Davis Lifts No. 25 Wrestling to Eighth Place Finish at Midlands Championships

Dec. 30, 2009

Final Brackets

Final Team Results

Evanston, Ill. – Senior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) posted the highest place for the No. 25 Oregon State wrestling team, finishing third at 157 pounds, lifting the Beavers to a tie for eighth place with 65.0 team points at the Midlands Championships.


Oregon State tied with American University, edging out No. 20 Illinois and 21 Pittsburgh. The Beavers moved up three spots from yesterday’s finish, tacking on 28 team points.


Davis found himself narrowly behind in the third place match at 157 pounds before chalking up a final takedown late in the match to earn the 4-3 decision over sixth-seeded Jake Deitchier, wrestling unattached for Minnesota, and his highest placing at the Midlands Championships and first placing of the season. Davis began the day as the only remaining Beaver wrestler in the championship bracket, but fell to top seeded Steve Fittery of American in a 15-5 major decision. Davis came back in the consolation bracket with a 9-6 win over Derek St. John, wrestling unattached for Iowa, before his placing victory.


Also competing in the third place match, junior Colby Covington (Springfield, Ore.) had already solidified himself as the only unseeded wrestler guaranteed to place at 174 pounds. Covington opened the final day with three straight nail biting decisions over Ethan Lofthouse of Iowa, wrestling unattached, 5-4, a 9-8 victory over seventh-seeded Shane Riccio of Bucknell and a 2-1 win over fifth-seeded Duke Burke of Iowa State to get to the deciding match. But in the final match, Covington came up just shy of third place in a 5-3 loss to third-seeded Luke Manuel of Purdue.


Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara (Midway City, Calif.) earned the first placing for the Beavers, tallying seventh place honors at 125 pounds. Lara started the day off with a 6-3 decision over JJ Krutsinger of Iowa but fell to sixth-seeded Ben Kjar of Utah Valley in a tough 4-3 heartbreaker in the consolation semifinals. But Lara rebounded with a 5-3 decision over ninth-seeded Anthony Zanetta of Pitt to earn his first placing at the Midlands Championships and of his collegiate career.


Next to place was sophomore Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) at 133 pounds, earning seventh place. Kubec started out strong with a fall over Jimmy Kirchner of Rider in 2:22, but came up just short against seventh-seeded Matt Fisk of Lehigh in a 6-4 decision. But Kubec got back to his pinning ways with a 2:08 fall over eighth-seeded Billy Ashnault in the seventh place match. Kubec has now placed in both big tournaments this season and has a team-high tying 10 falls – tied for 42nd all-time in a single season and ninth most for a sophomore in school history.


Earlier in the day, freshman RJ Pena (Salem, Ore.) fell just short of a placing match at 149 pounds, losing to seventh-ranked Mitch Mueller of Iowa State, 5-1, in overtime. And sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) was unable to overcome sixth-seeded Mark Ellis of Missouri, falling 10-1, just out of placing.


The Beavers return home to host Wyoming next on Thursday, Jan. 7, in legendary Gill Coliseum beginning at 7:00 p.m.


Oregon State Results


125 Pounds

Round One – No. 7 Jason Lara (OSU) decision over Drew Hammen (WISC), 6-5

Round Two – No. 7 Jason Lara (OSU) fall over John McDonald (Lehigh), 1:31

Quarterfinals – No. 2 Jarrod Garnett (VT) decision over No. 7 Jason Lara (OSU), 5-3

Consolation Round – No. 7 Jason Lara (OSU) decision over JJ Krutsinger (Iowa), 6-3

Consolation Quarterfinals – No. 6 Ben Kjar (UVSU) decision over No. 7 Jason Lara (OSU), 4-3

Seventh Place Match – No. 7 Jason Lara (OSU) decision over No. 9 Anthony Zanetta (Pitt), 5-3

Seventh Place


133 Pounds

Round One – No. 6 Kelly Kubec (OSU) major decision over Nathan Fitzenreider (N CENT), 10-0

Round Two – No. 6 Kelly Kubec (OSU) major decision over Tristen Deshazer (NIU), 14-3

Quarterfinals – No. 3 Steve Bell (Maryland) decision over No. 6 Kelly Kubec (OSU), 9-6

Consolation Round – No. 6 Kelly Kubec (OSU) fall over Jimmy Kirchner (Rider), 2:22

Consolation Quarterfinals – No. 7 Matt Fisk (Lehigh) decision over No. 6 Kelly Kubec (OSU), 6-4

Seventh Place Match – No. 6 Kelly Kubec (OSU) fall over No. 8 Billy Ashnault (Rutgers), 2:08

Seventh Place


141 Pounds

Pigtails – Mike Mangrum (OSU) major decision over Gabe Suarez (St. Cloud), 13-2

Round One – No. 1 Jimmy Kennedy (Ill.-Unatt.) decision over Mike Mangrum (OSU), 8-3

Consolation Round – Mike Mangrum (OSU) decision over Dan Osterman (MSU), 7-3

Consolation Round – No. 6 Seth Ciasulli (Lehigh) decision over Mike Mangrum (OSU), 13-11


Round One – No. 10 Todd Schavrien (Missouri) technical fall over Garrett Drucker (OSU), 16-0 (3:28)

Consolation Round – Garrett Drucker (OSU) decision over Jordan Lipp (American), 6-4

Consolation Round – Alec Hoffman (N Iowa) decision over Garrett Drucker (OSU), 8-6


149 Pounds

Round One – No. 8 RJ Pena (OSU) decision over Justin Hale (Iowa St), 7-3

Round Two – David Cheza (MSU) fall over No. 8 RJ Pena (OSU), 7:21 (OT)

Consolation Round – No. 8 RJ Pena (OSU) fall over Benny Garcia (Cal Bap), 1:22

Consolation Round – No. 7 Mitch Mueller (Iowa St) decision over No. 8 RJ Pena (OSU), 5-1 (OT)


157 Pounds

Round One – No. 5 Keegan Davis (OSU) decision over Sean Bilodeau (Lehigh), 7-3

Round Two – No. 5 Keegan Davis (OSU) major decision over Kevin Bialka (NU), 11-2

Quarterfinals – No. 5 Keegan Davis (OSU) decision over No. 4 Patrick Wright (Missouri), 3-1 (OT)

Semifinals – No. 1 Steve Fittery (Amer) major decision over No. 5 Keegan Davis (OSU), 15-5

Consolation Semifinals – No. 5 Keegan Davis (OSU) decision over Derek St. John (Iowa-Unatt.), 9-6

Third Place Match – No. 5 Keegan Davis (OSU) decision over No. 6 Jake Deitchier (Minn.-Unatt.), 4-3

Third Place


Round One – Nate Carr (Iowa St) decision over Jon Brascetta (OSU), 5-2

Consolation Round – Andy Lamancusa (Mercy) decision over Jon Brascetta (OSU), 8-4


165 Pounds

Pigtails – Dan Brascetta (OSU) major decision over Noomis Jones (Adams St), 12-0

Round One – No. 6 Scott Winston (Rutgers-Unatt.) fall over Dan Brascetta (OSU), 6:30

Consolation Round – Robbie Michaels (Clev St) major decision over Dan Brascetta (OSU), 15-7


174 Pounds

Pigtails – Colby Covington (OSU) decision over Enock Francois (Cal Bap), 3-2

Round One – Colby Covington (OSU) decision over Evan Brown (Dubuque), 12-5

Round Two – Colby Covington (OSU) decision over No. 3 Luke Manuel (Purdue), 3-1 (OT)

Quarterfinals – No. 6 Dorian Henderson (Missouri) decision over Colby Covington (OSU), 3-1

Consolation Round – Colby Covington (OSU) decision over Ethan Lofthouse (Iowa-Unatt.), 5-4

Consolation Quarterfinals – Colby Covington (OSU) decision over No. 7 Shane Riccio (Bucknell), 9-8

Consolation Semifinals – Colby Covington (OSU) decision over No. 5 Duke Burke (Iowa St), 2-1

Third Place Match – No. 3 Luke Manuel (Purdue) decision over Colby Covington (OSU), 5-3

Fourth Place


Pigtails – Ryan Smith (OSU) decision over Jim Resnick (Rider), 4-2

Round One – Derrick Yant (NIU) decision over Ryan Smith (OSU), 3-1 (OT)

Consolation Round – Enock Francois (Cal Bap) decision over Ryan Smith (OSU), 3-1


184 Pounds

Round One – No. 1 Max Askren (Missouri) major decision over Brice Arand (OSU), 17-3

Consolation Round – Brice Arand (OSU) fall over Vinnie Wagner (Iowa), 2:59

Consolation Round – Corey Peltier (Maryland) decision over Brice Arand (OSU), 8-4


Round One – No. 3 Phillip Keddy (Iowa) decision over Ty Vinson (OSU), 9-4

Consolation Round – Ty Vinson (OSU) fall over Derek Ross (NE Kearney), 6:02

Consolation Round – No. 9 Zack Giesen (STAN) decision over Ty Vinson (OSU), 5-3


197 Pounds

Round One – No. 10 Chad Hanke (OSU) decision over Tyler Dickenson (MSU), 6-1

Round Two – No. 7 Logan Brown (Purdue) decision over No. 10 Chad Hanke (OSU), 6-2

Consolation Round – No. 4 Trevor Brandvold (WISC) decision over No. 10 Chad Hanke (OSU), 3-2



Round One – Clayton Jack (OSU) decision over No. 9 Ed Bordas (Rider), 3-2

Round Two – No. 8 Jarod Trice (C Mich) decision over Clayton Jack (OSU), 6-1

Consolation Round – Clayton Jack (OSU) decision over No. 10 Christian Brantley (N Iowa), 11-4

Consolation Round – Clayton Jack (OSU) decision over Eric Bugenhagen (WISC), 4-0

Consolation Round – No. 6 Mark Ellis (Missouri) major decision over Clayton Jack (OSU), 10-1


Round One – Bubba Owens (OSU) decision over No. 10 Christian Brantley (N Iowa), 5-2

Round Two – No. 7 DJ Russo (Rutgers) fall over Bubba Owens (OSU), 2:15

Consolation Round – No. 9 Ed Bordas (Rider) decision over Bubba Owens (OSU), 2-0


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