Beavers Face Tough Trip To Desert

Nov. 27, 2001


Oregon State at No. 9 Arizona State, Tempe, Ariz., 6 p.m.


Oregon State at Cliff Keen Las Vegas Classic, Las Vegas, Nev., all day

Oregon State (4-0 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10) gets to take part in a veritable who's-who in collegiate wrestling this weekend. The Beavers go on the road to meet No. 9-ranked Arizona State (1-0, 1-0) on Thursday, then head directly to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Classic on Friday and Saturday.

'We're coming off a good beginning,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said of the Beavers' four-meet sweep at last week's Oregon State Duals. 'We had a number of individuals get an opportunity to wrestle in front of officials in regulation matches, get acclimated to the one-hour weigh-in, and get ready for the season. We got good looks at a number of our athletes.

'Now we go into a three-day competitive schedule that's similar to what we'll face at the NCAA Championships (in March). Thursday, we'll wrestle an Arizona State team that's in the top 10 year-in and year-out, and that will be a good test for our guys. Then we'll battle a little hardship, a little bit of travel to Las Vegas, and start early the next morning in the Classic.'

The announced field of 47 teams at this year's Las Vegas Classic includes ASU, No. 3 Michigan, No. 8 Lehigh, No. 11 Edinboro, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 13 Fresno State and No. 20 Pittsburgh.This year's tournament has been moved from Stateline, Nev., to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

'It's good competition,' Wells said of the field. 'You've got 47 teams from across the country, top-level teams from various conferences. It's a tremendous opportunity for our guys to test themselves early in the season. It's a chance for us to look at our conditioning, to look for any glaring technical errors we're making, to focus in on bonus points and pushing the pace, to look for getting major decisions, technical falls and pins.

'We're looking for a good overall team effort in this tournament. Then we can come back, take finals, and settle in for the dual-meet season.'

The Beavers could have as many as four unbeaten wrestlers in their lineup during the weekend. OSU 133-pounder Nathan Navarro and 174-pounder Jake Huffman are both 7-0, heavyweight Andy Bowlby is 6-0 and 125-pounder Michael Delaney is 5-0.

However, nationally-ranked 174-pounder Nathan Coy (No. 6 Amateur Wrestling News, No. 6 InterMat) and heavyweight Jason Cooley (No. 12 AWN, No. 18 IM) may return to the lineup this weekend. Also, Delaney has been in a tight battle with Ale DeLaPena for the starting spot at 125 pounds.

Arizona State, the defending Pacific-10 champion, opened its season with a 40-6 win over Cal State-Fullerton on Sunday. The Sun Devils had earlier competed in the non-scoring Missouri Open.

Arizona State, the defending Pacific-10 champion, has seven nationally-ranked wrestlers in its probable lineup: 133-pounder David Douglas (No. 3 AWN, No. 3 IM), 149-pounder Eric Larkin (ranked at 141, No. 1 AWN, No. 1 IM), 157-pounder Rocky Smart (No. 8 AWN, No. 7 IM), 165-pounder Nick Frost (No. 13 AWN, No. 13 IM), 174-pounder Curtis Owen (No. 20 AWN, No. 19 IM), 197-pounder Erik Gladish (NR AWN, No. 6 IM) and heavyweight Kellan Fluckiger (No. 15 AWN, No. 13 IM).

The Beavers will then find a host of nationally-ranked wrestlers from all three NCAA divisions plus the NAIA at the Las Vegas Classic.


National rankings are current Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat

125 - Michael Delaney, jr. (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS)

5-0 record with 2 pins, No. 2 Pac-10

or - Ale DeLaPena, so. (Benton City, Wash./Kiona-Benton HS, North Idaho JC)

5-2 record with 1 pin

133 - Nathan Navarro, sr. (Ontario, Ore./Ontario HS)

7-0 record with 1 pin, No. 9 AWN, No. 15 IM, No. 2 Pac-10

141 - Casey Horn, jr. (Salem, Ore./North Salem HS)

3-0 record with 3 pins

149 - Jordan Barich, fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS)

3-0 record with 1 pin

157 - Micah Houston, so. (Arlington, Texas/Arlington HS)

4-1 record with 1 pin

165 - Jed Pennell, so. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS)

3-0 record with 1 pin, No. 18 AWN, No. 2 Pac-10

174 - Nathan Coy, sr. (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS)

1-0 record with 0 pins, No. 6 AWN, No. 6 IM, No. 1 Pac-10

or - Jake Huffman, jr. (Scio, Ore./Scio HS)

7-0 record with 1 pin

184 - Isaac Weber, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS)

4-2 record with 0 pins, No. 3 Pac-10

197 - Jason Lovell, jr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS)

5-1 record with 1 pin, No. 3 Pac-10

HWT - Jason Cooley, sr. (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service HS)

0-0 record with 0 pins, No. 12 AWN, No. 18 IM, No. 3 Pac-10

or - Andy Bowlby, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS)

6-0 record with 2 pins

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 10-13-0 against Arizona State in a series dating back to 1970, OSU is on a 2-meet losing streak against the Sun Devils. Last season, ASU won 21-14 in Corvallis. The last meeting in Tempe was ASU's 23-16 win in 2000. OSU's last win was 23-19 in 1999 in Corvallis.

Last season at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Classic, OSU placed fifth in the 52-team field. The Beavers' highest-ever finish at the tournament was second in the 1998-99 and 1993-94 seasons.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State 141-pounder Casey Horn picked up pins in all 3 of his victories as the Beavers won all 4 of their wrestling meets Nov. 23 at the Oregon State Duals in Gill Coliseum. OSU topped Portland State 36-3 in a Pacific-10 meet and beat Central Washington 44-0, Pacific (Ore.) 32-6 and Simon Fraser 40-9 in non-league meets, the Beavers split their squad to wrestle Pacific and Simon Fraser simultaneously.

Other scores from the afternoon had Portland State beating Central Washington 26-7, PSU topping Simon Fraser 35-3 and Central Washington beating Simon Fraser 36-9. Pacific is ranked seventh nationally in the NAIA and Simon Fraser is ranked 11th nationally in the NAIA.

'This was a nice warmup for a big weekend next weekend,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said of the 4-meet sweep. 'I was pleased with our intensity, and I thought it got better as the meets went on. The first dual was difficult, Portland State has a nice team this year, they're more competitive than they've been, and some pretty tight matches went our way ... we still may have a couple of changes in our lineup, so we'll tweak it as we go.'

Horn and 165-pounder Jed Pennell returned to Oregon State's lineup after missing last weekend's Southern Oregon Open, while Beaver heavyweight Jason Cooley was held out one more week with a minor injury and 174-pounder Nathan Coy was absent due to personal obligations.

Pennell, ranked 18th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, recorded a pin and a major decision as he went 3-0 on Friday. Horn earned two of his pins in the first period and his other fall came early in the second period.

'Casey did a great job,' Wells said. 'He said he'd go out and get three pins, and by golly, he went out and did it.'

Also winning all three of their matches for OSU on Friday were 10th-ranked 133-pounder Nathan Navarro, 141-pounder Jordan Barich, 174-pounder Jake Huffman, 197-pounder Jason Lovell and heavyweight Andy Bowlby. At 125 pounds, Michael Delaney and Ale DeLaPena both went 2-0, at 184 pounds, Isaac Weber went 2-1 but his loss was a tough 6-4 decision at the hands of 10th-ranked Jeremy Wilson of Portland State.

The Beavers recorded team bonus points for winning by pin, technical fall, major decision or forfeit in five of 10 matches against PSU, eight of 10 matches against Central Washington, four of 10 matches against Pacific and six of 10 matches against Simon Fraser. Joining Horn in picking up team bonus points in all three wins was Barich, scoring team bonus points twice were Navarro, 157-pounder Micah Houston, Pennell, Lovell and Bowlby.

Navarro and Huffman improved to 7-0 this season, while Bowlby is 6-0 and Delaney is 5-0. The win over Central Washington was the Beavers' first shutout since winning 45-0 at Cal State-Fullerton this past February.

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 107-60-1 for a winning percentage of .640.

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 841-253-24 and a .763 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 350-62-6 in the arena for a winning percentage of .844. This season, OSU is 4-0 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.

OREGON STATE SHUTS OUT CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Oregon State recorded its first shutout of the season when it beat Central Washington 44-0 in the Oregon State Duals on Nov. 23 at Gill Coliseum. It was the Beavers' first shutout since a 45-0 win at Cal State-Fullerton late in the 2001 season.

OREGON STATE'S QUADRUPLE-HEADER: When Oregon State wrestled 4 meets at the Oregon State Duals on Nov. 23, it was the first time the Beavers had wrestled 4 duals in a day since Jan. 11, 1997 at the Virginia Duals. This year, OSU beat Portland State 36-3, Central Washington 44-0, Pacific (Ore.) 32-6 and Simon Fraser 40-9, in 1997, OSU beat Cornell 30-10, Indiana 22-13, Cornell 20-13 and lost to Arizona State 23-13.

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	12thOct. 25	9th	Nov. 14	10th		Nov. 21	15thJED PENNELL, 165Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	18th	Pre	19thOct. 25	18th	Nov. 14	18th		Nov. 21	NRNATHAN COY, 174Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	6th	Pre	7thOct. 25	6th	Nov. 14	7th		Nov. 21	6thJASON COOLEY, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	12th	Pre	17thOct. 25	12th	Nov. 14	18th		Nov. 21	18th

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers are in the Pacific-10 rankings:


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

OREGON STATE TELEVISED MEETS: Oregon State will have a pair of its dual meets televised this season on a tape-delay basis by Fox Sports Net. The Beavers' home meet on Dec. 16 against Oklahoma State and the season's second Civil War on Feb. 13 at Oregon will be broadcast on dates to be announced.

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