Meeks `Falls' Into Semifinal, Assures Himself All-American Status at NCAA Wrestling Championships
March 22, 2013
Two more victories for the Oregon State sophomore and he is a national champion, thanks to his pin in the NCAA Championship quarterfinals
DES MOINES, Iowa – Oregon State 197 lb. sophomore Taylor Meeks is just one win away from taking the mats for a chance to wrestle for a national championship, following a dramatic pin in the final seconds of his quarterfinals match, Friday morning at Wells Fargo Arena. Following Friday’s morning session, Oregon State is in 10th place with 26 points, just one behind eighth place Nebraska and Edinboro.
Meeks’ match with Alfonso Hernandez saw him down 5-2 but the underclassmen came back to reel off four unanswered points on a reversal and a near fall to take a 6-5 lead, with less than 10 seconds remaining. Meeks then pinned Hernandez at the 6:53 mark to send himself into the semi-finals and the orange clad OSU cheering section into a frenzy. The Ortig, Wash., native’s thrilling victory also assured him of All-American status for the 2012-13 season, meaning he will at least finish within the top eight* of the 197 lb. bracket.
In his semifinals match tonight, Meeks will take on No. 1 seed Dustin Kilgore from Kent State, who is 42-0 on the year.
In other OSU action, 141 lb. senior Mike Mangrum’s bid for a title run of his own came to an end in a heartbreaking match versus the Citadel’s Undrakhbayar (Ugi) Khishignyam, as Mangrum took his opponent to overtime. That’s where the four-time NCAA participant looked to avenge a loss to Khishignyam earlier in the year by reeling off a point for a reversal late in OT to take a 2-1 lead. A last second takedown by Khishignyam at the buzzer gave him a 3-2 decision despite an official review.
Mangrum’s 20-match win streak came to an end as a result, as did Chad Hanke’s, who dropped a hard fought bout to Northwestern’s Michael McMullan, 5-3.
Scott Sakaguchi (149 lbs.) and RJ Pena (157 lbs.), will also compete in wrestleback matches tonight as Sakaguchi dropped his quarterfinals match to Boise State’s Jason Chamberlain and Pena won his second and third straight bouts, defeating Rider’s Zac Cibula and Rutgers’ Scott Winston.
Pena will be taking on a familiar opponent in Boise State’s George Ivanov, as the pair have met a total of three times this*season, with Ivanov coming out on top twice. Mangrum’s matchup with Minnesota’s Nick Dardanes will also be a rematch, as he beat the Gopher 141 pounder by a 7-6 decision in December.
Complete Session III results can be found below, Session IV will be televised on ESPNU and OSU fans can catch live updates of each Oregon State bout by following OSU_Wrestling on twitter.
OREGON STATE RESULTS
**Through Session III**
No. 3 Mike Mangrum (2-1)
(3.21) Mike Mangrum def. Nicholas Hucke (Missouri) Dec. (6-4) OT
(3.21) Mike Mangrum def. Trevor Melde (Rutgers) Dec. (4-2)
(3.22) Undrakhbayar Khishignyam (Citadel) def. Mike Mangrum Dec. (3-2) 3OT
(3) Mike Mangrum (Oregon State) 39-5
(8) Nick Dardanes (Minnesota) 28-8
No. 7 Scott Sakaguchi (2-1)
(3.21)* Scott Sakaguchi def. Blake Roulo (Buffalo) Dec. (12-5)
(3.21)* Scott Sakaguchi def. Ivan Lopouchanski (Purdue) Dec. (4-1)
(3.22) Jason Chamberlain (Boise State) def. Scott Sakaguchi Dec (3-2) 3OT
(7) Scott Sakaguchi (Oregon State) 27-7
(3) Donald Vinson (Binghampton) 33-2
No. 10 RJ Pena (3-1)
(3.21) Josh Demas (Ohio State) def. RJ Pena Dec. (7-6)
(3.21) RJ Pena def. Luke Smith (Central Michigan) Pin (2:29)
(3.22) RJ Pena def. Zac Cibula (Rider) Dec. (10-4)
(3.22) RJ Pena def. Scott Winston (Rutgers) Dec. (8-1)
(10) RJ Pena (Oregon State) 34-7
George Ivanov (Boise State) 24-6
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)
(3.21)* No. 4 Steve Bosak (Cornell) def. Ty Vinson Maj. Dec. (12-0)
(3.21)* Ty Vinson def. John Rizqallah (Michigan State) Dec. (5-0)
(3.22) Daniel Rinaldi (Rutgers) def. Ty Vinson Dec. (3-2)
Ty Vinson (Oregon State) 17-12
**Vinson eliminated from the tournament**
No. 5 Taylor Meeks (3-0)
(3.21)* Taylor Meeks def. Maxwell Huntley (Michigan) Pin (1:49)
(3.21)* Taylor Meeks def. Jackson Hein (Wisconsin) Dec. (4-3)
(3.22) Taylor Meeks def. Alfonso Hernandez (Wyoming) Pin (4:54)
(5) Taylor Meeks (Oregon State) 35-5
(1) Dustin Kilgore (Kent State) 42-0
No. 4 Chad Hanke (2-1)
(3.21) Chad Hanke def. Kevin Innis (Boston) Pin (0:41)
(3.21) Chad Hanke def. Ernest James (Edinboro) Dec. (4-0)
(3.22) Michael McMullan (Northwestern) def. Chad Hanke Dec. (5-3)
(4) Chad Hanke (Oregon State) 35-4
Odie Delaney (Citadel) 40-8
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