Beavers can't repeat Pac-10 wrestling title as Boise State holds on

2011-02-28T00:30:00Z 2015-03-25T18:07:24Z Beavers can't repeat Pac-10 wrestling title as Boise State holds onBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

The early matches went in the Oregon State wrestling team's favor, but the Beavers couldn't win enough at the end for the title.

Boise State captured the Pac-10 Championships on Sunday night in Gill Coliseum with 147 points. OSU was second with 137.5.

Arizona State took third with 117 points, followed by Stanford (114), Cal State Bakersfield (97), Cal Poly (96.5) and Cal State Fullerton (61.5).

The Beavers had two wrestlers win individual conference titles - 174-pounder Colby Covington and heavyweight Clayton Jack. It was Covington's second straight championship, and the first for Jack.

"It's disappointing," Covington said of the team's finish. "We could have easily had it with some close matches. That's OK, we want to be ready for March for the nationals."

The Beavers will send six wrestlers to the NCAA tournament set for March 17-19 in Philadelphia. Besides the champions, Jason Lara (125), Garrett Drucker (133), Scott Sakaguchi (149) and Chad Hanke (197) advanced.

Mike Mangrum (141) and Brice Arand (184) are probable at-large entrants when the full brackets are determined by a selection committee March 9. Mangrum finished third in the Pac-10 meet and has been highly ranked much of the season; Arand finished second.

"We just wanted to win as many matches as we could and send as many guys to nationals," assistant coach Kevin Robert said. "We would just let the team thing play out. We couldn't control what Boise did except head-to-head with us. We would like a few matches back, but overall the guys did a heck of job."

The Beavers were within a half-point going into the finals. There were some upsets early in the day to bring them close to the Broncos, who were the favorite to win the title.

OSU and Boise State each put six competitors in the finals, with were three head-to-head matchups. The Broncos won two.

Andrew Hochstrasser beat Drucker and Jason Chamberlain beat Sakaguchi. Jack defeated his Boise State foe J.T. Felix.

The Broncos won their sixth Pac-10 team title, and avenged last year's loss to the Beavers. Boise State was favored then, too, but OSU pulled the upset.

"It's nice because they took it away from us last year," Boise State coach Greg Randall said. "And we did it at their place. Oregon State made a good run at it. At the end, our better wrestlers came through for us. They've been doing it for us all season, and they did it again in the finals."

Covington looked at his championship as a steppingstone to his ultimate goal. After he won his match he ran into the hallway to do an extra workout.

He sprinted a few times and did a few pushups before he was ready to accept his award.

"I do that all the time after matches because I'm not happy with any performance," Covington said "I can always do better. This isn't the goal. It's just a step to the a national title."

Covington, ranked fifth in the country, defeated No. 6 Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford in the finals 10-4. He was down 4-3 after two periods, but then dominated the final two minutes.

"I went to my offense," Covington said. "He was worn out. I stayed on him the whole match. I got taken down, but I stayed on him. He was dead tired, I could tell. I smelled blood and took it."

Jack, seeded second, won his championship over No. 4 Felix. He won all three of his matches Sunday by coming from behind.

"I already qualified for nationals (going into the finals), so the most important thing I was told by the coaches was to have fun," Jack said. "It feels good, but I want that national title a lot more. I felt I wrestled well, but it could have gone a little better."

He was down 3-1 after two periods, but rallied to win 6-4, thanks a powerful takedown with 23 seconds left.

"I was down all my matches," Jack said. "That was laziness on my part but coach (Jim Zalesky) always says to find a way to win. That's the one thing I felt like something I accomplished, I found a way to win all my matches."


Team scores

Boise State 147, Oregon State 137.5, Arizona State 117, Stanford 114, Cal State Bakersfield 97, Cal Poly 96.5, Cal State Fullerton 61.5.

Championship finals

125: Anthony Robles (ASU) def. Jason Lara (OSU), 15-4; 133: Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) def. Garrett Drucker (OSU), 11-0; 141: Borislav Novachkov (CP) def. Levi Jones (BSU), 3-1; 149: Jason Chamberlain (BSU) def. Scott Sakaguchi (OSU, 5-2; 157: Adam Hall def. Bubba Jenkins (ASU), 3-2; 165: Kurt Swartz (BSU) def. Trevor Hall, 4-0; 174: Colby Covington (OSU) def. Nick Amuchastegui (S), 10-4; 184: Jake Meredith (ASU) def. Brice Arand (OSU), 5-2; 197: Zach Giesen (S) def. Luke Macchiaroli (ASU), 10-4; HWT: Clayton Jack (OSU) def. J.T. Felix (Boise State), 6-4.

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