Wrestling Hosts Arizona State
Feb. 4, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State Beavers (9-7, 5-2 Pac-10) host the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-5, 3-1 Pac-10) on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.
TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from this week’s meets can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Live stats will be available through www.osubeavers.com or www.NWCAonline.com. The meet will also be streamed online for free through Beaver Nation Online (BNO), the audio/visual service of www.osubeavers.com.
dual meet no. 17: arizona state (5-5, 3-1 pac-10) — Sunday, Feb. 8 (12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 13-17 all-time against Arizona State. The Beavers have taken the last two meetings, defeating the Sun Devils last on Jan. 28, 2008 in Tempe.
Arizona State snapped a three-meet losing streak last Saturday against Cal Poly at home, improving to 3-1 in conference duals. The team’s only conference loss was to Cal State Bakersfield on January 4 at home. The Sun Devils are led by No. 6 sophomore Chris Drouin at 141 pounds with a 21-5 overall record and No. 12 sophomore Anthony Robles at 125 pounds with a 19-6 record. Head coach Thom Ortiz is in his eighth season, and the team is 1-2 on the road this season. Arizona State will travel to Stanford on Friday for a dual before heading to Corvallis.
looking back at last week — Oregon State went 3-1 in California, defeating Princeton, 47-4, and Stanford, 25-9, early in the day on Friday before falling to UC Davis, 12-22, on Friday evening. The Beavers rebounded against Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, defeating the Road Runners 28-16.
Seniors Heinrich Barnes and Kyle Bressler won all four of their matches at 149 and 174 pounds, while redshirt freshman Clayton Jack won all three that he competed in at heavyweight, not competing against Bakersfield due to an injury he suffered against UC Davis.
Barnes extended his winning streak to 10 with a pin and a technical fall, while Bressler is still perfect at 174 with an eight-match winning streak, earning two major decisions.
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 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.
Barnes currently holds the 22nd best career winning percentage. He also currently leads the Beavers with the most wins, 30. He is on track to break into the single season best winning percentage list and to move up on the career list before his career is over.
first coaches’ rankings — Five Oregon State wrestlers made the cut in the first NCAA Division I Wrestling Coaches Panel Rankings, released Jan. 26. Redshirt freshman Kelly Kubec was ranked 33rd at 133 pounds, senior Heinrich Barnes was 15th at 149 pounds, junior Keegan Davis was ranked 20th at 165 pounds, senior Kyle Bressler was 23rd at 174 pounds and redshirt freshman Clayton Jack was tied for 27th at heavyweight.
intermat top 25 — Senior Kyle Bressler is still ranked as No. 11 at 174 pounds in the Feb. 3 USA Today/NWCA/Intermat rankings. Senior Heinrich Barnes joined him in the Dec. 9 poll in the top 20 with a 20th place ranking, and he is currently ranked No. 16 in the Feb. 3 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. 11 in the nation at 174 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. 16 in the nation at 149 pounds with an 26-4 overall record, 9-1 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.
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.
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 wraps up the regular season at home against No. 11 Boise State at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.