Beavers Announce Wrestling Signings

May 28, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's wrestling recruiting class for this spring includes six high school state champions and a junior college All-American, OSU head coach Joe Wells announced Friday. Joining the Beavers in the fall will be 125/133-pounder Derek Bartlemay (Salem, Ore./Sprague HS), 184-pounder Kyle Bressler (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur HS), 133-pounder Ryan Enoch (Redmond, Ore./Redmond HS), 197-pounder Jason Gage (Florence, Ore./Siuslaw HS), 125-pounder Jake Gonzalez (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS), 149/157-pounder Talon Hofman (Burns, Ore./Burns HS) and 133-pounder Emery McReynolds (Galena, Kan./Columbus HS, Labette CC).

'This is an outstanding group that we'll have coming into our room next season,' Wells said. 'We're excited about what they'll do for the level of competition in our program, what they'll do in terms of pushing everyone we already have to get better every day.'

Bartlemay was the state champion at 130 pounds this past season for Sprague, going 41-1 with 21 pins and also winning the league title. As a junior, he placed fourth in the state with a 35-11 record and was also league champion; he placed fourth in the league as a sophomore.

'Derek is scrappy, he's real tough,' Wells said of Bartlemay. 'He wrestled a young kid in the finals of the state tournament who is going to be awesome, and Derek won it. He's disciplined, he's tough, and he wrestled well all year. At 125 and 133 pounds, he's going to add depth for us. Derek will come in and scrap with everybody; he's going to be a very good addition for us.'

Bartlemay, who is considering studying Education and History, said he selected OSU for 'the history of the wrestling program, because it's close to home and they have a good coaching staff. I know (former Salem prep and OSU wrestlers) Casey Horn and Scott Nelson, and they had a lotof good things to say about it.'

Bressler was a two-time state champ for Decatur, winning at 189 pounds as both a senior and a junior, and placed fifth at 171 pounds as a sophomore. He compiled a 117-6 record with 70 pins, including a 40-0 record with 26 pins as a senior. He was a three-time league champion and a two-time regional champion, and also won the state freestyle title.

'Kyle is an outstanding athlete,' Wells said of Bressler. 'He was a football player and a four-time letterwinner in football and he was the goalkeeper on a two-time state championship soccer team. He's an outstanding wrestler; his dad is the coach, so he's a coach's kid. Kyle understands what's expected and how to conduct yourself. He's a good student and I think he could be a good leader for us.'

Bressler, who is planning to study Construction Engineering Management, said of choosing OSU, 'They have a good wrestling program and I know some people there, and it's close enough that my parents can come see me wrestle.'

Enoch was the state runner-up at 125 pounds for Redmond this past season after winning the state title at 119 pounds as a junior; he placed sixth as a sophomore at 119. He was league runner-up as a junior and senior, third as a sophomore and fifth as a freshman at 112 pounds. Enoch also won both the state freestyle and Greco-Roman titles this year after placing second in both as a junior and third in both as a sophomore.

'Ryan is outstanding,' Wells said of Enoch. 'He's a three-time state placer and a state Greco-Roman champion and a state freestyle champion this year. Ryan is really coming into his own, and I think he's going to be an outstanding college wrestler. He's a bright kid, he's a student of the sport - his dad is one of Redmond's assistant coaches. His older brother (Zach) wrestled at Portland State, so the whole family is into wrestling. We're real excited about having somebody from Redmond on the team, and I think he's going to make a great contribution as a 133-pounder.'

Enoch, who is planning on studying Chemistry, chose OSU because 'Oregon State has a high-quality wrestling team - it's a good program and the coaches are good guys. Plus, the academic areas that I wanted are what OSU is strong in. It was just a good fit.'

Gage was a two-time state champion for Siuslaw, winning at 189 pounds as both a senior and a junior in compiling a 115-30 record. He was league champ with a 38-0 record this past season and was also league champ with a 36-6 record as a junior; he placed second in the league at 171 pounds as a sophomore and fifth at 145 as a freshman. He was second in the state freestyle and Greco-Roman tournaments this year after placing first in freestyle and second in Greco-Roman as a junior.

'Jason is a big, tough kid,' Wells said of Gage. 'He came to our intensive camp for two years and did a great job; he did a nice job as a high school wrestler. He's a 197-pounder and he's going to be real solid for us. Jason is a hard worker, he has a good attitude and I think he can make a real contribution to our team.'

Gage is considering majoring in Exercise and Sport Science. He said of OSU, 'I just really liked the school and liked that it was close to home. I liked the campus, the whole area and the countryside around there.'

Gonzalez was a state champion at 119 pounds this season for Enumclaw and placed second in the state at 112 as a junior. He was a two-time league champ and also won the regional title as a senior en route to a 43-1 record; he placed third in the region as a junior. As a sophomore 112-pounder, Gonzalez was fourth in the league and third in the region; as a freshman 103-pounder, he was second in the league and fourth in the region. He also placed seventh at the High School Nationals, was a two-time state freestyle champion and placed second in Greco-Roman at the Cadet Nationals.

'Jake is from the same high school as (OSU heavyweight) Ty Watterson, but he's the other end of the spectrum - a 125-pounder,' Wells said of Gonzalez. 'He's a workhorse, a great competitor. Jake is a high school All-American, a multi-time state champion and he's done a great job. I think he's going to be outstanding in terms of coming in and helping (OSU 125-pounder) Eric Stevenson and those guys work hard and get after it.'

Gonzalez, who is planning on studying Exercise and Sport Science, chose OSU because 'I know a lot of people there and they've liked it there, and they're going to have a good team.'

Hofman was a four-time state champion and a four-time league champion, winning at 130 pounds as a freshman, 140 pounds as a sophomore, 160 pounds as a junior and 152 pounds as a senior. He had a 150-6 career record, including 35-0 with 25 pins as a senior.

'Talon is a very accomplished high school kid; we haven't had many four-time state champions in Oregon,' Wells said. 'He's proved it year-in and year-out. He's a three-sport athlete and a good athlete. It will be an adjustment for him to come into Division I and he'll have to get used to wrestling year-round, but he's a good competitor. He sets goals and goes about accomplishing them. He's real good on the mat and tough on top, so I think he'll bring a new dimension and some added things to help our guys in and around 149 and 157 (pounds) in terms of mat wrestling.'

Hofman, who will study Business, said of his choosing OSU that 'the team and the atmosphere of Oregon State was basically it.'

McReynolds was fifth in the junior college national championships this season and placed third in the regional meet at 133 pounds in both his seasons at Labette. At Columbus, he won the state title at 130 pounds as a senior and placed fourth at 119 as a sophomore; he was also regional champ as a senior.

'Emery is a little older, he's got a little more maturity,' Wells said of McReynolds. 'He's strong and physical. He has a redshirt year and two years of competition remaining, so he actually has three years of college left. He's very competitive; he'll jump right in and make an impact at 133 and challenge guys for that No. 1 spot.'

McReynolds, who is considering studying a field in math or science, became interested in OSU through his junior college coach's acquaintance with Beaver assistant coach Jeff Cardwell.

OREGON STATE WRESTLING SIGNINGS - SPRING, 2004125/133 - Derek Bartlemay (Salem, Ore./Sprague HS)State champion at 130 pounds as a senior; state fourth place at130 pounds as a junior184 - Kyle Bressler (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur HS)State champion at 189 pounds both as a senior and as a junior133 - Ryan Enoch (Redmond, Ore./Redmond HS)State runner-up at 125 pounds as a senior; state champion at 119pounds as a junior197 - Jason Gage (Florence, Ore./Siuslaw HS)State champion at 189 pounds both as a senior and as a junior125 - Jake Gonzalez (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS)State champion at 119 pounds as a senior; state second place at112 pounds as a junior159/157 - Talon Hofman (Burns, Ore./Burns HS)State champion at 152 pounds as a senior; state champion at 160pounds as a junior; state champion at 140 pounds as a sophomore;state champion at 130 pounds as a freshman133 - Emery McReynolds (Galena, Kan./Columbus HS, Labette CC)Junior college national fifth placeat 133 pounds as a sophomore;state champion at 130 pounds as a seniorOREGON STATE WRESTLING SIGNING - FALL, 2003157/165 - Brett Arand (Springfield, Ore./Thurston HS)State champion at 160 pounds as a senior; state third place at 152pounds as a junior
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