OSU Ready For NCAAs

March 14, 2001

THURSDAY, MARCH 15-SATURDAY, MARCH 17

No. 17 Oregon State at NCAA Championships,

Iowa City, Iowa (host: Iowa), all day

THURSDAY, MARCH 15

Session I, 9 a.m.: Preliminaries

Session II, 4:30 p.m.: Preliminaries and wrestlebacks

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Session III, 9 a.m.: Quarterfinals and wrestlebacks

Session IV, 4:30: Semifinals and wrestlebacks

SATURDAY, MARCH 17

Session V, 9 a.m.: Consolation finals

Session VI, 4:30 p.m.: Championship finals

(All Times Pacific)

Oregon State (12-7 overall, 8-2 Pacific-10) heads for a meet where it's had a great deal of success over the years - the NCAA Championships. The Beavers will try to add to their tradition of high finishes with seven wrestlers: 125-pounder Nathan Navarro, 133-pounder Ben Richards, 141-pounder Shane Cunanan, 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen, 165-pounder Jed Pennell, 174-pounder Nathan Coy and heavyweight Jason Cooley.

All but Pennell have been to the NCAAs at least once prior to this season. Jorgensen, Coy and Cooley are all ranked among the nation's top 10 at their weight class by at least one of the major rating services. With that lineup, just what are OSU's capabilities at nationals?

'It's hard to say. I'll tell you after the first round,' said OSU head coach Joe Wells, who has guided the Beavers to four top-10 finishes at the national meet. 'It really has to do with how we approach this tournament. I thought we looked tentative going into the Pac-10s, we actually wrestled a great round in the finals as a team. But up to that point, we did not wrestle well. We need to go out and get started, demonstrate what we can do. We've worked real hard this year, made some changes both in our training and our approach to doing things ...

'So this is that tournament we're focusing in on, to do well and demonstrate what we demonstrated on occasion during the year - to put it together as a team, each individual making a contribution, going out there and filling up the seven minutes. If we do that, we're going to be in the top 10 or better, there's no question in my mind.'

Each Beaver making the trip to Iowa City has beaten highly-ranked wrestlers during the year and most have been nationally-ranked at some point during the season. For Oregon State, team success will be dependent on all its individuals performing up to their capabilities on collegiate wrestling's biggest stage.

'We're all capable of being All-Americans and being in those top rounds,' Wells said. 'So much of it at this point and time is our view of essentially what we've done, looking at the tournaments, looking at the dual meets, looking at the experience we've gotten this season, and putting everything in perspective, relaxing and going out and having fun.'

In the team race, the favorites figure to be defending champion Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Oklahoma State.

'But after that, it's who's hot and who gets out there and wrestles,' Wells said. 'I think a top-10 finish for us is very realistic, and I think we can do better than that.

'But Jorgensen has to be hot. Richards has to be hot - our seniors have to step up. Cooley has to be ready to go. Coy is capable of going with anybody in that weight class. I'm really excited about it. I think we've prepared well, so I'm really excited for the team and its possibilities. I think we're going to have a good showing.'

Wells discussed each OSU wrestler headed for the tournament.

On Nathan Navarro: 'Nathan just has to wrestle courageous. He just has to go out and wrestle to win. If he does that and attacks, he's going to be right in the hunt.'

On Ben Richards: 'Ben just has to be calm. He needs to back off, he has to be not so excited. He needs to tone it down a bit, concentrate and focus in on proper execution and patience.'

On Shane Cunanan: 'Shane needs to penetrate. He just needs to get hold of those guys and go out and take the shot. The quicker he does it and the more he does it, the more success he's going to have. His conditioning is great, he works hard, but he just needs to relax and go out and let go and wrestle to win like he did in the finals at the Pac-10 Championships. If he does that, he's going to be in the hunt.'

On Eric Jorgensen: 'Eric needs to wrestle just like he wrestled in the Pac-10s - with conviction, going out and taking no prisoners. He's taken more responsibility for what's going on, he's worked with Jeff (Cardwell, OSU assistant coach) and that's helped him focus in on what specifically he needs to do to be successful. He's worked real hard, and now it's time for him to reap the benefits of all the effort he's put in. He's very capable.'

On Jed Pennell: 'It's Jed's first time at the NCAAs, so it's going to be the big experience for him. He's demonstrated he's able to take it all in, step up and have a great performance on a match-by-match basis, now it will be interesting to see if he can do that in a big tournament. Manage the jitters, manage the first-time-out-there, but I think he's going to respond well. He's a gamer, and when it's important and it's on the line, he can do some pretty amazing things for a young guy. I think he could be the guy who upsets some big-time names.'

On Nathan Coy: 'Nathan needs to initiate offense right from the get-go and keep it going. He's got the best conditioning, probably, of anybody in the weight class. Nathan just needs to have confidence in his preparation and conditioning, and go out there and get after it, stay in good position and keep the pressure on the guy, not be content to stand and hang out.'

On Jason Cooley: 'Cooley just has to go out there and demonstrate with a little reckless abandon that he's the most physical and the most capable in the weight class. He's beaten the top-ranked guys and he's lost to some that he shouldn't have. He's got to look at that as experience now, it's all behind him and this is a brand new tournament. It's an opportunity for him to go out and demonstrate what he's capable of doing. I really think he's got as good a shot at winning the national championship as anybody we've had in a long time. But, it's how he thinks and how he looks at it. He just has to go out and rough `em up, make `em work, those big boys don't like to work that hard, and he's not opposed to hard work. He just has to go out and take control of the match, get after `em, and he's going to be in the hunt.'

ALL-TIME AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State has placed in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 18 times, most recently with a ninth-place finish in 1998. The Beavers highest-ever finishes were second in 1973 and 1995, OSU placed third in 1969 and 1970, fourth in 1961, 1971, 1979 and 1994, and fifth in 1977. Last season, the Beavers placed 36th.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH JOE WELLS: Joe Wells has hit the century mark is in his ninth season as Oregon State's head coach. The Beavers' 25-10 win over then-No. 11 Boise State on Jan. 20 was Wells' 100th dual meet win at OSU, since taking over the Beaver program prior to the 1992-93 season, Wells is 103-60-1 for a winning percentage of .631.

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, placing second in 1995, fourth in 1994, eighth in 1996 and tying for ninth in 1998.

Under Wells, OSU has had 2 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 2-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 837-253-24 and a .762 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU faced one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers met 9 teams ranked in the final National Wrestling Coaches Association/The Mat poll: No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Iowa, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 15 Fresno State, No. 16 Boise State and No. 21 Oregon (twice).

OREGON STATE IN GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State has one of the finest homes in college wrestling, 10,400-seat Gill Coliseum. Having just completed their 45th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 346-62-6 in the arena for a winning percentage of .843. This season, OSU went 7-2 at home.

In 2001, the Beavers attracted an average of 1,131 fans per home date. That includes a crowd of 2,862 for Iowa's first-ever visit to OSU on Jan. 6, that was Oregon State's largest home crowd in over a decade.

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.

MILESTONES VS. BOISE STATE: When Oregon State beat Boise State 25-10 on Jan. 20 at Gill Coliseum, it marked milestones for OSU head coach Joe Wells and senior 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen. Both earned the 100th win of their Oregon State careers when the Beavers knocked off the then-11th-ranked Broncos.

For Wells, it was his 100th dual meet victory since taking over the OSU program prior to the 1992-93 season. Jorgensen earned the 100th match win of his Beaver career by upsetting then-third-ranked Kirk White 5-1, White was the NCAA champion at 165 pounds in 2000.

Boise State was the highest-ranked team beaten by the Beavers since OSU topped 10th-ranked Arizona State in 1999.

CAL-DAVIS, CAL-STATE-FULLERTON SHUTOUTS: Oregon State blanked a pair of dual meet opponents this season, shutting out Cal-Davis and Cal State-Fullerton. When the Beavers beat Cal-Davis 43-(-2) on Dec. 16 in Gill Coliseum, it was the first time OSU had won all 10 matches in a dual meet since a 44-0 home win over Lehigh early in the 1995-96 season. Cal-Davis was penalized 2 team points for unsportsmanlike conduct, it was the first time in OSU's 1,102 duals since 1909 that the Beavers ever finished a meet with their opponent in negative points. OSU's victory over Cal-Davis was 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.

Then, on Feb. 10 at Cal State-Fullerton, the Beavers matched the margin of victory from that Cal-Davis meet and managed more points in a 45-0 victory. It was the first time the Beavers had posted 2 shutouts in a season since 1984, when they blanked Oregon 47-0 in Eugene and 51-0 in Corvallis.

BEAVER WRESTLING HOMECOMING: Oregon States' annual Beaver Wrestling Homecoming was held Feb. 14, and 27 former Oregon State wrestlers were among a crowd of 1,764 that saw 15th-ranked OSU beat 18th-ranked Oregon 25-10. Among them, the alums on hand earned 33 individual conference championships, 22 All-America finishes 6 individual national titles.

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	14thJan. 10	15thJan. 17	14thJan. 24	12thJan. 31	13thFeb. 7	15thFeb. 14	17thFeb. 21	17thFinal	17thNATHAN 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	17thDec. 13	18th	Dec. 13	17thDec. 20	17th	Dec. 20	17thJan. 3	8th	Jan. 3	15thJan. 10	10th	Jan. 10	13thJan. 17	10th	Jan. 17	11thJan. 24	10th	Jan. 24	10thJan. 31	9th	Jan. 31	8thFeb. 7	8th	Feb. 7	8thFeb. 14	11th	Feb. 14	8thFeb. 21	7th	Feb. 21	9thFeb. 28	NR	Feb. 28	14thFinal	NR	Final	12thBEN 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	NRDec. 13	NR	Dec. 13	19thDec. 20	20th	Dec. 20	19thJan. 3	20th	Jan. 3	NRJan. 10	NR	Jan. 10	NRJan. 17	NR	Jan. 17	20thJan. 24	NR	Jan. 24	17thJan. 31	NR	Jan. 31	18thFeb. 7	NR	Feb. 7	18thFeb. 14	NR	Feb. 14	17thFeb. 21	NR	Feb. 21	15thFeb. 28	NR	Feb. 28	16thFinal	NR	Final	15thSHANE 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	20thDec. 13	18th	Dec. 13	16thDec. 20	17th	Dec. 20	16thJan. 3	19th	Jan. 3	NRJan. 10	20th	Jan. 10	NRJan. 17	NR	Jan. 17	NRJan. 24	20th	Jan. 24	NRJan. 31	NR	Jan. 31	NRFeb. 7	NR	Feb. 7	NRFeb. 14	NR	Feb. 14	NRFeb. 21	NR	Feb. 21	NRFeb. 28	NR	Feb. 21	NRFinal	NR	Final	NRERIC 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	7thDec. 13	5th	Dec. 13	7thDec. 20	5th	Dec. 20	7thJan. 3	7th	Jan. 3	9thJan. 10	7th	Jan. 10	9thJan. 17	7th	Jan. 17	8thJan. 24	6th	Jan. 24	7thJan. 31	6th	Jan. 31	7thFeb. 7	6th	Feb. 7	7thFeb. 14	6th	Feb. 14	5thFeb. 21	6th	Feb. 21	5thFeb. 28	4th	Feb. 28	4thFinal	4th	Final	4thNATHAN 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	15thDec. 13	9th	Dec. 13	12thDec. 20	9th	Dec. 20	12thJan. 3	6th	Jan. 3	9thJan. 10	6th	Jan. 10	8thJan. 17	6th	Jan. 17	8thJan. 24	6th	Jan. 24	9thJan. 31	8th	Jan. 31	10thFeb. 7	7th	Feb. 7	9thFeb. 14	7th	Feb. 14	8thFeb. 21	7th	Feb. 21	8thFeb. 28	7th	Feb. 28	8thFinal	7th	Final	8thISAAC 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	16thDec. 13	19th	Dec. 13	16thDec. 20	19th	Dec. 20	17thJan. 3	20th	Jan. 3	16thJan. 10	19th	Jan. 10	17thJan. 17	NR	Jan. 17	NRJan. 24	NR	Jan. 24	NRJan. 31	NR	Jan. 31	NRFeb. 7	NR	Feb. 7	NRFeb. 14	NR	Feb. 14	NRFeb. 21	NR	Feb. 21	NRFeb. 28	NR	Feb. 28	NRFinal	NR	Final	NRJASON 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	2ndDec. 13	3rd	Dec. 13	2ndDec. 20	3rd	Dec. 20	7thJan. 3	5th	Jan. 3	8thJan. 10	6th	Jan. 10	7thJan. 17	6th	Jan. 17	8thJan. 24	7th	Jan. 24	7thJan. 31	11th	Jan. 31	8thFeb. 7	9th	Feb. 7	8thFeb. 14	10th	Feb. 14	9thFeb. 21	10th	Feb. 21	8thFeb. 28	10th	Feb. 28	9thFinal	11th	Final	9th

NATHAN NAVARRO, 125 POUNDS: Junior Nathan Navarro (Ontario, Ore./Ontario HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... 3-time NCAA qualifier ... in the national rankings, No. 12 by IM ... career, 65-42 with 8 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (28 of 107) ... this season, 19-10 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (6 of 27) ... has won 13 of last 17 matches ... Wells says, 'Nathan just has to wrestle courageous. He just has to go out and wrestle to win. If he does that and attacks, he's going to be right in the hunt' ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed fifth, went 2-2 with 0 pins, dec. over Jaime Garza, Cal Poly, 8-6 in quarterfinals, dec. by No. 18 Ben Vombaur, Boise State, 1-0 in semifinals, pinned by No. 19 John Fasana, Portland State, 4:09 in consolation semifinals, dec. over Jaime Garza, Cal Poly, 7-4 in fifth-place final ... season summary, 6-match win streak Jan. 12-Feb. 25, scoring team bonus points twice ... did not wrestle from Jan. 26 until Pacific-10 Championships due to elbow injury ... dec. over No. 16 Ben Vombaur, Boise State, 4-2 in dual meet ... dec. over No. 14 John Fasana, Portland State, 10-4 in dual meet ... major dec. by No. 2 Jody Strittmatter, Iowa, 13-2 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, placed third, went 5-1 with 0 pins, including dec. over No. 15 Ryan Escobar, Illinois, 3-1, dec. by No. 3 Leroy Vega, Minnesota, 6-4, dec. over No. 14 Chris Williams, Michigan State, 9-3 ... 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 ... 4-time NCAA qualifier ... in the national rankings, No. 15 by IM ... career, 69-51 with 13 pins, team bonus points in 31 percent of matches (37 of 120)... this season, 21-11 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 38 percent of matches (12 of 32) ... has won last 7 of last 8 matches, scoring team bonus points 4 times ... Wells says, 'Ben just has to be calm. He needs to back off, he has to be not so excited. He needs to tone it down a bit, concentrate and focus in on proper execution and patience' ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded third, placed third, went 3-1 with 0 pins, major dec. over Urijah Faber, Cal-Davis, 11-0 in quarterinals, dec. by No. 10 Brian Watson, Oregon, 4-1 in semifinals, major dec. over Nate Ybarra, Cal Poly, 15-3 in consolation semifinals, dec. over Charlie Griggs, Boise State, 7-4 in third-place final ... season summary, 5-match win streak Feb. 9-25, scoring team bonus points 3 times and beating nationally-ranked wrestlers twice ... dec. over No. 9 Brian Watson, Oregon, 4-2 (OT) in dual meet ... dec. over No. 18 Derrick Hayes, Fresno State, 7-4 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 20 Witt Durden, Oklahoma, 7-5 in dual meet ... pinned by No. 2 Johnny Thompson, Oklahoma State, 4:55 in dual meet ... pinned by No. 14 David Douglas, Arizona State, 0:55 in dual meet ... pinned by No. 1 Eric Juergens, Iowa, 4:32 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, went 2-2 with 1 pin, including dec. by No. 8 Brian Watson, Oregon, 3-1 ... 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 ... 2-time NCAA qualifier ... career, 34-34 with 8 pins, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (14 of 68) ... this season, 19-12 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 32 percent of matches (10 of 31) ... won 13 of last 21 matches ... Wells says, 'Shane needs to penetrate. He just needs to get hold of those guys and go out and take the shot. The quicker he does it and the more he does it, the more success he's going to have. His conditioning is great, he works hard, but he just needs to relax and go out and let go and wrestle to win like he did in the finals at the Pac-10 Championships. If he does that, he's going to be in the hunt' ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed second, went 2-1 with 0 pins, dec. over Casey Hunt, Oregon, 3-2 in quarterfinals, major dec. over Andrew Gharst, Cal Poly, 9-0 in semifinals, dec. by No. 3 Eric Larkin, Arizona State, in championship final ... season summary, pinned by No. 2 Michael Lightner, Oklahoma, 1:30 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 8 Charles Walker, Oklahoma State, 9-2 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 3 Eric Larkin, Arizona State, 14-7 in dual meet ... tech. fall by No. 1 Doug Schwab, Iowa, 7:00 (26-18) in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, went 1-2 with 0 pins, including dec. by No. 16 Zach Roberson, Iowa State, 6-3 ... 5-match win streak from Dec. 9-Dec. 29, including 2 pins, 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.

ERIC JORGENSEN, 157 POUNDS: Senior Eric Jorgensen (La Grande, Ore./La Grande HS) is in his fourth season in the OSU lineup ... 4-time NCAA qualifier ... in the national rankings, No. 4 by AWN, No. 4 by IM ... career, 110-41 with 15 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (65 of 151) ... this season, 32-5 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 51 percent of matches (19 of 37) ... currently on 14-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 8 times (3 pins, 3 technical falls, 2 major decisions) ... has 9 technical falls ... has won 23 of last 27 matches ... Wells says, 'Eric needs to wrestle just like he wrestled in the Pac-10s - with conviction, going out and taking no prisoners. He's taken more responsibility for what's going on, he's worked with Jeff (Cardwell, OSU assistant coach) and that's helped him focus in on what specifically he needs to do to be successful. He's worked real hard, and now it's time for him to reap the benefits of all the effort he's put in. He's very capable' ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded first, placed first, went 3-0 with 1 pin, pinned Josh Blagg, Cal Poly, 2:14 in quarterfinals, dec. over No. 10 Rocky Smart, Arizona State, 5-2 in semifinals, major decision over No. 3 Kirk White, Boise State, 10-2 in championship final ... season summary, dec. over No. 20 Eugene Harris, Oregon, 1-0 in dual meet ... dec. over No. 15 Nathan Vasquez, Fresno State, 7-0 in dual meet ... dec. over No. 16 Shane Roller, Oklahoma State, 10-9 (OT) in dual meet ... dec. over No. 3 Kirk White, Boise State, 6-1 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 1 T.J. Williams, Iowa, 5-4 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, placed seventh, went 4-2 with 0 pins, including dec. over No. 16 Rocky Smart, Arizona State, 5-1, major dec. by No. 6 Yoshi Nakamura, Penn, 12-3 ... 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, 16-10 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (7 of 26) ... 4 of his 10 losses have been in overtime ... Wells says, 'It's Jed's first time at the NCAAs, so it's going to be the big experience for him. He's demonstrated he's able to take it all in, step up and have a great performance on a match-by-match basis, now it will be interesting to see if he can do that in a big tournament. Manage the jitters, manage the first-time-out-there, but I think he's going to respond well. He's a gamer, and when it's important and it's on the line, he can do some pretty amazing things for a young guy. I think he could be the guy who upsets some big-time names' ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded first, placed fifth, went 2-2 with 0 pins, major dec. over Chris Parker, Portland State, 13-1 in quarterfinals, dec. by Burt Pierson, Cal-Davis, 10-5 in semifinals, dec. by Luke Larwin, Oregon, 6-5 (OT) in consolation semifinals, dec. over Casey Eager, Boise State, 4-1 in fifth-place final ... season summary, did not wrestle from Feb. 4 until Feb. 25 due to leg injury ... major dec. by No. 6 Robbie Waller, Oklahoma, 13-2 in dual meet ... dec. over No. 4 Steve Blackford, Arizona State, 7-6 (OT) in dual meet... dec. by No. 8 Ben Shirk, Iowa, 7-4 in dual meet ... 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 ... 2-time NCAA qualifier ... in the national rankings, No. 7 by AWN, No. 8 by IM ... career, 61-33 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 30 percent of matches (28 of 94) ... this season, 33-7 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (16 of 40) ... currently on an 8-match winning streak, scoring team bonus points in 6 of those ... has won 26 of last 30 matches, scoring team bonus points in 12 of those ... Wells says, 'Nathan needs to initiate offense right from the get-go and keep it going. He's got the best conditioning, probably, of anybody in the weight class. Nathan just needs to have confidence in his preparation and conditioning, and go out there and get after it, stay in good position and keep the pressure on the guy, not be content to stand and hang out' ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded first, placed first, went 3-0 with 1 pin, major dec. over Garrett Johnson, Stanford, 16-4 in quarterfinals, dec. over No. 14 Curtis Owen, Arizona State, 8-7 in semifinals, pinned No. 13 Steve Strange, Cal Poly, 4:54 in championship final ... season summary, dec. over No. 10 Michael Barger, Oklahoma, 9-5 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 7 Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 8-5 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 4 Gabe McMahan, Iowa, 6-5 in dual meet ... had 7-match win streak Dec. 29-30, scoring team bonus points 2 times ... at Midlands Open, placed third, went 7-1 with 0 pins, including medical default over No. 17 Jeff Rusak, Old Dominion, dec. over No. 6 Perry Parks, Iowa State, 10-8 ... 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.

JASON COOLEY, HEAVYWEIGHT: Junior Jason Cooley (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup... 2-time NCAA qualifier ... in the national rankings, No. 11 by AWN, No. 9 by IM ... career, 53-17 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 31 percent of matches (22 of 70) ... this season, 23-7 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 30 percent of matches (9 of 30) ... won 20 of last 26 matches ... Wells says, 'Cooley just has to go out there and demonstrate with a little reckless abandon that he's the most physical and the most capable in the weight class. He's beaten the top-ranked guys and he's lost to some that he shouldn't have. He's got to look at that as experience now, it's all behind him and this is a brand new tournament. It's an opportunity for him to go out and demonstrate what he's capable of doing. I really think he's got as good a shot at winning the national championship as anybody we've had in a long time. But, it's how he thinks and how he looks at it. He just has to go out and rough `em up, make `em work, those big boys don't like to work that hard, and he's not opposed to hard work. He just has to go out and take control of the match, get after `em, and he's going to be in the hunt' ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded third, placed second, went 2-1 with 0 pins, dec. over Brad Selby, Stanford, 2-1 in quarterfinals, tech. fall over Joe Johnson, Portland State, 5:40 in semifinals, dec. by No. 10 Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, 8-5 in championship final ... season summary, dec. by No. 3 Billy Blunt, Fresno State, 6-4 in dual meet ... dec. over No. 9 Leonce Crump, Oklahoma, 4-2 in dual meet ... dec. over No. 13 James Huml, Oklahoma State, 8-4 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 12 Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, 6-4 in dual meet ... Jan. 6-Jan. 20, had 5-match win streak ... dec. over No. 19 Bart Johnson, Boise State, 3-1 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, placed eighth, went 3-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including pinned by No. 1 Ryan Kehler, West Virginia, 2:20, dec. by No. 20 Eric Webb, Oregon, 4-3 ... 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.

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