Four Beaver Wrestlers with Title Hopes Still Alive, OSU in Fifth Place After Day 1 of NCAA Championships
March 21, 2013
Mangrum passes Gutches on the all-time OSU wins list as the Beavers go 10-4 on the first day of competition
DES MOINES, Iowa – A quartet of Oregon State wrestlers are still in the national title hunt as the Beavers sit in fifth place with 16 points following the first day of the 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
Mike Mangrum (141 lbs.), Scott Sakaguchi (149 lbs.), Taylor Meeks (197 lbs.) and heavyweight Chad Hanke went 2-0 Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena, as Mangrum rewrote the OSU history books in the process.
The senior 141 pounder tied and then passed legendary OSU wrestler Les Gutches (1993-96; 177/90) for fifth place on the all-time program wins list with his 134th and 135th career victories. Mangrum’s tie came via a sudden victory decision (6-4) over Missouri’s Nicholas Hucke and he then went ahead of the two-time national champion, with a 4-2 decision over Rutgers’ Trevor Melde. It was also Mangrum’s 19th and 20th straight victories of the season and gave him a 39-4 overall record. One more win for the Auburn, Wash., native and it would mark just 18th time in OSU history that a wrestler has won 40 or more matches in a season.
Spurred by his teammate’s historic ride through the OSU record books, Sakaguchi reeled off two-straight victories of his own. First against Buffalo’s Blake Roulo with a 12-5 decision in the morning and then with a 4-1 decision over Purdue’s Ivan Lopouchanski in the evening.
197 lb. sophomore Taylor Meeks picked up where Sakaguchi left off, also going 2-0 following Day No. 1 in Des Moines, defeating Michigan’s Maxwell Huntley for the third time this season with a pin (1:49), and then Jackson Hein from Wisconsin with a 4-3 decision.
Heavyweight Chad Hanke completed Head Coach Jim Zalesky’s fearsome foursome, picking up a pin of his own (0:41) versus Kevin Innis and then a 4-0 decision against Edinboro’s Ernest Jones. Like Mangrum, Hanke too owns a 20 match win streak, the two longest of Oregon State’s season.
Beaver wrestlers still alive in the wrestlebacks and eligible to place include junior RJ Pena (157 lbs.), who went 1-1 and picked up a pin (2:29) versus Central Michigan’s Luke Smith, as well as senior Ty Vinson (184 lbs.), who also earned an even 1-1 mark on day one, with a 5-0 decision over Michigan State’s John Rizqallah.
One wrestler did see his OSU career come to an end Thursday, as senior 174 pounder Cody Weishoff came ever so close to pulling off the unthinkable against No. 1 seed Chris Perry of Oklahoma State in his first ever NCAA Championship match. Weishoff had Perry tied 4-4 in the final minute of the third period, but a crucial point in the waning seconds gave Perry the 5-4 decision. Weishoff then suffered a defeat by way of a 4-2 decision from Columbia’s Stephen West to put him at 0-2 for the day.
Oregon State went a combined 10-4 on the first day of competition in 2013, last year the Orange and Black mustered an even 8-8 mark and was in 18th place following Day No. 1. Below are the complete results from Session II, with a preview of OSU’s Day II, morning session matchups.
Friday’s action will be covered live on ESPN3, with select quarterfinal coverage being televised on ESPNU. Live OSU match updates are available by following OSU_Wrestling on Twitter.
OREGON STATE RESULTS
No. 3 Mike Mangrum (2-0)
Mike Mangrum def. Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) Dec. (6-4) OT
Mike Mangrum def. Trevor Melde (Rutgers) Dec. (4-2)
(3) Mike Mangrum (Oregon State) 39-4
(6) Undrakhbayar Khishignyam (Citadel) 40-4
No. 7 Scott Sakaguchi (2-0)
Scott Sakaguchi def. Blake Roulo (Buffalo) Dec. (12-5)
Scott Sakaguchi def. Ivan Lopouchanski (Purdue) Dec. (4-1)
(7) Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) 27-6
(2) Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) 28-1
No. 10 RJ Pena (1-1)
Josh Demas (Ohio State) def. RJ Pena Dec. (7-6)
RJ Pena def. Luke Smith (Central Michigan) Pin (2:29)
(10) RJ Pena (Oregon State)* 33-7
Zac Cibula IRider) 24-11
Cody Weishoff (0-2)
No. 1 Chris Perry (Oklahoma State) def. Cody Weishoff Dec. (5-4)
Stephen West (Columbia) def. Cody Weishoff Dec. (4-2)
Cody Weishoff (Oregon State) 16-11
*Eliminated from tournament
Ty Vinson (1-1)
No. 4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) def. Ty Vinson Maj. Dec. (12-0)
Ty Vinson def. John Rizqallah (Michigan State) Dec. (5-0)
Ty Vinson (Oregon State) 17-11
Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) 28-7
No. 5 Taylor Meeks (2-0)
Taylor Meeks def. Maxwell Huntley (Michigan) Pin (1:49)
Taylor Meeks def. Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) Dec. (4-3)
(5) Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) 34-5
(4) Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming) 32-1
No. 4 Chad Hanke (2-0)
Chad Hanke def. Kevin Innis (Boston) Pin (0:41)
Chad Hanke def. Ernest James (Edinboro) Dec. (4-0)
(4) Chad Hanke (Oregon State) 35-3
(5) Michael McMullan (Northwestern) 20-3
POST MATCH QUOTES
Senior 141 pounder Mike Mangrum
On his two victories during the opening day of NCAA’s…
“I felt a lot better in the second match. The first match of the tournament is always hard for me I feel like. My feet aren’t moving the way they should be, so as I progress in the tournament I feel like
I get better and better. That first match wasn’t a good match for me and the kid (Nicholas Hucke) knew what he was doing against me, so it was kind of tough to get my feet going but I ended up getting it going at the end of that match for the overtime win, which was nice.”
On passing the legendary Les Gutches on the OSU all-time wins list…
“It is so awesome to be put on the pedestal with the great wrestlers from Oregon State like Les Gutches. He is a two-time NCAA champ, the guy is amazing. He is an Olympian, a world medalist, so to have a record above his… there are no words for that really.”
On how competitive his two matches were…
“It’s never easy here at the national tournament. People don’t come here to wrestle half as well or three quarters as well as they could, so there are guys that you may have beaten during the season, but they are going to come and they are going to bring it every match.”
Senior Heavyweight Chad Hanke
On his perfect first day of competition…
“You always want to be in the championship bracket because a national championship is your goal, so I feel great. I had to really get the nerves out during the first few matches, now I can focus on wrestling bigger, tougher matches coming up.”
On wrestling in close matches…
“I kind of pride myself on my defense, so I know most of them (my opponents) will have a hard time scoring on me. I am more willing to let those situations go but if I get a take down its pretty much done, match over, because I know that I can’t be taken down.”
Sophomore 197 pounder Taylor Meeks
On how tough competing at the NCAA Championships is…
“It’s tough every time. You have to win dirty, there are no good looking matches here. That’s exactly what I had to do to win those grungy matches.”
POST MATCH NOTES
--Mike Mangrum is now 6-1 all time on the first day of the NCAA Championships and boats an 12-6 record during the entire tournament.
--Mangrum also has a team high season win streak of 20 matches, dating back to the Midlands Championships in December.
--With his two decisions, Mangrum won his 134th and 135th career matches, putting him in sole possession of fifth place on the OSU all-time win list, he passes two-time NCAA National Champion Les Gutches (1993-96: 177/190)
--Scott Sakaguchi is now 5-1 all-time on the first day of the NCAA Championships and 7-2 during the entire tournament.
--Taylor Meeks improved to 3-1 all-time on the first day of the NCAA Championships and is 3-2 during the entire tournament.
--Meeks’ pin of Maxwell Huntley in the opening round, gave him his third win against the Wolverine 197 pounder this season, he previously defeated him during a home dual in November and at the Regionals of National Duals last month.
--Chad Hanke is now 2-1 all-time on the first day of the NCAA Championships and is 3-2 during the entire tournament.
--Like Mangrum, Hanke has extended his win streak to 20 in-a-row, dating back to the Midlands Championships in December.
--RJ Pena’s pin of Central Michigan’s Luke Smith was his 45th of his OSU career, just five behind Jess Lewis (1968-70; HWT) who sits in sixth place on the all-time OSU list.
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