No. 21 Wrestling Heads to Desert to Face No. 24 Arizona State
Jan. 27, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 21 Oregon State Beavers (15-1, 3-1 Pac-10) compete in their final five dual meets of the season on the road over the next three weeks, beginning with the No. 24 Arizona State Sun Devils (8-4, 3-0 Pac-10) on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
TRACKING the beavs— Full results from this week’s dual can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com. Live stats for Sunday’s meet can be found through the Arizona State Official Athletic Website at thesundevils.com on the wrestling schedule page.
DUAL 17: NO. 24 ARIZONA STATE (8-4, 3-0 PAC-10) — Sunday, Jan. 31 (1:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 14-17 all-time against the Sun Devils. Oregon State has won the last three meetings, including last season’s 19-13 decision at home.
Arizona State is currently riding at four-meet winning streak, beginning with a three-dual sweep at the Lone Star Duals before a 41-4 win over Embry-Riddle last Friday at home. All four of the Sun Devils losses have been to teams ranked in the top 20 teams, falling to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Wisconsin. Arizona State boasts three wrestlers ranked in the January 26 Intermat Top 20 Rankings, led by junior 125-pounder Anthony Robles, ranked third, with a 21-2 overall record, 12-0 in duals. Joining Robles is junior Chris Drouin at 141 pounds, ranked 13th, and senior heavyweight Eric Nye, ranked 17th. Oregon State sophomore Clayton Jack faced Nye at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational with Nye walking away with the 3-2 decision. Head coach Shawn Charles is in his first season leading the Sun Devils. And Arizona State is 2-0 at home with wins over Grand Canyon and Embry-Riddle.
REWIND to last week — The Oregon State wrestling team defeated Nebraska, 32-7, at home on Senior Day. The win is the fourth time ever the Beavers have won against the Huskers in the all-time series.
Senior Keegan Davis earned his fifth major decision of the season at 157 pounds, while senior Dan Brascetta followed closely with a decision at 165 pounds. Junior Colby Covington upset No. 3 Stephen Dwyer with a 2-1 decision at 174 pounds, and sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack came from behind to upset No. 10 Tucker Lane with a fall as time expired.
ODDS & ENDS — The current 14-meet winning streak ties the longest since 1985 and 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 longest streak in school history is 29, taking place from 1957-60.
The Beavers’ 15-1 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 14-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 sophomores Kelly Kubec and Clayton Jack and are close behind with 12 falls each. Pena is tied for the third most by a freshman in school history, and Kubec and Jack are 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.
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 28th all-time for career wins with 86. He has the most wins of anyone since Ty Watterson (2004-07), who finished his career with 87. And sophomore Clayton Jack currently has 21 career pins, good to tie for 26th. He’s only four away from Watterson’s record of 23. In just his first season, junior Colby Covington ranks 17th all-time for career winning percentage (.857) with a 30-5 record.
WHAT THE COACHES THINK — Nine Oregon State wrestlers received recognition in the first NCAA Division I Coaches Panel Rankings, released January 17. Junior Colby Covington led the way with 11th place ranking at 174 pounds. Senior Keegan Davis was 13th at 157 pounds, and redshirt sophomore Jason Lara and sophomore Kelly Kubec were 15th at 125 and 133 pounds. Freshman RJ Pena earned a 16th place ranking at 149 pounds, followed closely by sophomore Clayton Jack at heavyweight, ranked 17th. Sophomore Chad Hanke was tied for 24th at 197 pounds, redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum 25th at 141 pounds and junior Brice Arand 31st at 184 pounds to round out the nine. The rankings are part of what qualifies wrestlers for the NCAA Championships.
COLBY CRACKING THE TOP 10 — Junior transfer Colby Covington is the first wrestler to break into the Intermat top 10 for the Beavers since Kyle Bressler at 184 pounds last season. Bressler did not finish the 2008-09 season in the top 10. Prior to Bressler, the last wrestler was Ty Watterson during the 2006-07 season at heavyweight, finishing the season ranked fourth and earning All-America status.
AWN TOP 20 WRESTLERS — Six Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the Amateur Wrestling News Individual Rankings, released January 26. Senior Keegan Davis nabbed the top spot for the team, ranked 12th at 157 pounds. Junior 174-pounder Colby Covington is next with a 13th place ranking with freshman RJ Pena right behind with a 14th place ranking at 149 pounds. Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack 15th. And sophomore Kelly Kubec and redshirt sophomore Jason Lara are 16th at 125 and 133 pounds.
INTERMAT top 25 — Six Oregon State wrestlers are still ranked in the Intermat Top 25 Poll, released January 26. Junior Colby Covington leads the way with an ninth place ranking at 174 pounds. Senior Keegan Davis is close behind, ranked 12th at 157 pounds. Sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack remains at No. 14. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara moves up a spot to 15th at 125 pounds, and sophomore Kelly Kubec remains ranked 16th at 133 pounds. And freshman RJ Pena adds a 17th place ranking at 149 pounds. The team remained in the top 25 this week, staying at 18th after being ranked No. 20 two weeks ago 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 — Tickets for both the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Championships are on sale now. To purchase your passes for the Pac-10 Championships, visit www.ucdavisaggies.com. And for NCAA Championships passes, visit www.ncaa.com.
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.
2009-10 ATTENDANCE AVERAGE — Oregon State averaged 1,184 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 BEAVERS — Oregon State continues its time on the road at Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before facing No. 16 Cal Poly on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
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