Wrestling Hosts Conference Home Opener and No. 2 Iowa State

Jan. 12, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD -- The Oregon State Beavers (3-5, 0-1 Pac-10) host the Portland State Vikings (3-8, 0-3 Pac-10) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for its conference home opener before welcoming the No. 2 Iowa State Cyclones on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.

 

featured this week -- Members of the Canadian and United States Men's and Women's National Teams will be making appearances in Gill Coliseum. Three Canadian Men's Freestyle National Team members will take on volunteer assistant Travis Pascoe, director of operations Alex Clemsen and Orange Crush coach Nick Simmons during Wednesday's intermission.

 

On Sunday, three members of the Canadian and United States Women's Freestyle National Teams will face off during intermission. And members of the 1973 NCAA Championship Runner-Up Oregon State wrestling squad will return and be honored prior to the start of the meet.

 

TRACKING THE BEAVS -- Full results from this week's meets can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Live stats with play-by-play will be available for both meets and the links for each meet can be found through the wrestling schedule page.

 

dual meet no. 9: portland state (3-8, 0-3 Pac-10) -- Wednesday, Jan. 14 (7:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 79-11-4 all-time against the Vikings. The Beavers have won the last 12 including a 41-3 win in Portland last season.

 

Portland State has gotten off to a rough start to the 2008-09 season, falling to its first three Pac-10 opponents: Arizona State, UC Davis and Cal State Bakersfield. The Vikings captured wins over Grand Canyon, Simon Fraser and most recently, Cal Baptist. Senior 165-pounder Bryan Cantrell posts the best record for the team with an 8-5 record. Head coach Mike Haluska is in his third season at the helm of the program.

 

dual meet no. 10: no. 2 iowa state (8-2, 0-0 big 12) -- Sunday, Jan. 18 (2:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 1-12 all-time against Iowa State. The Cyclones took last year's meeting in Ames, 40-0.

 

Iowa State is coming off of a 3-1 performance at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals last weekend, falling only to No. 3 Cornell in 15-22 decision. The Cyclones' only other loss of the season was at No. 1 Iowa on Dec. 6 in an even closer final of 15-20. The team has defeated four ranked teams this season led by junior third-ranked heavyweight David Zariskie with a 20-2 record and junior second-ranked 141-pounder Nick Gallick with a 20-3 record. The Cyclones have a wrestler ranked in each weight class in the January 6 top 20 rankings. Head coach Cael Sanderson is in his third season after being named the 2007 National Coach of the Year.

 

looking back at the last meet -- Oregon State squared off against No. 15 Michigan on Friday, Jan. 2 in the 'Battle in the Big Sky,' hosted by Montana State in Bozeman, Mont.

 

Four Beavers picked up wins, but the team lost 13-23 to the Wolverines.

 

Senior Heinrich Barnes led the way with a major decision at 149 pounds. And junior Keegan Davis, redshirt freshmen Kelly Kubec and Clayton Jack all picked up decisions at 165 pounds, 133 pounds and heavyweight.

 

ODDS & ENDS -- Oregon State has won its season opener for the last four seasons with two of those wins being on the road.

 

Senior Kyle Bressler is the first wrestler to break into the national top 10 since Ty Watterson did during the 2006-07 season at heavyweight.

 

Oregon State has had two different wrestlers earn Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Best of the West Tournament each year it has competed. Last year it was senior Heinrich Barnes at 141 pounds and this year it was redshirt freshman Clayton Jack at heavyweight.

 

Although it's not the 100th season of wrestling at Oregon State, the first year of varsity wrestling was 100 years ago in 1908.

 

Barnes moved into the top 20 for 149 pounds starting at No. 20 in the Dec. 9 poll before moving to No. 17 in the Dec. 16 poll. He is 1-1 against opponents ranked higher than him this season.

 

Barnes and Davis have placed in all three tournaments that they have entered this year. Barnes finished first at the Best of the West Tournament, third at the Reno Tournament of Champions and seventh at the Midlands Championships at 149 pounds. And Davis finished first at the Best of the West, fourth in Reno (unattached) and seventh at the Midlands.

 

looking back at last season -- Many new faces appeared in the Oregon State lineup for 2007-08. In head coach Jim Zalesky's second season, the team finished third in the Pac-10 and sent three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Junior transfer Heinrich Barnes made an immediate impact at 141 pounds, emerging as one of the most exciting Oregon State wrestlers to watch with his explosiveness and quickness.

 

Redshirt freshman Chris Platt offered the program stability at 174 pounds, making his debut on Jan. 18 against Cal State Bakersfield.

 

Redshirt freshman Tim Patrick stepped into the Pac-10 Championships, wrestling at 157 pounds, and marking his first varsity matches after overcoming a season-ending injury in 2007.

 

Redshirt freshman Jon Brascetta started the season at 165 pounds before an ankle injury ended his season in December at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

 

Senior Neal Beaudry and redshirt junior Ben Harris split time at 174 pounds early in the season before sharing time at 184 pounds after Platt took over 174.

Redshirt freshman Brice Arand wrestled at 197 pounds throughout most of the season.

 

intermat top 25 -- Senior Kyle Bressler moved to No. 8 at 184 pounds in the Jan. 6 USA Today/NWCA/Intermat rankings of the season. Senior Heinrich Barnes joined him in the Dec. 9 poll in the top 20 with a 20th place ranking, and he is still ranked No. 17 in the Jan. 6 poll. Although the Beavers as a team didn't quite make the top 25 cutoff, the team received votes in the first couple of polls and last in the Dec. 23 poll.

 

bressler and barnes some of the best -- Senior Kyle Bressler returns as the only Oregon State wrestler with NCAA Championships experience having qualified in 2007 at 184 pounds and in 2008 at 197 pounds. He is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation at 184 pounds. Senior Heinrich Barnes has Olympic experience after qualifying for South Africa for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Barnes is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation at 149 pounds with an 16-2 overall record, 6-1 in dual meets.

 

young wrestlers making their marks -- The three redshirt freshmen in the lineup -- Kelly Kubec at 133 pounds, Chad Hanke at 197 pounds and Clayton Jack at heavyweight ­-- are making their marks boasting solid records. Jack won the Best of the West Tournament and taking home Most Outstanding Wrestler honors after pinning his way to the title.

 

wrestlers in the media -- The Oregon State wrestling team will be featured in a special Beavers All Access as it continues its 2008-09 season to air on FSN. No other Pac-10 school has produced a show entirely focused on its wrestling squad. The show's debut will be Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5:00 p.m.

 

GET YOUR TICKETS -- Season tickets are available for the 2008-09 wrestling season. The adult season ticket price is $42 and the youth/senior price is $26; all seating is general admission.

 

Season tickets can be purchased online at osubeavers.com or by calling the OSU Ticket Office located in Gill Coliseum Monday-Friday at 1-800-GO BEAVS.

 

Single-meet tickets are also on sale now through the Oregon State Ticket Office at $7 for adults and $5 for youth/seniors.

 

OREGON STATE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS -- The Beavers will face six preseason top 25 opponents this season in No. 2 Iowa State, No. 5 Missouri, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 10 Michigan, No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 14 Boise State. Oregon State will tackle some of its top opponents early at the end of November in back-to-back matches against Nebraska and Wisconsin.

 

2007-08 ATTENDANCE AVERAGE -- Oregon State showed that wrestling is still a top sport, averaging 1,138 in attendance per home meet. That number ranked as the 14th best in the nation, and the Beavers posted a season-high 1,852 fans in the last Dodge Civil War meeting ever in Corvallis. Oregon State edged out all other west coast opponents on the list.

 

LEGENDARY GILL COLISEUM -- Legendary Gill Coliseum is the home to Oregon State's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, gymnastics and wrestling teams. The arena seats 10,400 for competitions on Ralph Miller Court. The building which opened in the winter of 1949-50 has seen several refurbishment projects in recent years and is on the docket for a major renovation. Gill has seen over 3,000 victories, 150+ All-Americans and more than 25 individual and team titles.

 

what's next for the beavers -- Oregon State stays home for a pair of Pac-10 matchups against Cal Poly on Friday, Jan. 23 and Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Jan. 25. Meet times are 7:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.

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