Beavers Face Big, Busy Week

Dec. 10, 2001


Oregon at No. 24 Oregon State, Gill Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.


BEAVER WRESTLING HOMECOMING: Former Oregon State wrestlers are admitted free and they will be honored for their contributions to OSU wrestling. Beaver wrestlingalumni can call the OSU wrestling office at (541) 737-2552 for more information. HIGH SCHOOL TEAM DAY: Special rates for high school teams attending as a group, call the OSU Sports Marketing Office at (541) 737-4638 for details. WEAR ORANGE DAY: Wear orange cothing and get into the meet for free.


No. 24 Oregon State at No. 9 Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., 5 p.m. PST


No. 2 Oklahoma State at No. 24 Oregon State, Gill Coliseum, 1 p.m.

OREGON STATE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FACULTY/STAFF DAY: Oregon State faculty and staff members are admitted free with their OSU identification card, and up to five family members will be admitted for just $2 each. Also, OSU Federal Credit Union members can get up to five tickets for just $2 each with a coupon available at the credit union. GOOD SAMARITAN HEALTH SERVICES DAY: Good Samaritan employees can get up to four tickets for just $2 each when showing their Good Samaritan identification card. TELEVISION: Oregon State's meet against Oklahoma State will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net via tape delay on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 1 p.m.

After 10 days without wrestling a meet, No. 24 Oregon State (4-1 overall, 1-1 Pacific-10) returns to action in a big way this week. The Beavers play host to Oregon (2-0, 2-0) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the season's first Civil War, presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers, visit No. 9 Nebraska (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) on Friday, then come home to meet No. 2 Oklahoma State (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

'This is a chance for us to take another step forward as a team,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said of the challenging three-meet, two-trip stretch. 'We get the chance to wrestle three very strong teams in a short time before we break for the holidays, and it's a terrific opportunity for us. It's a matter of focusing on what you have to do on the mat, and what you have to do to prepare for that.'

OSU has five wrestlers in the latest national rankings, as 133-pounder Nathan Navarro is ranked No. 17 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 16 by InterMat, 141-pounder Casey Horn is ranked No. 18 by AWN, 174-pounder Nathan Coy is ranked No. 5 by AWN and No. 6 by IM, 184-pounder Isaac Weber is ranked No. 19 by IM, and heavyweight Jason Cooley is ranked No. 16 by IM.

The string of dual meets will mark Coy's return to OSU's lineup after he missed the season's first five duals and the Las Vegas Classic due to personal reasons. The Beavers may have to shuffle their lineup a bit, though, due to some nagging injuries suffered in a 25-10 loss at No. 9 Arizona State on Nov. 29 and a ninth-place finish at the 53-team Las Vegas Classic on Nov. 29-Dec. 30.

'The past several years, we've put emphasis on increasing the level of competition within our squad and we've had success at that,' Wells said. 'We may have to rely on that depth a bit this week, but it's a great opportunity for some new people to show us their capabilities.'

The Civil War meet will also be Oregon State's annual Beaver Wrestling Homecoming, with all former OSU wrestlers invited to attend as honored guests. Last season, the Beaver Wrestling Homecoming attracted 27 former OSU wrestlers, among them, they accounted for 33 individual conference titles, 22 All-America finishes and six individual national titles.

'That's one of the things I really look forward to each season,' Wells said. 'Oregon State has one of the greatest wrestling traditions in the country, and there's a reason for that - it's all the work these men put in over the past 90-some years to make this program what it is.

'These are the people that set the standards we want our current team to live up to, and it really brings it home for the kids when they can meet some of the people whose names they've seen in the record book and hanging on the wall in our room (on a signboard listing OSU's all-time All-Americans).'

It's not as though a dual against Oregon really needs any added significance. It always has been, and always will be, one of the biggest nights of the season for the Beavers just because they're taking on the Ducks.

'It's that old backyard brawl-type thing,' Wells said. 'Most of these guys have been wrestling each other since they were kids, all the way up through high school ... those guys you know best are the ones you want to beat the most. Any OSU-Oregon competition is going to have a special feeling, and when it's in wrestling you've got two of the top teams in the Pac-10 going at it.'

Oregon has also taken a break from competition since the Las Vegas Classic on Nov. 30-Dec. 1, the Ducks placed 14th at the tournament and received votes in the first National Wrestling Coaches Association poll of the season but did not make the top 25. Oregon has five wrestlers in the national rankings, as 125-pounder Shaun Williams is ranked 10th by IM, 133-pounder Jason Harless is ranked No. 15 by both AWN and IM, 141-pounder Brian Watson is ranked No. 20 by AWN, 165-pounder Eugene Harris is ranked No. 10 by AWN and No. 16 by IM, and heavyweight Eric Webb is ranked No. 12 by both AWN and IM.

Nebraska went on the road to beat Air Force 31-13 and Wyoming 30-12 last weekend, the Cornhuskers were also at the Las Vegas Classic and finished seventh. Nebraska has four wrestlers in the national rankings, with 125-pounder Jason Powell ranked No. 4 by AWN and IM, 157-pounder Bryan Snyder ranked No. 1 by AWN and IM, 184-pounder Travis Pascoe ranked No. 8 by AWN and No. 7 by IM, and 197-pounder Justin Ruiz ranked No. 5 by both AWN and IM.

Oklahoma State defeated archrival No. 3 Oklahoma 18-15 at home last weekend. The Cowboys will bring eight nationally-ranked wrestlers to Gill Coliseum, with 125-pounder Skylar Holman ranked No. 2 by both AWN and IM, 133-pounder Johnny Thompson ranked No. 1 by AWN and No. 2 by IM, 149-pounder Jared Sanders ranked No. 15 by AWN and No. 17 by IM, 157-pounder Shane Roller ranked No. 3 by both AWN and IM, 165-pounder Tyrone Lewis ranked No. 3 by AWN and No. 2 by IM, 174-pounder Ty Wilcox ranked No. 7 by AWN and No. 5 by IM, 184-pounder Pat Popolizio ranked No. 4 by AWN and No. 3 by IM, and heavyweight James Huml ranked No. 13 by AWN and No. 10 by IM.


(National rankings are current Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat)

125 - Michael Delaney, jr. (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS), 5-1 record with 2 pins

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), 9-1 record with 1 pin, No. 17 AWN, No. 16 IM, No. 3 Pac-10

or - Tim Norman, fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS), 3-0 record with 0 pins

141 - Casey Horn, jr. (Salem, Ore./North Salem HS), 8-3 record with 5 pins, No. 18 AWN, No. 3 Pac-10

or - Peter Zamora, jr. (Moses Lake, Wash./Moses Lake HS), 4-1 record with 0 pins

149 - Jordan Barich, fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS), 4-3 record with 1 pin, No. 3 Pac-10

157 - Micah Houston, so. (Arlington, Texas/Arlington HS), 4-4 record with 1 pin

165 - Jed Pennell, so. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS), 5-3 record with 2 pins

174 - Nathan Coy, sr. (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS), 1-0 record with 0 pins, No. 5 AWN, No. 6 IM, No. 1 Pac-10

or - Jake Huffman, jr. (Scio, Ore./Scio HS), 11-3 record with 1 pin

184 - Isaac Weber, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS), 9-4 record with 1 pin, No. 19 IM, No. 2 Pac-10

197 - Jason Lovell, jr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS), 8-4 record with 1 pin, No. 3 Pac-10

HWT - Jason Cooley, sr. (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service HS), 0-1 record with 0 pins, No. 16 IM

or - Andy Bowlby, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS), 10-2 record with 3 pins, No. 3 Pac-10

ALL-TIME SERIES VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 95-22-4 against Oregon in a series dating back to 1915. Last season, Oregon won 22-16 in Eugene and OSU came back to win 25-10 in Corvallis. The Beavers have won 5 of the last 6 meetings and are 16-4-1 in their last 21 meetings against the Ducks.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 2-3-0 against Nebraska in a series dating back to 1973, and OSU is on a 3-meet losing streak against the Cornhuskers. Last season, the Beavers lost 23-10 at Lincoln. Oregon State's last win in the series was 18-16 at Lincoln in 1984.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 0-15 against Oklahoma State in a series dating back to 1961. Last season, Oklahoma State won 35-6 at Stillwater. The last meeting in Corvallis was Oklahoma State's 29-6 win in 2000.

LAST MEETS: Oregon State rebounded from a disappointing dual meet loss at Arizona State on Nov. 29 to place ninth in the 53-team Las Vegas Classic on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.

On Nov. 29, OSU got wins from 184-pounder Isaac Weber, 133-pounder Nathan Navarro and 174-pounder Jake Huffman but the Beavers fell to No. 9 Arizona State 25-10 in a Pacific-10 dual at Wells Fargo Arena. 'We lost a couple of good matches, a couple close matches, but we didn't compete very well and that's the bottom line,' Oregon State head coach Joe Wells said. 'We gave up some easy scores and gave away some easy takedowns. They weren't in good condition, we chased them and chased them and chased them, but we made some basic, fundamental mistakes and we didn't wrestle well. We're capable of wrestling a lot better than we showed tonight.'

On Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Oregon State 141-pounder Casey Horn finished fourth in his weight class, leading four OSU placers as the Beavers finished ninth in the 53-team Las Vegas Classic. Also placing for OSU were Isaac Weber, fifth at 184 pounds, Andy Bowlby, fifth at heavyweight, and Jake Huffman, eighth at 174. Third-ranked Michigan was the team champion, followed by West Virginia, eighth-ranked Lehigh, 11th-ranked Edinboro, ninth-ranked Arizona State, 20th-ranked Pittsburgh, 12th-ranked Nebraska, Air Force, OSU and Cornell. 'As a team, we made some big steps,' Wells said of the Beavers' performance at the tournament. 'Overall, I was pleased with how we performed, especially on the first day. I thought Saturday we let down a little, we had a couple of guys with injuries and that affected how we prepared to compete today and we can't let that be a factor. In a quality tournament, you just have to suck it up and get ready to go, and anticipate that the next day the level of competition will be raised some. You just have to step up and accept the challenge.' OSU missed the chance to pick up more points when Nathan Navarro, ranked 13th nationally at 133 pounds, forfeited his first wrestleback match as a precaution against aggravating a minor injury suffered in the first day's wrestling.

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 107-61-1 for a winning percentage of .633.

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 841-254-24 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 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll of Dec. 5: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Michigan, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 15 Illinois and No. 22 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 have been in this season's national rankings:

TEAMAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	23rdNational Wrestling Coaches AssociationDec. 5	24thNATHAN NAVARRO, 133Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	10th	Pre	12thOct. 25	9th	Nov. 14	10th		Nov. 21	15thNov. 27	13th	Nov. 27	16thDec. 5	17th	Dec. 5	16thCASEY HORN, 141Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NROct. 25	NR	Nov. 14	NR		Nov. 21	NRNov. 27	NR	Nov. 27	NRDec. 5	18th	Dec. 5	NRJED PENNELL, 165Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	18th	Pre	19thOct. 25	18th	Nov. 14	18th		Nov. 21	NRNov. 27	NR	Nov. 27	NRDec. 5	NR	Dec. 5	NRNATHAN COY, 174Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	6th	Pre	7thOct. 25	6th	Nov. 14	7th		Nov. 21	6thNov. 27	5th	Nov. 27	6thDec. 5	5th	Dec. 5	6thISAAC WEBER, 184Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NROct. 25	NR	Nov. 14	NR		Nov. 21	NRNov. 27	NR	Nov. 27	NRDec. 5	NR	Dec. 5	19thJASON COOLEY, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	12th	Pre	17thOct. 25	12th	Nov. 14	18th		Nov. 21	18thNov. 27	15th	Nov. 27	17thDec. 5	NR	Dec. 5	16th

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's Pacific-10 rankings:

TEAMPre	2ndDec. 5	2ndMICHAEL DELANEY, 125Pre	3rdDec. 5	NRNATHAN NAVARRO, 133Pre	2ndDec. 5	3rdCASEY HORN, 141Pre	NRDec. 5	3rdJED PENNELL, 165Pre	2ndDec. 5	NRNATHAN COY, 174Pre	1stDec. 5	1stISAAC WEBER, 184Pre	2ndDec. 5	2ndJASON LOVELL, 197Pre	3rdDec. 5	3rdJASON COOLEY, HWTPre	3rdDec. 5	NRANDY BOWLBY, HWTPre	NRDec. 5	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

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 will be rebroadcast on Dec. 23 at 1 p.m., and the season's second Civil War on Feb. 13 at Oregon will be broadcast on a date to be announced.



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