............................ Once
Wrestler ....................................... Larry Beilenberg
Year; Weight: Finish ................... (1974; HWT; 5th) / (1975; HWT; 1st)
*****************************..................... (1976; HWT; 3rd) / (1977; HWT; 2nd)
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