Seniors Lead No. 22 Wrestling to a 32-7 Victory over Nebraska

Jan. 24, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. – Seniors Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) and Dan Brascetta (Aurora, Colo.) set the tone early for the No. 22 Oregon State wrestling team, leading the Beavers to a 32-7 victory over Nebraska on Sunday afternoon in legendary Gill Coliseum in front of a crowd of 1,795.


“They pulled off what we wanted,” head coach Jim Zalesky said. “Each match we were favored in we won, and pulled off a couple of matches we probably werent favored in. Thats what you want to do. Clayton Jack found a way to win. Sometimes you just have to find a way, and he found a way. At 174 pounds, we knew it was going to be a tough match – a big match for Covington. We knew he was working his way up, and I thought he looked good. I know hes wrestled the kid before and got beaten by that guy before, so its good to come here and get a win for him.”


Starting the meet off at 157 pounds, Davis earned his fifth major decision, 30th victory of the season and extended his current winning streak to nine matches over Tyler Koehn, easily cruising to the 13-3 victory, scoring often and quickly. With his victory, Davis takes sole possession of 28th all-time for career wins with 86.


Brascetta added one to the win column for his last match in legendary Gill Coliseum with a 15-9 decision over James Nakashima, nearly calculating the major decision at 165 pounds to give Oregon State the early 7-0 advantage.


But the biggest match of the day might have been 11th-ranked junior Colby Covington’s (Springfield, Ore.) 2-1 thriller over No. 3 Stephen Dwyer at 174 pounds. The two wrestlers went through 3:14 before Dwyer took the 1-0 lead on an escape. Covington tied things up early in the third period, adding one on a Dwyer technical violation, locking hands to take the lead. With the fans on their feet, legendary Gill Coliseum erupted as Covington handed Dwyer only his third loss of the season, while Covington tallied his 30th, improving his streak to seven straight.


Nebraska threatened in the next two matches, picking up a decision and a major decision to cut Oregon State’s lead to three, bringing another big match at the heavyweights. Fourteenth-ranked sophomore Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) fell behind early, 3-0, through the second period before earning one back on an escape in the third. But with about 30 seconds left in the match, Jack turned No. 14 Tucker Lane on his back, and with the help of the crowd, tallied his 12th fall of the season, 21st career, as time expired to put the Beavers back up 16-7.


Looking to keep his perfect dual meet record alive, No. 16 redshirt sophomore Jason Lara (Midway City, Calif.) scored early, but David Klingsheim tied things up in the second at four all at 125 pounds. Lara wriggled out for the escape, followed by a pair of Lara takedowns to give him the 9-6 advantage. Klingsheim tallied a takedown but it was too late as time expired, improving Lara to 16-0 in duals with the 9-8 win.


Sixteenth-ranked sophomore Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) improved to 2-0 over C.J. Napier at 133 pounds after defeating him 2-0 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in December. After a scoreless first period, Kubec quickly escaped before taking Napier down. Kubec nearly tallied the fall, earning three back points as the second period expired to take the 6-0 lead. A point for riding time gave Kubec the shutout and the Beavers the guaranteed win.


Redshirt Mike Mangrum (Auburn, Wash.) improved to 5-0 in major decisions, defeating Mike Koehnlein at 141 pounds with the point of riding time serving to boost the match to a bonus point win. Freshman RJ Pena (Salem, Ore.), ranked 17th, earned the forfeit to wrap up the meet.


Oregon State improves to 15-1 with a 7-1 home record. Nebraska falls to 8-7 overall.


Oregon State wraps up the 2009-10 season on the road with four duals before the Pac-10 Championships, heading to No. 24 Arizona State first on Sunday, Jan 31.


                                                                                                                                    NU        OSU

157 Pounds – No. 12 Keegan Davis (OSU) major decision over Tyler Koehn (NU), 13-3       0          4         

165 Pounds – Dan Brascetta (OSU) decision over James Nakashima (NU), 15-9                 0          7

174 Pounds – No. 11 Colby Covington (OSU) dec over No. 3 Stephen Dwyer (NU), 2-1       0          10       

184 Pounds – Josh Ihnen (NU) decision over Ty Vinson (OSU), 8-2                                    3          10

197 Pounds – No. 2 Craig Brester (NU) major decision over Chad Hanke (OSU), 10-2         7          10

Heavyweight – No. 14 Clayton Jack (OSU) fall over No. 10 Tucker Lane (NU), 6:59             7          16

125 Pounds – No. 16 Jason Lara (OSU) decision over David Klingsheim (NU), 9-8               7          19

133 Pounds – No. 16 Kelly Kubec (OSU) decision over C.J. Napier (NU), 7-0                      7          22

141 Pounds – Mike Mangrum (OSU) major decision over Mike Koehnlein (NU), 11-3            7          26

149 Pounds – No. 17 RJ Pena (OSU) wins by forfeit                                                         7          32


Oregon State Notes – Junior Colby Covington earned his 30th win of the season, and his second victory over a top 10 opponent (first was over No. 7 Luke Manuel of Purdue at Midlands) … Sophomore Clayton Jack is now tied for seventh all-time for most pins for a sophomore, and 26th all-time for career falls … Sophomore Kelly Kubec is 2-0 on the season now against C.J. Napier after defeating him in Vegas, 2-0 … Freshman RJ Pena is now 2-0 on the season against Chris Hacker after pinning him in Vegas in 3:37 … Senior Keegan Davis has now recorded his second 30-plus win season, earning his 30th win today and moving solely into 28th all-time for career wins with 86 … Sunday’s win marks the 14th straight dual meet win of the season, tying the last longest streak set in 1985 and 1986; the next longest is 17 set in 1984 and the longest ever is 29 set from the 1957-1960 seasons.


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