Pac-12 Wrestling Power Rankings (Feb. 5)
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 01:02
1. No. 9 Oregon State (8-3, 3-1 Pac-12)
The No. 9 Beavers are clearly the cream of the crop in the conference after demolishing Cal State Bakersfield 35-7 on Saturday. OSU has six wrestlers ranked in the top 25 for the nation, five of which rank in the top 10. Oregon State is riding a six-dual winning streak with three of those wins coming against ranked teams. OSU is locked to win out, with home duals against Cal Poly and Arizona State this weekend. Should Oregon State win out, they would be riding a great deal of momentum heading into Regional duals and the Pac-12s after that. Boise State could give the Beavers a run for their money in the Pac-12 Tournament, but it’s OSU’s to lose at this point.
2. No. 24 Boise State (8-5, 4-1 Pac-12)
The only other conference school in the top 25, No. 24 Boise State is without question deserving of the number two spot in the power rankings. With five wrestlers in the top 20, the Broncos could win the Pac-12 with a couple upsets at the Pac-12 Tournament. Boise State won the last dual by a slim margin over the Beavers, and should be confident heading into the postseason. Sporting a six-dual winning streak like OSU, the Broncos are arguably just as hot heading into the homestretch.
3. Arizona State (7-10, 2-1 Pac-12)
The Sun Devils have lost five straight duals, but slide into third place in this week’s power rankings because of what can only be described as a down year for the Pac-12. While Arizona State has an inferior record to the Roadrunners, the Sun Devils have wrestled a tougher schedule and have a chance to save their season with a win at Oregon State’s Senior Day on Saturday.
4. Cal State Bakersfield (7-5, 1-3 Pac-12)
The Roadrunners dropped in the power rankings after getting bludgeoned by the Beavers by a lopsided score of 35-7 Saturday. OSU threatened to shut the Roadrunners out, leading 35-0 after eight matches. The Roadrunners barely managed to save face by winning the final two to avoid getting blanked.
5. Stanford (5-14, 1-3 Pac-12)
Having lost 13 of the last 14 duals, there’s not much of a case for the Cardinal to be anywhere near the top of the power rankings. The only reason they get the nod over Cal Poly is because Stanford beat the last place Mustangs for its only Pac-12 victory of the entire season.
6. Cal Poly (2-7, 0-3 Pac-12)
You know it’s been a rough season for a team when they have to list their intra-squad scrimmage as a victory on their website to give the illusion of a better season. With Cal Poly’s only victories coming over lowly Cal Baptist and San Francisco State, it’s safe to say it hasn’t been an ideal season for the Mustangs.