No. 25 Wrestling Set to Compete at Midlands Championships

Dec. 27, 2009

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LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 25 Oregon State Beavers (8-1, 0-1 Pac-10) head to Evanston, Ill., to take part in the Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern. The two-day tournament begins on Tuesday.


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TOURNAMENT 3: MIDLANDS CHAMPIONSHIPSTuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29-30 (All Day): The Beavers finished 13th of 48 last season with a pair of wrestlers placing seventh.


Oregon State will face 30 other teams, including Pac-10 opponent Stanford, in the tournament. Three of the top five teams in the NWCA/USA Today Coaches Poll are participating including top two teams Iowa and Iowa State. And 10 of the top 25 are competing, including the 25th-ranked Beavers. The Midlands Championships begins at 7:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday lasting all day. And the semifinals, consolation matches and seventh place match begin at 10:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday with the championship, third place and fifth place matches beginning at 5:20 p.m. PT. Last season Heinrich Barnes and Keegan Davis both led the Beavers with seventh place finishes at 149 and 165 pounds. Five Oregon State wrestlers are seeded in the top eight, led by Davis’ fourth place ranking at 157 pounds. Jason Lara is seventh at 125 pounds and Kelly Kubec, RJ Pena and Chad Hanke are eighth at 133, 149 and 197 pounds.


rewind to last weekThe Oregon State wrestling team went made it seven dual meet wins straight with victories over Southern Oregon, 40-3, and Air Force, 43-3, at Crescent Valley High School.


Senior Keegan Davis and freshman RJ Pena both earned a fall and technical fall at 157 and 149 pounds, while sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack recorded a fall and a forfeit. Two Oregon State wrestlers earned pins against the Raiders, while three tallied them against the Falcons.


ODDS & ENDS — The Beavers’ 8-1 start to the season is the best start since the 2006-07 campaign. Oregon State went 17-2 overall, opening the season 7-0 before capturing the Pac-10 Championship. Oregon State is currently riding a seven-meet winning streak.


Junior Colby Covington and freshman RJ Pena’s nine pins thus far on the season is the most by an individual since the 2005-06 season, tying sophomore Clayton Jack’s total from last season. Covington and Pena also tie the 50th most in a single season, joining five others.


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 in No. 13 Wisconsin on Sunday, Nov. 22, 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 15. 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, junior Colby Covington is 19th at 174 pounds and Clayton Jack is 20th at heavyweight.


intermat top 25 — Five Oregon State wrestlers are still ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released December 22. Sophomore Kelly Kubec and freshman RJ Pena lead the way with 15th place rankings at 133 and 149 pounds. Sophomore Chad Hanke is 16th at 197 pounds. And redshirt sophomore Jason Lara and is 17th at 125 pounds, while senior Keegan Davis are is 18th at 157 pounds. The team remained in the top 25 this week, ranked No. 21, for the fifth 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 to host Wyoming on Thursday, Jan. 7, in legendary Gill Coliseum.


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