No. 22 Wrestling Prepares for Zalesky Brothers Showdown, Bakersfield
Jan. 13, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 22 Oregon State Beavers (12-1, 1-1 Pac-10) hosts a pair of Pac-10 opponents in the UC Davis Aggies (0-5, 0-1 Pac-10) and the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (1-3, 1-2 Pac-10) this weekend. The Beavers will face the Aggies on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and the Roadrunners on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.
TRACKING the beavs— Full results from this week’s duals can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Live stats are available for both matches by accessing the wrestling schedule at www.osubeavers.com.
DUAL 14: UC DAVIS (0-5, 0-1 PAC-10) — Friday, Jan. 15 (7:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 11-2 all-time against the Aggies. Last season UC Davis took a 22-12 victory in Davis.
UC Davis is coming off a rough start to the 2009-10 season, falling in all five dual meets, including a 6-38 loss to conference opponent, Arizona State, early in the season. The Aggies are coming off a 0-3 finish at the Virginia Duals, falling to No. 11 Lehigh, Ohio and Bucknell. Eleventh-ranked redshirt junior heavyweight Ricky Alcala was the one spark for the team, going 3-0 with a decision, fall and forfeit. Head coach Lennie Zalesky is Oregon State head coach Jim Zalesky’s brother and in his ninth season at the helm. Over the past four seasons, the series between the Zalesky brothers is tied at two wins each. Friday’s meet will mark the first away meet of the season.
DUAL 15: CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD (1-3, 1-2 PAC-10) — Sunday, Jan. 17 (2:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 17-11 all-time against Cal State Bakersfield. Oregon State took the meeting last season on the road, 28-16.
Cal State Bakersfield is coming off its first conference win over Cal State Fullerton last Friday in a 26-12 decision. The win is the first of the season as well after falling to Minnesota, Cal Poly and Arizona State. Juniors 165-pounder Joey Granata and 197-pounder Riley Orozco are the only two who are 4-0 in duals, both recording major decisions over the Titans last weekend. T.J. Kerr is in his 26th season as head coach, and the Roadrunners are 1-1 on the road this season.
REWIND to last week — The Oregon State wrestling team went 4-0 on the week, defeating Wyoming 28-8 at home on Thursday before sweeping the Stanford Duals. The Beavers defeated Northern Colorado 48-0, Menlo College 54-0 and conference foe Stanford 31-7.
ODDS & ENDS — The current 11-meet winning streak is the longest since 1986, when the Beavers went on a 14-match winning streak.
The Beavers’ 12-1 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, sophomores Kelly Kubec and Clayton Jack and junior Colby Covington’s 11 pins thus far on the season is the most by an individual since the 2005-06 season, They all also tie the 35th most in a single season, joining seven others. Pena has 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.
RANKING UP WITH THE GREATS — Senior Keegan Davis is currently 29th all-time for career wins with 83. He has the most wins of anyone since Ty Watterson (2004-07), who finished his career with 87. And sophomore Clayton Jack currently has 20 career pins, good to tie for 28th. He’s only four away from Watterson’s record of 24.
AWN TOP 20 WRESTLERS — Five Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Individual Rankings, released January 12. Senior Keegan Davis and freshman RJ Pena nabbed the top spots for the team, both ranked 13th at 157 and 149 pounds. Sophomore Kelly Kubec is 15th at 133 pounds. Junior Colby Covington is 16th at 174 pounds. And rounding out the five is redshirt sophomore Jason Lara in 18th at 125 pounds.
INTERMAT top 25 — Six Oregon State wrestlers are still ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released January 12. Junior Colby Covington leads the way with an 11th place ranking at 174 pounds. Senior Keegan Davis is close behind, ranked 12th at 157 pounds. Freshman RJ Pena adds a 14th place rankings at 149 pounds, while sophomore Kelly Kubec is 16th at 133 pounds. Joining them is redshirt sophomore Jason Lara, ranked 17th at 125 pounds, and sophomore Clayton Jack who is ranked 18th at heavyweight. The team remained in the top 25 this week, moving up to 20th after being ranked No. 21 for six straight weeks 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 1,296 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 continues its homestand by hosting No. 25 Nebraska on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The meet against the Huskers will also be Senior Day.
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