Oregon State crushes Cal Poly, Arizona State
Published: Monday, February 11, 2013
Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 01:02
The most points a wrestling team can possibly score in a NCAA dual is 60. That would require a team to record 10 pins in 10 matches.
No. 9 Oregon State nearly did that Friday night when they beat Cal Poly, 50-0, thanks to three pins and three forfeits. The Beavers (10-3, 5-1 Pac-12) then followed the win up with a 42-4 victory over Arizona State Saturday.
Friday’s outcome was never really in question because Cal Poly (2-8, 0-4) forfeited three weights before the meet started, but OSU put any doubt to rest.
Oregon State’s Seth Thomas, a 165-pound redshirt freshman, recorded a pin early in the first round to put OSU up 6-0 in only his second dual in Gill Coliseum.
The pin sparked Oregon State and set the tone for the rest of the meet.
“I was excited to get to start this one out and knew that the expectation of starting one out is with a fall,” Thomas said. “So I just went out there and went for it. I think a pin just helps set a tone for the dual and we kind of feed off that.”
Friday’s dual was notable not only for the lopsided shutout, but because it was senior night as well.
Five seniors — 133-pound Anthony Harris, 184-pound Cody Weishoff, 184-pound Ty Vinson, 141-pound Mike Mangrum and heavyweight Chad Hanke — were honored and four of them wrestled against the Mustangs.
No. 4 Hanke and Weishoff won via forfeits, Vinson won by a 5-4 decision and No. 3 Mangrum earned a pin on senior night.
“The crowd got to honor them tonight,” said head coach Jim Zalesky. “It’s good for those guys because they’ve been like a foundation for our program and those seniors are great guys.”
Even with the disappointment of Cal Poly forfeiting three matches the seniors appreciated everything senior night had to offer.
“It was pretty cool,” Vinson said. “We were all kind of disappointed that they had three forfeits with two of them against our seniors, but we didn’t let it bother us and ended up having a pretty good night.”
Saturday’s match against Arizona State (7-11, 2-2) was equally impressive, though the Sun Devils forfeited the 197-pound weight class.
After not getting the opportunity to wrestle Friday night, Weishoff got Oregon State off to a hot start with a technical fall in what could be his last match as a Beaver.
“It was pretty big going out in the last home match of my career,” Weishoff said. “This is something I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Oregon State also got a boost from Joey Palmer, a 125-pound freshman, and Drew Van Anrooy, a 133-pound freshman, in the two wins.
OSU’s unranked wrestlers have been inconsistent at times this year, but were nearly flawless this past weekend. If Oregon State wants to make any kind of run at the regional and national duals, it will need those guys to step up.
“That’s been the difference maker from early on when we lost to Michigan to now,” Hanke said. “It’s been our young guys, our unranked guys, that have been stepping up and really coming through for us.”
The two wins push Oregon State’s winning streak to eight duals as the Beavers are enjoying their best wrestling of the season.
“I like our aggressiveness and I like our preparation,” Zalesky said. “You can really see the focus coming from the team.”
The timing is ideal for an Oregon State team that hosts the regional duals this Sunday. The matchups and times will be announced later this week.
Andrew Kilstrom, sports reporter