Wrestling Jumps Six Spots to 14th

Feb. 9, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State wrestling team jumped six spots this week to 14th in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll for week 13.


The Beavers were previously ranked 20th last week, 21st the week before and 22nd for the two weeks prior to that after breaking into the list in the December 8 poll. Oregon State is currently 18-1, 6 -1 Pac-10, and currently has the second most dual meet wins behind No. 1 Iowa (19-0) in the top 25.


In other rankings, Oregon State is ranked as high as 13th in the D1CollegeWrestling.net poll. The Beavers are 15th in the Intermat poll and are 14th according to Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (WIN).


Junior Colby Covington (Springfield, Ore.) remains in the top 10 in the InterMat Division I Individual Rankings, with the same ninth place ranking for the third week in a row. Covington, who was previously ranked 11th, moved up after defeating previously ranked No. 3 Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska on January 24 in a 2-1 decision at 174 pounds. He has pinned five of his last seven competitors.


Five other Oregon State wrestlers also remain ranked in the InterMat Individual Rankings with senior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) and sophomore Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) leading the way with a 13th place rankings at 157 pounds and heavyweight. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara (Midway City, Calif.) is 15th at 125 pounds and sophomore Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) is 16th at 133 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum (Auburn, Wash.) made his way back into the rankings at 20th place after dropping out after the December 1 poll.

The Beavers have defeated three top 25 opponents in No. 12 Wisconsin in the first dual of the season, No. 24 Arizona State and No. 16 Cal Poly last weekend, but fell to No. 8 Boise State. Oregon State will take on two more ranked opponents before the regular season is over in No. 12 Boise State again and No. 8 Oklahoma this weekend.


Oregon State is currently riding a 17-meet winning streak going into this weekend’s duals against conference foe No. 12 Boise State and non-conference opponent No. 8 Oklahoma, the longest since 1978, when the Beavers made it 18 in a row. The Beavers’ margin of victory in their 18 wins has been 32-plus points on average. The 18 wins are the most since 1984, when Oregon State won 22 duals, and it ties the most that head coach Jim Zalesky has had in his career in a single season.


The last time Oregon State was ranked this highly was in the January 31, 2001, under former head coach Joe Wells. The Beavers ranged from 12th to 17th place, finishing the season off in 17th place.


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