Feb. 25, 2011
Corvallis, OR - Cal State Fullerton's wrestling team returns to Corvallis, Oregon, for the second time in two weeks to compete in Sunday's Pac-10 Championships at Oregon State.
At stake in addition to conference championships are berths into the NCAA Tournament which begins March 17 in Philadelphia.
Fullerton has sent at least one competitor to nationals in each of the last 26 seasons but the challenge is great this season. Wrestlers must finish in at least fourth place depending on the weight class and only one Titan is seeded in the top five -- Todd Noel is No. 3 at 184 pounds. But only the 184-pound champion will advance based on a complicated formula of national seedings. The same is true at 165 pounds where Bryce Whitehead is unseeded.
Champions and only the runnerup will advance at 141 and 149 pounds. The top three advance at 133, 157, 174 and 285 while the top four go on from 125 and 197.
The host Beavers are the defending conference champions. Boise State is the highest ranked team nationally at a tie for ninth in the USA Today/NWCA/InterMat rankings. OSU is NO. 20 and Cal Poly SLO is No. 21. Fullerton is 3-8 in dual meets this year including 0-5 in Pac-10 duals. Boise State went 5-0 and everyone else lost at least two conference meets.