Three Guaranteed Trip to St. Louis after Day One of Pac-10 Tournament
March 1, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Three Oregon State wrestlers are guaranteed a trip to St. Louis at the end of March for the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships by way of automatic bids after the first day of the 2009 Pac-10 Tournament.
Automatic bids coming out of the tournament are as follows: 125 pounds - 3; 133 pounds - 3; 141 pounds - 3; 149 pounds - 2; 157 pounds - 2; 165 pounds - 1; 174 pounds - 1; 184 pounds - 1; 197 pounds - 2; heavyweight - 2.
Oregon State is currently in third as a team with 103.5 points, trailing Cal State Bakersfield by 5.5 points. Boise State leads all teams with 138.0 points. The Beavers have nine wrestlers that are still alive in competition.
'Overall, we did well today,' head coach Jim Zalesky said. 'Close matches like Garrett Drucker's and Keegan Davis' hurt because they outwrestled their opponents but then came up short. But we're going for three titles tomorrow night.'
With a yell of victory at the crowd and blood stained teeth, sixth-seeded redshirt freshman Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) secured the first bid at 133 pounds with a 5-3 win over second-seeded TJ Dillashaw of Cal State Fullerton. Dillashaw is also ranked No. 13 nationally this week.
'I thought Kelly's match was great because he came and won against guys that had beat him,' Zalesky said. 'I think it's great for his confidence, and he's getting it at the right time.'
Senior Heinrich Barnes (Pretoria, South Africa) was more reserved as he earned his automatic bid to the tournament at 149 pounds. Barnes has had a much different Pac-10 tournament this season than last year, where he didn't place. He defeated the No. 5 seed Tyler Parker of Stanford in a 7-2 decision to advance to the championship match.
Heavweight second-seeded redshirt freshman Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) wrapped up the Beavers' final automatic bid of the day in a 7-3 final over No. 3 Kurt Klimek of Cal State Fullerton to advance to the championship match on Monday. Jack will face Mitch Montiero of Cal State Bakersfield for the first time.
Wrestling in the consolation bracket after falling in his first match of the day, redshirt freshman Garrett Drucker (Huntington Beach, Calif.) still had a shot at the bid to nationals and looked to advance after jumping out to an 8-0 lead over Cameron Teitelman of Stanford, but one wrong move ended his shot, putting him in the seventh place match against David Christian of Cal Poly.
With only one spot up for grabs at 165 pounds, junior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) looked to have locked a spot in the finals and defeat Tyler Sherfey of Boise State with a slim 3-2 lead with less than five seconds left. But with three seconds to go, Sherfey quickly recorded a takedown followed by a two-point near fall as time expired to stop Davis' automatic hopes of an NCAA bid. Davis will face off against No. 7 seed Bryan Cantrell of Portland State on Monday.
In the wrestleback rounds, sophomore Brice Arand (Springfield, Ore.) and redshirt freshman Chad Hanke (Dayton, Ore.) both chalked up technical falls on Sunday evening at 184 and 197 pounds to still take a shot at a third place finish.
Senior Jake Gonzales (Enumclaw, Wash.) still has a shot at his first NCAA appearance on Monday. Fourth-seeded Gonzales will face seventh-seeded Brian Owen of Boise State to advance to the third place match.
Wrestling wraps up Pac-10 Conference Tournament action on Monday beginning at 3:00 p.m. For the most updated results, visit http://www.osubeavers.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/09-pac-10s.html.
Oregon State Results
125 Pounds -
No. 4 Jake Gonzales (O) decision over No. 5 Andre Gonzalez (CSF), 6-4
No. 1 Anthony Robles (ASU) fall over No. 4 Jake Gonzales (O), 3:23
133 Pounds -
No. 6 Kelly Kubec (O) decision over No. 3 Thomas Kimbrell (CSUB), 8-2
No. 6 Kelly Kubec (O) decision over No. 2 TJ Dillashaw (CSUF), 5-3
141 Pounds -
No. 3 Cory Fish (BSU) decision over No. 6 Garrett Drucker (O), 4-2
No. 7 Cameron Teitleman (STAN) fall over No. 6 Garrett Drucker (O), 5:53
149 Pounds -
No. 1 Heinrich Barnes (O) fall over No. 8 Eric Maldonado (CP), 4:18
No. 1 Heinrich Barnes (O) decision over No. 5 Tyler Parker (STAN), 7-2
157 Pounds -
No. 4 Jon Brascetta (O) decision over No. 5 Alex Bubb (PSU), 3-2
No. 1 Adam Hall (BSU) decision over No. 4 Jon Brascetta (O), 7-3
165 Pounds -
No. 4 Keegan Davis (O) major decision over No. 5 Joseph Granata (CSUB), 13-5
No. 1 Tyler Sherfey (BSU) decision over No. 4 Keegan Davis (O), 6-3
174 Pounds -
184 Pounds -
No. 3 Jonathon Clark (UCD) decision over No. 6 Brice Arand (O) 6-5
No. 6 Brice Arand (O) technical fall over Brady Garner (PSU), 18-3 (7:00)
197 Pounds -
No. 5 John Drake (CSUF) major decision over No. 4 Chad Hanke (O), 11-2
No. 4 Chad Hanke (O) technical fall over Keena Washington (PSU), 19-4 (6:48)
No. 4 Chad Hanke (O) technical fall over No. 8 Bo Lukehart (CP), 22-7 (6:31)
No. 2 Clayton Jack (O) major decision over No. 7 Leonard Romero (CP), 11-1
No. 2 Clayton Jack (O) decision over No. 3 Kurt Klimek (CSUF), 7-3
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