Cal Poly Wrestling Team to Host Oregon State on Sunday at Cuesta College
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The top two Pacific-12 Conference teams from the 2011 Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational will face each other in a Pac-12 dual meet Sunday afternoon at Cuesta College.
The meet, scheduled to start at 1 p.m., has been moved from its customary Mott Gym venue due to fall commencement exercises.
With two champions and a pair of fifth-place finishers, Oregon State finished fifth in the 34-team Las Vegas Invitational. Ryan DesRoches captured the 174-pound title and two other Mustangs placed fifth as Cal Poly claimed 11th place.
In this week's WIN Magazine rankings, Oregon State is No. 13 while Cal Poly is No. 16. The InterMat team rankings placed Oregon State No. 13 and Cal Poly No.18.
A year ago in Corvallis, Oregon, Cal Poly snapped an 18-match losing streak against the Beavers with an 18-15 victory, capturing wins in six of the 10 bouts.
Feature matches in that dual, expected to be the same on Sunday, were at 141 and 285 pounds. At 141, Cal Poly's Boris Novachkov earned 1:30 of riding time for a 3-2 decision against Mike Mangrum while Atticus Disney was a 12-6 winner over Oregon State's Clayton Jack at 285.
This week, Novachkov is ranked Nos. 4 and 5 at 141 and Mangrum sports Nos. 2 and 3 national rankings. At 285, Jack is ranked Nos. 4 and 6 while Disney is ranked as high as No. 15.
At the Las Vegas Invitational, Mangrum edged Novachkov 4-3 in the semifinals while Disney dropped a 6-2 decision to Jack, also in the semifinals. Both Mustang wrestlers went on to finish fifth while both Beavers claimed first place.
Novachkov has a career 2-1 mark against Mangrum and all three matches have been decided by one point. Mangrum placed third in the Pac-12 finals in 2010 and 2011 and posted 3-2 marks in the NCAA Championships both years but did not place.
Jack is 2-1 against Disney all time. He is a three-time NCAA qualifier and 2011 Pac-12 champion, improving on his second-place Pac-10 finishes as both as freshman and sophomore.
Novachkov is a two-time NCAA All-American (second in 2011, seventh in 2010) and two-time Pac-12 champion. He sports a 10-2 record this season and is 97-21 in his Mustang career.
DesRoches, meanwhile, is 11-0 and, with his Las Vegas Invitational title, jumped into No. 4 in the national rankings by WIN Magazine, WrestlingReport.com and InterMat. He likely will face Oregon State's Ty Vinson (10-3) for the second time in his Mustang career. DesRoches earned a 15-5 major decision in a dual meet two years ago in Mott Gym.
DesRoches is a two-time NCAA qualifier who has 37 career falls. He won all five of his Las Vegas Invitational matches by decision, including tiebreaker wins in the semifinals and final.
Other Mustangs in the rankings this week include Ryan Smith, ranked No. 30 at 197 by WrestlingReport.com, and Brandan Rocha, ranked No. 31 by the same Web site at 133 pounds.
Smith (6-3) faces Nos. 10/14/15/19 Taylor Meeks (12-2), a fifth-place finished at the Las Vegas Invitational, on Sunday while Rocha (4-3) (pictured above), who won three of five matches at the Las Vegas Invitational, is matched up with Nos. 14/17/20 Garrett Drucker (2-2), who placed second in the Pac-12 finals last year and qualified for the NCAA Championship.
Other Oregon State wrestlers in the national rankings this week are 125-pounder Pat Rollins (9-6), ranked No. 29 by WrestlingReport.com; 149-pounder Scott Sakaguchi (12-2), ranked from Nos. 16-19 in the four major polls; and 157-pounder RJ Pena (12-4), a fifth-place finisher in the Las Vegas Invitational and ranked anywhere from No. 16 to No. 20. Sakaguchi placed seventh at Las Vegas.
The Beavers and Mustangs are meeting for the 49th time Sunday and Oregon State holds a 35-11-2 advantage in the series. Cal Poly's win over the Beavers a year ago in Gill Coliseum was its first since 1989.
The rest of Cal Poly's lineup for the Las Vegas Invitational includes Britain Longmire (6-5) or Michael Clemmensen (0-2) at 125 pounds, Adam Aslam (1-5) at 149, Elijah Jackson (1-2) or Travis Rasmussen (4-2) at 157, Dominic Kastl (4-1) or Steven Vasquez (4-1) at 165 and Sean Dougherty (4-4) at 184.
Cal Poly is 2-0 in duals with wins over Cal State Bakersfield and Menlo College while Oregon State sports a 2-1 mark with wins over Simon Fraser and Boise State and a 21-18 loss to Missouri. The Beavers wrestle at Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday night before visiting San Luis Obispo.
Oregon State (2-1, 1-0) at Cal Poly (2-0, 1-0) Sunday at Cuesta College, 1 p.m.
125 -- Britain Longmire (CP) (6-5) or Michael Clemmensen (CP) (0-2) vs. Pat Rollins (OSU) (9-6)
133 -- Brandan Rocha (CP) (4-3) vs. Garrett Drucker (OSU) (2-2)
141 -- Boris Novachkov (CP) (10-2) vs. Mike Mangrum (OSU) (13-0)
149 -- Adam Aslam (CP) (1-5) vs. Scott Sakaguchi (OSU) (12-2)
157 -- Elijah Jackson (CP) (1-2) or Travis Rasmussen (CP) (4-2) vs. RJ Pena (OSU) (12-4)
165 -- Dominic Kastl (CP) (4-1) or Steven Vasquez (CP) (4-1) vs. Cody Weishoff (OSU) (6-5)
174 -- Ryan DesRoches (CP) (11-0) vs. Ty Vinson (OSU) 10-3)
184 -- Sean Dougherty (CP) (4-4) vs. John Tuck (OSU) (5-6)
197 -- Ryan Smith (CP) (6-3) vs. Taylor Meeks (OSU) (12-2)
285 -- Atticus Disney (CP) (5-2) vs. Clayton Jack (OSU) (13-0)