No. 22 Wrestling Hosts Nebraska on Senior Day

Jan. 20, 2010

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LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 22 Oregon State Beavers (14-1, 3-1 Pac-10) wrap up duals at home by hosting the Nebraska Huskers (8-6) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum. Sunday’s meet is also Senior Day, where seniors Dan Brascetta, Keegan Davis and Ryan Harold will be honored prior to the start of the meet.


TRACKING the beavsFull results from this week’s dual can be found through the newly redesigned Live stats are available for both matches by accessing the wrestling schedule at


DUAL 16: NEBRASKA (8-6)Sunday, Jan. 24 (2:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 3-10 all-time against the Huskers. Oregon State’s last win over Nebraska came in 2007 with the Huskers taking the last meeting in 2008, 42-3.


Nebraska is currently riding a three-meet losing streak going into Sunday’s dual, falling to No. 1 Iowa, Buffalo and Wyoming. The Huskers competed at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, finishing fifth overall with 94.0 points, edging out Oregon State by three spots. Senior 197-pounder Craig Brester continues to remain unbeaten with a 20-0 record, 14-0 in duals and is currently ranked second in the country. Senior 174-pounder Stephen Dwyer and sophomore heavyweight Tucker Lane are the only other two wrestlers ranked for Nebraska. Head coach Mark Manning is in his 10th season. The Huskers are 4-4 so far this season away from NU Coliseum.


REWIND to last weekThe Oregon State wrestling team went 2-0 in conference duals against UC Davis and Cal State Bakersfield. The Beavers dominated the Aggies 33-9 before the 35-9 win over the Runners.


Junior Colby Covington continued to lead the team, posting falls in both meets at 174 pounds, marking falls in four of his last five victories. And redshirt sophomore Jason Lara continued to stay perfect in duals with a 15-0 record.


ODDS & ENDS — The current 13-meet winning streak is the longest since 1986, when the Beavers went on a 14-match winning streak. Prior to that streak, Oregon State’s next longest was 17 in 1984.


The Beavers’ 14-1 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 13-meet winning streak.


Junior Colby Covington’s 13 pins thus far on the season is the most by an individual since heavyweight Andy Bowlby in the 2002-03 season. It ties the 23rd most ever in a single season and is eighth most for juniors. Freshman RJ Pena and sophomore Kelly Kubec are close behind with 12 falls each. Pena is tied for the third most by a freshman in school history, and Kubec is tied for seventh all-time for sophomores at this point.


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.


RANKING UP WITH THE GREATS — Senior Keegan Davis is currently tied for 28th all-time for career wins with 85. He has the most wins of anyone since Ty Watterson (2004-07), who finished his career with 87. And sophomore Clayton Jack currently has 20 career pins, good to tie for 28th. He’s only four away from Watterson’s record of 24.


AWN TOP 20 WRESTLERS — Six Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Individual Rankings, released January 19. Senior Keegan Davis nabbed the top spot for the team, ranked 13th at 157 pounds. Freshman RJ Pena was next with a 14th place ranking at 149 pounds. Junior 174-pounder Colby Covington and sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack are both 15th. And sophomore Kelly Kubec is 16th at 133 pounds, while redshirt sophomore Jason Lara is 18th at 125 pounds.


INTERMAT top 25 — Six Oregon State wrestlers are still ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released January 19. Junior Colby Covington leads the way with an 11th place ranking at 174 pounds. Senior Keegan Davis is close behind, ranked 12th at 157 pounds. Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack moves up to No. 14. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara and sophomore Kelly Kubec are both ranked 16th at 125 and 133 pounds. And freshman RJ Pena adds a 17th place rankings at 149 pounds. The team remained in the top 25 this week, moving up to 18th after being ranked No. 20 last week and 21st for six straight weeks 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 1,062 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 begins the long stretch on the road at No. 24 Arizona State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.


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