Wrestling to Host No. 8 Boise State, No. 13 Wisconsin in Endowment Fund Meet

Nov. 18, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State Beavers (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) host their home opener on Sunday against No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 8 Boise State beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Beavers will face the Badgers first at 1:00 p.m. before taking on the Broncos at approximately 5:00 p.m.


WHAT TO LOOK FORSunday is the Endowment Fund Meet. Tickets are $10 with 100 percent of the proceeds going into the Wrestling Endowment Fund. During the Wisconsin dual, National Champion banners will be unveiled and the eight individual champions will be honored. And during the Boise State dual, Les Gutches and Robin Reed will be honored for being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early. The ticket office will open two hours early at 11:00 a.m., and the doors will open at 12:00 p.m.


TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from this weekend’s meet can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Live stats will be available for all three meets. The video will be available for free through BNO, the audio/visual service of osubeavers.com.


dual meet 1: NO. 13 WISCONSIN (1-1)Sunday, Nov. 22 (1:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 2-4 all-time against Wisconsin. The Badgers have won the last two meetings.


Wisconsin opened up its season at home last Friday, defeating No. 22 Old Dominion, 21-19, but then fell to No. 7 Nebraska on the road on Sunday, 17-26. Redshirt freshman Tyler Graff is ranked No. 10 at 133 pounds, boasting a 2-0 record after recording a major decision and technical fall last weekend. Redshirt senior Kyle Ruschell is also 2-0, ranked second in the nation, at 149 pounds. And No. 3 ranked sophomore Andrew Howe earned a technical fall and pin last weekend at 165 pounds. Wisconsin finished the 2008-09 campaign ninth at the NCAA Championships with Howe earning a second place finish at 165 pounds as a true freshman. Barry Davis is in his 16th season as head coach of the Badgers.


dual meet 2: NO. 8 BOISE STATE (1-0, 0-0 PAC-10)Sunday, Nov. 22 (5:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 25-11 all-time against Boise State. The Broncos have won the last three meetings.


Boise State is 1-0 on the season after defeating Great Falls-Montana 40-3 on Friday, Nov. 6. The Broncos also defeated North Idaho College, a junior college, on Saturday, Oct. 31, in a 30-12 decision. The team is led by seven ranked wrestlers with third-ranked 133-pounder junior Andrew Hochstrasser earning the highest ranking. Joining him in the top 10 are junior 157-pounder Adam Hall, who is ranked sixth, senior 174-pounder Nate Lee, who is ranked eighth, and junior 184-pounder Kirk Smith, who is ranked seventh. Boise State won the Pac-10 title last season, finishing 12th at the NCAA Championships. Greg Randall is in his eighth season as head coach of the Broncos.


REWIND TO LAST WEEKThe Oregon State wrestling team, who sent nearly the entire team, took nine individual titles at the Southern Oregon University Open last Friday and Saturday.


Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara took the 125 pound title, sophomore Kelly Kubec won the 133 pound title, redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum earned the 141 pound title, freshman RJ Pena won the 149 pound title and Most Outstanding Wrestler honors, senior Keegan Davis won the 157 pound title, sophomore Ryan Smith took the 165 pound championship, junior Colby Covington earned the 174 pound title, junior Brice Arand won the 184 pound championship and sophomore Chad Hanke took the 197 pound title.


ODDS & ENDS — RJ Pena is the third true freshman to not utilize his redshirt in his rookie season on the current squad. Senior Keegan Davis and sophomore Cody Weishoff both lettered their true freshman seasons.


The Beavers return three NCAA qualifiers from last season in senior Keegan Davis and sophomores Kelly Kubec and Clayton Jack, adding sophomore transfer Ryan Smith from Oklahoma, who qualified last season at 165 pounds.


intermat top 25 — Four Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released November 17. Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum leads the way with a 13th place ranking at 141 pounds. Sophomores Kelly Kubec and Clayton Jack both are ranked No. 17 at 133 pounds and heavyweight. And senior Keegan Davis is 18th at 157 pounds. Despite having four wrestlers ranked, the team did not make the top 25.


GET YOUR TICKETS — Season tickets are available for the 2009-10 wrestling season. The adult season ticket price is $46 and the youth/senior price is $33; all seating is general admission.


Season and individual meet 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.


OREGON STATE VS. RANKED OPPONENTS — The Beavers will face six preseason top 25 opponents this season. Oregon State’s first test will come against No. 11 Wisconsin and No. 9 Boise State in the team’s home opener on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Beavers will face three at home and three on the road, while also facing a number of top schools at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and Midlands Championships.


NEW FACESThe Beavers welcome 13 new faces to the 2009-10 squad. Included are sophomore transfer Ryan Smith, who was a 2009 NCAA Qualifier and junior transfer Colby Covington, both Oregon natives. Also, joining the team is Caleb Cardwell, whose father is Jeff Cardwell, a former Beaver All-American and assistant coach. RJ Pena comes to Oregon State as the No. 1 high school recruit at 152 pounds and fifth overall nationally. Taylor Johnson, Jacob Lauderdale, Zach Lowry, Kyle Richardson, Scott Sakaguchi, Tyler Smith, Brian Tostberg and John Tuck round out the incoming group.


2008-09 ATTENDANCE AVERAGE — Oregon State averaged 866 in attendance per home meet. The Beavers posted a season-high 1,833 against No. 3 Iowa State on January 18.


looking back at last season The Oregon State wrestling team went 10-8 in dual meets for the second season in a row. The team improved on its conference finish, coming in second to Boise State at the Pac-10 Tournament with a pair of NCAA Automatic Qualifiers coming out of the two-day tournament. The Beavers produced their first All-American in Heinrich Barnes at 149 pounds since Ty Watterson in 2007 after sending four to the NCAA Championships. The Beavers lost five seniors in Barnes, 125-pounder Jake Gonzales, 174-pounder Kyle Bressler, Ben Harris and Brandon Perkins.


60TH ANNIVERSARY 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. The Oregon State Athletic Department is celebrating the 60th anniversary of legendary Gill Coliseum.


what’s next for the beaversOregon State remains home to host Simon Fraser and Pacific University (Ore.) on Sunday, Nov. 29. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.


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