Corvallis, Ore. – The No. 6 Oregon State wrestling team heads to Michigan this weekend for its first official dual events of the 2013-14 season.
Saturday, the Beavers travel to Ypsilanti to take on Michigan State, Northern Illinois, and Central Michigan at the Eastern Michigan Duals.
Saturday’s Schedule: OSU vs. Michigan State at 7 a.m. PT OSU vs. Northern Illinois at 8:30 a.m. PT OSU vs. Central Michigan at 10 a.m. PT
“We’re looking to get into competition and getting the dual meet season going,” said Head Coach Jim Zalesky. “We’re looking at where our team is going to be at.”
Last weekend at the Mike Clock Open, the coaching staff started putting together a more permanent lineup based on results.
“There are some weights that are still up in the air,” Zalesky said. For instance, “I think Pat Rollins will go this week and Joey Palmer won’t, to kind of give him a shot and see where he’s at; and we’re still waiting to see who’s going to step up at 184.”
Sunday, Oregon State heads to Ann Arbor for a dual match against No. 14 Michigan. The meet is set for 11 a.m. PT.
“This time of year, you’ve just got to go and compete,” Zalesky said. “It’s a time to see where you’re at and where you need to be conditioning-wise and technique-wise.”
Michigan will be the Beavers’ first ranked opponent this year and will test them early on, preparing them for other difficult match-ups down the road.
“It’s good to get this early competition against some of those Midwest teams,” Zalesky said.
This will also be the first official showing of senior Scott Sakguchi, who didn't wrestle last weekend at the Mike Clock Open. Sakaguchi was ranked No. 1 in the 149 lb. weight class earlier this week by InterMat.
He joins junior Taylor Meeks who is ranked No. 1 in the 197 lb. weight class. Other ranked Beavers include No. 3/5 senior RJ Pena at 157 and No. 20 sophomore Joey Palmer at 125.