Jan. 16, 2011
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Colby Covington won via technical fall and Garrett Drucker took a major decision to highlight No. 14 Oregon State wrestling’s 24-10 victory over Cal State Bakersfield Sunday at the Icardo Center.
The duo paced the Beavers in the victory, which was their first Pacific-10 Conference meet since Nov. 13 at Boise State. Oregon State saw seven of its 10 wrestlers post victories to improve to 7-3-2 overall this season.
“Certainly, we are very happy with getting this win today,” Oregon State head coach Jim Zalesky said. “It was good to get Colby back in the lineup, and overall, we did some good things today. It’s a great jump back into the Pac-10.”
Covington wrestled for the first time in a month and took the 174-pound bout over Joey Granata, 22-7. His win put the Beavers up, 24-4, effectively putting the duel out of reach for the host Roadrunners. Covington increased his win streak to eight and he stands at 11-1 this season.
Covington’s win completed a six-bout win streak for the Beavers, which began when Drucker defeated Jose Mendoza, 15-3, at 133 pounds. The win was Drucker’s 10th of the season at 133 pounds and his fourth major decision.
Mike Mangrum (141 pounds) put himself at 14 wins on the year – and a four-bout win streak – when he downed Elijah Nacita, 9-4. Of Mangrum’s 14 wins this season, 11 have come by decision. That victory put OSU up 10-4.
Scott Sakaguchi (149 pounds) won his 17th bout of the season when he won by decision over John Cardenas, 6-1, and that put OSU up, 13-4.
Alex Elder pushed the Beavers’ lead to 16-4 when he snapped a four-bout losing streak with a 7-2 victory over Bakersfield’s Andrew Balch.
Jon Brascetta (165 pounds) made it five wins in a row for the Beavers, leading up to Covington’s technical fall, when he defeated Trevor Hall, 8-5. It pushed OSU’s advantage to 19-4 and gave Brascetta a 12-10 record on the season.
Clayton Jack (heavyweight) opened the dual by defeated David Morgan, 3-1, in sudden victory. For Jack, it was his 16th win of the season and first to come in overtime. He now has 73 career victories, good for a tie for 45th in Oregon State history.
Tyler Iwamura (125 pounds) gave Cal State Bakersfield a short lead in the second bout of the night when he defeated Jason Lara by major decision, 13-4. At that point, the Roadrunners led 4-3 but didn’t score again until Troy Goodban (184 pounds) and Riley Orozco (197) defeated Brice Arand and Chad Hanke, 8-6 and 7-3, respectively.
Oregon State returns home to legendary Gill Coliseum for nearly the first time in two months later this week. The Beavers host Cal Poly Friday night at 7 p.m. and Stanford Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 1-800-GOBEAVS, visit osubeavers.com or visit the ticket office at Gill Coliseum.
Prior to Friday night’s dual with Cal Poly, the Beavers will unveil their 2010 Pacific-10 Championship banner in the rafters at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State 24, Cal State Bakersfield 10
||Clayton Jack (OSU)
||David Morgan (CSUB)
||Tyler Iwamura (CSUB)
||Jason Lara (OSU)
||Garrett Drucker (OSU)
||Jose Mendoza (CSUB)
||Mike Mangrum (OSU)
||Elijah Nacita (CSUB)
||Scott Sakaguchi (OSU)
||John Cardenas (CSUB)
||Alex Elder (OSU)
||Andrew Balch (CSUB)
||Jon Brascetta (OSU)
||Trevor Hall (CSUB)
||Colby Covington (OSU)
||Joey Granata (CSUB)
||Troy Goodban (CSUB)
||Brice Arand (OSU)
||Riley Orozco (CSUB)
||Chad Hanke (OSU)
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