Beavers claim second straight Pac-12 wrestling title
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Oregon State wrestling team took home its second straight Pac-12 Championship and third in the last four years with 158 total points, Saturday. OSU added three individual championships into the mix plus an additional three who finished as runners up in their weight class.
The Beavers, who claimed the second-to-last Pac-10 Championship in 2010 and the first Pac-12 title in 2012, finished 11.5 points ahead of second place Boise State (136.5) and saw Mike Mangrum (141 pounds), Taylor Meeks (197), Chad Hanke (HWT), win individual weight class crowns. For Mangrum it was his second straight Pac-12 Championship, while Meeks and Hanke each walked away with their first.
As a unit OSU did not have a wrestler place lower than third, as Scott Sakaguchi (149), RJ Pena (157), and Seth Thomas (165) were runners up in their weight classes, while Joey Palmer (125), Drew Van Anrooy (133) and Ty Vinson (184) all finished third.
Mangrum (3-0), Meeks (3-0) and Hanke (2-0) were perfect on the day going a combined 8-0, while Palmer, Van Anrooy, and Weishoff went 3-1 in competition. Pena also earned a 3-1 mark including his wrestle off with CSU Bakersfield's Adam Fierro following the awards ceremony.
Mangrum, competing in his final Pac-12 Championships received the award for the most pins as he earned two falls out of the three matches he wrestled in, including one over CSU Bakersfield's Timmy Box (3:33), in the 141-pound title bout.
As a team, Oregon State went 26-7, in its 33 total matches during Pac-12's and eclipsed its 2012 point total of 138.0 by 20. The 158 points put up on the board by Jim Zalesky's squad was the most by a conference school since Boise State scored 172.5 in 2009.
Looking ahead toward the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, Oregon State will send at least seven members, including Mangrum, Sakaguchi, Pena, Weishoff, Vinson, Meeks and Hanke. First timers Weishoff and Hanke will join Meeks and Vinson who are making their second straight appearance. Sakaguchi and Pena will be making their third, while Mangrum will make his fourth straight trip to Nationals.
The 2013 NCAA Wrestling Championships will take place from March 21-23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
CAL STATE FULLERTON 5, OREGON 2 — At Fullerton, Calif., Ryon Healy had two hits for the second consecutive game but it wasn't enough as Oregon couldn't overcome a three-run first inning by Cal State Fullerton.
Oregon finished with seven hits, one more than Fullerton, but the Titans infield robbed the Ducks of two more hits that cost Oregon (7-3) at least one run.
Tommy Thorpe (2-1) took the loss allowing five runs on four hits in 51/3 innings pitched. The Ducks' sophomore matched his career high with six strikeouts.
Justin Garza (3-0) got the win for the Titans allowing two runs on six hits in eight innings. Lorenzen picked up the save, his third.
Oregon and Cal State Fullerton wrap up the three-game series today at noon.
OREGON STATE 7-3, BRYANT 2-1 — At Corvallis, the sixth-ranked Oregon State baseball team swept a doubleheader from visiting Bryant at Goss Stadium and in the process, the Beavers kept their record perfect and reside at 11-0.
Andrew Moore was dominant in Game 2, allowing just four hits, one unearned run and a walk in eight innings of work. The freshman struck out seven for the win, which improved his record to 3-0 this season.
Michael Conforto stroked a 1-0 pitch from Bryant starter Kevin McAvoy over the left field fence in the first, scoring Tyler Smith who had singled with one out. The shot capped Conforto's day, which saw the sophomore finish with five runs driven in after he homered and went 3-for-4 in the first game.
The Beavers added a run in the sixth when a liner off the bat of Gabe Clark got past the Bryant right fielder for a triple. Dylan Davis scored easily from third on the hit.
Davis was the lone Beaver with two hits as OSU collected just five off McAvoy and reliever John Healy.
McAvoy lasted six innings for Bryant (0-5-1), allowing five hits and three runs while striking out six. He was, however, saddled with the loss and is 0-1 on the year.
In the opener, Conforto homered in the fifth and Davis drove in two.
Conforto hit the first pitch he saw in the fifth from Bryant starter Craig Schlitter over the right field fence to put the Beavers up 5-2. The home run was the first of the season for Oregon State and the 14th of Conforto's career.
Davis, meanwhile, drove in two with a double in the first that put OSU up for good at 3-1.
Conforto added an RBI on a single in the seventh to give him three on the day. He also had three hits to pace the Beavers, who finished with 10 overall. Davis and Andy Peterson pitched in with two apiece.
Dan Child won his third game of the season with a seven-inning outing. The OSU starter allowed three hits and two runs — both unearned — while striking out five. He lowered his earned run average to 1.56 after starting the game at 2.61.