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The Oregon State athletic department announced today that there will be a “change in leadership of the wrestling program at the conclusion of the season”, according to athletic director Scott Barnes. The announcement comes two days after the Beavers finished fourth in the Pac-12 with 92.5 points and a pair of wrestlers that automatically qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships.
This is Jim Zalesky’s 14th year at the helm in charge of the Oregon State team. Under Zalesky’s leadership, ten wrestlers combined to earn All-American honors 14 times. As a team, Oregon State’s best finish under Zalesky was eighth in 2013 when Scott Sakaguchi, RJ Pena, and Taylor Meeks earned All-American honors. They also recorded a top-ten finish the previous season. The team was not able to sustain that level of success and has not finished above 20th in the nation since. Conference foes Arizona State and Stanford have controlled the conference since 2017.
Barnes also stated that the school would be conducting a nationwide search for Zalesky’s replacement.