No. 22 Wrestling Dominates Cal State Bakersfield to Make it 13 Straight

Jan. 17, 2010


Corvallis, Ore. – Five Oregon State wrestlers tallied pins en route to the No. 22 Beavers’ 35-9 defeat of Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday afternoon in legendary Gill Coliseum in front of a crowd of 753.

 

“I thought overall it was good performance today,” head coach Jim Zalesky said. “I wasn’t pleased with the heavier weights, not that they lost but how they lost. They let their guys back in the matches. We won seven of the matches, but the three we lost got to me more than the wins.”

 

Seventeenth-ranked redshirt sophomore Jason Lara (Midway City, Calif.) improved his winning streak to seven straight and more impressively stayed perfect in dual meets with a 15-0 record, picking up the fall late in the match over Frank Lomas at 125 pounds. Lara nearly tallied the fall early in the second period, earning three back points

 

Following suit, No. 16 sophomore Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) jumped back into the race for falls, recording his 12th of the season just as time expired in the first period. Kubec got caught up early in the match with Justin Durham scoring first on a takedown, but a reversal was all Kubec needed to get fired up, taking the 133 pound bout.

 

Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum (Auburn, Wash.) quickly controlled the 141 pound match, adding more bonus points up on the board with the 20-5 technical fall at 6:42, his third of the season and making it six straight wins.

 

Joining the leader board with his 12th fall of the season, 14th-ranked freshman RJ Pena (Salem, Ore.) jumped out in front from the first whistle, earning the fall in 2:19 over John Cardenas at 149 pounds. The fall also ties the record for the third most all-time for a freshman and 30th most in a single season.

 

Senior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.), ranked 12th, continued to add to the Beavers’ lead with a 5-2 decision over Andrew Balch at 157 pounds. The win gave the Oregon State the 26-3 advantage after six bouts.

 

Securing the win for the Beavers at 165 pounds, senior Dan Brascetta (Aurora, Colo.) battled to a 12-6 decision over Joey Granata to give Oregon State the 29-3 lead with three bouts still to go.

 

Eleventh-ranked junior Colby Covington (Springfield, Ore.) did it again at 174 pounds, racking up his 13th fall of the season to continue to hold the top number for the Beavers. Covington controlled the match from the beginning, tallying a number of takedowns before cutting Trevor Hall free. But a final takedown early in the third period caught Hall on his back, allowing Covington to cruise to an easy fall in 5:47. Covington ties the eighth most falls by a junior and 23rd most all-time in a single season.

 

The Beavers improve to 14-1, 3-1 Pac-10, while Cal State Bakersfield falls to 1-4, 1-3 Pac-10. Oregon State is only one dual meet win away from tying the most recent

 

Oregon State wraps up competition at home for the season on Sunday, Jan. 24 against No. 25 Oklahoma. The meet begins at 2:00 p.m. and is Senior Day.

 

                                                                                                                                    CSUB   OSU

Heavyweight – No. 14 Mitch Monteiro (CSUB) dec No. 18 Clayton Jack (OSU), 7-5 (OT)     3          0         

125 Pounds – No. 17 Jason Lara (OSU) fall over Frank Lomas (CSUB), 6:29                      3          6         

133 Pounds – No. 16 Kelly Kubec (OSU) fall over Justin Durham (CSUB), 2:59                   3          12       

141 Pounds – Mike Mangrum (OSU) tech fall over Erik Martinez (CSUB), 20-5 (6:42)         3          17       

149 Pounds – No. 14 RJ Pena (OSU) fall over John Cardenas (CSUB), 2:19                      3          23       

157 Pounds – No. 12 Keegan Davis (OSU) decision over Andrew Balch (CSUB), 5-2          3          26       

165 Pounds – Dan Brascetta (OSU) decision over Joey Granata (CSUB), 12-6                   3          29

174 Pounds – No. 11 Colby Covington (OSU) fall over Trevor Hall (CSUB), 5:47                3          35       

184 Pounds – Mike Larson (CSUB) decision over Brice Arand (OSU), 11-4                        6          35

197 Pounds – Riley Orozco (CSUB) decision over Chad Hanke (OSU), 6-4                        9          35       

 

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