Beavers Sign Two Wrestlers

Dec. 2, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Two-time Oregon state champions Ben Cate and Bryson Gutches have signed letters of intent to wrestle for Oregon State, OSU head coach Joe Wells announced Thursday. Both Cate (Burns, Ore./Burns HS) and Gutches (Eugene, Ore./Churchill HS) are currently high school seniors and will join the Beavers for the 2005-06 season.

'They're both two-time state champions going for their third state championships,' Wells said. 'They're both outstanding young athletes in the state and we've gotten to know them well over the years. They're amidst a great senior class coming out this year and we hope to sign a couple more from that class in the spring. We're really looking forward to them joining our team at Oregon State, because they're going to be great additions and good leaders.'

Cate has been undefeated his last two seasons for Burns, winning state and league titles both seasons. He went 39-0 at 140 pounds as a junior and 38-0 at 130 pounds as a sophomore. As a freshman, he placed first in the league and fourth in the state at 125 pounds.

'Ben is an excellent student. He's very technical, he has great leg attacks, and there's a lot of passion in his wrestling,' Wells said. 'He knows how to win. Wrestling is important to him; he likes it, and he enjoys the contest.

'He's another one from the Burns connection (with current OSU freshman Talon Hofman), and we're obviously pleased with having Talon. We see how important the sport is to them, and they're good workers. Ben came to our camp, we got a chance to meet him and work with him, had we got the opportunity to see just what he's all about.'

Cate will likely start his career at 141 or 149 pounds for Oregon State.

'I have a lot of friends there and Talon is there,' said Cate, whose former prep teammate Talon Hofman is in his first year in OSU's program. 'I liked the coaching staff and I liked (assistant coach and former world freestyle champ) Les Gutches.'

Gutches won league and state titles last season, going 29-1 at 135 pounds. As a sophomore, he placed third in the state and was league champion at 119 pounds with a 32-3 record. As a freshman, he was the state and league champion at 103 pounds.

'Bryson has been around the sport for a long time,' Wells said. 'He's going through some huge growth spurts in terms of making adjustments physically over the last couple years. We keep telling him the bigger he gets, the easier it will be.

'Wrestling is real important to him, as well. He's working real hard and doing great job in school. I think Bryson will be an awesome leader for us. He's got some strong character; once he makes up his mind to do something, he's pretty well set.'

Gutches will likely start his career at 157 or 165 pounds for Oregon State.

'Oregon State has a good School of Business, and I knew the coaching staff and like them all really well,' said Gutches of his choice. He is a cousin of OSU assistant coach Les Gutches.


141/149 - Ben Cate (Burns, Ore./Burns HS)

As a junior, state and league champ; as a sophomore, state and league champ

157/165 - Bryson Gutches (Eugene, Ore./Churchill HS)

As a junior, state and league champ; as a sophomore, third in state and league champ