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Oregon State Wrestling Starts Weekend With Win At WyomingSalem-News.com Sports
(CASPER, Wyo.) - Colby Covington and Clayton Jack each recorded major decisions and the 14th-ranked Oregon State wrestling team bounced back from last week’s loss at Nebraska with a 20-15 win over Wyoming Thursday night.
“The team competed very well; it was a good start to the weekend,” Oregon State head coach Jim Zalesky said. “Obviously, Colby and Clayton earned the most number of individual points but everyone contributed to the win.”
The Beavers improved to 4-1-2 on the year and pushed their all-time record over Wyoming to 18-6 by getting out to a small lead via decisions by Kelly Kubec, Mike Mangrum and Alex Elder, then breaking it open on the major decisions by Covington and Jack, sandwiching a decision by Chad Hanke at 197 pounds.
Covington extended his bout win streak to six by defeating Patrick Martinez, 16-6, at the 174-pound class. He improved to 9-1 on the year, and 3-0 in duals, and extended OSU’s lead to 13-6 over the Cowboys.
Jack, meanwhile, improved to 8-4 this season in defeating Joe O’Farrell, 12-3, at the heavyweight class. That victory sealed Oregon State’s team win when the Beavers went up 20-12.
The meet started at the 133-pound class, where Kubec got the Beavers off on the right foot with a 3-1 win over Kasey Garnhart. Mangrum made it 6-0 in favor of the Beavers, when he took the 141-pound class, 6-3 over Wyoming’s Chase Smith. The win was the 20th of Mangrum’s career to come by decision and he improved to 19-5 all-time in dual meets.
Wyoming earned its first points of the night when Cole Dalaserra defeated Scott Sakaguchi, 5-3, at 149 pounds, but Alex Elder downed Jimmy Belleville, 15-8, at the 157-pound class. The win snapped Elder’s three-bout losing streak and pushed OSU’s lead to 9-3.
Jon Brascetta and Shane Onufer battled at the 165-pound class, with the Wyoming grappler coming away victorious, 5-2, and pulling the Cowboys to within three, 9-6. But Covington stepped in and defeated Martinez, 16-6, to put OSU’s lead at 7 points.
Joe LeBlanc earned Wyoming’s most points of the night when he pinned Brice Arand at 3:29 (184 pounds). OSU’s lead stood at 13-12, but was extended to 20-12 after Chad Hanke recorded a win over LJ Helbig, 13-8, at the 197-pound class and Jack earned his major decision over Wyoming’s Joe O’Farrell.
Oregon State returns to action Friday night when the Beavers visit Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo. Start time is scheduled for 5 p.m. PT and fans can follow along via live stats and live video, with links available on osubeavers.com.
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