Wrestling Topples Titans In Regular Season Finale
Feb. 13, 2011
Note: Scroll below to see a recap from head coach Jim Zalesky
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Alex Elder picked up his first career pin and four other Beavers tallied technical falls as the No. 21 Oregon State wrestling team cruised past Cal State Fullerton, 36-9, in the 2010-11 regular season finale Sunday at legendary Gill Coliseum.
The win sent OSU's three seniors out on a high note an gave the Beavers an 11-5-2 record in 2010-11, including a 4-2 mark at home. Cal State Fullerton, which won two individual bouts on Sunday, dropped to 3-8.
"This was a good way to send Colby (Covington), Jon (Brascetta) and Brice (Arand) out," Oregon State head coach Jim Zalesky said. "Of course, they'll get another crack at wrestling in this building in two weeks at the Pac-10 Championships, but we had a great chance to honor them prior to the match. Overall, we did some great things today and gave ourselves momentum for the next two weeks."
If Oregon State is able to wrestle as dominantly as it did Sunday in two weeks, the Beavers will have a great shot at picking up their second consecutive league title. Elder won his first career bout by fall, finishing off the afternoon at 157 pounds by pinning Chris Stinnett in 6:37. That topped OSU's effort in the 27-point victory.
All told, OSU picked up bonus points in six of its eight wins. Jon Brascetta (165) pounds and Colby Covington (174) started the day off with consecutive technical falls. Brascetta earned his with a 23-7 victory over Bryce Whitehead, extending his win streak to three bouts.
Covington inched closer to his personal-long career win streak of 17 when he won his 14th straight immediately after Brascetta. The senior from Springfield, Ore., downed Mark Savalle, 19-4. That put the Beavers up 10-0 after two bouts.
Garrett Drucker was the Beavers' third technical fall of the day, defeating Marcus Orona, 20-4. At that time, his victory extended the Beavers' lead to 22-9 after the Titans picked up wins at 184 and 125 pounds.
Chad Hanke (197) and Clayton Jack (heavyweight) took consecutive wins after Cal State Fullerton won its first of two bouts at 184. Hanke picked up a major decision by defeating Kyle Bergstedt, 12-4, and was followed by Jack, who got the decision, 8-2, over Kurt Klimek.
Mike Mangrum (141) and Scott Sakaguchi (149) closed out the afternoon with consecutive wins. Mangrum was a 21-6 winner over Peter Hoang, giving the Beavers five more team points that saw OSU push to a 27-9 lead.
Mangrum was followed by Sakaguchi, who won his team-leading 22nd bout with a 9-6 decision over Nick Jordan.
Sakaguchi was joined in the 20-win club by Hanke and Jack, who both earned their 20th victories with their respective wins on Sunday.
The Beavers are back in action Sunday, Feb. 27 when Oregon State hosts the 2011 Pacific-10 Conference Championships. For tickets, call 1-800-GOBEAVS, go online at osubeavers.com or purchase them in person at the ticket office at Gill Coliseum.
No. 21 Oregon State 36, Cal State Fullerton 9
Weight Winner Loser Result Score OSU CSF 165 Jon Brascetta (OSU) Bryce Whitehead (CSF) Technical Fall 23-7 5 0 174 Colby Covington (OSU) Mark Savalle (CSF) Technical Fall 19-4 10 0 184 Todd Noel (OSU) Brice Arand (OSU) Decision 3-1 10 3 197 Chad Hanke (OSU) Kyle Bergstedt (CSF)
Major Decision 12-4 14 3 HWT Clayton Jack (OSU) Kurt Klimek (CSF) Decision 8-2 17 3 125 Andre Gonzalez (CSF) Christian Strahl (OSU) Fall 0:55 17 9 133 Garrett Drucker (OSU) Marcus Orona (CSF)
Technical Fall 20-4 22 9 141 Mike Mangrum (OSU) Peter Hoang (CSF) Technical Fall 21-6 27 9 149 Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) Nick Jordan (CSF) Decision
9-6 30 9 157 Alex Elder (OSU) Chris Stinnett (CSF) Fall 6:37 36 9 *