Beavers pin inagural Pac-12 Championship
BOISE, Idaho - The Oregon State wrestling team won the first Pac-12 Wrestling Championship Sunday at the Taco Bell Arena. The team finished with 138 team points and four individual champions.
Boise State finished in second with 129 points, while Stanford finished third with 125 points, Arizona State finished in fourth with 102.5 points, Cal Poly finished fifth with 98 points and CSU Bakersfield finished in sixth with 78.5 points.
Scott Mangrum won the individual title in the 141 pound weight class defeating No. 1 seeded Borislav Novachkov of Cal Poly. Mangrum was 0-1 against Novachkov entering this match and won tonight in an overtime battle 5-4.
Scott Sakaguchi followed Mangrum's momentum into the 149 pound title match, defeating Timmy Boone of Stanford. Sakaguchi had complete control of the match and won via major decision 12-4. With his title win, he clinched the automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.
RJ Pena added the next individual title to the Beavers run tonight with his win against No. 1 seeded Georgi Ivanov of Boise State. He defeated Ivanov 5-2. Pena had lost twice to Ivanov this season.
Clayton Jack added the fourth and final individual title when he won in an exciting heavyweight title match against Arizona State's Levi Cooper. He deafeated Cooper in a decision win 3-0. Jack is now the first back-to-back Pac-12 title winner at the heavyweight class in league history.
Pat Rollins finished in second place overall in the 125 pound weight class, clinching his automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. He fell in the championship title to Ryan Mango of Stanford.
Garrett Drucker finished in third place overall in the 133 pound weight class winning the third place match-up with a major decision 12-0 against Shane McGouch of Arizona State. Cody Weishoff finished in fourth place fifth place overall in the 165 pound weight class winning his fifth place match-up with a major decision of 13-4 against Rush Hall of Arizona State.
John Tuck finished in fifth place overall in the 174 pound weight class. In his fifth place match-up he defeated Brady Garner of CSU Bakersfield via decision 11-6. Taylor Meeks finished in second place in the 197 pound weight class, falling to Brent Chriswell of Boise State by decision 5-2.
Ty Vinson finished in third place in the 184 pound weight class after defeating Kevin Radford of Arizona State via decision 4-3 in the third place match. After his third place match, Vinson defeated Stanford's Spence Patrick in overtime 2-1 to receive the NCAA automatic bid for his weight class.
The Beavers will return to action March 15 when they travel to St. Louis to compete at the NCAA Championships.
Session I Recap
The Oregon State wrestling team is in first place after the first session of the Pac-12 Conference Wrestling Championships Sunday at the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. The Beavers have 99 points to 86 for second place Stanford.
Boise State is third at 81, followed by No. 4 Cal Poly (65), No. 5 Arizona State (58) and No. 6 CSU Bakersfield (49). The Beavers sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Championships after just the morning session, while three other wrestlers remain in contention for an automatic bid.
Pat Rollins was the first Beaver to reach the NCAA Championships with an automatic bid in the 125 pound weight class. He earned his way into the finals by a decision 6-1 win in the first round and a close 3-2 decision in the semi-finals. He will face Stanford's Ryan Mango, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, in the championships match.
Garrett Drucker will be fighting for a 133 pound at-large bid to the NCAA Championships after falling to No. 1 seeded Brian Owen from Boise State in the semi-finals. He will meet Jacob Tanenbaum of Cal Poly in the consolation bracket.
Mike Mangrum was the second Beaver to reach the NCAA Championships with his semi-final win in the 141 pound weight class against Nathan Hoffer of Arizona State. His 8-5 decision win against Hoffer was good enough to send him into the championship match against Cal Poly's Borislav Novachkov.
Scott Sakaguchi will be fighting for a bid to the NCAA Championships, with only one athlete from the 149 pound weight class getting an automatic bid. He started the day with a bye at 149 pounds, and then he defeated Boise State's Steven Hernandez by a 14-3 major decision. He will face off against Timmy Boone of Stanford in the championship match.
RJ Pena is the third Beaver to earn an automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Championships. He defeated Garrett Schaner of Stanford via fall in the semi-final match. He will be competing against the No. 1 seeded Georgi Ivanov of Boise State in the championship match.
Cody Weishoff will also be trying to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships after being defeated in the 165 pound semi-final match by the No. 1 seeded Dominic Kastl of Cal Poly. Weishoff will face off against Holden Packard of Boise State in the consolation bracket.
John Tuck was defeated in the first round of the 174 pound weight class by No. 3 seeded Eric Starks of Arizona State. He will be competing for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships in the consolation bracket against Scotty Bacon of Boise State.
Ty Vinson fell to the No. 1 seeded Jacob Swartz in the semi-final match of the 184 pound weight class. He was able to defeat Ruben Franklin of CSU Bakersfield in the first round and has a chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships by competing in the consolation bracket against Derrick Hawkins of Cal Poly.
Taylor Meeks was the fourth Beaver to grab an NCAA Championship automatic bid at 197 pounds. He defeated Chace Eskam in the semi-finals via a 14-3 major decision win. He will compete for the championship against Brent Chriswell of Boise State.
Clayton Jack went 2-0 on his way to achieving an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in the heavyweight class. He defeated Frankie Hurtado of CSU Bakersfield by fall and then in the semi-finals defeated J.T. Felix of Boise State in a stunning fall. He will face off against Levi Cooper of Arizona State in the championship match.
Session two is slated to start at 3:00 p.m. PT with the finals expected to start at 6:30 p.m.
Oregon State Individual Results - Session I & II
125 Pounds - 2 NCAA Bids
Pat Rollins (OSU) decision Landon Hartley (Boise St), 6-1
Pat Rollings (OSU) decision Tyler Iwamura (CSU-Baker), 3-2
Ryan Mango (Stan) decision Pat Rollins (OSU) 14-3
133 Pounds - 2 NCAA Bids
Garrett Drucker (OSU) first round bye
Brian Owen (Boise St) decision Garrett Drucker (OSU), 3-1
Garrett Drucker (OSU) major decision Jacob Tannenbaum (Cal Poly), 12-1
Garrett Drucker (OSU) major decision Shane McGouch (ASU), 12-0
141 Pounds - 2 NCAA Bids
Mike Mangrum (OSU) first round bye
Mike Mangrum (OSU) decision Nathan Hoffer (ASU), 8-5
Mike Mangrum (OSU) decision Borislav Novachkov (Cal Poly), 5-4
149 Pounds - 1 NCAA Bids
Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) first round bye
Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) major decision Steven Hernandez (Boise St), 14-2
Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) major decision Timmy Boone (Stan), 12-4
157 Pounds - 2 NCAA Bids
Roger Pena (OSU) first round bye
Roger Pena (OSU) fall Garett Schaner (Stan), F;2:59
RJ Pena (OSU) decision Georgi Ivanov (Boise St), 5-2
165 Pounds - 1 NCAA Bid
Cody Weishoff (OSU) first round bye
Dominic Kastl (Cal Poly) decision Cody Weishoff (OSU), 6-5
Holden Packard (Boise St) decision Cody Weishoff (OSU), 8-5
Cody Weishoff (OSU) major decision Rush Hall (ASU), 13-4
174 Pounds - 2 NCAA Bids
Eric Starks (ASU) decision John Tuck (OSU), 11-5
Scotty Bacon (Boise St) decision John Tuck (OSU), 7-6
John Tuck (OSU) decision Brady Garner (CSU Bake), 11-6
184 Pounds - 2 NCAA Bid
Ty Vinson (OSU) fall Ruben Franklin (CSU-Bake), F;1:21
Jacob Swartz (Boise St) fall Ty Vinson (OSU), F;4:59
Ty Vinson (OSU) decision Derrick Hawkins (Cal Poly), 7-0
Ty Vinson (OSU) decision Kevin Radford (ASU), 4-3
197 Pounds - 3 NCAA Bids
Taylor Meeks (OSU) first round bye
Taylor Meeks (OSU) major decision Chace Eskem (ASU), 14-3
Brent Chriswell (Boise St) decision Taylor Meeks (OSU), 5-2
Heavyweight - 2 NCAA Bids
Clayton Jack (OSU) fall Frankie Hurtado (CSU-Bake), F;3:22
Clayton Jack (OSU) fall J.T. Felix (Boise St), F;2:45
Clayton Jack (OSU) decision Levi Cooper (ASU), 3-0
Thanks to KBOI-TV in Boise for the highlights.