Mangrum, Jack Climb Rankings After First-Place Finishes
Dec. 6, 2011
Mangrum is the nation's No. 3 wrestler at 141 pounds according to Intermat, and both The Open Mat and d1collegewrestling.net have him rated at No. 2. He is 13-0 this season and took home the Most Outstanding Wrestler honor in Las Vegas after out-scoring his opponents, 56-20.
He is expected to see a rematch from his trip to Las Vegas when the Beavers face Cal Poly on Sunday in the form of Boris Novachkov. Mangrum defeated Novachkov, now ranked fifth nationally, 4-3, to advance to the finals where he later defeated Ohio State's Hunter Stieber for the first-place finish.
The two are 1-1 all-time after Novachkov was victorious, 3-2, in a dual last season at Gill Coliseum.
Jack, meanwhile, is fourth nationally at heavyweight by all three ranking services. He is also 13-0 this season after going 5-0 in Las Vegas. His last victory, a pin in 6:51 over Ohio State's Peter Capone, was his 95th all-time at Oregon State.
With five more wins, Jack will become the 20th wrestler in Oregon State history to reach at least 100 wins for his career.
Jack is also expected to face a rematch this weekend when he squares off against Cal Poly's Atticus Disney on Sunday. Disney, whom Jack defeated 6-2 to advance to the finals, is ranked 17th by Intermat.
Jack is 2-1 against Disney all-time.
All told, the Beavers will travel seven wrestlers to face CSU Bakersfield and Cal Poly who are ranked by Intermat. Garrett Drucker is 17th at 133 pounds, while Scott Sakaguchi is 16th. Sakaguchi is the highest rated wrestler in the Pac-12 Conference at 149 pounds.
RJ Pena (157) has earned his first ranking of the season (by Intermat), and is 18th, and like Sakaguchi, is also the top rated wrestler in the league. Vinson is also ranked by Intermat for the first time this season and finds himself at No. 19, third-highest in the Pac-12 at 174 pounds.
Lastly, Taylor Meeks, who is 12-2 at 197 pounds, is 14th by Intermat - and as high as 10th by The Open Mat.
Meeks gives the Beavers five wrestlers who ranked the highest amongst Pac-12 competitors.
Team-wise, the Beavers are ranked 12th by d1collegewrestling.net, 13th by Intermat and 17th by The Open Mat. The NWCA rankings, as voted on by the coaches, have yet to be announced. Check for the rankings Wednesday in the notes previewing the duals on osubeavers.com.
Saturday's dual against CSU Bakersfield starts at 5 p.m. PT. Sunday's against Cal Poly begins at 1 p.m. from Cuesta College. Please note, only live stats for Sunday's dual will be available.
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