Wrestling Sends Six to Omaha for NCAA Championships
March 16, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 15 Oregon State Beavers (18-3, 6-2 Pac-10) heads to the NCAA Championships. The three-day event begins on Thursday, Mar. 18. Session I will begin at 9:00 a.m. PT, followed by Session II at 4:30 p.m. PT on Thursday. Session III and IV will take place on Friday at 7:30 a.m. PT and 4:00 p.m. PT And all of the placing sessions will take place on Saturday with Session V beginning at 8:00 a.m. PT and the championship session (Session VI) starting at 4:30 p.m. PT. The event is being held at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., hosted by University of Nebraska and the Omaha Sports Commission.
TRACKING the beavs— Full results on the Oregon State wrestling team from this week’s tournament can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Find updated results for each Oregon State match on the wrestling page by clicking on the button titled “NCAA Results.”
Live video will be available for both sessions on Thursday through NCAA.com. The remaining four sessions will be aired on ESPNU HD, as well as sessions three and six will be on ESPN360.com. Full tournament information can be found at NCAA.com.
TOURNAMENT 5: NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS — Thursday-Saturday, Mar. 18-20 (All Day): The Beavers finished 41st with 10.5 team points. Heinrich Barnes was the team’s lone All-American, finishing eighth at 149 pounds. Oregon State qualified four in Barnes, Keegan Davis, Clayton Jack and Kelly Kubec.
The Beavers return three of their four qualifiers from last season, adding redshirt sophomore Jason Lara at 125 pounds, redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum at 141 pounds and junior Colby Covington at 174 pounds. The six qualifiers mark the most since the 2007 season, when Oregon State sent seven qualifiers. Covington, Jack, Kubec, Lara and Mangrum all qualified at the Pac-10 Championships with Davis earning an at-large bid at 157 pounds. Covington is the lone Oregon State wrestler seeded, earning the No. 8 spot. He will face Jim Resnick of Rider first. Lara will take on Eric Morrill of Edinboro in the pigtail round first, while Kubec will face Jimmy Kirchner of Rider, who Kubec defeated at the Midlands Championships, collecting the fall in 2:22. Mangrum will take on Mike Koehnlein of Nebraska, who he defeated by major decision, 11-3, in Gill Coliseum. Davis will face Kyle John of Maryland, and Jack will take on fifth-seeded Daniel Erekson of Iowa State in the first round.
REWIND to THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT — The Oregon State wrestling team won the Pac-10 title with 127.0 team points. The title marked the first one since 2007 in Zalesky’s first season. The Beavers edged out two-time defending champions, Boise State, by two points.
Junior 174-pounder Colby Covington won the team’s lone individual title, defeating No. 18 Nate Lee in the championships match. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara and sophomore Clayton Jack both earned second place finishes at 125 pounds and heavyweight. Sophomore Kelly Kubec and redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum both picked up third place finishes at 133 and 141 pounds.
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 season record is the best 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.
RANKING UP WITH THE GREATS — Senior Keegan Davis is currently 23rd all-time for career wins with 90. He has the most wins of anyone since Ty Watterson (2004-07), who finished his career with 87. And sophomore Clayton Jack currently has 22 career pins, good to tie for 25th. He’s only one away from Watterson’s record of 23. In just his first season, junior Colby Covington ranks 10th all-time for career winning percentage (.884) with a 38-5 record.
GOING STREAKING — Junior Colby Covington is currently riding a 15-match winning streak going into the NCAA Tournament, his longest and team’s longest of the season. His streak dates back to January 7, when Covington defeated Brock Smith of Wyoming in the Beavers’ first dual of the new calendar year.
CONFERENCE POWERHOUSE — The Oregon State wrestling team has won 47 conference titles in 83 seasons in the Northwest, Pacific Coast, AAWU, Pacific-8 and Pacific-10 Conferences with the last one being in 2010. Prior to that, the Beavers won in 2007. The Beavers have produced 59 Pacific-10 Conference champions with junior Colby Covington earning the last individual title this season at 174 pounds.
CLOSE CALL — The Oregon State wrestling program has finished runner-up in the team standings at the NCAA Tournament twice in its history. The Beavers fell just short of the crown in 1995 under Joe Wells and 1973 under Dale Thomas. The last NCAA Champion was Les Gutches in 1996 after winning back-to-back titles. Overall, Oregon State has produced 83 All-Americans with the last being Heinrich Barnes at 149 pounds in 2009.
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 March 10. Junior 174-pounder Colby Covington is the highest ranked at ninth. Sophomore 133-pounder Kelly Kubec is 13th, while 141-pounder redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum is 14th. Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack is 15th, while redshirt sophomore Jason Lara is also 15th at 125 pounds.
INTERMAT top 25 — Five Oregon State wrestlers are still ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released March 10. Junior Colby Covington leads the way with an seventh place ranking at 174 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum is 12th at 141 pounds. Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack moves to No. 15. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara is 15th at 125 pounds, and sophomore Kelly Kubec is also 15th at 133 pounds.
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 FACES — The 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.
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