No. 14 OSU Ready For Big-Time Visitor

Jan. 4, 2001

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6

No. 3 Iowa at No. 14 Oregon State, 7:30 p.m.

TELEVISION: Fox Sports Net, tape-delayed on January 10 at 8 p.m.

Oregon State (5-2 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) gets a long-awaited chance this week, as the 14th-ranked Beavers host third-ranked Iowa (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten) in a non-conference dual meet. The Hawkeyes - defending national champions and winner of nine of the last 10 NCAA titles - are making their first-ever wrestling trip to Corvallis.

It's more than a little like having Florida State pay a visit to Reser Stadium for a football game, or bringing Duke to Gill Coliseum for a men's basketball matchup.

'It's awesome,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We've been trying to get on their schedule for years, but it's very difficult with the 16-date limit (for meets each season). You have a team that's won multiple national championships, and everybody wants to be on their schedule.'

The reputation built by Iowa's program over the past three decades promises to attract one of the Beavers' biggest home crowds in years.

'To be able to wrestle this meet at home is going to be wonderful for our fans and for everybody interested in wrestling in the state of Oregon,' Wells said. 'It's very positive for wrestling to have a team with the reputation Iowa has to use two of their dates to come to the West Coast and meet us.'

Iowa will wrestle at 22nd-ranked Fresno State on Friday night, then visit 16th-ranked Oregon on Saturday afternoon before meeting the Beavers. Hawkeye head coach Jim Zalesky wrestled for Ron James - now head coach at Hillsboro High - when James was head coach at Prairie High in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

'Ron has been trying to get Jim to bring them out here for years,' Wells said. 'We talked last summer and they decided they could work it out.'

The Hawkeyes sit behind No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 2 Minnesota in this week's National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, but Iowa has the firepower to challenge anyone in the country. Eight of the 10 spots in Iowa's lineup feature nationally-ranked wrestlers, with all of those in the top 10 in their weight class and three ranked No. 1.

OSU counters with seven nationally-ranked wrestlers, including four in the top 10.

Ranked wrestlers figure to meet at 125 pounds with Iowa's Jody Strittmatter (No. 2 Amateur Wrestling News, No. 2 InterMat) and Oregon State's Nathan Navarro (No. 8 AWN, No. 15 IM), at 133 pounds with Iowa's Eric Juergens (No. 1 AWN, No. 2 IM) and OSU's Ben Richards (No. 20 AWN), at 141 pounds with Iowa's Doug Schwab (No. 1 AWN, No. 1 IM) and OSU's Shane Cunanan (No. 19 AWN), at 157 pounds with Iowa's T.J. Williams (No. 1 AWN, No. 1 IM) and OSU's Eric Jorgensen (No. 7 AWN, No. 9 IM), at 174 pounds with Iowa's Gabe McMahon (No. 4 AWN, No. 5 IM) and OSU's Nathan Coy (No. 6 AWN, No. 9 IM), and at 184 pounds with Iowa's Jessman Smith (No. 10 AWN, No. 9 IM) and OSU's Isaac Weber (No. 20 AWN, No. 16 IM).

Other ranked wrestlers are OSU heavyweight Jason Cooley (No. 5 AWN, No. 8 IM), Iowa 149-pounder Mike Zadick (No. 6 AWN, No. 6 IM) and Iowa 165-pounder Ben Shirk (No. 8 AWN, No. 10 IM).

'It's a great opportunity for our kids to wrestle against some of the very best people in the country in their weight class,' Wells said. 'We're getting into our conference schedule in January, and this is a great primer to get us started as far as expectations for the rest of the season.

'Conditioning is always a factor and we want to improve that, but we also want to eliminate the technical mistakes we made in the first half of the season. We want to use our conditioning while we're being technically and fundamentally sound.'

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

(Records are through December 30, rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of Jan. 3)

125: Nathan Navarro, jr., Ontario, Ore. (Ontario HS), 12-7 record with 1 pin, No. 8 AWN, No. 15 IM

133: Ben Richards, sr., Salem, Ore. (South Salem HS), 12-6 record with 3 pins, No. 20 AWN

141: Shane Cunanan, so., Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS), 11-5 record with 2 pins, No. 19 AWN

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), 18-4 record with 1 pin, No. 7 AWN, No. 9 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), 21-4 record with 0 pins, No. 6 AWN, No. 9 IM

184: Isaac Weber, jr., Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS), 8-7 record with 0 pins, No. 20 AWN, No. 16 IM

197: Jason Lovell, so., Turner, Ore. (Cascade HS), 7-6 record with 1 pin

Hwt.: Jason Cooley, jr., Anchorage, Alaska (Robert Service HS), 12-4 record with 2 pins, No. 5 AWN, No. 8 IM

or: Andy Bowlby, so., Newberg, Ore. (Newberg HS), 7-4 record with 2 pins

ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 1-4-0 against Iowa in a dual meet series dating back to 1973, and the Beavers are on a 4-meet losing streak against the Hawkeyes. The last meeting was last season, as Iowa took a 35-7 victory in the Texas Duals, OSU's victory was in 1973, a 23-11 win in Iowa City.

LAST WEEK: No. 14 Oregon State placed ninth in the 53-team field at the Midlands Open on Dec. 29-30. OSU had 4 placers, as 125-pounder Nathan Navarro and 174-pounder Nathan Coy finished third, 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen was fourth and heavyweight Jason Cooley was eighth.

'I'm very pleased with how we did on the second day of the tournament,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We won some close matches and we were very competitive in a very tough tournament. We were pleased with our performance, and we're anxious to get home and get ready for Iowa to come in.'

Second-ranked Minnesota won the tournament with 144 points, followed by No. 4 Iowa State with 133. The Beavers had 55.5 points to earn ninth place, with Pacific-10 rivals No. 10 Arizona State and No. 16 Oregon tying for 10th place.

Navarro, ranked 17th nationally, took third by beating No. 14 Chris Williams of Michigan State 9-3. Coy, ranked ninth nationally, beat No. 6 Perry Parks of Iowa State 11-8 in the third-place final.

Jorgensen, ranked fifth nationally, beat Griff Powell of Illinois 3-1 in the seventh-place final at 157 pounds. Cooley, ranked third nationally, fell 4-3 to No. 20 Eric Webb of Oregon in the seventh-place final at heavyweight.

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 Jan. 3: 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. 22 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)	50%	(11 of 22)Andy Bowlby, so. (HWT)  	45%	(5 of 11)Jason Cooley, jr. (HWT)  	38%	(6 of 16)Casey Horn, so. (141/149)	38%	(3 of 8)Nathan Coy, jr. (174)   	36%	(9 of 25)Ben Richards, sr. (133)  	33%	(6 of 18)Shane Cunanan, so. (141)	31%	(5 of 16)Paul Barron, sr. (149)  	30%	(3 of 10)Jed Pennell, fr. (165)  	29%	(4 of 14)Nathan Navarro, jr. (125)	21%	(4 of 19)Isaac Weber, jr. (184)  	20%	(3 of 15)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 in the arena 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	14thJan. 3	14thNATHAN NAVARRO, 125Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	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	17thJan. 3	8th	Jan. 3	15thBEN RICHARDS, 133Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	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	19thJan. 3	20th	Jan. 3	NRSHANE CUNANAN, 141Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	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	16thJan. 3	19th	Jan. 3	NRERIC JORGENSEN, 157Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	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	7thJan. 3	7th	Jan. 3	9thNATHAN COY, 174Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	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	12thJan. 3	6th	Jan. 3	9thISAAC WEBER, 184Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	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	17thJan. 3	20th	Jan. 3	16thJASON COOLEY, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	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	7thJan. 3	5th	Jan. 3	8th

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. 8 by AWN, No. 15 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 2 ... career, 58-39 with 8 pins, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (26 of 97) ... this season, 12-7 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (4 of 19) ... has won 6 of his last 7 matches ... last week, at Midlands Open, placed third, went 5-1 with 0 pins, dec. over Shawn Amistade, Penn, 6-3, dec. over Luke Eustice, Iowa, 6-4, dec. over No. 15 Ryan Escobar, Illinois, 3-1, dec. by No. 3 Leroy Vega, Minnesota, 6-4, dec. over Luke Eustice, Iowa, 3-2, dec. over No. 14 Chris Williams, Michigan State, 9-3 ... season summary, dec. by No. 5 Shaun Williams, Oregon, 12-7 in dual meet ... 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 ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 3 ... career, 60-46 with 11 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (31 of 106)... this season, 12-6 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (6 of 18) ... last week, at Midlands Open, went 2-2 with 1 pin, pinned Oliver Ruiz, Virginia Military, 3:45, dec. by No. 8 Brian Watson, Oregon, 3-1, dec. over Joseph Crecca, Pittsburgh, 4-2, dec. by Chad Hay, Illinois, 7-4 ... season summary, dec. by No. 8 Brian Watson, Oregon, 3-1 in dual meet ... 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. 19 by AWN ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 2 ... career, 26-27 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (9 of 53) ... this season, 11-5 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 31 percent of matches (5 of 16) ... last week, at Midlands Open, went 1-2 with 0 pins, dec. over Joe Finch, West Virginia, 6-3, dec. by No. 16 Zach Roberson, Iowa State, 6-3, dec. by Ryan Egan, Northern Illinois, 5-3 ... season summary, 5-match win streak from Dec. 9-Dec. 29, including 2 pins, that was part of a stretch in which he won 9 of 11 matches to break into the national rankings ... 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, did not wrestle ... 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, did not wrestle ... 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. 7 by AWN, No. 9 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 2 ... career, 96-40 with 12 pins, team bonus points in 42 percent of matches (57 of 136) ... this season, 18-4 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (11 of 22) ... has 6 technical falls ... has won 9 of last 12 matches ... last week, at Midlands Open, placed seventh, went 4-2 with 0 pins, dec. over No. 16 Rocky Smart, Arizona State, 5-1, major dec. over Greg Cora, Eastern Illinois, 14-4, major dec. by No. 6 Yoshi Nakamura, Penn, 12-3, dec. over Scott Owen, Northern Illinois, 6-2, dec. by Leo Urbanelli, Cornell, 4-2, dec. over Griff Powell, Illinois, 3-1 ... season summary, had 5-match win streak Dec. 9-29, scoring team bonus points in 3 matches ... dec. over No. 19 Eugene Harris, Oregon, 5-0 in dual meet ... 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, did not wrestle ... 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. 6 by AWN, No. 9 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 1 ... career, 49-30 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (21 of 79) ... this season, 21-4 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 36 percent of matches (9 of 25) ... has won 7 straight matches and 14 of last 15, scoring team bonus points in 5 of those ... last week, at Midlands Open, placed third, went 7-1 with 0 pins, dec. by Ryan Lange, Purdue, 3-2, major dec. over Jack Wade, Indiana, 12-3, major dec. over Brad Christie, Montana State, 15-6, dec. over Kevin Carr, Central Michigan, 7-5, medical default over No. 17 Jeff Rusak, Old Dominion, dec. over Ryan Lange, Purdue, 3-1, dec. over Matt Kraft, Minnesota, 3-2, dec. over No. 6 Perry Parks, Iowa State, 10-8 ... season summary, had 7-match win streak Dec. 2-16, scoring team bonus points 2 times ... 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. 20 AWN, No. 16 IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 4 ... career, 27-36 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 10 percent of matches (6 of 63) ... this season, 8-7 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (3 of 15) ... last week, at Midlands Open, went 1-2 with 0 pins, dec. over Tom Tanis, Rutgers, 9-2, dec. by No. 5 Rob Rohn, Lehigh, 7-2, dec. by Jason Cox, Virginia Military, 6-4 ... season summary, dec. by No. 4 Doug Lee, Oregon, 6-2 in dual meet ... 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, did not wrestle ... season summary, major dec. by No. 6 Chael Sonnen, Oregon, 14-2 in dual meet ... 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. 5 by AWN, No. 8 by IM ... in the Pacific-10 rankings, No. 3 ... career, 42-14 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 34 percent of matches (19 of 56) ... this season, 12-4 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 38 percent of matches (6 of 16) ... last week, at Midlands Open, placed eighth, went 3-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, dec. over John Shipley, Montana State, 3-1, dec. over Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, 3-2, pinned by Stephen Neal, Schultz WC, 5:26, dec. over Russ Davie, Cleveland State, 4-1, pinned by No. 1 Ryan Kehler, West Virginia, 2:20, dec. by No. 20 Eric Webb, Oregon, 4-3 ... season summary, Dec. 1-9, had 5-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 4 times ... 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, 10-6 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 38 percent of matches (6 of 16) ... this season, 7-4 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 45 percent of matches (5 of 11) ... has won 5 of his last 7 matches ... last week, at Midlands Open, went 1-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, major dec. by Chad Lamer, Hawkeye WC, 14-3, pinned Mike Faust, Penn, 1:34, dec. by No. 2 John Lockhart, Illinois, 2-1 (OT) ... 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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