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    Default Chad Hanke to take an Olympic Redshirt.

    Not real surprising, wonder who will fill his spot.

    CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State wrestler Chad Hanke and head coach Jim Zaleskyannounced Friday that the senior will not compete during the 2011-12 season in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Trials, scheduled for April in Iowa City.

    Hanke, a native of Dayton, Ore., will take the season off from collegiate competition to prepare for the chance to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Games, which are scheduled to be held July 27 through August 12 in London.

    The wrestling Olympic Trials are set for April 21 and 22 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the campus of the University of Iowa.

    "The last couple tournaments went really well in my favor," Hanke said. "I'm second in my class right now. So we (the coaches) decided to talk about it. Another thing was my weight at 197; in freestyle, the weight class is 211 so it's a lot easier for me to get bigger for that class."

    Hanke was expected to compete at 197 for the Beavers, but will instead focus on qualifying for the Olympics at 96 kg, which is the equivalent of 211.5 pounds.

    However, both Hanke and Zalesky didn't leave out the possibility that he could move up to the heavyweight class, at 264.5 pounds.

    "I think it's a great opportunity for him," Zalesky said. "We looked at it this summer and talked about it a little bit. We weren't sure on it but came back at it again this fall. He's second right now and it's a good time for him to get some International experience and get better. These chances only come around once every four years."

    Hanke is coming off a 2010-11 campaign that saw him qualify for his first NCAA Championships tournament at 197 pounds. He went 23-13 and at one point was ranked as high as 15th nationally.

    In three seasons with the Beavers, he is 75-38, racking up 12 pins, nine technical falls and 16 major decisions.

    This past April, he won the championship for the 211 pound weight class at the University Nationals in Akron, Ohio. He went 6-0 in the event.

    Oregon State has had eight wrestlers compete at the Olympics, including one in each of the last two Summer Olympiads (Oscar Wood in 2004 and Heinrich Barnesin 2008).
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    Wouldn't you assume it winds up being whoever comes up short in the Vinson/Meeks match up at 184?
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    Default Re: Chad Hanke to take an Olympic Redshirt.

    You could assume that but there's also a chance Clayton Jack might try a vicious cut to make room for Fortune at heavy. I don't think Tyrell could cut to 197, considering he has missed weight at 211 before.


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    I would assume that it would be Vinson/Meeks. I hope that it isn't Meeks. He was a small 189 his senior year and I don't think that he's put on enough muscle to be a decent 197. I do think that he has D1 talent but that could be a tough weight for him. I can't imagine that Jack would make the cut, Swartzlander MAY try to get down there instead of taking a RS. I am pretty sure that it won't be Fortune since as Gold pointed out he's missed at 211 and since he's not listed on their roster. I don't know enough about Mondragon or Sherman to know if they might take the spot. I do know that Sherman is from Newberg and anyone that wrestled for Russo has been well coached. Who knows if he has the physical tools to make it at the next level though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold View Post
    You could assume that but there's also a chance Clayton Jack might try a vicious cut to make room for Fortune at heavy. I don't think Tyrell could cut to 197, considering he has missed weight at 211 before.

    Why do so many people think Clayton Jack is small? The dude weighs like 260+. No way he can make 197.

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