OSU's run at NCAAs stopped short; Amuchastegui in consolation semis

OMAHA, Neb. — The Oregon State wrestling team advanced two to the All-America qualifying matches, but a close loss and a fall ended the Beavers' run in the 2010 NCAA Wrestling Championships on Friday.

Oregon State finished tied for 29th place on the day with 18.5 team points.

"Colby's final match is a perfect example of you can't put yourself in those kinds of situations," head coach Jim Zalesky said. "You can't protest those calls. You live, learn and get motivated. Covington and Mangrum's matches were close, but close doesn't cut it. You can have a good year, but it you're only judged on what you do here. We didn't do the little things."

Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum and Wisconsin's Cole Schmitt battled back and forth but were unable to score after one full period. Mangrum started the second period down, escaping in four seconds before taking Schmitt down soon after before turning Schmitt on his back to earn the fall in 3:50 to continue his run in the tournament.

Mangrum faced Germane Lindsey of Ohio in the All-America qualifying match and wrestled him close, but with under 15 seconds to go, Lindsey was able to earn the takedown with Mangrum unable to scramble out and put anymore points on the board. Mangrum finished the tournament 3-2 in his first career appearance.

Iowa locked up a third straight team title, sending five wrestlers to the finals and building an insurmountable lead over Cornell.

After winning the tournament with no individual champions last year, the Hawkeyes are positioned to have their most since 1997.

No. 2 seeds Daniel Dennis (125 pounds), Brent Metcalf (149) and Jay Borschel (174), No. 3 Matt McDonough (125) and No. 6 Montell Marion (141) all made it through to the finals.

The Hawks amassed 120.5 points through the semifinals. Cornell had 75, Iowa State 67 and Wisconsin 62.

Former Phoenix High standout Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford was defeated in the 165-pound championship quarterfinals but won a pair of wrestleback matches to reach the consolation semifinals.

Amuchastegui, a redshirt sophomore, lost to Dan Vallimont of Penn State, 5-2, in the championship quarterfinals.

Amuchastegui regrouped to defeat Colt Sponseller of Ohio State, 2-0, in the wrestleback sixth round, then picked up a 2-0 decision against Ryan Morningstar of Iowa to advance to the semifinals.

On Thursday, the unseeded Amuchastegui stunned No. 3-seed Nick Marable of Missouri in the first round. It was the second straight year Amuchastegui knocked Marable out of the championship bracket.

Amuchastegui was also honored with the NCAA's Elite 88 Award, given to an athlete with the highest grade point average of those competing in each of the NCAA's 88 championships. The mechanical engineering major has a 4.0 GPA.

Another Rogue Valley product, Zack Giesen, was pinned for the first time this season by No. 6 Maxwell Askren of Missouri, in 1:38 in the first round at 184 on Thursday. The former North Valley High state champion won two wrestleback matches before getting eliminated from the tournament Friday on a fall by Steve Bosak of Cornell.

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