Beavers Weigh Options For Oregon State Duals

Nov. 20, 2001


Oregon State Duals, Gill Coliseum, 12 noon

(Oregon State vs. Portland State, Central Washington, No. 7 NAIA Pacific [Ore.] and No. 11 NAIA Simon Fraser)

AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Oregon State's wrestling team will hold a post-meet autograph session for fans of all ages.

ADMISSION SPECIALS: Junior Benny Beaver Club members are admitted free when wearing their club T-shirt or showing their membership card. Kids wearing OSU Wrestling Camp T-shirts or showing a membership card from their mat club will also be admitted free. Two-for-one coupons are available at local Bi-Mart stores.

What a deal - go straight from the biggest meal of the year to a weigh-in in one day.

That's the proposition awaiting Oregon State's wrestlers this week. Just 24 hours after sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, the Beavers (0-0 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) will open their home schedule by hosting the Oregon State Duals. The five-team event begins Friday at noon in Gill Coliseum.

OSU will greet Portland State (0-0, 0-0) for a Pacific-10 dual and also meet Central Washington (0-0), Pacific (Ore.) (0-0) and Simon Fraser (0-0). Pacific is ranked seventh nationally in the NAIA and SFU is ranked 11th in the NAIA.

'We're trying to determine our lineup and give some young guys more match experience,' Wells said of the holiday weekend dual doings. 'We need to get match-ready as we head into the Pacific-10 season at Arizona State (on Nov. 29) and get ready for a very good tournament in Las Vegas (the Las Vegas Collegiate on Nov. 30-Dec. 1).'

'We're working hard at being aggressive and doing the things we need to do to win those matches. Wrestling a lot of dual-meet matches back-to-back gives you some rhythm and some sense of your conditioning and gets you ready for a tournament. The bonus points (for pins, technical falls and major decisions), the extra takedowns, whether you're doing the proper things technically and tactically - that's what we're looking for.'

Cal State-Fullerton and Embry-Riddle were also originally scheduled to be part of the field for the Oregon State Duals but both withdrew from the event.

Gill Coliseum will be set up with three mats on Friday, and Oregon State will use a variety of lineups in its four meets to give a number of Beavers the chance to wrestle in a dual-meet setting.

'It'll be a little bit of a three-ring circus with more than one mat at a time, but it will have the elevated electricity of scoring points for the team and the dual-meet scoring, so it is important,' Wells said. 'It makes it important how each wrestler is able to perform, and it makes for a little added excitement.'

Portland State has a nationally-ranked wrestler in 184-pounder Jeremy Wilson, who is rated No. 10 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 11 by InterMat, he is ranked first in the Pacific-10. Another Viking in the Pac-10 rankings is Quinn Collett, fourth at 174 pounds.

Central Washington, a Division II school, is unranked. The Wildcats have wrestled a pair of non-counting dual meets, beating Highline and Yakima Valley community colleges.

Pacific has six wrestlers in the NAIA national rankings: Troy Hall is second at 157 pounds, Ian Courter is second at 184 pounds, Kahaa Rezantes is fifth at 125 pounds, Jon Small is fifth at heavyweight, Sam Baumer is eighth at 164 pounds and Titus Folden is eighth at 197 pounds.

Simon Fraser is coached by former OSU All-American Mike R. Jones. The Clan has three wrestlers in the NAIA national rankings: Neal Ewers is first at 157 pounds, Nathan Rolfe is fifth at 165 pounds and Roozban Banihashimi is sixth at 174 pounds.

OREGON STATE PROBABLE LINEUP: To be determined, this week, OSU will use a number of wrestlers at each weight throughout its four meets at the Oregon State Duals

RETURNING STARTERS FROM 2001:133 - Nathan Navarro, sr. (Ontario, Ore./Ontario HS) (125 in 2001)4-0 record with 1 pin, No. 10 AWN, No. 12 IM, No. 2 Pac-10141 - Casey Horn, jr. (Salem, Ore./North Salem HS) (149 in 2001)0-0 record with 0 pins165 - Jed Pennell, so. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS)0-0 record with 0 pins, No. 18 AWN, No. 19 IM, No. 2 Pac-10174 - Nathan Coy, sr. (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS)1-0 record with 0 pins, No. 6 AWN, No. 7 IM, No. 1 Pac-10184 - Isaac Weber, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS)2-1 record with 0 pins, No. 3 Pac-10197 - Jason Lovell, jr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS)2-1 record with 1 pin, No. 3 Pac-10HWT - Jason Cooley, sr. (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service HS)0-0 record with 0 pins, No. 12 AWN, No. 17 IM, No. 3 Pac-10OTHER RETURNING LETTERMEN FROM 2001125 - Michael Delaney, jr. (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS)3-0 record with 2 pins, No. 2 Pac-10174 - Jake Huffman, jr. (Scio, Ore./Scio HS)4-0 record with 1 pinHWT - Andy Bowlby, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS)3-0 record with 1 pin

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 73-11-4 against Portland State in a series dating back to 1948, OSU is on a 6-meet win streak and an 8-meet unbeaten streak against the Vikings. Last season, the Beavers won 31-6 in the Oregon Classic Duals at Portland's Memorial Coliseum. The last meeting in Corvallis was OSU's 34-6 win in 2000. PSU's last win was 21-16 in 1990 in Portland, and the teams tied 19-19 in 1991 in Portland.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 20-2-0 against Central Washington in a series dating back to 1963, OSU is on a 14-meet win streak against the Wildcats. Last season, the Beavers won 35-9 in Corvallis. CWU's last win was 15-14 in 1967 in Corvallis.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 18-0-0 against Pacific (Ore.) in a series dating back to 1960. Last season, the Beavers won 36-4 in Corvallis.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 16-1-0 against Simon Fraser in a series dating back to 1981, OSU is on a 7-meet win streak against the Clan. The last meeting was OSU's 39-9 win in 2000 in Corvallis. SFU's win was by a 21-20 score in 1989 in Burnaby, B.C.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State 125-pounder Michael Delaney and heavyweight Andy Bowlby won championships at their weight class Nov. 17 as Oregon State opened its season at the Southern Oregon Open. The Beavers' Nathan Coy and Jake Huffman shared the title at 174 pounds in the meet, in which no team scores were kept.

Also placing for the Beavers were Nathan Navarro, third at 133 pounds, Isaac Weber, third at 184 pounds, Jason Lovell, second at 197 pounds, Kevin Miles, fourth at 197 pounds, and Jed Lowe, fourth at heavyweight.

'Our big guys looked very good. Our whole group did, actually,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We wrestled a lot better. Some of the young kids lost close matches to be in it for placing, but they wrestled pretty well. They just made a couple of mistakes because of their experience level. We had a lot of things pointed out to us, and we have a lot of work to do.'

In the 125-pound final, Delaney pinned San Francisco State's Jared Waller in 1:38. Bowlby beat Southern Oregon's Mike Whitehead 12-6 in the heavyweight final.

Teammates Coy and Huffman opted not to wrestle a championship final at 174 pounds, having gone against each other in a best-of-three matchup a week earlier in OSU's Intrasquad Meet. Coy swept that matchup.

Navarro took third by pinning Oregon's Martin Mitchell in 4:58 at 133 pounds. Weber won by riding time in overtime against North Idaho College's Josh Birt in the 184-pound third-place final.

Lovell reached the final at 197 pounds before losing to Southern Oregon's Mike Sills by a 7-5 score. Miles was fourth at that weight after falling to Portland State's Randy Davidson 6-5 in the final round.

Lowe was fourth at heavyweight after being beaten by unattached wrestler Devin Cole 9-2 in the last round.

OSU 141-pounder Casey Horn, 165-pounder Jed Pennell and heavyweight Jason Cooley were held out of the meet as they recover from minor injuries or illness.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH JOE WELLS: Joe Wells, now in his 10th season as Oregon State's head coach, has led the Beavers to a Pacific-10 title and 4 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

The Beavers' 25-10 win over then-No. 11 Boise State last season was Wells' 100th dual meet win at OSU. Since taking over the Beaver program prior to the 1992-93 season, Wells is 103-60-1 for a winning percentage of .631.

The Beavers were Pacific-10 Conference champions under Wells in 1994 and he has twice been named the conference's Coach of the Year. OSU has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 4 times in Wells' tenure, placing second in 1995, fourth in 1994, eighth in 1996 and tying for ninth in 1998.

Under Wells, OSU has had 2 national champions, 15 All-Americans and 16 conference champions.

Wells was named the ASICS Oregon Wrestling Classic's Man of the Year for 1998 for his contributions to wrestling in the state.

Wells, who has coached numerous World Teams for the United States, is a 1972 Iowa graduate. He was a 2-time placer at the Big Ten meet and the 1976 U.S. Wrestling Federation freestyle champ. He spent 17 seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa and Michigan before coming to Oregon State.

OREGON STATE SECOND IN ALL-TIME DUAL MEET WINS: OSU rates as one of the best dual meet teams in collegiate wrestling history. The Beavers are second in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools and fourth in all-time dual meet winning percentage going into the 2001-02 season. OSU currently has an all-time dual meet record of 837-253-24 and a .762 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU faces one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers meet 7 teams ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News preseason top 20: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 10 Illinois, No. 12 Nebraska and No. 13 Fresno State.

OREGON STATE IN GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State has one of the finest homes in college wrestling, 10,400-seat Gill Coliseum. Now in their 46th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 346-62-6 in the arena for a winning percentage of .843. Last season, OSU went 7-2 at home.

In 2001, the Beavers attracted an average of 1,131 fans per home date. That included a crowd of 2,862 for Iowa's first-ever visit to OSU on Jan. 6, that was Oregon State's largest home crowd in over a decade.

OSU moved its home wrestling meets into Gill Coliseum in 1956-57, when Dale Thomas became head coach. Since then, the arena has hosted conference championship meets 13 times and it was the site of the NCAA Championships in 1961 and 1980. Gill Coliseum will be the site of the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Championships.

BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers are in the national rankings:

TEAMAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	23rdNATHAN NAVARRO, 133Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	10th	Pre	12th		Nov. 14	10thJED PENNELL, 165Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	18th	Pre	19th		Nov. 14	18thNATHAN COY, 174Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	6th	Pre	7th		Nov. 14	7thJASON COOLEY, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	12th	Pre	17th		Nov. 14	18th

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers are in the Pacific-10 rankings:TEAMPre 2ndMICHAEL DELANEY, 125Pre 3rdNATHAN NAVARRO, 133Pre 2ndNATHAN COY, 174Pre 1stISAAC WEBER, 184Pre 2ndJASON LOVELL, 197Pre 3rdJASON COOLEY, HWTPre 3rd

OREGON STATE WRESTLING TICKETS: All tickets for Oregon State home wrestling meets are sold on a general admission basis. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens (age 62 and over) and students (high school or under). OSU students are admitted free with their OSU student identification card.

Junior Benny Beaver Club members are admitted free when wearing their club T-shirt or showing their membership card. Kids wearing OSU Wrestling Camp T-shirts or showing a membership card from their mat club will also be admitted free.

Local Bi-Mart stores have coupons good for 2 admissions for the price of 1 adult admission for all OSU home wrestling meets.

Wrestling is also part of the OSU 6-Sport Pass, which is good for general admission seating at all home contests in wrestling, baseball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball and gymnastics. The 6-Sport Pass is $130 for a family pass that admits 2 adults and 2 children, $80 for an adult pass, and $60 for a senior citizen or student pass.

2002 PACIFIC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Wrestling Championships will be held March 3-4 at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum. Tickets will be sold through the OSU Athletic Ticket Office. Tickets for adults are $25 for a tournament pass or $7 per session, for seniors and students, tickets are $21 for a tournament pass or $6 per session.

The tournament includes four sessions. On Sunday, March 3,Session 1 begins at 11 a.m. and includes championship preliminaries and championship quarterfinals, Session 2 begins at 6 p.m. and includes championship semifinals and consolation quarterfinals. On Monday, March 4, Session 3 begins at 11 a.m. and includes consolation semifinals and fifth-place and third-place finals, Session 4 begins at 6 p.m. and includes the championship finals

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