Four Head to NCAA Wrestling Tournament

March 17, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State Beavers (10-8, 6-3 Pac-10) will send four wrestlers (senior Heinrich Barnes, junior Keegan Davis and redshirt freshmen Clayton Jack and Kelly Kubec) to the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo. The three-day event begins on Thursday, Mar. 19, at the Scottrade Center.

TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from the NCAA Tournament can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. The quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds will be televised nationally on ESPNU, ESPN2 or ESPN360.com. For more information, visit http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=2986748.

TicketS FOR THE TOURNAMENT — Tickets are available through the Oregon State Athletics Ticket Office by visiting www.osubeavers.com or by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS. Additional tickets can be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com.

ncaa tournamentThursday-Saturday, Mar. 19-21: Oregon State finished tied for 46th with 4.5 points last season after sending three wrestlers at 149, 197 and heavyweight.

All four competitors will make their first appearance at the NCAA Championships this season. Senior Heinrich Barnes, junior Keegan Davis and redshirt freshmen Clayton Jack and Kelly Kubec will represent Oregon State at 149, 165, heavyweight and 133 pounds. Barnes and Kubec both qualified at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing second, while Davis and Jack received at-large bids. All four wrestlers are unseeded. Kubec wil face No. 12 Steve Bell from Maryland in the first round on Thursday morning. Barnes will take on Robert Sanders of Nebraska, Davis will square off against No. 4 Moza Fay from the University of Northern Iowa and Jack will match up with No. 4 Jared Rosholt of Oklahoma State.

looking back at the pac-10 tournament Oregon State finished second at the Pac-10 Tournament with 128.0 points. Boise State was the conference champion with 172.5 points and six titles.

Senior Heinrich Barnes and redshirt freshman Kelly Kubec both received automatic bids for the tournament with second place finishes at 149 and 133 pounds.

Redshirt freshman Clayton Jack finished second in the tournament but came up short in finishing true second for the automatic bid at 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 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 (.826). He also currently leads the Beavers with the most wins, 35, and bonus point percentage, 60. He is currently tied for 32nd for single season wins (35).

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. 15 at 174 pounds in the March 10 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. 17 in the March 10 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. 15 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. 17 in the nation at 149 pounds with an 35-5 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.

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