No. 20 Wrestling Heads to SoCal to Face Fullerton, No. 16 Cal Poly

Feb. 3, 2010

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LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 20 Oregon State Beavers (16-1, 4-1 Pac-10) head to Southern California to face the Cal State Fullerton Titans (2-6-1, 0-5-1 Pac-10) and the No. 16 Cal Poly Mustangs (6-3, 3-1 Pac-10). The Beavers will take on the Titans on Friday and the Mustangs on Saturday with both meets beginning at 7:00 p.m.


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DUAL 18: CAL STATE FULLERTON (2-6-1, 0-5-1 PAC-10)Friday, Feb. 5 (7:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 14-3 all-time against the Titans. Oregon State won last season 28-7 at home.


Fullerton has struggled all season, earning only a pair of wins over Cal Baptist and San Francisco State on December 11. The Titans and Beavers have competed in the same tournament at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational earlier this season with Fullerton finishing 31st, while Oregon State finished eighth. However, the two teams never had competitors that faced each other. Senior heavyweight Kurt Klimek leads the way for the Titans, being the only ranked wrestler, earning a 16th place ranking this week. Klimek boasts a 20-5 record, 5-2 in duals. Head coach Dan Hicks, a former Oregon State All-American and Corvallis native, is in his eighth season leading the Fullerton program. The Titans are 0-5 at home this season.


DUAL 19: NO. 16 CAL POLY (6-3, 3-1 PAC-10)Sunday, Feb. 6 (7:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 34-10-2 all-time against the Mustangs. Oregon State has won the last 17 meetings, dating back to 1992. Last season, the Beavers won 36-4 at home.


Cal Poly is coming off its first conference loss at home against then-ranked No. 12 Boise State, 13-23. The two teams have faced off to an extent at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational with the Mustangs walking away with a seventh place finish, just edging out the Beavers, who finished eighth. RJ Pena faced Dave Christian at 149 pounds, defeating him 11-1. And Chad Hanke took on Ryan Smith at 197 pounds, winning 8-3. Cal Poly boasts three ranked wrestlers, led by the Novachkov brothers. Sophomore Boris is fifth at 133 pounds and junior Filip is fifth at 141 pounds. Senior 157-pounder Chase Pami is 11th. John Azevedo is in his seventh season as head coach of Cal Poly. The Mustangs are 2-1 at home this season and will host Arizona State on Friday evening.


REWIND to last weekThe Oregon State wrestling team nearly shut out the No. 24 Arizona State Sun Devils, winning 35-5.


Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum and junior Colby Covington both recorded falls at 141 and 174 pounds with Mangrum upsetting No. 13 Chris Drouin, the first win over a ranked opponent this season. Sophomores Kelly Kubec and Chad Hanke both earned major decisions at 133 and 197 pounds.


ODDS & ENDS — Oregon State has defeated its 16 opponents by an average of 37 points.


The current 15-meet winning streak is the longest since 1984, when the Beavers won 17 straight. 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 14 pins thus far on the season is the most by an individual since heavyweight Oscar Wood in the 1998-99 season. It ties the 19th most ever in a single season and is tied for sixth 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 added another win at No. 24 Arizona State on Jan. 31, defeating the Sun Devils, 35-5.


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 26th all-time for career wins with 87. 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 14th all-time for career winning percentage (.861) with a 31-5 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 February 2. Senior Keegan Davis, junior 174-pounder Colby Covington and sophomore heavyweight Clayton Jack are all ranked 13th. Freshman RJ Pena is right behind with a 14th place ranking at 149 pounds. 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 February 2. Junior Colby Covington leads the way with an ninth place ranking at 174 pounds. Senior Keegan Davis is close behind, ranked 13th 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 three 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.


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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 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 BEAVERSOregon State wraps up the regular season with a pair of top opponents. The Beavers will face No. 8 Boise State first on Friday at 6:00 p.m. PT before No. 8 Oklahoma at 12:00 p.m. PT on Sunday.


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