OSU Ends Break With Tough Competition

Dec. 20, 2000

No. 14 Oregon State at Midlands Open, Evanston, Ill., all day

Note: Midlands Open dates are one day later than had been listed on previously-released schedules.

The holiday break ends early for 14th-ranked Oregon State (5-2 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10), as the Beavers make their first trip to the Midlands Open tournament at Northwestern. The Beavers will face competition much the same caliber they did at the Las Vegas Classic in early December, with a host of nationally-ranked teams and wrestlers on hand.

In addition to OSU, nationally-ranked collegiate teams represented include No. 2 Minnesota, No. 4 Iowa State, No. 5 Illinois, No. 7 Lehigh, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 12 Boise State, No. 15 Ohio State, No. 19 Pennsylvania, No. 22 Hofstra, No. 23 Pittsburgh and No. 25 North Carolina. The event will also draw a number of wrestlers who have completed their collegiate careers.

'This is a great opportunity for us,' OSU assistant coach Dan Hicks said. 'We've got a number of guys who are right there on the brink of really being among the nation's best, and this is a chance for them to show they belong. For us to be the best team we're capable of being, we have to come up big and win matches against this level of competition.

'It's exciting. Our guys have to come out realizing what they have to gain in this tournament, then make the most of their chances.'

The tournament is an invitational, and Oregon State has seven definite entries: 125-pounder Nathan Navarro, 133-pounder Ben Richards, 141-pounder Shane Cunanan, 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen, 174-pounder Nathan Coy, 184-pounder Isaac Weber and heavyweight Jason Cooley. OSU is also hoping that heavyweight Andy Bowlby may be admitted to the competition.

The Midlands Open is a scoring meet, with teams sometimes allowed to enter more than one wrestler in a weight class, in those instances, both wrestlers score team points.

The tournament seedings will be finalized on Thurs., Dec. 28. Preliminary seedings have been released, and all seven Beavers ranked in the top 10 in their weight class: Cooley, fourth at heavyweight, Coy, fifth at 174 pounds, Navarro, sixth at 125, Jorgensen, sixth at 157, Richards, 10th at 133, Cunanan, 10th at 141, and Weber, 10th at 184.

All seven are in the latest national rankings: Cooley at heavyweight (No. 3 Amateur Wrestling News, No. 7 InterMat), Jorgensen at 157 pounds (No. 5 AWN, No. 7 IM), Coy at 174 (No. 9 AWN, No. 12 IM), Cunanan at 141 (No. 17 AWN, No. 16 IM), Navarro at 125 (No. 17 AWN, No. 17 IM), Weber at 184 (No. 19 AWN, No. 17 IM) and Richards at 133 (No. 20 AWN, No. 19 IM).

The tournament begins at 7 a.m. PST on Friday, Dec. 29. Sessions on Saturday, Dec. 30 begin at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST. Results will be available each day on the Northwestern website at:

www.nusports.com

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

(Records are through December 16, rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of Dec. 20)

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

7-6 record with 1 pin, No. 17 AWN, No. 17 IM

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

10-4 record with 2 pins, No. 20 AWN, No. 19 IM

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

10-3 record with 2 pins, No. 17 AWN, No. 16 IM

149: Casey Horn, so., Salem, Ore. (North Salem HS),

3-5 record with 1 pin

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

5-5 with 0 pins

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

14-2 record with 1 pin, No. 5 AWN, No. 7 IM

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

10-4 record with 0 pins

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

14-3 record with 0 pins, No. 9 AWN, No. 12 IM

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

7-5 record with 0 pins, No. 19 AWN, No. 17 IM

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

7-6 record with 1 pin

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

9-2 record with 2 pins, No. 3 AWN, No. 7 IM

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

6-3 record with 0 pins

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: This is the first time Oregon State has competed in the Midlands Open.

LAST WEEK: Then-No. 13 Oregon State lost a disappointing Civil War dual meet at then-No. 17 Oregon by a 22-16 score on Dec. 13. The Beavers bounced back to sweep the Oregon State Duals on Dec. 16, topping Central Washington 35-9, Pacific (Ore.) 34-6 and Cal-Davis 43-(-2).

At Oregon, the Beavers couldn't knock off a top-six wrestler in the final 2 matches and suffered the upset. OSU led 16-15 before Oregon got wins from fourth-ranked Doug Lee (6-2 over 17th-ranked Isaac Weber) and sixth-ranked Chael Sonnen (14-2 over Jason Lovell). The loss ended OSU's 4-meet win streak against the Ducks, OSU retains a 94-22-4 lead in the all-time series. Oregon State got off to a rough start when third-ranked heavyweight Jason Cooley was pinned by Oregon's unranked Eric Webb, but the Beavers fought back to take the lead by getting a pin from 141-pounder Shane Cunanan and victories from 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen, 165-pounder Jed Pennell and 174-pounder Nathan Coy.

In the Oregon State Duals, Oregon State posted its first wrestling shutout in almost 5 years by beating California-Davis. OSU won all 10 matches for the first time since a 44-0 home win over Lehigh early in the 1995-96 season. Cal-Davis finished the meet with negative points after being penalized 2 team points for unsportsmanlike conduct, it was the first time in OSU's 1,102-dual history dating back to 1909 that the Beavers ever finished a meet with their opponent in negative points. The Beavers used the afternoon to test their starting lineup against Cal-Davis and to provide most of their reserves with a varsity match. OSU did not use more than one starter against Central Washington, which is ranked No. 18 in NCAA Division II, or Pacific, which is ranked No. 14 in Division III. Oregon State's starting lineup was intact for the final meet against Cal-Davis, and Casey Horn's pin at 149 pounds in the opening match started the Beavers on their way. OSU also got pins from 125-pounder Nathan Navarro and 141-pounder Shane Cunanan, major decisions from 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen and 184-pounder Isaac Weber, and a forfeit at heavyweight against the Aggies. OSU's victory over Cal-Davis was also the Beavers' first shutout of a Pac-10 opponent since a 51-0 home win over Oregon in 1984. It was the most points OSU had scored in a meet since the 44-0 shutout of Lehigh in 1996 and it was the Beavers' widest margin of victory since topping Pacific 46-0 in 1993.

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 96-55-1 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 830-248-24 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 9 teams ranked in National Wrestling Coaches Association poll of Dec. 20: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Iowa, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 12 Boise State, No. 15 Ohio State, No. 16 Oregon (twice) and No. 21 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)	63%	(10 of 16)Jason Cooley, jr. (HWT) 	55%	(6 of 11)Andy Bowlby, so. (HWT)  	44%	(4 of 9)Shane Cunanan, so. (141)	38%	(5 of 13)Casey Horn, so. (141/149)	38%	(3 of 8)Ben Richards, sr. (133) 	36%	(5 of 14)Nathan Coy, jr. (174)   	35%	(6 of 17)Nathan Navarro, jr. (125)	31%	(4 of 13)Paul Barron, sr. (149)  	30%	(3 of 10)Jed Pennell, fr. (165)  	29%	(4 of 14)Isaac Weber, jr. (184)   	25%	(3 of 12)Jason Lovell, so. (197) 	15%	(2 of 13)

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 343-60-6 for a winning percentage of .846. This season, OSU is 4-0 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.

NOTES ON CAL-DAVIS SHUTOUT: When Oregon State beat Cal-Davis 43-(-2) on Dec. 16 in Gill Coliseum, it was time to dig into the record books. OSU won all 10 matches for the first time since a 44-0 home win over Lehigh early in the 1995-96 season. Cal-Davis finished the meet with negative points after being penalized 2 team points for unsportsmanlike conduct, it was the first time in OSU's 1,102-dual history dating back to 1909 that the Beavers ever finished a meet with their opponent in negative points. OSU's victory over Cal-Davis was also the Beavers' first shutout of a Pac-10 opponent since a 51-0 home win over Oregon in 1984. It was the most points OSU had scored in a meet since the 44-0 shutout of Lehigh in 1996 and it was the Beavers' widest margin of victory since topping Pacific 46-0 in 1993.

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 was televised, the home dual against Iowa on Jan. 6 will be shown Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.

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	14thDec. 13	13thDec.20	14thNATHAN NAVARRO, 125AWN	        IMPre	8th	Pre	9thNov. 5	8th	Nov. 15	9thNov. 22	10th	Nov. 22	8th		Nov. 29	7thDec. 6	15th	Dec. 6	17thDec. 13	18th	Dec. 13	17thDec. 20	17th	Dec. 20	17thBEN RICHARDS, 133AWN        	IMPre	18th	Pre	NRNov. 5	18th	Nov. 15	NRNov. 22	18th	Nov. 22	19th		Nov. 29	18thDec. 6	NR	Dec. 6	NRDec. 13	NR	Dec. 13	19thDec. 20	20th	Dec. 20	19thSHANE CUNANAN, 141AWN	IMPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 5	NR	Nov. 15	NRNov. 22	NR	Nov. 22	NR		Nov. 29	NRDec. 6	18th	Dec. 6	20thDec. 13	18th	Dec. 13	16thDec. 20	17th	Dec. 20	16thERIC JORGENSEN, 157AWN	IMPre	12th	Pre	9thNov. 5	12th	Nov. 15	9thNov. 22	10th	Nov. 22	9th		Nov. 29	9thDec. 6	5th	Dec. 6	7thDec. 13	5th	Dec. 13	7thDec. 20	5th	Dec. 20	7thNATHAN COY, 174AWN        	IMPre	13th	Pre	14thNov. 5	13th	Nov. 15	13thNov. 22	15th	Nov. 22	19th		Nov. 29	19thDec. 6	10th	Dec. 6	15thDec. 13	9th	Dec. 13	12thDec. 20	9th	Dec. 20	12thISAAC WEBER, 184AWN             IMPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 5	NR	Nov. 15	NRNov. 22	17th	Nov. 22	18th		Nov. 29	18thDec. 6	17th	Dec. 6	16thDec. 13	19th	Dec. 13	16thDec. 20	19th	Dec. 20	17thJASON COOLEY, HWTAWN     	IMPre	8th	Pre	9thNov. 5	7th	Nov. 15	11thNov. 22	11th	Nov. 22	12th		Nov. 29	10thDec. 6	5th	Dec. 6	2ndDec. 13	3rd	Dec. 13	2ndDec. 20	3rd	Dec. 20	7th

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

TEAMDec. 14	3rdNATHAN NAVARRO, 125Nov. 29	2ndDec. 6	2ndDec. 14	2ndBEN RICHARDS, 133Nov. 29	2ndDec. 6	3rdDec. 14	3rdSHANE CUNANAN, 141Nov. 29	2ndDec. 6	2ndDec. 14	2ndERIC JORGENSEN, 157Nov. 29	2ndDec. 6	2ndDec. 14	2ndNATHAN COY, 174Nov. 29	1stDec. 6	1stDec. 14	1stISAAC WEBER, 184Nov. 29	4thDec. 6	4thDec. 14	4thJASON COOLEY, HWTNov. 29	1stDec. 6	1stDec. 14	3rd

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. 17 by AWN, No. 17 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 2 ... career, 53-38 with 8 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (26 of 91) ... this season, 7-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 31 percent of matches (4 of 13) ... last week, went 1-1 with 1 pins, dec. by No. 5 Shaun Williams, Oregon, 12-7 in dual meet, pinned Tommy Schurkamp, Cal-Davis, 1:58 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by No. 10 Jason Powell, Nebraska, 8-3 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Classic, placed eighth, went 3-3 with 0 pins, including dec. by No. 8 Ryan Escobar, Illinois, 6-0 ... 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. 20 by AWN, No. 19 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 3 ... career, 58-44 with 10 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (30 of 102)... this season, 10-4 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 36 percent of matches (5 of 14) ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins, dec. by No. 8 Brian Watson, Oregon, 3-1 in dual meet, dec. over Urijah Faber, Cal-Davis, 8-5 in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. by No. 2 Todd Beckerman, Nebraska, 19-8 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Classic, went 3-2 with 1 pin ... began season with 7-match winning streak, including team bonus points in 3 matches ... 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. 17 by AWN, No. 16 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 2 ... career, 25-25 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (9 of 50) ... this season, 10-3 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 38 percent of matches (5 of 14) ... has won 4 straight matches and 8 of last 10, earning team bonus points in 4 of those, to break into national rankings for first time ... last week, went 2-0 with 2 pins, pinned Casey Hunt, Oregon, 0:45 in dual meet, pinned Kevin Jones, Cal-Davis, 3:31 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. over No. 17 Robert Sessley, Ohio State, 2-1 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Classic, went 2-2 with 0 pins, including dec. by No. 4 Sean Gray, Virginia Tech, 9-7, dec. by No. 14 Robert Sessley, Ohio State, 6-5 ... at Omaha Open, placed third, went 3-1 with 0 pins.

CASEY HORN, 149 POUNDS: Sophomore Casey Horn (Salem, Ore./North Salem HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... entered OSU lineup for Nebraska Duals, moving up from 141 to 149 pounds .. career, 6-6 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 42 percent of matches (5 of 12) ... this season, 3-5 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 38 percent of matches (3 of 8) ... last week, went 1-1 with 1 pin, dec. by Tony Overstake, Oregon, 5-2 in dual meet, pinned Josh Sternberg, Cal-Davis, 2:59 in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. by No. 20 Keaton Anderson, Ohio State, 14-2 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, wrestled at 141 pounds, went 2-2 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, 8-25 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 12 percent of matches (4 of 33) ... this season, 5-5 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 30 percent of matches (3 of 10) ... has won 3 of his last 4 matches, with team bonus points in 3 of those ... last week, went 1-0 with 0 pins, major dec. over Ken Salvini, Central Washington, 13-4 in dual meet ... season summary, at Las Vegas Classic, went 2-2 with 0 pins ... 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. 7 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 2 ... career, 92-38 with 12 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (56 of 130) ... this season, 14-2 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 63 percent of matches (10 of 16) ... has 6 technical falls ... has won last 3 matches and 5 of last 6, scoring team bonus points in 2 of those ... last week, went 2-0 with 0 pins, dec. over No. 19 Eugene Harris, Oregon, 5-0 in dual meet, major dec. over Burt Pierson, Cal-Davis, 9-1 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by No. 2 Bryan Snyder, Nebraska, 9-4 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Classic, placed third, went 6-1 with 0 pins, including dec. over No. 5 Shaun Shapert, Edinboro, 9-5, dec. by No. 3 Kirk White, Boise State, 2-1 (OT), dec. over No. 14 Nathan Vasquez, Fresno State, 3-2, dec. over No. 5 Shaun Shapert, Edinboro, 2-1 (OT) ... began season with 9-match winning streak, including team bonus points in 8 matches ... 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, 10-4 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (4 of 14) ... has won 3 straight matches and 6 of last 8 ... 2 of his 4 losses have been in overtime ... last week, went 2-0 with 0 pins, dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in dual meet, dec. over Jeremiah Jarvis, Cal-Davis, 9-7 in dual meet ... season summary, at Las Vegas Classic, went 3-2 with 0 pins, including dec. by No. 16 Yanni Diamond, Edinboro, 7-3 ... 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. 9 by AWN, No. 12 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 1 ... career, 42-29 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (18 of 71) ... this season, 14-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 35 percent of matches (6 of 17) ... has won 7 straight matches and 10 of last 11, scoring team bonus points in 4 of those ... last week, went 3-0 with 0 pins, major dec. over Leif Williams, Oregon, 23-13 in dual meet, major dec. over Franco Santiago, Central Washington, 19-10 in dual meet, dec. over Adrian Garcia, Cal-Davis, 10-5 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. over No. 9 Ati Conner, Nebraska, 2-1 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Classic, placed third, went 4-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including pinned by No. 2 Josh Koscheck, Edinboro, 2:30 ... 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. 19 AWN, No. 17 IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 4 ... career, 26-34 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 10 percent of matches (6 of 60) ... this season, 7-5 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (3 of 12) ... last week, went 2-1 with 0 pins, dec. by No. 4 Doug Lee, Oregon, 6-2 in dual meet, major dec. over Ryan Jones, Pacific, 14-4 in dual meet, major dec. over Burak Pekin, Cal-Davis, 12-4 in dual meet ... season summary, at Las Vegas Classic, went 0-2 with 0 pins ... started season with 5-match win streak ... 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, 12-14 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 12 percent of matches (3 of 26) ... this season, 7-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 15 percent of matches (2 of 13) ... 5 of his 6 losses have been to nationally-ranked wrestlers ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins, major dec. by No. 6 Chael Sonnen, Oregon, 14-2 in dual meet, dec. over Brandon Arsenault, Cal-Davis, 7-0 in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. by No. 1 Brad Vering, Nebraska, 12-4 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 3 Nick Preston, Ohio State, 12-8 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Classic, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including dec. over No. 20 Joe Downey, Buffalo, 7-4, pinned by No. 18 Jon Trenge, Lehigh, 0:51 ... 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. 3 by AWN, No. 7 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 3 ... career, 39-12 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 37 percent of matches (19 of 51) ... this season, 9-2 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 55 percent of matches (6 of 11) ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins, pinned by Eric Webb, Oregon, 6:52 in dual meet, win by forfeit vs. Cal Davis in dual meet ... season summary, Dec. 1-9, had 5-match win streak, with team bonus points in 4 of those ... at Las Vegas Classic, placed second, went 4-0 with 2 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including dec. over No. 8 Tommy Rowlands, Ohio State, 4-2, medical forfeit to No. 19 Ryan Kehler, West Virginia, in championship final ... at Omaha Open, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins, including pinned by No. 10 Paul Hynek, Northern Iowa, 3:13.

ANDY BOWLBY, HEAVYWEIGHT: Sophomore Andy Bowlby (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 9-5 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 36 percent of matches (5 of 14) ... this season, 6-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 44 percent of matches (4 of 9) ... has won 4 of his last 5 matches ... last week, went 2-0 with 1 pin, pinned Jess Workman, Central Washington, 4:24 in dual meet, major dec. over Jon Small, Pacific (Ore.), 15-4 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by No. 4 Tommy Rowlands, Ohio State, 5-4 in dual meet ... at Omaha Open, placed fifth, went 3-2 with 0 pins.

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