Beavers To Begin Dual Meet Season

Nov. 22, 2000

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Stanford at Oregon State, 1 p.m.

Oregon State (0-0 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) won't be getting a four-day weekend, but the Beavers are looking forward to starting their dual meet season when Stanford (1-0, 0-0) visits Gill Coliseum for a Saturday afternoon of Pacific-10 wrestling.

'It's a great home-opener,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'Typically when we meet them here, it's Thanksgiving weekend, hopefully we won't have been too thankful and had too many goodies. But we're ready to go, and we're fired up.'

Oregon State goes into the weekend with six nationally-ranked wrestlers in its lineup after 184-pounder Isaac Weber broke into the Amateur Wrestling News and Intermat top-20 lists this week. Weber, who won the Omaha Open last week, is ranked No. 17 by AWN and No. 18 by IM.

Weber joins 125-pounder Nathan Navarro (No. 10 AWN, No. 9 IM), 133-pounder Ben Richards (No. 18 AWN, No. 19 IM), 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen (No.10 AWN, No. 9 IM), 174-pounder Nathan Coy (No. 15 AWN, No. 19 IM) and heavyweight Jason Cooley (No. 11 AWN, No. 12 IM). As a team, OSU is ranked No. 19 in InterMat's dual meet poll and is not ranked in AWN's tournament poll.

The Beavers got their season off to a good start last weekend at the Omaha Open, where Oregon State's starters competed.

OSU crowned three champions in Omaha - Richards, Eric Jorgensen and Weber - and all 10 Oregon State wrestlers placed. Jorgensen also earned the event's Outstanding Wrestler award.

'Our conditioning looked good,' Wells said. 'We wrestled aggressively, we put the pressure on guys and we won some matches in overtime. As far as technique, we've got a lot of work to do. It's basically just cleaning up the minor little things - better concentration, better focus and better execution. We need to generate a little more pressure on our setups.

'Overall, it was a good tournament and a great beginning. We were anxious to wrestle somebody besides the guys in our own room.'

The rest of the Beavers went to the Southern Oregon Open, where OSU's only placer was Jake Huffman, who was fourth at 165 pounds.

Stanford won its dual meet opener, beating San Francisco State 26-12 on Nov. 14. The Cardinal bring an inexperienced squad to Corvallis, having lost all four of its Pacific-10 placers to graduation, no Stanford wrestlers are nationally-ranked by either Amateur Wrestling News or InterMat.

Stanford will be in Portland on Friday, wrestling dual meets against Pacific (Ore.) and Portland State before coming to Corvallis.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

(Records are through November 18, rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of Nov. 22)

125: Nathan Navarro, jr., Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS),

1-1 record with 0 pins, No. 10 AWN, No. 8 IM

133: Ben Richards, sr., Salem, Ore. (South Salem HS),

4-0 record with 0 pins, No. 18 AWN, No. 19 IM

141: Shane Cunanan, so., Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS),

3-1 record with 0 pins

149: Paul Barron, sr., Myrtle Point, Ore. (Myrtle Point HS),

2-2 with 0 pins

157: Eric Jorgensen, sr., La Grande, Ore. (La Grande HS),

4-0 record with 0 pins, No. 10 AWN, No. 9 IM

165: Jed Pennell, fr., Cave Junction, Ore. (Illinois Valley HS),

3-1 record with 0 pins

174: Nathan Coy, jr., Oregon City, Ore. (Oregon City HS),

4-2 record with 0 pins, No. 15 AWN, No. 19 IM

184: Isaac Weber, jr., Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS),

4-0 record with 0 pins, No. 17 AWN, No. 18 IM

197: Jason Lovell, so., Turner, Ore. (Cascade HS),

2-2 record with 0 pins

Hwt.: Jason Cooley, jr., Anchorage, Alaska (Robert Service HS),

3-1 record with 0 pins, No. 11 AWN, No. 12 IMRecent history

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 25-0-0 against Stanford in a series dating back to 1953. Last season, OSU took a 22-13 win at Stanford, the last meeting in Corvallis was a 34-8 Beaver victory in 1999.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State's Eric Jorgensen was named the Outstanding Wrestler as he won the 157-pound championship at the Omaha Open on Nov. 18, and Beaver 133-pounder Ben Richards and 184-pounder Isaac Weber also won titles at the season-opening tournament. All 10 OSU wrestlers placed in the event, in which no team scores were kept, the field included No. 1-ranked Iowa and No. 3-ranked Minnesota.

Second-place finishers for the Beavers were 125-pounder Nathan Navarro and heavyweight Jason Cooley, a third-place finisher was 141-pounder Shane Cunanan, fourth-place finishers were 174-pounder Nathan Coy and 197-pounder Jason Lovell, and placing fifth were 165-pounder Jed Pennell and heavyweight Andy Bowlby.

'The kids performed very well,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We won a lot of matches in the third period or in overtime, and that's a good indicator that we were doing some of the right things.'

Jorgensen recorded two technical falls and two major decisions on the way to his Outstanding Wrestler award. Richards had a major decision among his four wins and Weber had a technical fall among his four victories.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH JOE WELLS: Joe Wells is in his ninth season as Oregon State's head coach. Since Wells took over prior to the 1992-93 season, OSU has a 91-53-1 career dual meet record at OSU.

The Beavers were Pacific-10 Conference champions under Wells in 1994 and he has twice been named the conference's Coach of the Year. OSU has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships four times in Wells' tenure, tying for ninth place in 1998 and placing eighth in 1996, second in 1995 and fourth in 1994.

Under Wells, OSU has had two national champions, 15 All-Americans and 16 conference champions.

Wells was named the ASICS Oregon Wrestling Classic's Man of the Year for 1998 for his contributions to wrestling in the state.

Wells, who has coached numerous World Teams for the United States, is a 1972 Iowa graduate. He was a two-time placer at the Big Ten meet and the 1976 U.S. Wrestling Federation freestyle champ. He spent 17 seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa and Michigan before coming to Oregon State.

OREGON STATE SECOND IN ALL-TIME DUAL MEET WINS: OSU rates as one of the best dual meet teams in collegiate wrestling history. The Beavers were second in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools and fourth in all-time dual meet winning percentage going into the 2000-01 season. OSU currently has an all-time dual meet record of 825-246-24 and a .764 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU will face one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers will meet 8 teams ranked in Amateur Wrestling News' preseason top 20, including 5 teams in the AWN top 10: No. 1 Iowa, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 11 Boise State, No. 16 Fresno State and No. 19 Ohio State.

BEAVERS WITH TEAM BONUS POINTS: Oregon State tracks how well wrestlers earn team bonus points - that is, extra points for wins by major decision, technical fall, pin, injury default or forfeit. Here are the leaders among the Beaver regulars so far this season:

Eric Jorgensen, sr. (157)	100%	(4 of 4)Michael Delaney, so. (125)	67%	(1 of 3)Andy Bowlby, so. (HWT)    	40%	(2 of 5)Nathan Coy, jr. (174)    	33%	(2 of 6)Jason Cooley, jr. (HWT) 	25%	(1 of 4)Shane Cunanan, so. (141)	25%	(1 of 4)Jason Lovell, so. (197) 	25%	(1 of 4)Jed Pennell, fr. (165)  	25%	(1 of 4)Ben Richards, sr. (133) 	25%	(1 of 4)Isaac Weber, jr. (184)  	25%	(1 of 4)

OREGON STATE IN GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State has one of the finest homes in college wrestling, 10,400-seat Gill Coliseum. Entering their 45th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 339-60-6 for a winning percentage of .844.

OSU moved its home wrestling meets into Gill Coliseum in 1956-57, when Dale Thomas became head coach. Since then, the arena has hosted conference championship meets 13 times and it was the site of the NCAA Championships in 1961 and 1980.

For the past several years, Oregon State has averaged over 900 fans per dual meet at Gill Coliseum. That includes crowds of over 2,200 for each of the last 2 home Civil War duals against Oregon.

OREGON STATE WRESTLING TICKETS: All Oregon State wrestling tickets are sold on a general admission basis. They are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens (age 62 and over) and students (high school and under). OSU students are admitted free with an all-sports pass or for $1 with their OSU student identification card.

Local Bi-Mart stores have coupons good for 2 admissions for the price of 1 adult admission for all OSU home wrestling meets.

Wrestling is also part of the OSU 7-Sport Pass, which is good for general admission seating at all home contests in wrestling, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, women's basketball and baseball. The 7-Sport Pass is $130 for a family pass that admits 2 adults and 2 children, $80 for an adult pass, and $60 for a senior citizen or student pass.

BEAVERS ON TELEVISION: OSU will have a pair of dual meets televised by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis this winter. The Beavers' dual meet at Oregon on Dec. 13 and the home dual against Iowa on Jan. 6 will be shown on dates to be announced.

OREGON STATE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Here's where the Beavers have ranked nationally this season:

TEAMAmateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	NR	Preseason	19thNational Wrestling Coaches AssociationTBANATHAN NAVARRO, 125Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	8th	Preseason 9thNov. 5	8th        	Nov. 15	9thNov. 22	10th       	Nov. 22	8thBEN RICHARDS, 133Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	18th	Preseason NRNov. 5	18th        	Nov. 15	NRNov. 22	18th        	Nov. 22	19thERIC JORGENSEN, 157Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	12th	Preseason 9thNov. 5	12th	        Nov. 15	9thNov. 22	10th	        Nov. 22	9thNATHAN COY, 174Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	13th	Preseason 14thNov. 5	13th	Nov. 15	13thNov. 22	15th	Nov. 22	19thISAAC WEBER, 184Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	NR	Preseason NRNov. 5	NR	        Nov. 15	NRNov. 22	17th	        Nov. 22	18thJASON COOLEY, HWTAmateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	8th	Preseason 9thNov. 5	7th	        Nov. 15	11thNov. 22	11th	        Nov. 22	12th

OREGON STATE SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE: Oregon State wrestling information can be obtained from Kip Carlson in the OSU sports information office at (541) 737-7472. Regularly-updated information is posted on the Beavers' athletic department website at: www.osubeavers.com

NATHAN NAVARRO, 125 POUNDS: Junior Nathan Navarro (Ontario, Ore./Ontario HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup... in the national rankings, No. 8 by AWN, No. 9 by IM ... career, 47-33 with 7 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (22 of 80) ... this season, 1-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 2) ... last week, at Omaha Open, placed second, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, dec. over Steve Cordova, Wyoming, 4-3, dec. by Mack LaRock, Nebraska-Omaha, 5-4.

BEN RICHARDS, 133 POUNDS: Senior Ben Richards (Salem, Ore./South Salem HS) is in his fourth season in the OSU lineup ... in the national rankings, No. 8 by AWN ... career, 52-40 with 8 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (26 of 92)... this season, 4-0 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, at Omaha Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 0 pins, dec. over Jesse Zobeck, Iowa, 7-2, dec. over Jacob Ramos, Augustana (S.D.), 13-6, major dec. over Chad Flores, Nebraska-Kearney, 11-1, dec. over Chad Boudreaux, Northern Iowa, 11-4.

SHANE CUNANAN, 141 POUNDS: Sophomre Shane Cunanan (Spokane, Wash./Central Valley HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 18-23 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 12 percent of matches (5 of 41) ... this season, 3-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, at Omaha Open, placed third, went 3-1 with 0 pins, tech. fall over J. Bower, Chadron State, 5:42, dec. over Bryan Baker, Huron, 8-3, dec. by Mar Rial, Northern Iowa, 6-5, dec. over Joe Schneider, Central Oklahoma, 3-1.

PAUL BARRON, 149 POUNDS: Senior Paul Barron (Myrtle Point, Ore./Myrtle Point HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 5-22 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 4 percent of matches (1 of 27) ... this season, 2-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 4) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, dec. over Jesse Armstrong, Southern Oregon, 7-0, dec. to Nick Davis, Cal-Davis, 9-4, dec. over Jake Albinio, Oregon State, 6-1, dec. by Colin Murphy, Southern Oregon, 7-5.

ERIC JORGENSEN, 157 POUNDS: Senior Eric Jorgensen (La Grande, Ore./La Grande HS) is in his fourth season in the OSU lineup ... in the natioal rankings, No. 12 by AWN, No. 9 by IM ... career, 82-36 with 11 pins, team bonus points in 42 percent of matches (50 of 118) ... this season, 4-0 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 100 percent of matches (4 of 4) ... last week, at Omaha Open, won championship and was named Outstanding Wrestler, went 4-0 with 0 pins, tech. fall over Matt Neumiller, St. Cloud State, 4:37, tech. fall over Tom Koenig, Northern Iowa, 15-0, major dec. over Justin Willuweit, Nebraska-Kearny, 12-4, major dec. over Drew Kelley, Northern Iowa, 15-2.

JED PENNELL, 165 POUNDS: Freshman Jed Pennell (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 3-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, at Omaha Open, placed fifth, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, dec. over Ben Shirk, Iowa, 6-5 (OT), inj. default over Bob Koenig, Northern Iowa, dec. by Ben Shirk, Iowa, 5-2, dec. over Todd Kirkpatrick, Augustana (S.D.), 2-0.

NATHAN COY, 174 POUNDS: Junior Nathan Coy (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... in the national rankings, No. 13 by AWN, No. 13 by IM ... career, 32-28 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (14 of 60) ... this season, 4-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (2 of 6) ... last week, at Omaha Open, placed fourth, went 4-2 with 0 pins, tech. fall over Cody Barent, Chadron State, 24-9, dec. by No. 5 Gabe McMahon, Iowa, 6-4, tech. fall over Von Alavi, Nebraska-Kearney, 5:00, dec. over Ricky Crone, Northern Iowa, 9-4, dec. over Zach Stalder, Nebraska-Omaha, 7-2, dec. by Matt Kraft, Minnesota, 11-9.

ISAAC WEBER, 184 POUNDS: Junior Isaac Weber (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... career, 23-29 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 8 percent of matches (4 of 52) ... this season, 4-0 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, at Omaha Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 0 pins, tech. fall over Ryan Uhing, Dana, 2:55, dec. over Sam Kenton, Augustana (S.D.), 3-1, dec. over Muhammed Lawal, Central Oklahoma, 3-1 (OT), dec. over No. 17 Kyle Hanson, Northern Iowa, 3-1.

JASON LOVELL, 197 POUNDS: Sophomore Jason Lovell (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, ... 7-10 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 12 percent of matches (2 of 17) ... this season, 2-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, at Omaha Open, placed fourth, went 2-2 with 0 pins, forfeit over Lucas Kluever, Northern Iowa, dec. by No. 15 Craig Rumsey, Wyoming, 3-1, dec. over T.J. Tallent, Central Oklahoma, 5-1, dec. by Andy Sistek, Nebraska-Kearney, 6-4.

JASON COOLEY, HEAVYWEIGHT: Junior Jason Cooley (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... in the national rankings, No. 7 by AWN, No. 11 by IM ... career, 33-11 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 32 percent of matches (14 of 44) ... this season, 3-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, at Omaha Open, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins, major dec. over Jeremy McCoy, Central Oklahoma, 12-2, dec. over Josh Liddle, Iowa, 7-4, dec. over Brad Steele, Wyoming, 6-0, pinned by No. 10 Paul Hynek, Northern Iowa, 3:13.

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