Wrestling Heads to Vegas for Cliff Keen Invite

Dec. 2, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The Oregon State Beavers (3-1, 0-1 Pac-10) takes a break from duals to head to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Primm, Nev. The two-day event begins on Friday and will run all day both days.


TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from this weekend’s meet can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com.


TOURNAMENT 2: CLIFF KEEN LAS VEGAS INVITATIONALFriday & Saturday, Dec. 3 & 4 (All Day): The Beavers will face 11 teams that they have already competed against or will in the 2009-10 season. In 2007, Oregon State finished 22nd.


Forty-five other schools are entered into this year’s Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational. And 11 teams in this week’s NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll will be present. Oregon State will see Pac-10 foe, No. 9 Boise State, and No. 18 Wisconsin again at the event. Five other Pac-10 opponents will be present in No. 21 Arizona State, No. 23 Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton and UC Davis. Senior Keegan Davis and junior Brice Arand are the only two Beavers that have wrestled at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in this week’s lineup, projected to compete. Davis competed at 157 pounds in 2006 as a true freshman, going 1-2. Arand competed in 2007 as a redshirt freshman at 197 pounds, finishing 3-2, and was one of two wrestlers to advance to the second day of competition. Competition begins on Friday at 9:00 a.m. with the Pigtail Round before Round 1 and 2 and Consolation Pigtails at 10:00 a.m. Quarterfinals and Consolation Round 1 & 2 will begin at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, the day will begin with Consolation Round 3 at 9:00 a.m., Semifinals and Consolation Round 4 at 10:00 a.m., Consolation Semifinals at 11:30 a.m., Consolation Finals (fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth places) at 12:30 p.m. and Championship Finals (first, second, third and fourth places) at 3:00 p.m.


REWIND TO LAST WEEKThe Oregon State wrestling team shut out NAIA opponent Simon Fraser, 47-0, while also shutting out NCAA Division III competitor, Pacific (Ore.), 55-0. All 10 wrestlers earned bonus point wins against the Boxers.


Junior Colby Covington at 174 pounds, redshirt sophomore Jason Lara at 125 pounds and sophomores Kelly Kubec at 133 pounds and Clayton Jack at heavyweight all recorded a pair of falls in their bouts. Senior Keegan Davis earned back-to-back technical falls at 157 pounds.


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.


AWN top 20 WRESTLERS — Five Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Individual Rankings, released December 1. Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack posts the highest ranking of 16th. Joining him are No. 18 sophomore Kelly Kubec at 133 pounds, No. 19 redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum at 141 pounds, No. 20 freshman RJ Pena at 149 pounds and No. 20 senior Keegan Davis at 157 pounds.


intermat top 25 — Four Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released December 1. Sophomore Kelly Kubec leads the way with a 16th place ranking at 133 pounds. Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum posts a 20th place ranking at 141 pounds and senior Keegan Davis is 19th at 157 pounds. Breaking into the rankings for the first time this season, redshirt sophomore Jason Lara is 20th at 125 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 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.


2009-10 ATTENDANCE AVERAGE — Oregon State is averaging 1,690 in attendance per home meet this season The Beavers posted a season-high 3,018 against No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 8 Boise State in the Wrestling Endowment Fund Meet on Sunday, Nov. 22.


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 stays on the road, heading to Fargo, N.D., to take part in the Dakota Duals. The Beavers will face Northern Illinois, Ohio and North Dakota State on Sunday, Dec. 13.


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