Chris Pendleton Named Pac-12 Coach Of The Year
SAN FRANCISCO – Oregon State's Chris Pendleton has been named the Pac-12 Conference's Wrestling Coach of the Year, it was announced on Tuesday.
The honor is the first in the two-year head coaching career for Pendleton, who took over the Oregon State program prior to the 2021 season.
Pendleton led OSU to a second-place finish at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships, just a half point from first. Eight Oregon State wrestlers advanced to the NCAA Championships, the Beavers' most since the 2012 season.
Four of those eight – Brandon Kaylor, Devan Turner, Grant Willits and Hunter Willits – earned All-American honors, the most for an Oregon State team since 1995.
As a team, the Beavers finished 12th overall, jumping from a 42nd-place finish a year prior. The 12th-place mark also stands as Oregon State's best since 2013.
Pendleton guided Oregon State to an 8-3 record in dual matches, winning six of their last seven of the 2021-22 season.
Pendleton is the third OSU head coach to be recognized this year, joining Tanya Chaplin (gymnastics) and Terry Boss (men's soccer). It is the second time in school history three coaches have been recognized in the same year, joining 1990-91 and 2004-05.
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