Wrestling's Run at NCAAs Stopped Short

March 19, 2010

Omaha, Neb. – The Oregon State wrestling team advanced two to the All-America qualifying matches, but a close loss and a fall ended the Beavers’ run in the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Friday evening.


“Colby’s final match is a perfect example of you can’t put yourself in those kinds of situations,” head coach Jim Zalesky said. “You can’t protest those calls. You live, learn and get motivated. Covington and Mangrum’s matches were close, but close doesn’t cut it. You can have a good year, but it you’re only judged on what you do here. We didn’t do the little things.”


Oregon State finished the day with x team points in x place. Final team standings will be available following Session VI on Saturday evening.


Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum (Auburn, Wash.) and Cole Schmitt of Wisconsin battled back and forth but were unable to score after one full period. Mangrum started the second period down, escaping in four seconds before taking Schmitt down soon after before turning Schmitt on his back to earn the fall in 3:50 to continue his run in the tournament.


Mangrum faced Germane Lindsey of Ohio in the All-America qualifying match and wrestled him close, but with under 15 seconds to go, Lindsey was able to earn the takedown with Mangrum unable to scramble out and put anymore points on the board. Mangrum finished the tournament 3-2 in his first career appearance.


The most exciting match of Session III for the Beavers was easily the match-up between eighth-seeded junior Colby Covington (Springfield, Ore.) and the undefeated top-seeded Mack Lewnes of Cornell. Both wrestlers tallied their escapes in the second and third periods, forcing the match into overtime. Covington took more shots at Lewnes but was unable to score during the first sudden death overtime. Both wrestlers again earned their escape points in the tiebreaker rounds, but Lewnes was able to chalk up the takedown with under 20 seconds to go to win 4-2 in the second sudden death overtime.


But things started off rough quickly and ended even worse for Covington in his match to advance to All-America status. No. 7 Ben Bennett of Central Michigan took a shot early and got tangled up with Covington, getting Covington’s shoulders pinned on the ground to earn the fall in 44 seconds. Covington went 2-2 in his first NCAA Tournament appearance.


Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara (Midway City, Calif.) opened the day, advancing with a 6-4 decision over No. 8 Matt Steintrager of Central Michigan. Lara recorded the early takedown before Steintrager tied things up at two all going into the final period. Lara earned the reversal and another takedown to secure advancement in the consolation bracket.


But No. 6 Zachary Sanders of Minnesota ended Lara’s run with a 6-4 decision. Lara finished the NCAA Tournament 3-2 in his first appearance.


Senior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) routed Jarrett Hostetter of Millersville, 5-2, in his first match of the day at 147 pounds, but was unable to escape No. 10 Shane Vernon of Oklahoma after Vernon took the 1-0 lead on an escape in the second period. Riding time accumulated and Vernon won with a slim 2-1 decision to knock Davis out of the tournament after going 2-2, marking his second consecutive appearance and final match of his college career.


Falling out of the tournament, sophomore Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) was unable to handle Kendric Maple of Oklahoma with Maple able to turn Kubec for the fall in 5:29. Kubec went 1-2 at the NCAA Tournament, his second consecutive appearance.


Sophomore Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) had a similar fate as Kubec. Jack battled to a close one-point decision before riding time was added to secure the win for Christopher Birchler of Edinboro in the 8-6 consolation round match. Jack went 1-2 at the NCAA Tournament, his second consecutive appearance.


Oregon State Notes – Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum finishes the season tied for the third most wins by a freshman (32), he’s tied with Babak Mohammadi, who wrestled at 126 pounds in 1991 … Sophomore Kelly Kubec finishes the season tied for the fourth most wins by a sophomore (38), he’s tied with Larry Bielenberg, who wrestled at heavyweight in 1975; Kubec’s wins also ties him for 22nd most in a single season and his 12 pins ties the eighth most by a sophomore and 33rd most in a single season … Sophomore Clayton Jack ties the seventh most wins by a sophomore (35), he’s tied with Marty Ryan, who wrestled at 177 pounds in 1978; Jack’s 13 falls ties him for seventh most by a sophomore; His 35 wins ties for the 35th most in a single season and his falls ties him for 24th in a single season …  Junior Colby Covington finishes his season with 40 wins, tying the fifth most by a junior; his 15 pins ties the fifth most by a junior as well; Covington’s wins ties the 14th most in a single season and his falls tie the 18th most.


Team Scores (Top 5 and Oregon State):


Oregon State Individual Results


125 Pounds

Pigtails – Jason Lara (OSU) decision over Eric Morrill (Edinboro), 9-6

Round One – No. 3 Matt McDonough (Iowa) technical fall over Jason Lara (OSU), 15-0 (6:31)

Consolation Round One – Jason Lara (OSU) major decision over Andre Gonzalez (CSF), 16-5

Consolation Round Two – Jason Lara (OSU) decision over No. 8 Matt Steintrager (Central Michigan), 6-4

Consolation Round Three – No. 6 Zachary Sanders (Minnesota) decision over Jason Lara (OSU), 6-4


133 Pounds

Round One – Kelly Kubec (OSU) decision over Jimmy Kirchner (Rider), 8-5

Round Two – No. 2 Daniel Dennis (Iowa) decision over Kelly Kubec (OSU), 4-0

Consolation Round Two – Kendric Maple (Oklahoma) fall over Kelly Kubec (OSU), 5:29


141 Pounds

Round One – Mike Mangrum (OSU) technical fall over Mike Koehnlein (Nebraska), 17-2

Round Two – No. 4 Reece Humphrey (Ohio State) decision over Mike Mangrum (OSU), 4-3

Consolation Round Two – Mike Mangrum (OSU) fall over Cole Schmitt (Wisconsin), 3:50

Consolation Round Three – Mike Mangrum (OSU) decision over Juan Archuleta (Purdue), 6-3 (OT)

Consolation Round Four – Germane Lindsey (Ohio) decision over Mike Mangrum (OSU), 9-7


157 Pounds

Round One – Keegan Davis (OSU) decision over Kyle John (Maryland), 7-5

Round Two – No. 2 Adam Hall (Boise State) major decision over Keegan Davis (OSU), 12-4

Consolation Round Two – Keegan Davis (OSU) decision over Jarrett Hostetter (Millersville), 5-2

Consolation Round Three – No. 10 Shane Vernon (Oklahoma) decision over Keegan Davis (OSU), 2-1


174 Pounds

Round One – No. 8 Colby Covington (OSU) major decision over Jim Resnick (Rider), 10-1

Round Two – No. 8 Colby Covington (OSU) decision over No. 9 Luke Manuel (Purdue), 3-1 (OT)

Quarterfinals – No. 1 Mack Lewnes (Cornell) decision over No. 8 Colby Covington (OSU), 4-2 (2OT)

Consolation Round Four – No. 7 Ben Bennett (C Michigan) fall over No. 8 Colby Covington (OSU), 0:44



Round One – No. 5 Daniel Erekson (Iowa) decision over Clayton Jack (OSU), 11-6

Consolation Round One – Clayton Jack (OSU) decision over Ricky Alcala (UCD), 2-1

Consolation Round Two – Christopher Birchler (Edinboro) decision over Clayton Jack (OSU), 8-6


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