Beavers Will Get Tough Wrestling Competition

Dec. 6, 2000

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9

No. 14 Oregon State at No. 7 Nebraska, 11 a.m.

No. 14 Oregon State vs. No. 15 Ohio State, 1:30 p.m.

(Both times PST, both meets to be held at Lincoln Northeast High)

Coming off an encouraging performance at the Las Vegas Classic, Oregon State (1-0 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10) returns to dual meet competition this weekend. The Nebraska Duals will bring together three of the top programs from three of the nation's top wrestling conferences - the 14th-ranked Beavers of the Pacific-10, the seventh-ranked Cornhuskers (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) and 15th-ranked Ohio State (0-1, 0-0 Big Ten).

'It's going to be great,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'Nebraska and Ohio State are awesome opponents, they are two excellent teams.'

Nebraska-Omaha, a Division II power who had been scheduled for the event, will not attend the competition. All three teams that will be on hand took part in last weekend's 52-team Las Vegas Classic, with Nebraska placing second, Oregon State fifth and Ohio State 15th.

'Other than (champion) Illinois and (third-place) Lehigh, each of the top 10 teams had about four athletes place at Las Vegas,' said Wells, noting that Oregon State had four placers, Nebraska four and Ohio State two. 'Nebraska has three pretty dominant wrestlers, and Ohio State didn't bring a few guys to the tournament. These should be two very good duals.'

Coming off OSU's performance in Las Vegas, the Nebraska Duals promise to be a good learning experience for the Beavers.

'We'll be wrestling back-to-back meets against good competition - two good, solid teams,' Wells said. 'Plus this will make back-to-back trips for us, and we're coming off final exams - it will be a good test for us.'

The Beavers have six nationally-ranked wrestlers this week: 125-pounder Nathan Navarro (No. 15 Amateur Wrestling News, No. 17 InterMat), 141-pounder Shane Cunanan (No. 18 AWN, No. 20 IM), 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen (No. 5 AWN, No. 7 IM), 174-pounder Nathan Coy (No. 10 AWN, No. 15 IM), 184-pounder Isaac Weber (No. 17 AWN, No. 16 IM) and heavyweight Jason Cooley (No. 5 AWN, No. 2 IM).

OSU's weekend could feature matchups between nationally-ranked wrestlers at 125 pounds, 141 pounds, 157 pounds, 174 pounds and heavyweight. Other Beavers who could take on nationally-ranked opponents are 133-pounder Ben Richards, 149-pounder Paul Barron, 165-pounder Jed Pennell and 197-pounder Jason Lovell.

Nebraska has five nationally-ranked wrestlers: 125-pounder Jason Powell (No. 10 AWN, No. 9 IM), 133-pounder Todd Beckerman (No. 2 AWN, No. 1 IM), 157-pounder Bryan Snyder (No. 2 AWN, No. 2 IM), 174-pounder Ati Conner (No. 9 AWN, No. 9 IM) and 197-pounder Brad Vering (No. 1 AWN, No. 1 IM).

Ohio State has six wrestlers in the national rankings: 133-pounder Jeff Ratliff (No. 19 IM), 141-pounder Robert Sessley (No. 17 AWN, No. 17 IM), 149-pounder Keaton Anderson (No. 20 AWN, No. 19 IM), 165-pounder Joel Walker (No. 18 AWN, No. 9 IM), 197-pounder Nick Preston (No. 3 AWN, No. 3 IM) and heavyweight Tommy Rowlands (No. 4 AWN, No. 3 IM).

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

(Records are through December 3, rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of Dec. 6)

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

5-4 record with 0 pins, No. 15 AWN, No. 17 IM

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

8-2 record with 1 pin

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

6-3 record with 0 pins, No. 18 AWN, No. 20 IM

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

4-5 with 0 pins

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

11-1 record with 1 pin, No. 5 AWN, No. 7 IM

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

7-3 record with 0 pins

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

9-3 record with 0 pins, No. 10 AWN, No. 15 IM

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

5-2 record with 0 pins, No. 17 AWN, No. 16 IM

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

6-3 record with 1 pin

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

7-1 record with 2 pins, No. 5 AWN, No. 2 IM

or: Andy Bowlby, so., Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS),

4-2 record with 0 pins

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 2-2-0 against Nebraska in a series dating back to 1973, and the Beavers are on a 2-meet losing streak against the Cornhuskers. The last meeting was in 1999 at the Oregon Wrestling Classic in Portland, with Nebraska taking a 19-12 victory. OSU's last win was in 1984 in Lincoln, an 18-16 triumph.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 3-4-0 against Ohio State in a series dating back to 1978 and the Beavers are on a 1-meet winning streak against the Buckeyes. The last meeting was in 1998 at the Virginia Duals, where OSU won 22-16. Ohio State's last win was in 1995 in Columbus by a 24-11 score.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State earned fifth place in the 52-team field and the Beavers had four wrestlers place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Classic on Dec. 1-2. OSU heavyweight Jason Cooley placed second, taking third were 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen and 174-pounder Nathan Coy, and finishing eighth was 125-pounder Nathan Navarro.

'It was a good weekend for us,' Oregon State head coach Joe Wells said. 'We made some progress. We wrestled aggressively, our conditioning was good and we went after it, but we made a lot of mistakes and that's what we need to focus our attention on - the little things that are the difference between being a pretty good team and being a championship team.'

Illinois won the tournament with 156 points, followed by Nebraska with 113.5, Lehigh with 105.5, Arizona State with 89.5 and OSU with 88.5. The Beavers racked up a load of team bonus points in the tournament, scoring 3 pins, 6 technical falls and 9 major decisions.

The 11th-ranked Cooley reached the finals with a 4-2 win over eighth-ranked Tommy Rowlands of Ohio State in the semifinals, but was unable to wrestle the title match and was a medical forfeit.

The 10th-ranked Jorgensen dropped a tough semifinal match, losing to third-ranked Kirk White of Boise State 2-1 in a tiebreaker. He bounced back to beat fifth-ranked Shaun Shapert of Edinboro 2-1 in a tiebreaker for third place.

Coy, ranked 15th, was pinned by second-ranked Josh Koscheck of Edinboro in 2:30 in the semifinals. He took third place with a 10-8 win over Mauricio Wright of San Francisco State.

Navarro, ranked eighth, took a 4-0 victory over Ryan O'Connor of South Dakota State in the fourth round of wrestlebacks. He then lost 9-3 to Shawn Williams of Oregon in the wrestleback semifinals and 6-0 to eighth-ranked Ryan Escobar of Illinois in the seventh-place final.

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 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll of Dec. 6: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Iowa, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 11 Boise State, No. 15 Ohio State, No. 17 Oregon (twice) and No. 20 Fresno 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)	67%	(8 of 12)Jason Cooley, jr. (HWT) 	50%	(4 of 8)Jed Pennell, fr. (165)  	40%	(4 of 10)Ben Richards, sr. (133) 	40%	(4 of 10)Andy Bowlby, so. (HWT)  	33%	(2 of 6)Nathan Coy, jr. (174)	        33%	(4 of 12)Shane Cunanan, so. (141)	33%	(3 of 9)Paul Barron, sr. (149)     	22%	(2 of 9)Jason Lovell, so. (197) 	22%	(2 of 9)Nathan Navarro, jr. (125)	22%	(2 of 9)Isaac Weber, jr. (184)  	14%	(1 of 7)

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 AssociationDec. 6      	14thNATHAN NAVARRO, 125Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	8th	Preseason	9thNov. 5    	8th	Nov. 15 	9thNov. 22 	10th	Nov. 22 	8th		        Nov. 29 	7thDec. 6	        15th	Dec. 6  	17thBEN RICHARDS, 133Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	18th	Preseason	NRNov. 5     	18th	Nov. 15 	NRNov. 22 	18th	Nov. 22 	19th		        Nov. 29 	18thDec. 6    	NR	Dec. 6	        NRSHANE CUNANAN, 141Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	NR	Preseason	NRNov. 5    	NR	Nov. 15 	NRNov. 22 	NR	Nov. 22 	NR		        Nov. 29 	NRDec. 6     	18th	Dec. 6  	20thERIC JORGENSEN, 157Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	12th	Preseason	9thNov. 5       	12th	Nov. 15 	9thNov. 22 	10th	Nov. 22 	9th		        Nov. 29 	9thDec. 6  	5th	Dec. 6  	7thNATHAN COY, 174Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	13th	Preseason	14thNov. 5  	13th	Nov. 15 	13thNov. 22 	15th	Nov. 22 	19th		        Nov. 29 	19thDec. 6  	10th	Dec. 6	        15thISAAC WEBER, 184Amateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	NR	Preseason	NRNov. 5    	NR	Nov. 15 	NRNov. 22 	17th	Nov. 22 	18th		        Nov. 29 	18thDec. 6          17th	Dec. 6  	16thJASON COOLEY, HWTAmateur Wrestling News	InterMatPreseason	8th	Preseason	9thNov. 5       	7th	Nov. 15      	11thNov. 22   	11th	Nov. 22 	12th		        Nov. 29 	10thDec. 6 	5th	        Dec. 6  	2nd

OREGON STATE IN THE PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: Here's where the Beavers have ranked in the conference this season:

NATHAN NAVARRO, 125Nov. 29	2ndDec. 6	2ndBEN RICHARDS, 133Nov. 29	2ndDec. 6	3rdSHANE CUNANAN, 141Nov. 29	2ndDec. 6	2ndERIC JORGENSEN, 157Nov. 29	2ndDec. 6	2ndNATHAN COY, 174Nov. 29	1stDec. 6	1stISAAC WEBER, 184Nov. 29	4thDec. 6	4thJASON COOLEY, HWTNov. 29	1stDec. 6	1st

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. 15 by AWN, No. xx by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 2 ... career, 51-36 with 7 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (25 of 87) ... this season, 5-4 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (3 of 9) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, placed eighth, went 3-3 with 0 pins, tech. fall over Charles Gonzalez, Missouri Valley State, 7:00 (24-9), dec. over Sean Shea, George Mason, 10-2, major dec. by Jason Powell, Nebraska, 10-0, dec. over Ryan O'Connor, South Dakota State, 4-0, dec. by Shawn Williams, Oregon, 9-3, dec. by No. 8 Ryan Escobar, Illinois, 6-0 ... 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 Pacific-10 rankings, No. 3 ... career, 56-42 with 9 pins, team bonus points in 30 percent of matches (29 of 98)... this season, 8-2 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (4 of 10) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, went 3-2 with 1 pin, pinned Karl Krebs, Pacific Lutheran, 1:14, major dec. over James Pereira, Portland State, 12-4, dec. by Mike Messina, Boston U., 10-8, major dec. over Justin Walker, Stanford, 10-2, major dec. by Sean Doyle, Cornell, 12-3 ... 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 ... in the national rankings, No. 18 by AWN, No. xx by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 2 ... career, 21-25 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 15 percent of matches (7 of 46) ... this season, 6-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (3 of 9) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, went 2-2 with 0 pins, tech. fall over Nate Peterson, Colorado Mines, 5:50 (24-8), dec. over Justin Giovinco, Pittsburgh, 6-1, dec. by No. 4 Sean Gray, Virginia Tech, 9-7, dec. by No. 14 Robert Sessley, Ohio State, 6-5 ... 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, 7-25 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 9 percent of matches (3 of 32) ... this season, 4-5 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (2 of 9) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, went 2-2 with 0 pins, dec. by Aaron Veskrna, South Dakota State, 5-4, major dec. over Colin Murphy, Southern Oregon, 14-4, major dec. over Rich Vigorito, Pacific Lutheran, 12-1, dec. by Dominic Surra, Clarion, 10-3 ... 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. 5 by AWN, No. x by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 2 ... career, 89-37 with 12 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (54 of 126) ... this season, 11-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 67 percent of matches (8 of 12) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, placed third, went 6-1 with 0 pins, tech. fall over Jason Holder, Boston U., 7:00 (17-2), tech. fall over Michael Cordsen, San Francisco State, 5:09 (16-0), tech. fall over Rafael Maturino, Missouri Valley State, 7:00 (16-1), dec. over No. 5 Shaun Shapert, Edinboro, 9-5, dec. by No. 3 Kirk White, Boise State, 2-1 (OT) in semifinals, dec. over No. 14 Nathan Vasquez, Fresno State, 3-2, dec. over No. 5 Shaun Shapert, Edinboro, 2-1 (OT) ... season summary, at Omaha Open, won championship, 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, 7-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (4 of 10) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, went 3-2 with 0 pins, dec. by No. 16 Yanni Diamond, Edinboro, 7-3, dec. over Edmond Emond, Boston U., 5-3, major dec. over Dave Guarino, Buffalo, 16-4, major dec. over Johnny Clark, Ohio State, 12-3, dec. by Scott Garin, North Carolina State, 6-4 (OT) ... 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. 10 by AWN, No. xx by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 1 ... career, 37-29 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (16 of 66) ... this season, 9-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (4 of 12) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, placed third, went 4-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, tech. fall over Travis Franklin, Northwest (Wyo.) JC, 4:04 (20-3), major dec. over Adrian Garcia, Cal-Davis, 14-4, dec. over Steve Strange, Cal Poly, 9-7, pinned by No. 2 Josh Koscheck, Edinboro, 2:30, dec. over Steven Schenk, Wyoming, 7-2, dec. over Mauricio Wright, San Francisco State, 10-8 ... 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. xx IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 4 ... career, 24-31 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 7 percent of matches (4 of 55) ... this season, 5-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (1 of 7) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, went 0-2 with 0 pins, dec. by Tyson Thivierge, Montana State Northern, 8-6 (OT), dec. by Muhammed Lawal, Central Oklahoma, 7-3 ... 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, ... 11-11 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (3 of 22) ... this season, 6-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (2 of 9) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, dec. over T.J. Tallent, Central Oklahoma, 6-1, dec. over No. 20 Joe Downey, Buffalo, 7-4, dec. by Jack Dennis, Colby (Kan.) CC, 4-1, dec. over Tom Clemen, Northern Colorado, 7-2, pinned by No. 18 Jon Trenge, Lehigh, 0:51 in wrestleback third round ... 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. 5 by AWN, No. x by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 1 ... career, 37-11 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 35 percent of matches (17 of 48) ... this season, 7-1 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (4 of 8) ... last week, at Las Vegas Classic, placed second, went 4-0 with 2 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, major dec. over Mike Whitehead, North Idaho JC, 15-5, pinned Buck McLamb, Cornell, 4:56, pinned Dustin Sullivan, Adams State, 4:01, major dec. over Devin Cole, Southern Oregon, 11-1, dec. over No. 8 Tommy Rowlands, Ohio State, 4-2, medical forfeit to No. 19 Ryan Kehler, West Virginia, in championship final ... 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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