No. 21 Wrestling Downs No. 24 Sun Devils

Jan. 31, 2010

Tempe, Ariz. – Ninth-ranked junior Colby Covington (Springfield, Ore.) and redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum (Auburn, Wash.) both recorded falls to lead the No. 21 Oregon State wrestling team to a 35-5 victory over No. 24 Arizona State on Sunday afternoon in Wells Fargo Arena in front of a crowd of 546.


Covington tallied his 14th fall of the season, fifth in his last seven matches, over Eric Starks at 174 pounds. Covington held an 11-4 advantage before pinning Starks to the floor at the 5:45 mark to extend his winning streak to eight.


Mangrum chalked up his first win over a ranked opponent at 141 pounds, pinning No. 13 Chris Drouin to the ground in 5:41. After a scoreless first period, Mangrum took a 4-2 lead in the second period. Drouin chose the bottom to start the final period, opening up the opportunity for Mangrum to earn his 25th victory of the season, third fall.


Sixteenth-ranked sophomore Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) started off the meet on the right foot for the Beavers, shutting out Ben Ashmore at 133 pounds, 11-0. Mangrum followed before No. 17 freshman RJ Pena (Salem, Ore.) picked up the 10-6 decision over Vicente Varela at 149 pounds to give Oregon State the 13-0 lead after three.


Senior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.), ranked 12th, earned his 31st win of the season in the form of a 10-6 decision over Te Edwards at 157 pounds before the other senior in the lineup, Dan Brascetta (Aurora, Colo.), followed suit with a 10-4 decision over Kyle DeBerry.


Covington boosted the Beavers to a 25-0 advantage over the Sun Devils with his fall before redshirt freshman Ty Vinson (Great Falls, Mont.) added more with a 7-2 decision over Jake Meredith at 184 pounds.


Coming in on a two-match losing streak, sophomore Chad Hanke (Dayton, Ore.) easily rebounded with a bonus point victory in a 16-5 major decision win over Michael Hawkins at 197 pounds. Ranked 14th, sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) put the Beavers ahead 35-0 through nine bouts with a 7-1 decision over No. 17 Eric Nye. Nye had defeated Jack 3-2 in Las Vegas earlier this season.


Third-ranked Anthony Robles was the lone Sun Devil to record a win for Arizona State with a technical fall at 125 pounds to wrap up the meet.


Oregon State improves to 16-1, 4-1 Pac-10, while Arizona State falls to 8-5, 3-1 Pac-10.


Oregon State continues its time on the road at Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before facing No. 16 Cal Poly on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                    OSU     ASU

133 Pounds – No. 16 Kelly Kubec (OSU) major decision over Ben Ashmore (ASU), 11-0      4          0

141 Pounds – Mike Mangrum (OSU) fall over No. 13 Chris Drouin (ASU), 5:41                   10        0

149 Pounds – No. 17 RJ Pena (OSU) decision over Vicente Varela (ASU), 5-2                    13        0

157 Pounds – No. 12 Keegan Davis (OSU) decision over Te Edwards (ASU), 10-6              16        0         

165 Pounds – Dan Brascetta (OSU) decision over Kyle DeBerry (ASU), 10-4                      19        0

174 Pounds – No. 9 Colby Covington (OSU) fall over Eric Starks (ASU), 5:45                     25        0         

184 Pounds – Ty Vinson (OSU) decision over Jake Meredith (ASU), 7-2                              28        0

197 Pounds – Chad Hanke (OSU) major decision over Michael Hawkins (ASU), 16-5           32        0

Heavyweight – No. 14 Clayton Jack (OSU) decision over No. 17 Eric Nye (ASU), 7-1           35        0

125 Pounds – No. 3 Anthony Robles (ASU) tech fall No. 15 Jason Lara (OSU), 17-0 (6:19) 35        5


Oregon State Notes – Oregon State’s 15-meet winning streak is the longest since 1984 … Oregon State has won the last four against Arizona State … Oregon State is 3-0 on the road this season … Oregon State averages victories by 37 points in its 15 victories … Senior Keegan Davis is on a 10-match winning streak, the longest on the team; Davis moves to tie for 26th all-time for career wins with 87 … Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack becomes the third wrestler this season to hit 30 wins … Junior Colby Covington has recorded falls in five of his last seven matches with 14 on the season, good to tie for 19th most all-time in a single season and sixth most for a junior.


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