2011 NCAA Participant (149)
2012 NCAA Participant (Seventh - 149)
2012 Pac-12 Champion (149)
2013 NCAA Participant (Fifth - 149)
Served as one of five team-captains throughout the year... Ended season with a 29-9 overall record ... Earned All-American status with a fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 149 lb. weight class, going 5-2 ... Finished second at 149 lbs., during Pac-12 Championships in Tempe, Ariz. ... Earned a 12-3 dual record and was undefeated during matches that ended in a fall or major decision, going 9-0 and 8-0 respectively ... Fastest fall came against Western Wyoming's Dillon Karjanis(0:58) at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite (Nov. 30)... Scored a total of 50 points during dual competition, which was third highest on the team ... Took home first place honors for 149 lbs. at Mike Clock Open ... Compiled two separate four-match win streaks during dual competition ... Went 1-1 at National Duals Regionals, picking up a win in the championship dual against Virginia Tech's Nick Brascetta ... Spent entire season nationally ranked, falling no lower than 12th and rising as high as third in one poll ... Stands just seven wins shy of the century mark for wins in his Oregon State career and will become just the 23rd wrestler in program history to achieve the milestone ... Won a pair of awards at the team's post-season awards banquet, including the 'Team Hustle Award' and 'All-American Award', for his fifth place finish at NCAA's.
Posted a 38-7 record and advanced to the NCAA Championships as the Pac-12 Conference's winner at 149 pounds ... Only one wrestler from the Pac-12 was guaranteed a berth ... Posted a 5-2 record at the NCAA Championships to finish seventh and claim his first All-American honor ... Defeated Oklahoma's Nick Lester, by decision, 1-0, to take seventh ... Two losses at NCAAs came by a total of four points - 6-5 to Penn State's Frank Molinaro and 4-1 to Ohio State's Cam Tessari ... Sakaguchi claimed the Pac-12 title with a pair of major decisions; first a 14-2 win over Boise State's Steven Hernandez followed by a 12-4 win over Stanford's Timmy Boone ... Posted a 10-0 record in major decisions, 1-0 mark in technical falls and 5-0 in pins ... Ended the year 13-0 in duals, including a 6-0 record against Pac-12 foes ... Rode a 12-bout win streak into the postseason ... Streak was longest of his career and broke 10-bout win streak to start the season ... Ended season with longest streak at 13 bouts ... Lost consecutive bouts just once ... Five losses have come by a combined total of 11 points ... Five of the seven losses have come to Big Ten opponents (Ohio State's Cam Tessari, Michigan State's Dan Osterman and Penn State's Frank Molinaro) ... Went 12-0 against Pac-12 opponents.
Wrestled entire season at 149 pounds, his first action with Beavers as a redshirt freshman ... Tallied team-best 26 wins and went 26-13 ... Competed at NCAA Championships in Philadelphia and went 3-2 ... Only Beaver to wrestle at 149 pounds officially ... Went 4-1 in major decisions, 1-0 in technical falls and 7-0 in pins ... Earned first ranking on Jan. 4 at No. 17 and has been in and out of rankings since ... Earned NCAA bid after placing second at Pac-10 Championships on Feb. 27 ... Longest win streak of seven came at Southern Scuffle on Dec. 29 and 30 ... Fastest fall of season came in 1:44 against Arizona State's Carlos Castro on Feb. 11 ... Produced bonus points in 12 of 34 bouts in 2011 ... Went 7-5 against Pac-10 opponents.
Utilized redshirt season ... Competed in Junior FILA Freestyle Nationals finishing seventh at 70 kilograms.
CLOVIS HIGH SCHOOL
Lettered four years under coaches Steve and Adam Tirapelle at 145 pounds ... Earned the California state title at 145 pounds as a senior ... Two-time National High School Coaches Association All-American ... As a senior, finished third at the National High School Coaches Association Senior National Championships and was named the Fresno Bee Wrestler of the Year ... Two-time state placer ... Three-time section champion ... Three-time team captain.
Born June 25, 1991 ... Business major ... Parents are Ronnie and Shelli Sakaguchi; family includes one older sister, Danielle ... Enjoys fishing, video games and hanging with teammates in his spare time ... Chose Oregon State "because of the excellent wrestling program and great education."