Jan. 25, 2011
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The probable lineups haven't been officially set yet, but when Oregon State hosts Boise State in wrestling's Endowment Meet Sunday at legendary Gill Coliseum, four of the 10 bouts are expected to see matchups with both wrestlers ranked in the top 20 by Intermat.
That will highlight the dual, the third of the season, which features the 20th-ranked Beavers and 10th-ranked Broncos which starts at 2 p.m. and where all ticket sales will go straight to the program's endowment. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at osubeavers.com, by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or visiting the ticket office at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers will head into the dual with six wrestlers ranked in the top 20 at their respective weight classes, while Boise State will have seven.
If the teams start at the 125-pound weight class, the first ranked bout will come at 133 pounds where Oregon State's Garrett Drucker, ranked 15th, will square off against No. 2 Andrew Hochstrasser.
At 141, No. 11 Mike Mangrum will take on Boise State's Levi Jones, who is ranked 18th. The two have met once this season, on Jan. 8 at the National Duals in Iowa, and Mangrum was victorious by decision, 11-8.
At 149, the Beavers will send out No. 20 Scott Sakaguchi against the Broncos' Jason Chamberlain, who is ranked third nationally. Chamberlain has the upper hand thus far with two wins, both by decision - 6-4 and 3-1 - but Sakaguchi comes into Sunday's dual on a three-bout win streak.
Finally, the last ranked matchup of the afternoon will pit No. 6 Colby Covington and Boise State's Jake Swartz, who is ranked 11th, at 174 pounds. Covington has come out on top in both their meetings this season, winning 13-4 at the dual in Boise in November and following that up with a 3-1 win over Swartz at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational less than a month later. Not to mention, Covington, who is 13-1 on the year, is on a 10-bout win streak coming into Sunday.
Also ranked for the Beavers going into Sunday is Chad Hanke, who is 18th at 197 pounds, and heavyweight Clayton Jack, who checks in at No. 16.
Boise State's additional ranked wrestlers include No. 15 Allen Bartelli (125 pounds), No. 2 Adam Hall (157) and No. 1 Kirk Smith (184).
The Beavers head into Sunday's dual after splitting last weekend, losing to Cal Poly before defeating Stanford, both at Gill Coliseum. OSU did drop to No. 20 in the NWCA's Top 25 rankings, but have a chance to make a move back up with a win over the Broncos, who are ranked 10th in the poll. The two join Cal Poly, which is No. 22, as Pacific-10 Conference schools ranked in the top 25 this week.
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