No. 24 Wrestling Sets Streak of the Decade with Win over Wyoming

Jan. 7, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. – The No. 24 Oregon State wrestling team accomplished a feat that hasn’t been done since 1986 by winning its eighth straight dual of the season with a 28-8 victory over Wyoming Thursday evening in legendary Gill Coliseum.


“Overall, I thought we did well tonight,” head coach Jim Zalesky said. “We came out kind of sluggish and weren’t as sharp, but we just finished a hard training phase. The good thing is we fought hard in close matches and came out on top. We just need to be sharper and have more offense and put more points on the board.”


The Beavers (9-1) picked up a quick six points on a Wyoming (4-2) forfeit before doubling it behind close decisions by No. 15 sophomore Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum (Auburn, Wash.) at 133 and 141 pounds. Kubec battled to a 7-3 decision over Cory Vombaur, while Mangrum, holding a slim one-point lead with less than 30 seconds, tallied the escape to win 7-5 over Chase Smith.


Fifteenth-ranked freshman RJ Pena (Salem, Ore.) put three more points up on the board for Oregon State in a 4-1 decision at 149 pounds over Cole Dallaserra to continue the Beavers’ shutout.


Putting some bonus points on the board, No. 12 senior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) scored the early takedown against Mikah Kadera in the first period, scoring five more on back points, nearly pinning Kadera as time expired. Davis racked up seven points, plus one for riding time, to take the 15-2 major decision and give Oregon State the 19-0 lead halfway through the meet.


Twelfth-ranked junior Colby Covington (Springfield, Ore.) fell behind on a takedown by Brock Smith in the first period before Smith scored again on an escape in the second. But Covington wasn’t about to disappoint the home crowd, scoring all five of his points in the third period. Covington tied things up at three all with 30 seconds to go after an early escape and a takedown. Cutting Smith loose, Covington kept battling to get the match-winning takedown with just seconds remaining to win 5-4 and boost the Beavers to a 22-4 lead.


Sophomore Chad Hanke (Dayton, Ore.) earned his 23rd win of the season over L.J. Helbig, battling from behind to take the 6-5 decision. And 20th-ranked sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) also came from behind to record a 4-2 victory over Alfonso Hernandez to close out the match.


Oregon State heads to the Stanford Duals next on Saturday to face Northern Colorado, Menlo College and Stanford beginning at 11:00 a.m.


                                                                                                                                    WYO    OSU

125 Pounds – No. 17 Jason Lara (OSU) wins by forfeit                                                      0          6         

133 Pounds – No. 15 Kelly Kubec (OSU) decision over Cory Vombaur (WYO), 7-3              0          9         

141 Pounds – Mike Mangrum (OSU) decision over Chase Smith (WYO), 7-5                      0          12       

149 Pounds – No. 15 RJ Pena (OSU) decision over Cole Dallaserra (WYO), 4-1                 0          15       

157 Pounds – No. 12 Keegan Davis (OSU) major decision over Mikah Kadera (WYO), 15-2 0          19       

165 Pounds – No. 9 Shane Onufer (WYO) major decision over Dan Brascetta (OSU), 12-4 4          19       

174 Pounds – No. 12 Colby Covington (OSU) decision over Brock Smith (WYO), 5-4          4          22       

184 Pounds – No. 7 Joe LeBlanc (WYO) major decision over Brice Arand (OSU), 12-3        8          22       

197 Pounds – Chad Hanke (OSU) decision over L.J. Helbig (WYO), 6-5                             8          25       

Heavyweight – No. 20 Clayton Jack (OSU) decision over Alfonso Hernandez (WYO), 4-2      8          28


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