Wrestling Competes in Pac-10 Opener; Hosts Home Opener

Dec. 9, 2008

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LOOKING AHEAD -- The Oregon State Beavers (3-2, 0-0 Pac-10) head back out on the road for their first conference dual at No. 13 Boise State (6-1, 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday at 6:00 p.m. PT before hosting No. 5 Missouri (7-0) in its home opener at 3:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.

TRACKING THE BEAVS -- Full results from this weekend's meet can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Live results will also be available by clicking on the 'GameWatcher' link under the 'Live' header on the Oregon State Athletics website.

DUAL MEET 6: NO. 13 BOISE STATE (6-1, 0-0 PAC-10) -- Friday, Dec. 12 (6:00 p.m. PT): Oregon State is 25-9 all-time against Boise State. But the Broncos took the last meeting between the two teams last season in a 24-13 decision.

Boise State jumped one spot in the polls this week after the team finished seventh of 44 at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last weekend. Fourth-ranked 184-pounder Kirk Smith captured an individual title, improving his overall record to 20-0. Fifth-ranked 133-pounder Andrew Hochtrasser earned a second place finish, while eighth-ranked 157-pounder Adam Hall finished in fourth. Oregon State has already seen some of the Broncos in action at the Best of the West Tournament, and will square off against some of them again on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Reno Tournament of Champions in Reno, Nev. Boise State has only lost to No. 15 Edinboro on Nov. 23.

DUAL MEET 7: NO. 5 MISSOURI (7-0) -- Sunday, Dec. 14 (3:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 0-3 all-time against Missouri. Last season, the Beavers fell to the Tigers, 28-13, at Missouri.

Missouri has posted a perfect 7-0 mark this season, helped by last weekend's perfect 4-0 finish at the Northeast Duals, defeating Old Dominion, Maryland, Harvard and Brown in Troy, N.Y. Three Tiger wrestlers post perfect records led by fourth-ranked 157-pounder Michael Chandler and fourth-ranked 174-pounder Raymond Jordan. At 197 pounds, Maxwell Askren has an 8-0 record and is also ranked fourth. Missouri will be facing Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Bakersfield and Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., for the Pac-10/Big 12 Duals on Saturday before traveling to Corvallis.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST SATURDAY -- Five Oregon State wrestlers captured bonus points in the team's 29-8 win over Southern Oregon in Ashland, Ore. Oregon State has now won 11 straight against the Raiders.

Redshirt freshman Kelly Kubec started things off for the Beavers, earning a 15-1 major decision at 133 pounds. Sophomore Jon Brascetta followed with a 12-2 win at 157 pounds with junior Keegan Davis picking up a 21-8 win at 165 pounds. Senior Ben Harris and redshirt freshman Clayton Jack also earned major decisions at 174 pounds and heavyweight.

Seniors Heinrich Barnes and Kyle Bressler both recorded decisions at 149 and 184 pounds, while redshirt freshman Chad Hanke also tallied a decision at 197 pounds.

LOOKING BACK AT LAST SEASON -- Many new faces appeared in the Oregon State lineup for 2007-08. In head coach Jim Zalesky's second season, the team finished third in the Pac-10 and sent three wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, Mo.

Junior transfer Heinrich Barnes made an immediate impact at 141 pounds, emerging as one of the most exciting Oregon State wrestlers to watch with his explosiveness and quickness.

Redshirt freshman Chris Platt offered the program stability at 174 pounds, making his debut on Jan. 18 against Cal State Bakersfield.

Redshirt freshman Tim Patrick stepped into the Pac-10 Championships, wrestling at 157 pounds, and marking his first varsity matches after overcoming a season-ending injury in 2007.

Redshirt freshman Jon Brascetta started the season at 165 pounds before an ankle injury ended his season in December at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

Senior Neal Beaudry and redshirt junior Ben Harris split time at 174 pounds early in the season before sharing time at 184 pounds after Platt took over 174.Redshirt freshman Brice Arand wrestled at 197 pounds throughout most of the season.

ODDS & ENDS -- Oregon State has won its season opener for the last four seasons with two of those wins being on the road.

Senior Kyle Bressler is the first wrestler to break into the national top 10 since Ty Watterson did during the 2006-07 season at heavyweight.

Oregon State has had two different wrestlers earn Most Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Best of the West Tournament each year it has competed. Last year it was senior Heinrich Barnes at 141 pounds and this year it was redshirt freshman Clayton Jack at heavyweight.

Although it's not the 100th season of wrestling at Oregon State, the first year of varsity wrestling was 100 years ago in 1908.

INTERMAT TOP 25 -- Senior Kyle Bressler moved up to No. 8 at 184 pounds in the Dec. 9 USA Today/NWCA/Intermat rankings of the season. Senior Heinrich Barnes joined him in the top 20 with a 20th place ranking in the Dec. 9 poll. Although the Beavers as a team didn't quite make the top 25 cutoff, the team received votes in the first couple of polls and in the Dec. 9 poll.

BRESSLER ONE OF THE BEST -- Senior Kyle Bressler returns as the only Oregon State wrestler with NCAA Championships experience having qualified in 2007 at 184 pounds and in 2008 at 197 pounds. He is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation at 184 pounds.

WRESTLERS IN THE MEDIA -- The Oregon State wrestling team will be featured in a special Beavers All Access as it continues its 2008-09 season to air on FSN. No other Pac-10 school has produced a show entirely focused on its wrestling squad. The show's debut will be Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5:00 p.m.

GET YOUR TICKETS -- Season tickets are available for the 2008-09 wrestling season. The adult season ticket price is $42 and the youth/senior price is $26; all seating is general admission.

Season tickets can be purchased online at osubeavers.com or by calling the OSU Ticket Office located in Gill Coliseum Monday-Friday at 1-800-GO BEAVS.

Single-meet tickets are also on sale now through the Oregon State Ticket Office at $7 for adults and $5 for youth/seniors.

OREGON STATE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS -- The Beavers will face six preseason top 25 opponents this season in No. 2 Iowa State, No. 5 Missouri, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 10 Michigan, No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 14 Boise State. Oregon State will tackle some of its top opponents early at the end of November in back-to-back matches against Nebraska and Wisconsin.

2007-08 ATTENDANCE AVERAGE -- Oregon State showed that wrestling is still a top sport, averaging 1,138 in attendance per home meet. That number ranked as the 14th best in the nation, and the Beavers posted a season-high 1,852 fans in the last Dodge Civil War meeting ever in Corvallis. Oregon State edged out all other west coast opponents on the list.

LEGENDARY GILL COLISEUM -- Legendary Gill Coliseum is the home to Oregon State's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, gymnastics and wrestling teams. The arena seats 10,400 for competitions on Ralph Miller Court. The building which opened in the winter of 1949-50 has seen several refurbishment projects in recent years and is on the docket for a major renovation. Gill has seen over 3,000 victories, 150+ All-Americans and more than 25 individual and team titles.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS -- Oregon State heads to the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18 in Reno, Nev.

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