Wrestling to Face Pair of Northwest Colleges

Nov. 25, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD -- The Oregon State Beavers (1-1, 0-1 Pac-10) host a pair of Northwest teams in the Simon Fraser Clan (3-1) and the Pacific University (Ore.) Boxers (0-0) on Sunday in legendary Gill Coliseum beginning at 1:00 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 both meets. Live video will be available for free through BNO, the audio/visual service of osubeavers.com.


dual meet 3: SIMON FRASER (3-1) -- Sunday, Nov. 29 (1:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 19-1 all-time against Simon Fraser. The Beavers have won the last 10 straight, including last year's meeting with the Beavers winning 39-3.


Simon Fraser is coming off of a 2-1 finish at the North Idaho Duals. The Clan defeated San Jose State and Yakima Valley Community College, falling only in a close six-point decision to Clackamas Community College. A dual member of the NAIA and CIS, Simon Fraser is in its first year transitioning to NCAA Division II, becoming the first Canadian school to be a member of the NCAA. Mike Jones is in his 32nd year as head coach of the Clan.


dual meet 4: PACIFIC UNIVERSITY (ORE.) (0-0) -- Sunday, Nov. 29 (3:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 20-0 all-time against Pacific. The two teams last met in 2002.


Senior Andrew Wolfe was the lone Boxer to place last weekend at the Inland Northwest Collegiate Tournament, finishing sixth at 133 pounds. Sophomore John Cushman and junior Kody Kramer came close to placing at 125 and 149 pounds. The Boxers will open up dual meet action against Simon Fraser on Saturday before heading to Corvallis. Head coach Severin Walsh is in his second year after finishing his inaugural season with a 1-13 dual meet record. Pacific is a Division III institution.


REWIND TO LAST WEEK -- The Oregon State wrestling team battled to a split, taking a 22-13 win over No. 13 Wisconsin, but falling 25-7 to No. 8 Boise State.


Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara went a perfect 2-0 in his first competition for the Beavers, recording a pair of major decisions at 125 pounds. Sophomore Clayton Jack also went 2-0 with a couple of decisions over his opponents at heavyweight.


Also recording single wins were redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum at 141 pounds, senior Keegan Davis at 157 pounds, junior Colby Covington at 174 pounds, junior Brice Arand at 184 pounds and sophomore Chad Hanke at 197 pounds with all of those wins coming against the Badgers.


ODDS & ENDS -- Oregon State defeated its first ranked opponent since January 5, 2007, when the Beavers defeated No. 19 Nebraska on the road, 21-15.


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 24. Sophomore Kelly Kubec leads the way with a 17th place ranking at 133 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum posts a 19th place ranking at 141 pounds and sophomore Clayton Jack is ranked No. 18 at heavyweight. And senior Keegan Davis is 18th at 157 pounds. The team broke into the top 25 this week, ranked No. 21.


YOUTH IN THE LINEUP -- The projected Oregon State lineup is packed with underclassmen as only one senior is listed in Keegan Davis. Juniors Brice Arand and Colby Covington round out the upperclassmen. One redshirt sophomore (Jason Lara), four sophomores (Kelly Kubec, Ryan Smith, Chad Hanke, Clayton Jack), one redshirt freshman (Mike Mangrum) and a true freshman (RJ Pena) round out the starting 10.


ENDOWMENT FUND SUCCESS -- The Oregon State Wrestling Endowment Fund received about $30,000 after the Endowment Fund Meet on Sunday, Nov. 22. The official attendance for the meet was 3,018. And all the fans in attendance were able to help celebrate Oregon State's eight national champions and Robin Reed and Les Gutches for being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.


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 FACES -- The 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 beavers -- Oregon State heads to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational next. The two-day tournament begins on Friday.

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