Pac-12 Power Rankings: Wrestling
Published: Friday, January 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 01:01
1. No. 10 Oregon State (5-3, 2-1 Pac-12)
Although the Pac-12 isn’t exactly a top wrestling conference, the top of the league is more than solid with Oregon State leading the way. The Beavers are ranked 10th in the nation and are the returning conference champions. Boise State, having already split wins with OSU, is the only team that can even compete with Oregon State in the Pac-12. OSU has won three duals in the past week alone and could distance itself from the pack if it could beat two solid teams in Lehigh and No. 8 Cornell this weekend.
2. No. 25 Boise State (6-5, 2-1 Pac-12)
Boise State started out the season with a thud, going 0-4, but has been 6-1 in duals since. At No. 25 in the nation, the Broncos are the only other Pac-12 school ranked in the top 25. Senior Jason Chamberlain — currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in the 149-pound weight class — and heavyweight J.T. Felix, lead what is arguably the deepest team in the Pac-12.
3. Cal State Bakersfield (6-3, 1-1 Pac-12)
After Boise State there’s a pretty big drop-off. Even at 6-3 in duals, the Roadrunners had a disappointing 21st place finish at the Midlands Championships. While Cal State Bakersfield has been solid early in the year, the Roadrunners
don’t possess the level of talent the top two schools do. Still, having already swept Cal Poly, CS Bakersfield has been a pleasant surprise early in the season.
4. Arizona State (7-8, 2-1 Pac-12)
Though ASU actually beat Cal State Bakersfield earlier this year, the Sun Devils come after the Roadrunners because of an abysmal 1-4 record in the past five duals. To make matters worse the Sun Devils could drop their next three duals considering they face Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Oregon State next — all three of which are quality opponents.
5. Cal Poly (2-6, 0-1 Pac-12)
Cal Poly hasn’t wrestled well all year and find themselves last in the conference. But the Mustangs get the nod over Stanford in this ranking more because of how awful the Cardinal have been this year. Cal Poly will likely finish last in the Pac-12, but are coming off an impressive 27-15 win over San Francisco State Jan. 6.
6. Stanford (4-10, 0-2 Pac-12)
This isn’t football and it’s clear Stanford isn’t exactly the powerhouse in wrestling they’ve been the past couple few years on the gridiron. Stanford is coming off of a particularly embarrassing defeat 32-6 in Corvallis last weekend. Stanford only has four wrestlers with a winning record on the season, and it looks as though that won’t change anytime soon.