No. 24 Wrestling to Face Three at Dakota Duals

Dec. 9, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 24 Oregon State Beavers (3-1, 0-1 Pac-10) head to Fargo, N.D., to compete in the Dakota Duals on Sunday. The Beavers will face the Northern Illinois Huskies (4-2) first at 11:00 a.m. PT before the Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons (2-1) at 1:00 p.m. and finally the North Dakota State Bison (0-0) at 3:00 p.m.


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DUAL 4: northern illinois (4-2)Sunday, Dec. 13 (11:00 a.m. PT): The Beavers will meet the Huskies for the first time in school history on Saturday.


Northern Illinois is coming off a win over Northwestern at the Annual Showcase Meet, 24-13, on Friday. Six Huskies won their individual matches, led by redshirt junior Bryan Deutsch, who recorded the only pin of the meet at 165 pounds. Northern Illinois went 3-2 at the Indiana Duals on November 28, defeating Chattanooga, Liberty and South Dakota State but falling to Indiana and Cumberlands. Dave Grant is in his 13th season as head coach of the Huskies.


DUAL 5: minnesota state moorhead (2-1)Sunday, Dec. 13 (1:00 p.m. PT): The Beavers will match up with the Dragons for the first time in school history on Saturday.


Minnesota State Moorhead suffered its first dual meet loss of the season on Tuesday at Augsburg, 34-13. Sophomore 125-pounder Corey Ullmer earned his 13th win of the season to lead the Dragons in wins with a 13-4 record. Junior 133-pounder Evan Forde recorded the team’s lone pin, while senior heavyweight Tim Johnson won his bout at heavyweight. Both Forde and Johnson have 12 wins on the season now. The Dragons previously defeated Sioux Falls and Morningside College. MSUM is coached by Kris Nelson, who is in his first season.


DUAL 6: NORTH DAKOTA STATE (0-0)Sunday, Dec. 12 (3:00 p.m. PT): The Beavers are 1-0 all-time against the Bison. Oregon State took the 2006-07 meeting, 29-11, in legendary Gill.


North Dakota State will face Minnesota State Moorhead in its first dual of the season. The Bison are coming off competing at the Dragon Open, hosted by Minnesota State Moorhead last weekend. Six NDSU wrestlers earned individual titles with 17 placing in the top six. Sophomore Tyler Johnson won his third open tournament title of the year at 165 pounds. The Bison are led by Bucky Maughan, who is in his 45th season.


rewind to last weekThe Oregon State wrestling team finished eighth out of 42 with 77.5 team points at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational last weekend with four Beavers placing. Oregon State finished higher than any other unranked team at the tournament.


Unseeded sophomore Chad Hanke had the top finish for the team, placing fourth at 197 pounds. Seventh-seeded sophomore Kelly Kubec finished fifth at 133 pounds. And 12th-seeded freshman RJ Pena and fifth-seeded sophomore Clayton Jack both finished seventh at 149 pounds and heavyweight.


ODDS & ENDS — Oregon State had its top finish in recent years at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on December 4-5. The Beavers finished eighth of 42 (77.5), earning the best finish by an unranked team at the tournament. Sophomore Chad Hanke had the top finish for the team at 197 pounds, placing fourth. Sophomore Kelly Kubec finished fifth at 133 pounds and sophomore Clayton Jack and freshman RJ Pena placed seventh at heavyweight and 149 pounds.


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 — Six Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Individual Rankings, released December 8. Sophomore Kelly Kubec and freshman RJ Pena post the highest ranking of 15th at 133 and 149 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara is 16th at 125 pounds, senior Keegan Davis is 18th at 157 pounds and sophomores Chad Hanke and Clayton Jack are 19th at 197 pounds and heavyweight.


intermat top 25 — Five Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released December 8. Sophomore Kelly Kubec and freshman RJ Pena lead the way with 16th place rankings at 133 and 149 pounds. Senior Keegan Davis and sophomore Chad Hanke are both 17th at 157 and 197 pounds. And redshirt sophomore Jason Lara is 19th at 125 pounds. The team remained in the top 25 this week, ranked No. 21, for the third week in a row after breaking in on November 24.


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 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 returns home, hosting Air Force and Southern Oregon, on Friday at Crescent Valley High School. Competition is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.


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