Barnes Leads Beavers in First Session of NCAAs

March 19, 2009

St. Louis, Mo. - Senior Heinrich Barnes (Pretoria, South Africa) earned a major decision and is still alive in the championship bracket at 149 pounds after the first session of the 2009 NCAA Wrestling Championships.


Barnes advanced on an 11-3 major decision over Robert Sanders of Nebraska, scoring nearly all of his points on takedowns, adding a two-point near fall in the first period with 3:35 of riding time. He will face No. 1 seeded Brent Metcalf of Iowa in the second round.


Redshirt freshman Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) was unable to score against No. 12 seeded Steve Bell of Maryland in Oregon State's first match of the day at 133 pounds. Bell took control early, finishing with a 9-0 major decision. Kubec takes on Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion in tonight's session.


At 165 pounds, junior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) scored first on a takedown, but his opponent, No. 4 seeded Moza Fay of Northern Iowa scored the reversal before pinning Davis at 1:00. Davis will face Paul Young of Indiana next in the second session.


Wrapping up the Beavers' run in the first session, redshirt freshman Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) came up short against No. 4 seeded Jared Rosholt of Oklahoma State. Jack scored early on a takedown to hold the lead through the first and most of the second period. But a rough third period, including a pair of stalling points awarded to Rosholt, broke the match open in favor of Rosholt, who won 9-3. Jack will face David Marone of Virginia Tech in the first round of wrestlebacks.


Wrestling continues competition tonight with Barnes still in the championship bracket, while Kubec, Davis and Jack are in the wrestleback bracket. Session II begins at 4:30 p.m. PT.


Oregon State Results


133 Pounds -

No. 12 Steve Bell (Maryland) major decision over Kelly Kubec (Oregon State), 9-0


149 Pounds -

Heinrich Barnes (Oregon State) major decision over Robert Sanders (Nebraska), 11-3


165 Pounds -

No. 4 Moza Fay (N. Iowa) fall over Keegan Davis (Oregon State), 1:00


Heavyweight -

No. 4 Jared Rosholt (Oklahoma State) decision over Clayton Jack (Oregon State), 9-3


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