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Beaver Wrestlers Given Top-10 Ranking in Pre-Season Poll

 OSU in at No. 9 in D1 College Wrestling's 2012 pre-season poll

CORVALLIS, Ore. "“, When the Oregon State wrestling team takes to the mats to begin the 2012-13 campaign, it will do so with a number in front of its name. That's because D1 College Wrestling has tabbed the Beavers as the ninth best team in the nation in their pre-season poll, released Monday.

Last season, OSU garnered pre-season rankings of No.'s 18 and 22 to begin the season, but the top-10 slot it was awarded heading into this year is the highest pre-season accolade the team has received in the, Jim Zalesky, era.

Just ahead of the 'Beavs in D1's pre-season poll is Ohio State at No. 5, Illinois at No. 6, Missouri who is No. 7 and Cornell at No. 8. Rounding out the Top-10 is Virginia Tech as Penn State grabs the top spot, followed by Minnesota (No. 2), Iowa (No. 3) and Oklahoma State at No. 4.

Oregon State enters the 2012 season with a total of seven wrestlers also ranked in D1's individual season poll. Those student-athletes are as follows:, Pat Rollins, (No. 17/125 lbs), Mike Mangrum, (No. 3/141 lbs.), Scott Sakaguchi, (No. 7/149 lbs.), RJ Pena, (No. 11/157 lbs.), Ty Vinson, (No. 18/164 lbs.), Taylor Meeks, (No. 12/197 lbs.) and, Chad Hanke, (No. 8/285 lbs.).

Couple D1's pre-season poll with Amateur Wrestling News' that came out last week and now a total of seven OSU wrestlers have been awarded pre-season individual rankings heading into the 2012-13 season.

Zalesky's squad started participating in open practices last week and will have their first official practice of the season starting, Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Posted October 12th, 2012. Filed under Amateur Wrestling Tagged: , , ,

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