Oregon State Wrestling Program to Celebrate Handful of Seniors, Friday vs. Cal Poly
Feb. 6, 2013
Mangrum, Hanke, Vinson, Weishoff and Harris all to be honored before the Cal Poly meet Friday evening
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State wrestling team will say goodbye to five senior members Saturday before the Beavers' second to last regular season home meet against the Cal Poly Mustangs.
The careers of Chad Hanke (HWT), Anthony Harris (133 lbs.), Mike Mangrum (141 lbs.), Ty Vinson (184 lbs.) and Cody Weishoff (174 lbs.) will come to an end after a combined 22 years and 329 wins within the OSU program.
"It has been a great class and was kind of our second recruiting class that came in who really helped elevate the program," OSU Head Coach Jim Zalesky said. "When we took over we weren't very strong and now we are a pretty strong team."
Each senior contributed to the team in his own unique way, one gave more than 120 wins, and another tried to carry his Beaver ties all the way to London and the 2012 Olympics. A pair gave their blood, sweat and tears to their teammates in practice and in open tournaments, while one solidified his role in the starting line-up. Below is a rundown of the five seniors, some of their numbers as well as a quote on their careers from head coach Jim Zalesky.
Mike Mangrum *2008-13* (141 lbs.) Auburn, Wash.
Mangrum has been the most prolific wrestler out of the senior class, posting an average of 31 wins a season since his redshirt freshman year of 2009-10. His three years of 30 or more victories has given him 126 career wins, good enough for seventh place on the school's all-time list. His 31 pins put him in 12th place in the OSU record books. Following the 2011-12 season, the 141 pounder became the first Beaver All-American at his weight class in more than a decade. Mangrum has competed at the NCAA Championships three times and was a Pac-12 champion during his junior year. He is one of five team captains during the 2012-13 season.
Zalesky on Mangrum
Chad Hanke *2008-13* (HWT/197 lbs.) Dayton, Ore.
Hanke made his debut in the heavyweight class during his senior year after taking an Olympic redshirt for the 2011-12 season. The Dayton, Ore., native has excelled in his new weight class, reeling off 12 straight wins to date and a total of 26 during 2012-13. Hanke's 107 career wins puts him in 17th place on the Oregon State all-time list and his pin in the heavyweight match during OSU's dual at Cornell (Jan. 27) single handedly won the meet for his team and gave them the 23-20 upset victory. Hanke is one of five team captains during the 2012-13 season.
Zalesky on Hanke
Ty Vinson *2008-13* (184/174 lbs.) Great Falls, Mont.
Vinson `s rise to the starting ranks at OSU came during his breakout junior season when he compiled a 20-17 overall record and made the switch from 174 lbs. to 184. He won his first seven bouts that year and his rise in weight class came just in time for the Pac-12 Championships, where he finished second. Vinson also competed at the NCAA Championships , where he competed in two bouts. The Great Falls, Mont., native is one of five team captains serving for the 2012-13 season.
Zalesky on Vinson
Cody Weishoff *2008-13* (157/165/174 lbs.) Molalla, Ore.
Weishoff saw time at three separate weight classes during his OSU career and split time between 165 and 174 lbs. during 2011-12. The Molalla, Ore., native started his junior year off at 165 with five straight wins before competing in five dual meets at 174 lbs. Weishoff then jumped back to the 165 lb. weight class where he competed and finished fifth at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships. During his senior year, he has earned nine wins to just four losses in tournament competition and has six pins during his OSU career. Despite being a walk-on member of the team, Weishoff managed to start in a total of 25 dual meets over the last five seasons.
Zalesky on Weishoff
Anthony Harris *2011-13* (133 lbs./141 lbs.) Sacramento, Calif.
Harris transferred to Oregon State from Sacramento City College following the 2010-11 season and has been a hard worker in practice as well as on the mats, competing in a handful of open tournaments during the past two years. The Sacramento native started his OSU career at 141 lbs., but has suited up at 133 lbs. this season, earning 10 wins in his 17 matches, while participating at tournaments in Oregon, Nevada and his home state of California.
Zalesky on Harris
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