Beavers' Simmons second at Olympic mat trials

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Oregon State wrestling's director of operations, Nick Simmons, finished second in his bid for the London Olympics on Sunday at the U.S. Olympic trials and will be an alternate for the team.

Additionally, Chad Hanke, who redshirted this past collegiate season, finished the trials with a 1-2 record in the 120-kilogram class.

Simmons advanced to the championship round with two early wins, then took on Sam Hazewinkel for the right to represent the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. Simmons won the first round of the 55 kilogram freestyle championship event, 3-0, 0-5 and 5-4.

Hazewinkel tied it up at one apiece with a 0-1, 1-0, 2-0 win in the second round before winning in the third championship round, 0-1, 4-0, 3-0.

The London Olympics are July 27 to Aug. 12.

JONES TIES FOR FOURTH — At Duluth, Ga., Oregon State junior Melanie Jones finished tied for fourth on the floor exercise at the NCAA championships individual event finals Sunday.

It is the best finish on the floor for an OSU gymnast since 1993.

Jones performed a near-flawless floor routine, including changing her first tumbling pass to a 21/2; punch front full, to earn a score of 9.925. It was Jones' first appearance in the individual finals.

OSU 7, UCLA 6 — At Corvallis, Ryan Gorton hit a two-run single to put Oregon State up for good and Tony Bryant worked 21/3 innings for the win as the Beavers won the Pac-12 series finale at Goss Stadium. OSU won the series, 2-1.

UCLA had runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth, but Bryant got UCLA right fielder Jeff Gelalich to fly out to left field to end the game.

The Beavers improved to 26-12 overall and 8-7 in the Pac-12. UCLA is 26-10 and 11-7.

Ashland's Max Gordon was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth to give the Beavers a 4-2 lead.

Dan Child started and worked 61/3 innings for the Beavers but did not get the decision. He allowed four hits and three runs, throwing just 69 pitches.

WSU 10, UO 6 — At Eugene, Washington State's Taylor Ard drove in five runs with a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run shot in the eighth as the Cougars won the series, 2-1.

Ard was 3-for-5 for WSU (20-16, 7-7 Pac-12).

The Ducks (27-12, 11-7) lost their first series since dropping two of three at Washington March 16-17.

The Cougars pounded out 13 hits, the most the Ducks have surrendered this season.

WSU led 10-2 through the top of the eighth before Oregon scored four runs in the final two innings.

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