No. 20 Wrestling Upsets No. 16 Cal Poly in Close Meet

Feb. 6, 2010

San Luis Obispo, Calif. – Fourteenth-ranked sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) sealed the close 21-18 upset for the No. 20 Oregon State wrestling team over No. 16 Cal Poly on Saturday evening at Mott Gym.


The Beavers made it 17 straight, marking the third time this season they’ve defeated a ranked opponent and second time the opponent was ranked higher.


Fifteenth-ranked redshirt sophomore Jason Lara (Midway City, Calif.) started the meet off with an 11-7 decision over Micah Ferguson at 125 pounds. But the next match between No. 16 sophomore Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and No. 5 Boris Novachkov proved to be an overtime thriller with Kubec winning in sudden victory to pick up his 30th win of the season and boosting the Beavers to an early 6-0 lead.


Cal Poly took a 14-6 lead before senior Dan Brascetta (Aurora, Colo.) cut the Mustangs’ lead to only five with his 6-4 decision over Steven Vasquez at 165 pounds.


Ninth-ranked junior Colby Covington (Springfield, Ore.) earned his 15th fall of the season, pinning Geoff Doss in 4:11 to earn his 33rd win of the season. Covington leads the team in both wins and falls this season. Covington pulled the Beavers back in front with a slim 15-14 lead.


The Mustangs took the lead back after the 184 pound match, but sophomore Chad Hanke (Dayton, Ore.) tied things up at 197 pounds. After a scoreless first period, Ryan Smith took a 1-0 lead on the escape but Hanke took over in the third period scoring all of his points and making the meet hinge on the heavyweight bout.


Fourteenth-ranked sophomore Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) took an early 2-0 lead after one period, holding it through two.


Oregon State improves to 18-1, 6-1 Pac-10, while Cal Poly suffers its second conference loss, making its record 7-4, 4-2 Pac-10.


Oregon State wraps up the regular season next weekend at No. 8 Boise State on Friday and No. 8 Oklahoma on Sunday.


                                                                                                                                    OSU     CP

125 Pounds – No. 15 Jason Lara (OSU) decision over Micah Ferguson (CP), 11-7              3          0

133 Pounds – No. 16 Kelly Kubec (OSU) dec over No. 5 Boris Novachkov (CP), 7-5 (OT)    6          0

141 Pounds – No. 5 Filip Novachkov (CP) major decision over Mike Mangrum (OSU), 11-2  6          4

149 Pounds – Nick Fisher (CP) fall over No. 17 RJ Pena (OSU), 5:27                                 6          10       

157 Pounds – No. 11 Chase Pami (CP) major decision No. 13 Keegan Davis (OSU), 14-5   6          14       

165 Pounds – Dan Brascetta (OSU) decision over Steven Vasquez (CP), 6-4                      9          14

174 Pounds – No. 9 Colby Covington (OSU) fall over Geoff Doss (CP), 4:11                      15        14       

184 Pounds – Ryan DesRoches (CP) major decision over Ty Vinson (OSU), 15-5                15        18

197 Pounds – Chad Hanke (OSU) decision over Ryan Smith (CP), 3-1                               18        18

Heavyweight – No. 14 Clayton Jack (OSU) decision over Jim Powers (CP), 6-2                    21        18


Oregon State Notes – Sophomore Kelly Kubec is the fourth wrestler to reach 30 wins this season; defeating his fourth ranked opponent this season … Junior Colby Covington earned his 15th fall of the season to continue to lead the Beavers in falls, tying for 18th all-time on the single season list and tied for fifth most in as a junior; Covington moves to 11th all-time for career winning percentage (.868) … Sophomore Chad Hanke is the fifth wrestler to reach 30 wins this season … Oregon State ties the last longest winning streak of 17 dual meets in 1984, the next longest was set in 1978, consisting of 18 straight wins … Oregon State’s 17 dual meet wins ties the most under head coach Jim Zalesky in 2006-07 … Oregon State is still undefeated on the road with a 5-0 record … Oregon State has defeated its second higher ranked opponent, third overall ranked opponent this season … Oregon State has won the last 18 meetings against the Mustangs.


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