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Oregon State fires wrestling coach Jim Zalesky

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Oregon State wrestling program will have a new head coach for their next season. The school has parted ways with his former coach.

Jim Zalesky will now seek employment elsewhere after being let go at the end of their wrestling season, according to the school. He had been at the school since April 2006.

Penn State Nittany Lions wrestler Nicholas Megaludis wrestles Cornell Big Red's Frank Perrelli in the 125-pound semi-final match during the NCAA Wrestling Championships
Nicholas Megaludis wrestles Cornell Big Red’s Frank Perrelli in the 125-pound semi-final match during the NCAA Wrestling Championships (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

“I want to thank Coach Jim Zalesky for his dedication to Oregon State University and his commitment to the young men in our wrestling program,” Beaver Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes said. “We wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors.”

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The school will begin a national search to find his replacement. They hope to appoint a new wrestling coach soon.

The program finished the season with an 8-6 record. They were also 2-2 in Pac-12 play.

The team ended their season on a three-game win streak, before coming in fourth place at the Pac-12 Championships in Stanford, California on March 7th with 92.5 points.

Despite the change, two Beavers competitors will move on to the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis from March 19th through the 21st. Those wrestlers are Devan Turner at 133 and Grant Willits at 141.

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Turner won the Pac-12 Championship in his weight, while Willits was second in his weight.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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