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Auburn's Mangrum, Swartz pin down Pac-12 titles

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Oregon State's Michael Mangrum proved invincible again in the 141-pound class at the Pac-12 meet.
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Oregon State's Michael Mangrum and Boise State's Jake Swartz – Auburn-grown wrestlers – captured Pac-12 titles at the conference championships in Tempe, Ariz., last weekend.

Mangrum, a senior captain for Beavers and a three-time state champion at Auburn Riverside, took his second straight Pac-12 crown at 141 pounds. Oregon State won its second straight Pac-12 title and third in four years.

Swartz, a junior and a state champion at Auburn, claimed his second consecutive 184-pound title for the Broncos.

Both will compete in the NCAA Tournament on March 21-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mangrum was fifth at the NCAAs last year, Swartz went 3-2.

In addition, Taylor Meeks, a sophomore from Orting, won the 197-pound class for the Beavers.

Meeks, Mangrum and Swartz – childhood friends of 10 years – trained at Auburn's Vision Quest Sport and Fitness.

Mangrum used a pair of takedowns, locking a cradle on the second, to pin CSU Bakersfield's Timmy Box at 3:33 in his championship bout.

Swartz downed Arizona State's Kevin Radford, 3-1, in the finals.

LINK:

championships.pac-12.com/wrestling

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