WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — It is deja vu all over again for Oregon State's Jim Zalesky as he was named the Pac-12 Conference's head wrestling coach of the year for the second straight season.
Zalesky guided the Beavers to their second straight Pac-12 title and their best finish at the NCAA championships since 1996.
OSU wound up in eighth place overall at the NCAA championships last month just a few weeks following its third conference championship in the last four years. Zalesky saw his team go 11-4 overall and 5-1 within the Pac-12 during the 2012-13 season, including a nine dual-meet winning streak that stretched from early January to the National Duals in mid-February.
Zalesky is in elite company as he is one of only two OSU head coaches to have at least 87 victories following their first seven years on the job. The other Beaver coach to accomplish that feat is Dale Thomas, who had exactly 87 dual wins following his seventh year in 1962-63.