No. 24 Wrestling Set for Wyoming, Stanford Duals
Jan. 5, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 24 Oregon State Beavers (8-1, 0-1 Pac-10) host the Wyoming Cowboys (3-1) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. before heading to the Stanford Duals on Saturday. The Beavers will face the Northern Colorado Bears (0-6) at 11:00 a.m., the Menlo College Oaks (3-3) at 12:30 p.m. and the Stanford Cardinal (5-2) at 2:00 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
TRACKING the beavs— Full results from this week’s duals can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Live stats are available for Thursday’s match by accessing the wrestling schedule at www.osubeavers.com.
DUAL 10: WYOMING (3-1) — Thursday, Jan. 7 (7:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 16-6 all-time against the Cowboys. The two teams last met in 2007 with Oregon State coming out with the 32-6 victory and it has won the last three meetings.
Wyoming is coming off a seventh place of 25 at the Reno Tournament of Champions on December 20. Fifth-ranked 184-pounder Joe LeBlanc posted the highest finish for the Cowboys, coming in third. Wyoming also tallied fourth place finishes by its 125-pounder (No. 9 Michael Martinez) and 133-pounder (Cory Vombaur), while adding a pair of fifth place finishes and one sixth place. LeBlanc and Martinez are also the only two wrestlers that are a perfect 4-0 in dual meets. Wyoming is led by Mark Branch in his second season after leading the team to a 15-3 dual meet record last season. The Cowboys will host NC State tonight before heading to Corvallis.
DUAL 11: NORTHERN COLORADO (0-6) — Saturday, Jan. 9 (11:00 a.m.): The Beavers are 15-7 all-time against Northern Colorado. Oregon State took the last meeting in 2007 on the road, 25-12. And the Beavers have won the last nine straight.
Northern Colorado lost a pair in the month of December to Ohio and then-ranked No. 5 Minnesota. Junior 157-pounder Justin Gaethje is the one bright spot for the Bears, having won his last two matches and finished fourth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. As a team, the Bears haven’t scored more than 14 points in a single dual. That total came against Binghamton in New York on November 28. Ben Cherrington is currently the interim head coach.
DUAL 12: MENLO COLLEGE (3-3) — Saturday, Jan. 9 (12:30 p.m.): The Beavers will face Menlo for the first time ever.
Menlo College, a NAIA school, finished eighth of 15 at the Menlo Invitational on January 3 as its last competition. Prior to the tournament, the Oaks went 2-1 at the Menlo Duals, defeating Oklahoma City University and Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) but falling to Simon Fraser. Freshman 125-pounder Kiyoshi Kawano led Menlo with a 3-0 record, winning his first match by a 14-7 decision before recording pins in his ensuing matches. Joey Martinez is in his first season as head coach of the Oaks.
DUAL 13: STANFORD (5-2) — Saturday, Jan. 9 (2:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 32-1-1 all-time against the Cardinal. Last season Oregon State defeated Stanford on the road in a 25-9 victory.
Just like the Beavers, Stanford is coming off competing at the Midlands Championships. But the Cardinal finished 16th with 28.5 points. Junior 184-pounder Zack Giesen posted the top finish for the team, placing eighth. Giesen also led the Cardinal to an 11th place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions, taking the 184 pound title. Stanford has defeated Purdue, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Menlo and San Francisco State this season. Head coach Jason Borrelli is in his second season.
REWIND to last week — The Oregon State wrestling team finished tied for eighth out of 54 with 65.0 points at the 47th Annual Midlands Championships on Tuesday and Wednesday. The placing bested last season’s 13th place finish.
Senior 157-pounder Keegan Davis had the top finish for the Beavers, placing third. Junior 174-pounder Colby Covington was close behind with a fourth place finish. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara and sophomore Kelly Kubec both tallied seventh place accolades at 125 and 133 pounds.
ODDS & ENDS — The Beavers’ 8-1 start to the season is the best start since the 2006-07 campaign. Oregon State went 17-2 overall, opening the season 7-0 before capturing the Pac-10 Championship. Oregon State is currently riding a seven-meet winning streak.
Freshman RJ Pena and sophomore Kelly Kubec’s 10 pins thus far on the season is the most by an individual since the 2005-06 season, Pena and Kubec also tie the 42nd most in a single season, joining five others. Pena ties the fourth most for a freshman in school history, and Kubec is ninth all-time for sophomores at this point.
Oregon State had its top finish in recent years at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on December 4-5. The Beavers finished eighth of 42 (77.5), earning the best finish by an unranked team at the tournament. Sophomore Chad Hanke had the top finish for the team at 197 pounds, placing fourth. Sophomore Kelly Kubec finished fifth at 133 pounds and sophomore Clayton Jack and freshman RJ Pena placed seventh at heavyweight and 149 pounds.
Oregon State defeated its first ranked opponent in No. 13 Wisconsin on Sunday, Nov. 22, since January 5, 2007, when the Beavers defeated No. 19 Nebraska on the road, 21-15.
The Beavers return three NCAA qualifiers from last season in senior Keegan Davis and sophomores Kelly Kubec and Clayton Jack, adding sophomore transfer Ryan Smith from Oklahoma, who qualified last season at 165 pounds.
AWN TOP 20 WRESTLERS — Five Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Individual Rankings, released January 5. Senior Keegan Davis nabbed the highest spot, ranking 14th at 157 pounds. Freshman RJ Pena and junior Colby Covington are 15th at 149 and 174 pounds, and sophomore Kelly Kubec is 16th at 133 pounds. Rounding out the five is redshirt sophomore Jason Lara in 17th at 125 pounds.
INTERMAT top 25 — Six Oregon State wrestlers are still ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released January 5. Senior Keegan Davis and junior Colby Covington lead the way with 12th place rankings at 157 and 174 pounds. Sophomore Kelly Kubec and freshman RJ Pena add 15th place rankings at 133 and 149 pounds. Joining them is redshirt sophomore Jason Lara, ranked 17th at 125 pounds, and sophomore Clayton Jack reentered the rankings in 20th at heavyweight. The team remained in the top 25 this week, ranked No. 21, for the sixth week in a row after breaking in on November 24.
YOUTH IN THE LINEUP — The projected Oregon State lineup is packed with underclassmen as only one senior is listed in Keegan Davis. Juniors Brice Arand and Colby Covington round out the upperclassmen. One redshirt sophomore (Jason Lara), four sophomores (Kelly Kubec, Ryan Smith, Chad Hanke, Clayton Jack), one redshirt freshman (Mike Mangrum) and a true freshman (RJ Pena) round out the starting 10.
ENDOWMENT FUND SUCCESS — The Oregon State Wrestling Endowment Fund received about $30,000 after the Endowment Fund Meet on Sunday, Nov. 22. The official attendance for the meet was 3,018. And all the fans in attendance were able to help celebrate Oregon State’s eight national champions and Robin Reed and Les Gutches for being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
GET YOUR TICKETS — Season tickets are available for the 2009-10 wrestling season. The adult season ticket price is $46 and the youth/senior price is $33; all seating is general admission.
Season and individual meet 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.
OREGON STATE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS — The Beavers will face six preseason top 25 opponents this season. Oregon State’s first test will come against No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 9 Boise State in the team’s home opener on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Beavers will face three at home and three on the road, while also facing a number of top schools at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands Championships.
NEW FACES — The Beavers welcome 13 new faces to the 2009-10 squad. Included are sophomore transfer Ryan Smith, who was a 2009 NCAA Qualifier and junior transfer Colby Covington, both Oregon natives. Also, joining the team is Caleb Cardwell, whose father is Jeff Cardwell, a former Beaver All-American and assistant coach. RJ Pena comes to Oregon State as the No. 1 high school recruit at 152 pounds and fifth overall nationally. Taylor Johnson, Jacob Lauderdale, Zach Lowry, Kyle Richardson, Scott Sakaguchi, Tyler Smith, Brian Tostberg and John Tuck round out the incoming group.
2009-10 ATTENDANCE AVERAGE — Oregon State is averaging 1,690 in attendance per home meet this season The Beavers posted a season-high 3,018 against No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 8 Boise State in the Wrestling Endowment Fund Meet on Sunday, Nov. 22.
LOOKING BACK AT LAST SEASON — The Oregon State wrestling team went 10-8 in dual meets for the second season in a row. The team improved on its conference finish, coming in second to Boise State at the Pac-10 Tournament with a pair of NCAA Automatic Qualifiers coming out of the two-day tournament. The Beavers produced their first All-American in Heinrich Barnes at 149 pounds since Ty Watterson in 2007 after sending four to the NCAA Championships. The Beavers lost five seniors in Barnes, 125-pounder Jake Gonzales, 174-pounder Kyle Bressler, Ben Harris and Brandon Perkins.
60TH ANNIVERSARY 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. The Oregon State Athletic Department is celebrating the 60th anniversary of legendary Gill Coliseum.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS — Oregon State returns home to host conference opponents UC Davis and Cal State Bakersfield. The Beavers take on the Aggies on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and the Runners on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
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