Boise State's Kirk Smith Named Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year
April 1, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- In a vote of the league’s coaches, BOISE STATE junior Kirk Smith was named the Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year, OREGON STATE coach Jim Zalesky was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and Oregon State redshirt freshman Michael Mangrum was named Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
PAC-10 WRESTLER OF THE YEAR - KIRK SMITH, BOISE STATE
Smith becomes the second Boise State wrestler to earn Pac-10 Wrestler of the Year, joining Ben Cherrington (2006). A Boise, Idaho native, Smith claimed his second-straight Pac-10 title and finished runner-up in the nation at 184-pounds, earning All-American honors for the second time in his career. Smith finished the season with a 28-1 overall record, including a perfect 21-0 record during the regular season. In three seasons, he has wrestled to a 94-10 overall record.
Competing in the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, Smith pinned Cal State Bakersfield’s Michael Larson at the 4:46 mark to win his second title in as many years. At the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships in Omaha, Neb., Smith placed second overall in his weight class becoming one of five Broncos to earn multiple All-America honors. Despite finishing in second place, Smith managed to record the best finish by a 184-pound wrestler in school history.
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR - JIM ZALESKY, OREGON STATE
Zalesky led Oregon State to its Conference leading 18th Pac-10 title and first since 2007, Zalesky’s first season with the Beavers. In his fourth season as head coach, he had six wrestlers compete in the NCAA Wrestling Championships, including Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, Mike Mangrum, who finished one win short of earning All-American honors.
With a record of 55-21 at Oregon State, Zalesky led the Beavers to their highest ranking (No. 14 on Feb. 9) since the 2001 season when the team was ranked No. 13. The Beavers’ 18-3 record is the best since 1984 when the team earned 22 dual meet wins. In addition, the 17-meet winning streak, tied the third longest in school history, which was also set during the 1984 campaign.
This marks the first Pac-10 Coach of the Year for Zalesky. Zalesky joins Joe Wells (1994, 1995), Mark Johnson (1992) and Dale Thomas (1976, 1977, 1983, 1984) as former Oregon State coaches to garner Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors.
PAC-10 FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - MIKE MANGRUM, OREGON STATE
Mangrum, a native of Auburn, Wash., becomes the second Oregon State wrestler to earn Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, joining Jed Pennell (2001). Wrestling in the 141-pound weight class, Mangrum defeated Cal State Bakersfield’s Elijah Nacita, 9-3, to place third and advance to the NCAA Championships.
At the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships, Mangrum was the only freshman from the Conference to advance to the Round of 12, just one win short of earning All-America status. For the season, he finished with a 32-12 overall record, including six major decisions, four technical falls and four falls. His 32 wins is tied for third most in program history for a freshman, tying with Babak Mohammadi (1991)