Wrestling Pac-12 Power Rankings
Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 02:02
1. No. 9 Oregon State (13-4, 5-1 Pac-12)
The No. 9 Beavers remain atop this week’s power rankings after a solid showing at the Cliff Keen Regional Duals. Oregon State split matches, beating No. 19 Michigan and falling to No. 7 Virginia Tech, but still look poised to repeat as Pac-12 champions in two weeks. OSU ended its conference-best nine-dual winning streak with Sunday’s lost to the Hokies, but should be at full strength once the postseason rolls around. No. 19 Ty Vinson, a 184-pound senior, is expected to be back in the lineup after skipping the Regional Duals with a nagging hamstring injury. He would be a big lift. Boise State might be carrying just a bit more momentum into the Pac-12 Tournament, but OSU is still the defending champ.
2. No. 21 Boise State (10-5, 5-1)
Because Oregon State lost this past weekend, the No. 21 Broncos now have the longest winning streak in the conference at eight duals. Subsequently, Boise State is the hottest team entering the Pac-12 Tournament and has a legitimate shot to upset OSU for the conference title. No. 2 Jason Chamberlain, 149-pound senior, is wrestling the best he has during his prolific career, and confidence is at an all-time high for the Broncos. The top two teams are still the only contenders for the conference title, and it’s beginning to shape up as the best battle in recent memory.
3. Cal State Bakersfield (8-6, 2-3)
Cal State Bakersfield snuck into the third spot after a 24-13 win over Stanford and a respectable 26-12 loss to No. 12 Central Michigan. After OSU and Boise State, the Roadrunners have probably been the most consistent of the Pac-12 schools. Arizona State, Stanford and Cal Poly have all struggled recently, so Cal State Bakersfield gets the third spot more out of default than anything else.
4. Arizona State (8-11, 3-2)
After losing six straight duals, the Sun Devils got back in the win column in a big way with a 38-3 romping of lowly Cal Poly. ASU was only one match away from what would have only been the second shutout in the Pac-12 this season — Oregon State shutout Cal Poly 50-0 on Feb. 8 — but lost in the 125-pound weight class by a 7-3 decision.
5. Stanford (6-16, 1-4)
The Cardinal had a promising season with a 4-2 start, but have gone an abysmal 2-14 since. It looked like Stanford might make a late run to turn the season around, taking down San Francisco State 28-11, before dropping two straight, including a 24-13 bout to Pac-12 opponent Cal State Bakersfield. Honestly, Stanford doesn’t stand much of a chance at all at the Pac-12 Tournament and probably just hopes to finish above Cal Poly at this point.
6. Cal Poly (2-11, 0-6)
In what is already a weak conference, Cal Poly has acted as a doormat for other Pac-12 schools. The Mustangs have lost seven straight duals, including embarrassing blowout losses of 39-3, 50-0, 43-3, 38-3 and 41-6. Cal Poly is a young team and the experience gained this season should bode well for the future, but this year has been a nightmare. The good news is there’s still the Pac-12 Tournament left for Cal Poly to find redemption — though it’s unlikely.