Beavers Back From Break

Dec. 27, 2001

DECEMBER 29, SATURDAY - DECEMBER 30, SUNDAY

No. 25 Oregon State at Midlands Open, Evanston, Ill., all day

No. 25 Oregon State (5-3 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) returns to wrestling this weekend after almost two weeks away from competition, and the Beavers will pick up right where they left off. OSU, which wrestled its arch-rival and a pair of top-10 teams in a five-day span before Christmas, goes to the Midlands Open on Saturday and Sunday to take part in one of the nation's top tournaments.

The field includes No. 1 Minnesota, No. 5 Iowa, No. 6 Iowa State, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Pennsylvania and many other schools in the top 25.

'It's awesome,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said of the level of competition. 'We're going to be meeting the best, so we'll know exactly where we sit. We'll see most of the top 10 there, and it's going to be great.'

The Midlands Open format allows a team to enter 10 wrestlers, but it does not limit the number or wrestlers at any weight. OSU will double up at 174 pounds (Nathan Coy and Jake Huffman) and heavyweight (Jason Cooley and Andy Bowlby), the rest of the Beaver lineup has Michael Delaney at 125 pounds, Nathan Navarro at 133, Casey Horn at 141, Jed Pennell at 165, Isaac Weber at 184 and Jason Lovell at 197. The Beavers will not enter wrestlers at 149 or 157 pounds.

Oregon State has four wrestlers in the tournament's preliminary rankings, which include nine wrestlers at each weight. Navarro is eighth at 133 pounds, Coy is fourth at 174 pounds, Weber is ninth at 184 pounds, and Cooley is fifth at heavyweight.

The trip to Chicagoland is just one more step in a long journey through a group of tough meets for OSU. After the Midlands Open, the Beavers will travel to Minnesota on Jan. 6 to face the nation's top-ranked team.

'We're headed for our two weeks of cold-weather training,' Wells joked.

Oregon State will finally compete in its home state again on Jan. 11-12. On Jan. 11, the Beavers will meet No. 14 Illinois in the Oregon Classic Duals in Redmond, on Jan. 12, OSU returns to Gill Coliseum to meet No. 3 Michigan.

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State finished ninth in the 53-team field at last season's Midlands Open. The Beavers had 4 wrestlers place in the tournament: Nathan Navarro, third at 125 pounds, Nathan Coy, third at 174 pounds, Eric Jorgensen, seventh at 157 pounds, and Jason Cooley, eighth at heavyweight.

OREGON STATE PROBABLE LINEUP:

National rankings are current Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat

125 - Michael Delaney, jr. (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS)

7-5 record with 2 pins

or - Ale DeLaPena, so. (Benton City, Wash./Kiona-Benton HS, North Idaho JC)

5-2 record with 1 pin

133 - Nathan Navarro, sr. (Ontario, Ore./Ontario HS)

9-1 record with 1 pin, No. 16 AWN, No. 18 IM, No. 3 Pac-10

141 - Casey Horn, jr. (Salem, Ore./North Salem HS)

10-4 record with 5 pins, No. 20 AWN, No. 3 Pac-10

149 - Jordan Barich, fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS)

5-5 record with 1 pin, No. 3 Pac-10

157 - Micah Houston, so. (Arlington, Texas/Arlington HS)

4-7 record with 1 pin

165 - Jed Pennell, so. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS)

6-5 record with 2 pins

174 - Nathan Coy, sr. (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS)

3-1 record with 0 pins, No. 8 AWN, No. 10 IM, No. 1 Pac-10

or - Jake Huffman, jr. (Scio, Ore./Scio HS)

11-3 record with 1 pin

184 - Isaac Weber, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS)

10-6 record with 1 pin, No. 20 IM, No. 2 Pac-10

197 - Jason Lovell, jr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS)

9-6 record with 1 pin, No. 3 Pac-10

HWT - Jason Cooley, sr. (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service HS)

2-1 record with 0 pins, No. 14 AWN, No. 10 IM

or - Andy Bowlby, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS)

11-2 record with 3 pins, No. 3 Pac-10

LAST MEETS: Oregon State spent the last five days before its holiday break doing anything but taking it easy. On Dec. 12, the Beavers beat arch-rival Oregon 16-16 in a meet decided by the seventh tiebreaker, on Dec. 14, they lost 22-16 at No. 9 Nebraska in a dual that saw both teams win 5 matches, and on Dec. 16, they lost 38-3 to No. 2 Oklahoma State.

On Dec. 12, Oregon State heavyweight Andy Bowlby upset Oregon's 12th-ranked Eric Webb in the final match to hand the Beavers a 16-16 win. OSU earned the team victory under a new rule in effect for all NCAA dual meets this season. The rule had previously been in effect only for dual-meet tournaments, in which a winning team had to be decided to advance in the bracket. A set of criteria is used to break the tie, and OSU won on criteria g, which awards the victory to the team with the most near-fall points. OSU 174-pounder Nathan Coy scored the only near-fall of the meet with a 2-pointer in his 10-1 win over Shane Webster.

On Dec. 14, Oregon State won half the night's matches but a pair of pins by Nebraska made the difference as the Beavers fell to the Cornhuskers 22-16. The Beavers got a major decision by Casey Horn at 141 pounds and decisions from 174-pounder Nathan Coy, 149-pounder Jordan Barich, 165-pounder Jed Pennell and heavyweight Jason Cooley.

On Dec. 16, Oregon State started the day with a win from heavyweight Jason Cooley but Oklahoma State won the final nine matches as the Beavers fell to the second-ranked Cowboys 38-3. Oregon State jumped to an early 3-0 lead as Cooley, ranked 16th nationally by InterMat, took a tiebreaker win over James Huml, who was ranked 13th by Amateur Wrestling News and eighth by InterMat. The score was 1-1 after regulation and the first overtime.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH JOE WELLS: Joe Wells, now in his 10th season as Oregon State's head coach, has led the Beavers to a Pacific-10 title and 4 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

The Beavers' 25-10 win over then-No. 11 Boise State last season was Wells' 100th dual meet win at OSU. Since taking over the Beaver program prior to the 1992-93 season, Wells is 108-64-1 for a winning percentage of .627.

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 4 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 are second in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools and fourth in all-time dual meet winning percentage going into the 2001-02 season. OSU currently has an all-time dual meet record of 842-256-24 and a .761 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU faces one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers meet 7 teams ranked in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll of Dec. 19: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Michigan, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 14 Illinois, No. 17 Nebraska and No. 20 Fresno State.

OREGON STATE IN GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State has one of the finest homes in college wrestling, 10,400-seat Gill Coliseum. Now in their 46th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 351-63-6 in the arena for a winning percentage of .843. This season, OSU is 5-1 at home and is averaging 978 fans per home date.

In 2001, the Beavers attracted an average of 1,131 fans per home date. That included 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. Gill Coliseum will be the site of the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Championships.

BEAVER WRESTLING HOMECOMING: Oregon State held its annual Beaver Wrestling Homecoming on Dec. 12, when a crowd of 1,356 saw the Beavers beat archrival Oregon 16-16 by criteria. Oregon State welcomed back 21 former wrestlers and legendary head coach Dale Thomas. The alums on hand accounted for 26 individual conference titles, 17 All-America finishes and 7 NCAA national titles.

CRITERIA DECIDES SEASON'S FIRST CIVIL WAR: Oregon State won the season's first Civil War dual meet over Oregon on Dec. 12 as OSU heavyweight Andy Bowlby's 1-1 win over 12th-ranked Eric Webb left the final team score at 16-16. But, under a tiebreaker rule in effect for all NCAA dual meets this season, the Beavers got the team victory.

The rule had previously been in effect only for dual-meet tournaments, in which a winning team had to be decided to advance in the bracket. A set of criteria is used to break the tie, and OSU won on criteria g, which awards the victory to the team with the most near-fall points. OSU 174-pounder Nathan Coy scored the only near-fall of the meet with a 2-pointer in his 10-1 win over Shane Webster.

To end the dual, Bowlby held Webb down for the 30-second tiebreaker at heavyweight to earn what went in the books as a 1-1 win. Most of the crowd of 1,356 left the building thinking the dual had ended in a tie, but officials were thumbing through the rule books to find the list of criteria in order to declare a winner.

In order, the criteria are most victories (that night, 5 each), most 6-point wins (none), most 5-point technical falls (none), most 4-point technical falls (none), most major decisions (1 each), most decisions (4 each) and greater number of total near-fall points earned (Oregon State 2, Oregon 0).

OREGON STATE SHUTS OUT CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Oregon State recorded its first shutout of the season when it beat Central Washington 44-0 in the Oregon State Duals on Nov. 23 at Gill Coliseum. It was the Beavers' first shutout since a 45-0 win at Cal State-Fullerton late in the 2001 season.

OREGON STATE'S QUADRUPLE-HEADER: When Oregon State wrestled 4 meets at the Oregon State Duals on Nov. 23, it was the first time the Beavers had wrestled 4 duals in a day since Jan. 11, 1997 at the Virginia Duals. This year, OSU beat Portland State 36-3, Central Washington 44-0, Pacific (Ore.) 32-6 and Simon Fraser 40-9, in 1997, OSU beat Cornell 30-10, Indiana 22-13, Cornell 20-13 and lost to Arizona State 23-13.

BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's national rankings:

TEAMAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	23rdNational Wrestling Coaches AssociationDec. 5	24thDec. 12	25thDec. 19	25thNATHAN NAVARRO, 133Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	10th	Pre	12thOct. 25	9th	Nov. 14	10th		Nov. 21	15thNov. 27	13th	Nov. 27	16thDec. 5	17th	Dec. 5	16thDec. 12	16th	Dec. 12	17thDec. 19	16th	Dec. 19	18thCASEY HORN, 141Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NROct. 25	NR	Nov. 14	NR		Nov. 21	NRNov. 27	NR	Nov. 27	NRDec. 5	18th	Dec. 5	NRDec. 12	20th	Dec. 12	NRDec. 19	20th	Dec. 19	NRJED PENNELL, 165Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	18th	Pre	19thOct. 25	18th	Nov. 14	18th		Nov. 21	NRNov. 27	NR	Nov. 27	NRDec. 5	NR	Dec. 5	NRDec. 12	NR	Dec. 12	NRDec. 19	NR	Dec. 19	NRNATHAN COY, 174Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	6th	Pre	7thOct. 25	6th	Nov. 14	7th		Nov. 21	6thNov. 27	5th	Nov. 27	6thDec. 5	5th	Dec. 5	6thDec. 12	5th	Dec. 12	6thDec. 19	8th	Dec. 19	10thISAAC WEBER, 184Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NROct. 25	NR	Nov. 14	NR		Nov. 21	NRNov. 27	NR	Nov. 27	NRDec. 5	NR	Dec. 5	19thDec. 12	NR	Dec. 12	20thDec. 19	NR	Dec. 19	20thJASON COOLEY, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	12th	Pre	17thOct. 25	12th	Nov. 14	18th		Nov. 21	18thNov. 27	15th	Nov. 27	17thDec. 5	NR	Dec. 5	16thDec. 12	NR	Dec. 12	16thDec. 19	14th	Dec. 19	10th

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's Pacific-10 rankings:

TEAMPre	2ndDec. 5	2ndMICHAEL DELANEY, 125Pre	3rdDec. 5	NRNATHAN NAVARRO, 133Pre	2ndDec. 5	3rdCASEY HORN, 141Pre	NRDec. 5	3rdJED PENNELL, 165Pre	2ndDec. 5	NRNATHAN COY, 174Pre	1stDec. 5	1stISAAC WEBER, 184Pre	2ndDec. 5	2ndJASON LOVELL, 197Pre	3rdDec. 5	3rdJASON COOLEY, HWTPre	3rdDec. 5	NRANDY BOWLBY, HWTPre	NRDec. 5	3rd

OREGON STATE WRESTLING TICKETS: All tickets for Oregon State home wrestling meets are sold on a general admission basis. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens (age 62 and over) and students (high school or under). OSU students are admitted free with their OSU student identification card.

Junior Benny Beaver Club members are admitted free when wearing their club T-shirt or showing their membership card. Kids wearing OSU Wrestling Camp T-shirts or showing a membership card from their mat club will also be admitted free.

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 6-Sport Pass, which is good for general admission seating at all home contests in wrestling, baseball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball and gymnastics. The 6-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.

2002 PACIFIC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Wrestling Championships will be held March 3-4 at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum. Tickets will be sold through the OSU Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets for adults are $25 for a tournament pass or $7 per session, for seniors and students, tickets are $21 for a tournament pass or $6 per session.

The tournament includes four sessions. On Sunday, March 3,Session 1 begins at 11 a.m. and includes championship preliminaries and championship quarterfinals, Session 2 begins at 6 p.m. and includes championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals. On Monday, March 4, Session 3 begins at 11 a.m. and includes consolation semifinals and fifth-place and third-place finals, Session 4 begins at 6 p.m. and includes the championship finals

OREGON STATE TELEVISED MEETS: Oregon State will have a pair of its dual meets televised this season on a tape-delay basis by Fox Sports Net. The Beavers' home meet on Dec. 16 against Oklahoma State was shown, and the season's second Civil War on Feb. 13 at Oregon will be broadcast on a date to be announced.

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