Pac-10 Wrestling: Covington & Jack win titles, Beavers place second

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Colby Covington repeated as Pacific-10 Conference champion at 174 pounds and Clayton Jack claimed the first of his career at heavyweight to highlight the Oregon State’s wrestling’s night at the Pac-10 Championships Sunday at legendary Gill Coliseum.

As a team, the Beavers finished second, tallying 137.50 points, behind only Boise State’s championship-winning 147 points.
 
Oregon State also will send six wrestlers with qualifying marks to the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Philadelphia in late March.
 
Wrestlers who earned qualifying marks include Jason Lara at 125, Garrett Drucker at 133, Scott Sakaguchi at 149, Covington at 174, Chad Hanke at 184 and Jack at heavyweight.
 
Hanke advanced to the NCAA Championshjps despite not advancing to the finals at 184. He placed fourth and then defeated Cal Poly’s Ryan Smith, 3-2, for a true fourth-place finish.
 
Covington defeated Nick Amuchastegui, 10-4, to earn the 174 crown and went 3-0 on the day.
 
Jack, meanwhile, picked up his title by defeating J.T. Felix of Boise State, 6-4.
 
The six wrestlers qualified by the Beavers Sunday matches OSU’s total from 2010. Covington, Jack and Lara will return after their visits last season while Drucker, Hanke and Sakaguchi will make their first trips.
 
Session I Recap
 
The Beavers sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Championships after just the morning session, while three other wrestlers remain in contention for an automatic bid.
 
Jason Lara was the first Beaver to reach the NCAA Championships. He earned a bye to start at 125 pounds, then defeated Ryan Mango, 7-2, via decision to reach the finals. He will face Arizona State’s Anthony Robles in the finals tonight; however, with the Pac-10 receiving four allocations at 125, both are guaranteed of going to Philadelphia.
 
Garrett Drucker also advanced to the finals, where he will face off against Boise State’s Andrew Hochstrasser. Drucker downed Kalin Goodsite of Arizona State, 17-3, for a major decision, then won over Stanford’s Ryan Paulsen, 9-6, in the semifinals at 133.
 
Scott Sakaguchi became the third OSU wrestler to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. He started the day with a bye at 149 pounds, then defeated Filip Novachkov of Cal Poly via decision, 5-2, to advance to the finals against Boise State’s Jason Chamberlain. The 149 pound weight class was allotted two spots per the NCAA so both wrestlers will head to Philadelphia regardless of the outcome.
 
Colby Covington went 2-0 to earn his second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. He defeared Cal Poly’s Steven Vasquez via fall at 4:01, then defeated Boise State’s Jacob Swartz, 10-2, to advance to tonight’s final against Stanford’s Nick Amuchastegui. The winner of the two will be the Pac-10 winner at 174 pounds.
 
Clayton Jack utilized a two-point takedown with just seconds remaining in the third period to down Cal State Bakersfield’s David Morgan, 4-3. Jack started off with a 7-4 win over Atticus Disney to advance and will square off with Boise State’s J.T. Felix in the finals tonight.
 
The Beavers still have three wrestlers who could claim additional NCAA qualifying wins. Brice Arand posted dual upsets – 3-2 over Stanford’s Dan Scherer and 9-2 over No. 1 seeded Kirk Smith of Boise State – and is in the finals against Arizona State’s Jake Meredith. The 184-pound class only has one NCAA allocation.
 
Alex Elder went 1-1 at 157, and will need two wins to claim third. He lost to Arizona State’s Bubba Jenkins, 19-10 to start, but then defeated CSUB’s Andrew Balch, 14-7, and will compete against Stanford’s Kyle Meyer.
 
Chad Hanke, at 197 pounds, lost his first and only bout, 3-2, to Stanford’s Zack Giesen, and had a bye in the consolation quarterfinals and is squaring off against Boise State’s Matt Casperson. There are four allocations at 197.
 
Mike Mangrum (141) went 1-1 in the first session, as did Jon Brascetta at 165 pounds. Brascetta will face Stanford’s Lucas Espericueta in the consolation semis and Mangrum will take on Arizona State’s Josh Sandoval.
 
 
Session I Attendance: 1,697
Session II Attendance: 1,871
 
Oregon State Individual Results – Sessions I and II
 
125 Pounds – 4 NCAA Bids
Jason Lara (OSU) bye
Jason Lara (OSU) decision Ryan Mango (STAN), 7-2
Anthony Robles (ASU) major decision Jason Lara (OSU), 15-4
Lara places second
 
133 Pounds – 3 NCAA Bids
Garrett Drucker (OSU) major decision Kalin Goodsite (ASU), 17-3
Garrett Drucker (OSU) decision Ryan Paulsen (STAN), 9-6
Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) major decision Garrett Drucker (OSU), 11-0
Drucker places second
 
141 Pounds – 2 NCAA Bids
Mike Mangrum (OSU) technical fall Jordan Gray (STAN), 18-3
Levi Jones (BSU) decision Mike Mangrum (OSU), 9-5
Mike Mangrum (OSU) fall Josh Sandoval (ASU), 4:06
Mike Mangrum (OSU) decision Elijah Nacita (CSUB), 12-7.
Mangrum places third
 
149 Pounds – 2 NCAA Bids
Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) bye
Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) decision Filip Novachkov (CP), 5-2
Jason Chamberlain (BSU) decision Scott Sakaguchi (OSU), 5-2
Sakaguchi places second
 
157 Pounds – 3 NCAA Bids
Bubba Jenkins (ASU) major decision Alex Elder (OSU), 19-10
Alex Elder (OSU) decision Andrew Balch (CSUB), 14-7
Kyle Meyer (STAN) major decision Alex Elder (OSU), 13-3
Alex Elder (OSU) major decision Chris Stinnett (CSUF), 14-0
Elder places fifth
 
165 Pounds – 1 NCAA Bid
Jon Brascetta (OSU) decision Kyle Deberry (ASU), 2-1
Kurt Swartz (BSU) decision Jon Brascetta (OSU), 2-1 (OT)
Lucas Espericueta (STAN) decision Jon Brascetta (OSU), 10-8
Jon Brascetta (OSU) decision Kyle Deberry (ASU), 3-2
Brascetta places fifth
 
174 Pounds – 3 NCAA Bids
Colby Covington (OSU) fall Steven Vasquez (CP), 4:01
Colby Covington (OSU) major decision Jacob Swartz (BSU), 10-2
Colby Covington (OSU) decision Nick Amuchastegui (STAN), 10-4
Covington places first
 
184 Pounds – 1 NCAA Bid
Brice Arand (OSU) decision Dan Scherer (STAN), 3-2
Brice Arand (OSU) decision Kirk Smith (BSU), 9-2
Jake Meredith (ASU) decision Brice Arand (OSU), 5-2
Arand places second
 
197 Pounds – 4 NCAA Bids
Zach Giesen (STAN) decision Chad Hanke (OSU), 3-2
Chad Hanke (OSU) decision Matt Casperson (BSU), 3-1 (OT)
Riley Orozco (CSUB) decision Chad Hanke (OSU), 10-7
Chad Hanke (OSU) decision Ryan Smith (CP), 3-2 *TRUE FIRST-PLACE BOUT*
Hanke places fourth
 
Heavyweight – 3 NCAA Bids
Clayton Jack (OSU) decision Atticus Disney (CP), 7-4
Clayton Jack (OSU) decision David Morgan (CSUB), 4-3
Clayton Jack (OSU) decision J.T. Felix (BSU), 6-4
Jack places first