No. 15 Wrestling Looks to Regain Pac-10 Title

Feb. 24, 2010

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LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 15 Oregon State Beavers (18-3, 6-2 Pac-10) begin postseason at the 2010 Pac-10 Wrestling Championships, hosted by UC Davis. The two-day tournament begins on Friday at 12 p.m. lasting until 9 p.m. Day two begins at 12 p.m. with the Championships session beginning at 4 p.m. Brackets with seedings will be released after the coaches’ meeting on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

 

TRACKING the beavsFull results on the Oregon State wrestling team from this week’s tournament can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com.

 

Live video is available for free through the Pac-10 Championship Central site at http://www.pac-10.org/championships/2010-wrestling.html. Results will be available following each session.

 

TOURNAMENT 4: PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPSFriday and Saturday, Feb. 26 & 27 (All Day): The Beavers finished third at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships and second the previous year. Oregon State’s last Pac-10 title came in 2007. No one on the current team has won a conference title individually. Oregon State has won 16 Pac-8/10 conference titles.

 

Oregon State comes to the tournament with a legitimate shot at the team title as well as a number of individual titles. Leading the way individually is junior Colby Covington, who was ranked the top wrestler at 174 pounds in the last Pac-10 Rankings. Boise State has won the team title the past two seasons, but Oregon State is a close second this season, threatening the defending champions. Last season, the Beavers did not have a single individual title after taking two in 2008 in 197-pounder Kyle Bressler and heavyweight Travis Gardner. Two wrestlers earned automatic bids to the NCAA Wrestling Championships, led by 149-pounder Heinrich Barnes and 133-pounder Kelly Kubec. Automatic qualifier numbers will also be released on Thursday prior to the coaches’ meeting. Eight Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the top three in the Pac-10 Rankings, released February 16. Redshirt sophomore 125-pounder Jason Lara, senior 165-pounder Dan Brascetta and sophomore 197-pounder Chad Hanke were all ranked second. And Kubec, redshirt freshman 141-pounder Mike Mangrum, senior 157-pounder Keegan Davis and sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack were all ranked third. Freshman RJ Pena was sixth at 149 pounds and redshirt freshman Ty Vinson was fourth at 184 pounds.

 

REWIND to THE last meetsThe Oregon State wrestling team fell in a pair of meets to No. 12 Boise State, 12-21, and No. 8 Oklahoma, 6-25, on the road to end the regular season.

 

Junior 174-pounder Colby Covington and sophomore 133-pounder Kelly Kubec were the only two wrestlers to tally win in both of their matches over the weekend, earning a pair of decisions.

 

ODDS & ENDS — The Beavers’ 14th place ranking in the February 9 rankings is the highest since 2000-01, when the team was ranked 13th in the January 31, 2001 poll. The team ranged from 12th to 17th that season, finishing the season off in 17th place.

 

Oregon State has defeated its 18 opponents by an average of 32-plus points.

 

The 17-meet winning streak the team held this season ties the streak set 1984, when the Beavers won 17 straight. The next longest streak was 18, set in 1978. The longest streak in school history is 29, taking place from 1957-60.

 

The Beavers’ 18-3 start to the season is the best start since the 1984 campaign when the team earned 22 dual meet wins. The 18-win mark ties head coach Jim Zalesky’s most dual meet wins in a season and is the most he’s accumulated in his four seasons at Oregon State.

 

Junior Colby Covington’s 15 pins thus far on the season is the most by an individual since heavyweight Oscar Wood in the 1998-99 season. It ties the 18th most ever in a single season and is tied for fifth most for juniors. Freshman RJ Pena and sophomores Kelly Kubec and Clayton Jack and are close behind with 12 falls each. Pena is tied for the third most by a freshman in school history, and Kubec and Jack are tied for seventh 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 added another win at No. 24 Arizona State on Jan. 31, defeating the Sun Devils, 35-5. And the Beavers upset No. 16 Cal Poly on the road on Saturday, Feb. 6.

 

RJ Pena is the third true freshman to not utilize his redshirt in his rookie season on the current squad. Senior Keegan Davis and sophomore Cody Weishoff both lettered their true freshman seasons.

 

The Beavers return three NCAA qualifiers from last season in senior Keegan Davis and sophomores Kelly Kubec and Clayton Jack.

 

RANKING UP WITH THE GREATS — Senior Keegan Davis is currently tied for 25th all-time for career wins with 88. He has the most wins of anyone since Ty Watterson (2004-07), who finished his career with 87. And sophomore Clayton Jack currently has 21 career pins, good to tie for 26th. He’s only two away from Watterson’s record of 23. In just his first season, junior Colby Covington ranks 10th all-time for career winning percentage (.875) with a 35-5 record.

 

WHAT THE COACHES THINK — Eight Beaver wrestlers were ranked in the second NCAA Division I Coaches Panel Rankings, released February 12. Junior Colby Covington continued to lead the way again with a 10th place ranking at 174 pounds. Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack was close behind, ranked 12th. Senior Keegan Davis is 13th at 157 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara and sophomore Kelly Kubec were both 15th at 125 and 133 pounds. Freshman RJ Pena is still top 20, ranked 19th at 149 pounds. And redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum is 22nd at 141 pounds, while sophomore Chad Hanke is 25th at 197 pounds.

 

Nine Oregon State wrestlers received recognition in the first NCAA Division I Coaches Panel Rankings, released January 17. Covington led the way with 11th place ranking at 174 pounds. Davis was 13th at 157 pounds, and redshirt Lara and Kubec were 15th at 125 and 133 pounds. Pena earned a 16th place ranking at 149 pounds, followed closely by Jack at heavyweight, ranked 17th. Hanke was tied for 24th at 197 pounds, Mangrum 25th at 141 pounds and junior Brice Arand 31st at 184 pounds to round out the nine. The rankings are part of what qualifies wrestlers for the NCAA Championships.

 

POWERFUL RATINGS — Eight Beaver wrestlers were ranked in the RPI released by the NCAA on February 12. Sophomore Kelly Kubec leads the way with an eighth place ranking at 133 pounds. Senior Keegan Davis and junior Colby Covington are both 13th at 157 and 174 pounds. And sophomore Chad Hanke is 14th at 197 pounds. Sophomore Clayton Jack is 15th at heavyweight, while redshirt sophomore Jason Lara is 18th at 125 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum and freshman RJ Pena are both within the top 30 at 141 and 149 pounds.

 

COLBY CRACKING THE TOP 10 — Junior transfer Colby Covington is the first wrestler to break into the Intermat top 10 for the Beavers since Kyle Bressler  at 184 pounds last season. Bressler did not finish the 2008-09 season in the top 10. Prior to Bressler, the last wrestler was Ty Watterson during the 2006-07 season at heavyweight, finishing the season ranked fourth and earning All-America status.

 

AWN TOP 20 WRESTLERS — Five Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Individual Rankings, released February 23. Junior 174-pounder Colby Covington is the highest ranked at 10th. Sophomore 133-pounder Kelly Kubec is 13th, while senior 157-pounder Keegan Davis is 14th. Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack is 15th, while redshirt sophomore Jason Lara rounds it out with a 16th place ranking at 125 pounds.

 

INTERMAT top 25 — Six Oregon State wrestlers are still ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released February 24. Junior Colby Covington leads the way with an eighth place ranking at 174 pounds. Senior Keegan Davis is close behind, ranked 13th at 157 pounds. Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack moves to No. 15. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara is 15th at 125 pounds, and sophomore Kelly Kubec remains  ranked 16th at 133 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum moved up to 17th at 141 pounds this week. The team remained in the top 25 this week, staying at 15th 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 in the original lineup. 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 — Tickets for both the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Championships are on sale now. To purchase your passes for the Pac-10 Championships, visit www.ucdavisaggies.com. And for NCAA Championships passes, visit www.ncaa.com.

 

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 FACESThe Beavers welcome 12 new faces to the 2009-10 squad. Included was junior transfer Colby Covington, an 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 averaged 1,184 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 BEAVERSOregon State has just over two weeks off before heading to the NCAA Championships held in the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. The three-day tournament begins on Thursday, Mar. 18.

 

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