Wrestling Heads to 47th Annual Pac-10 Tournament
Feb. 25, 2009
LOOKING AHEAD -- The Oregon State Beavers (10-8, 6-3 Pac-10) head to the 47th Annual Pac-10 Tournament, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The two-day tournament begins on Sunday, Mar. 1. Sessions I and II are on Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. and lasting through 9:00 p.m. Session III is on Monday beginning at 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with a one-hour intermission taking place between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The official tournament website can be found at http://fullertontitans.cstv.com/sports/m-wrestl/2009-Pac-10-Championship....
TRACKING THE BEAVS -- Full results from the Pac-10 Tournament can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. The meet will also be streamed online for free through the Official Pac-10 Conference Website, at www.pac-10.org. The even will be broadcast through CSTV's All Access promotion. Those wishing to watch the event can do so by clicking on the All Access link on the right-hand side of the Pac-10 home page.
TicketS FOR THE TOURNAMENT -- Tickets are available through the Cal State Fullerton Athletic Ticket Office. Orders may be placed online at www.fullertontitans.com or via phone (714) 278-2783. On March 1 and 2, tickets may be purchased at the ticket windows at the front of Titan Gym. Ticket windows open up one hour prior to the start of competition. All session and single session tickets are available for purchase.
pac-10 tournament -- Sunday and Monday, Mar. 1 & 2: Oregon State leads the Pac-10 for the most conference championships with 17, narrowly edging out Arizona State, who has 16. Oregon State last won the title in 2007.
Oregon State will face off against the other eight conference schools, Arizona State, Cal Poly, Boise State, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis, Portland State and Stanford, in the two-day tournament. Boise State is the defending Pac-10 Champion and is favored to repeat its title. However, individual conference titles in all 10 weight classes, as well as the overall team title are up for grabs. Oregon State finished third in the conference for dual meets, having competed in nine compared to other teams' seven or eight. Boise State claimed the top spot with a perfect 8-0 record and is currently ranked No. 9 in the country. Cal State Bakersfield finished 6-2.
125 Pounds -- Arizona State's Anthony Robles leads the rankings and is also ranked No. 11 in the country. No. 16 Marcos Orozco from UC Davis is second and No. 17 Brandon Zoetewey of Cal State Bakersfield rounds out the top three seeds. Senior Jake Gonzales is ranked fifth at 125 pounds.
133 Pounds -- Fifth-ranked Andrew Hochstrasser of Boise State is ranked first, followed by 13th-ranked T.J. Dillashaw of Cal State Fullerton. Rounding out the top three is Thomas Kimbrell of Cal State Bakersfield. Redshirt freshman Kelly Kubec is seeded fifth and has defeated Kimbrell in a 6-0 decision.
141 Pounds -- No. 5 Chris Drouin of Arizona State receives the top seed, followed by Elijah Nacita of Cal State Bakersfield. Cory Fish of Boise State is seeded third. Redshirt freshman Garrett Drucker is not seeded in the top five for this weight class.
149 Pounds -- Senior Heinrich Barnes, also ranked 16th nationally, leads this weight class after going undefeated in Pac-10 duals. Following Barnes is Barrett Abel of UC Davis and Jason Chamberlain of Boise State for second and third seeds.
157 Pounds -- Sixth-ranked Adam Hall of Boise State receives the top seed in this class. No. 12 Chase Pami of Cal Poly is seeded second, followed by Lucas Espericueta of Stanford for the top three seeds. Sophomore Jon Brascetta is not seeded in the top five.
165 Pounds -- Nick Amuchastegui of Stanford lands the top spot, followed by No. 18 Tyler Sherfey of Boise State and Dustin Noack of UC Davis for the top three seeds. Junior Keegan Davis is seeded fourth.
174 Pounds -- No. 12 Nate Lee of Boise State earns the No. 1 seed for the tournament, followed by 14th-ranked senior Kyle Bressler, who barely lost to Lee in the final dual meet of the season in a 4-3 final overtime decision. Rounding out the top three is Todd Noel of Cal State Fullerton.
184 Pounds -- Fourth-ranked Kirk Smith of Boise State nabbed the top spot, followed by Jon Clark of UC Davis and Jake Johnson of Stanford for the top three seeds. Sophomore Brice Arand receives the No. 4 seed.
197 Pounds -- Fifth-ranked Brent Chriswell of Boise State garners the top seed going into the tournament, followed closely by seventh-ranked Brandon Halsey of Cal State Bakersfield. Rounding out the top three is John Drake of Cal State Fullerton. Redshirt freshman Chad Hanke takes the No. 5 seed going into the tournament.
Heavyweight -- Redshirt freshman Clayton Jack receives the No. 2 seed for the Pac-10 Tournament behind No. 1 seed sixth-ranked Mitchell Monteiro of Cal State Bakersfield. The two did not face off in the two teams' dual due to a knee injury Jack suffered earlier in the weekend. Ricky Alcala of UC Davis rounds out the top three.
looking back at the last dual -- Oregon State came up short against No. 10 Boise State in the last regular season match-up.
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 junior Keegan 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 (.831). He also currently leads the Beavers with the most wins, 32, and bonus point percentage, 61. He is currently tied for 50th all-time for single season winning percentage (.889) and 48th for single season wins (32).
rpi recognition -- Five Oregon State wrestlers were recognized in the first RPI Rankings, released Feb. 13. Redshirt freshman Kelly Kubec was ranked 25th at 133 pounds, senior Heinrich Barnes was eighth at 149 pounds, junior Keegan Davis was ranked 26th at 165 pounds and redshirt freshman Clayton Jack was 20th at heavyweight.
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. In the second set of rankings, released on Feb. 13, all five made the cut again with Kubec moving to 31st, Barnes staying at 15, Davis tying for 29th, Bressler sitting at 25th and Jack ranked 28th.
intermat top 25 -- Senior Kyle Bressler is ranked as No. 14 at 174 pounds in the February 24 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. 24 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. 14 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 32-4 overall record, 17-1 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.
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 will send wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo. The tournament begins on Thursday, Mar. 19 and lasts for three days.