CORVALLIS REGIONAL RECAP: Virginia Tech is Perfect in Corvallis, Hokies March on to Minneapolis
Feb. 18, 2013
Virginia Tech goes 2-0, beating Oklahoma 33-6 and Oregon State 20-15, Hokies will go to National Duals' Final Four next weekend
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 7 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies ran the table in Oregon, going 2-0 in regional competition at the 2013 NWCA Cliff Keen National Duals to punch its ticket for the Final Four in Minneapolis.
The top seeded and No. 7 nationally ranked Hokies dispatched Oklahoma 33-6 in the afternoon's first dual meet and then stole home mat advantage away from host Oregon State, edging the Beavers 20-15 in first place meet an hour later.
Virginia Tech joins Missouri, Oklahoma State and Cornell, who were all regional winners Sunday as the four regional schools that will be moving on. The quartet will meet Ohio State, Illinois, Iowa and host Minnesota for the right to become 2013 National Dual Champions.
Aided by a forfeit and three major decisions in their first meet, the Hokies reeled off 10 straight points and then added another 23 for the 27 point victory. The No. 25 ranked Sooners' only victory in the dual came via forfeit in the 141 lb. match, when top ranked Kendric Maple accepted one from Tech.
Following regional second seed Oregon State's 22-13 win over No. 3 seed Michigan in the other opening dual meet, the stage was set for the Beavers and Hokies to battle for supremacy in the region. The Hokies started out the dual taking the first two matches with decisions from Jarrod Garnett (125 lbs.) and Erik Spjut (133 lbs.) to make it 6-0.
Decisions from OSU wrestlers Mike Mangrum (141 lbs.) and Scott Sakaguchi (149 lbs.) evened the score up at 6-6 heading into the meet's halfway point. The 157 lb. bout proved to be the tide turner for both squads as Virginia Tech's Jesse Dong pulled out the 5-4 decision over Oregon State's RJ Pena to make it 9-6 VT.
From there the Hokies had their sights set on Minneapolis and sped ahead of the regional hosts with an additional 11 points and three wins to take a commanding 20-6 lead, heading into the 197 lb. match. Despite wins by Taylor Meeks via injury default and a decision from heavyweight Chad Hanke, Virginia Tech's early cushion proved to be too much for the Beavers to overcome as Kevin Dresser's team took top billing in Corvallis, with the 20-15 win.
Virginia Tech improved to 16-2 overall during the 2012-13 season and are now winners of 13 straight as Oregon State sits at 11-4 overall after their National Duals split.
No. 19 Michigan also went 1-1 on the day with their loss to OSU and then 29-17 victory over No. 25 Oklahoma in the third place meet. The Wolverines improved to 10-7 on the year with their win, while the Sooners were the lone regional team to not pick up a win Sunday, going 0-2. OU fell to 4-8 on the season, now having lost five straight dual meets.
A total of 1,285 fans made Gill Coliseum sound filled to capacity on Sunday as the building hosted its first National Duals regional.
Oregon State head coach Jim Zalesky said of the atmosphere, "I thought it was great, especially when we give the fans something to yell about it. I think the other teams were impressed with our fans and I think the NWCA was impressed with that too."
The National Duals Final Four (Mat Mayhem Finals) will be held Sunday, Feb. 24 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
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