Beavers To Take A Step Up

Nov. 27, 2000

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2

Oregon State at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Classic, all day

Oregon State is eager to see how it stacks up against the country's best competition at this stage in the season, and the Beavers (1-0 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10) get their chance at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Classic. The tournament, expected to include 53 schools, annually draws about half of the nation's top 25 teams.

'It's a high-quality tournament, a great format, a great arena to wrestle in - we're very excited about the competition,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. The tournament is similar to the NCAA Championships in that it awards eight places in each weight class, and the large brackets mean wrestlers have the potential to get a lot of matches under their belts.

'It's almost like a mini-nationals,' Wells said. 'We're going down there looking to place all 10 guys - that's the objective.'

This will be the first scoring tournament of the season for OSU. The Beavers took 10 wrestlers to the non-scoring Omaha Open on Nov. 18 and all 10 placed, that lineup included two heavyweights and no 149-pounder.

The Las Vegas Classic will provide OSU with more of a challenge than did the field in Omaha or last weekend's 39-3 dual meet win over Stanford.

'There's no question,' Wells said. 'This is going to raise it up a notch, and then raise it round-by-round. We've got to be ready to compete.'

Even with the tougher competition, Wells will be looking for the Beavers to keep wrestling in the same style they've shown so far.

'We want to keep putting on constant pressure, we want to be aggressive, and we want to get after those bonus points,' Wells said, refering to wins by major decision, technical fall, pin or forfeit. 'Bonus points are really big in a tournament like this.'

The Beavers have five wrestlers in their lineup who have earned bonus points in at least 40 percent of their matches thus far, led by senior 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen's 100 percent (5 of 5). Junior 174-pounder Nathan Coy follows at 43 percent (3 of 7), with sophomore 141-pounder Shane Cunanan, sophomore 197-pounder Jason Lovell and freshman 165-pounder Jed Pennell all at 40 percent (2 of 5).

Oregon State will take six nationally-ranked wrestlers to the Las Vegas Classic: Jorgensen (No. 10 Amateur Wrestling News, No. 9 InterMat), Coy (No. 15 AWN, No. 19 IM), junior 125-pounder Nathan Navarro (No. 10 AWN, No. 8 IM), senior 133-pounder Ben Richards (No. 18 AWN, No. 19 IM), junior 184-pounder Isaac Weber (No. 17 AWN, No. 18 IM) and junior heavyweight Jason Cooley (No. 11 AWN, No. 12 IM).

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

(Records are through November 25, rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of Nov. 22)

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

2-1 record with 0 pins, No. 10 AWN, No. 8 IM

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

5-0 record with 0 pins, No. 18 AWN, No. 19 IM

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

4-1 record with 0 pins

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

2-3 with 0 pins

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

5-0 record with 1 pin, No. 10 AWN, No. 9 IM

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

4-1 record with 0 pins

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

5-2 record with 0 pins, No. 15 AWN, No. 19 IM

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

5-0 record with 0 pins, No. 17 AWN, No. 18 IM

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

3-2 record with 1 pin

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

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

ALL-TIME AT LAS VEGAS CLASSIC: Last season, Oregon State placed seventh out of 46 teams in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Classic. In 3 appearances in the tournament since the 1991-92 season, OSU has placed in the top 10 on 6 occasions.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State got pins from 197-pounder Jason Lovell and 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen as the Beavers pounded Stanford 39-3 in a Pacific-10 wrestling dual meet on Nov. 25. OSU also scored a technical fall and a pair of major decisions against the Cardinal.

Oregon State didn't allow a takedown in 7 of the 9 matches that were wrestled (Stanford forfeited at 141 pounds). The Beavers improved their all-time dual record against the Cardinal to 26-0-0.

'It was a good beginning,' Oregon State head coach Joe Wells said. 'Jason Lovell really started us out with a bang (in the opening match), then (heavyweight) Andy Bowlby did a great job, then our more-experienced guys ...'

By then, the Beavers were rolling to a win in their season-opener for the third straight year. Jorgensen, 133-pounder Ben Richards and 184-pounder Isaac Weber all stayed unbeaten on the season, improving their records to 5-0, all 3 were champions at the Omaha Open a week earlier.

Jorgensen, ranked 10th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, flattened Stanford's Shawn Harmon in just 2:06.

Richards had to scramble for a 6-3 win over Justin Walker, who had entered the match with a 9-2 record. Richards, ranked 18th nationally, trailed 3-0 entering the third period, after escaping from the down position to start the period, Richards managed a takedown and 2-point near fall to take the lead before adding a point for riding time.

Weber, back at full strength after missing the end of last season with a knee injury, beat Harold Penson 10-3. Weber broke into the national rankings last week at No. 17.

The Beavers got their technical fall from Nathan Coy at 174 pounds and major decisions from Nathan Navarro at 125 pounds and Jed Pennell at 165 pounds.

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 92-53-1 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 826-246-24 and a .765 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 numbers for the Beaver regulars so far this season:

Eric Jorgensen, sr. (157)	100%	(5 of 5)Nathan Coy, jr. (174)   	43%	(3 of 7)Shane Cunanan, so. (141)	40%	(2 of 5)Jason Lovell, so. (197) 	40%	(2 of 5)Jed Pennell, fr. (165)  	40%	(2 of 5)Andy Bowlby, so. (HWT)  	33%	(2 of 6)Nathan Navarro, jr. (125)	33%	(1 of 3)Jason Cooley, jr. (HWT) 	25%	(1 of 4)Ben Richards, sr. (133) 	20%	(1 of 5)Isaac Weber, jr. (184)  	20%	(1 of 5)Paul Barron, sr. (149)  	0%	(0 of 5)

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 340-60-6 for a winning percentage of .845. This season, OSU is 1-0 at home.

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

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. 10 by AWN, No. 8 by IM ... career, 48-33 with 7 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (23 of 81) ... this season, 2-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (1 of 3) ... last week, major dec. over Nathan Peterson, Stanford, 18-5 in dual meet ... season summary, at Omaha Open, placed second, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

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. 18 by AWN, No. 19 by IM ... career, 53-40 with 8 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (26 of 93)... this season, 5-0 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (1 of 5) ... last week, dec. over Justin Walker, Stanford, 6-3 in dual meet ... season summary, at Omaha Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 0 pins.

SHANE CUNANAN, 141 POUNDS: Sophomore Shane Cunanan (Spokane, Wash./Central Valley HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 19-23 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (6 of 42) ... this season, 4-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (2 of 5) ... last week, won by forfeit vs. Stanford in dual meet ... season summary, at Omaha Open, placed third, went 3-1 with 0 pins.

PAUL BARRON, 149 POUNDS: Senior Paul Barron (Myrtle Point, Ore./Myrtle Point HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 5-23 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 4 percent of matches (1 of 28) ... this season, 2-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 5) ... last week, dec. by Isaiah Camp, Stanford, 7-4 in dual meet ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

ERIC JORGENSEN, 157 POUNDS: Senior Eric Jorgensen (La Grande, Ore./La Grande HS) is in his fourth season in the OSU lineup ... in the national rankings, No. 10 by AWN, No. 9 by IM ... career, 83-36 with 12 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (51 of 119) ... this season, 5-0 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 100 percent of matches (5 of 5) ... last week, pinned Shawn Harmon, Stanford, 2:06 in dual meet ... season summary, at Omaha Open, won championship and was named Outstanding Wrestler, went 4-0 with 0 pins.

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, 4-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (2 of 5) ... last week, major dec. over John Garfinkel, Stanford, 16-4 in dual meet ... season summary, at Omaha Open, placed fifth, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

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. 15 by AWN, No. 19 by IM ... career, 33-28 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (15 of 61) ... this season, 5-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (3 of 7) ... last week, tech. fall over Garrett Johnston, Stanford, 7:00 (25-10) in dual meet... season summary, at Omaha Open, placed fourth, went 4-2 with 0 pins, including dec. by No. 5 Gabe McMahon, Iowa, 6-4.

ISAAC WEBER, 184 POUNDS: Junior Isaac Weber (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... in the national rankings, No. 17 AWN, No. 18 IM ... career, 24-29 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 8 percent of matches (4 of 53) ... this season, 5-0 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (1 of 5) ... last week, dec. over Harold Penson, Stanford, 10-3 in dual meet ... season summary, at Omaha Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 0 pins, including 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, ... 8-10 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (3 of 18) ... this season, 3-2 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (2 of 5) ... last week, pinned Fred Luminoso, Stanford, 4:57 in dual meet ... season summary, at Omaha Open, placed fourth, went 2-2 with 0 pins, including dec. by No. 15 Craig Rumsey, Wyoming, 3-1.

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. 11 by AWN, No. 12 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, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Omaha Open, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins, including pinned by No. 10 Paul Hynek, Northern Iowa, 3:13.

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