No. 14 Wrestling Wraps up Regular Season at No. 12 Boise State, No. 8 Oklahoma
Feb. 10, 2010
LOOKING AHEAD — The No. 14 Oregon State Beavers (18-1, 6-1 Pac-10) wrap up the regular season against a pair of top 10 opponents. The team faces the No. 12 Boise State Broncos (13-3, 6-0 Pac-10) on Friday at 6:00 p.m. PT before heading to take on the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners (14-2-1) on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
TRACKING the beavs— Full results from this week’s duals can be found through the newly redesigned osubeavers.com.
DUAL 20: NO. 12 BOISE STATE (13-3, 6-0 PAC-10) — Friday, Feb. 12 (6:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 25-12 all-time against the Broncos. Boise State took the first meeting this season, winning 25-7 in legendary Gill Coliseum on November 22.
Boise State is coming off of a 22-20 loss to Utah Valley last Friday, snapping a five-meet winning streak. The Broncos’ other losses have been against North Dakota State and No. 1 Iowa. Six ranked wrestlers lead the way for Boise State with junior 184-pounder Kirk Smith garnering a first place ranking, while junior Andrew Hochstrasser is second at 133 pounds, junior Adam Hall is third at 157 pounds, junior Levi Jones is fourth at 141 pounds, sophomore Jason Chamberlain is sixth at 149 pounds and senior Nate Lee is 16th at 174 pounds. Head coach Greg Randall is in his eighth season and led his team to a Pac-10 Championship last season. The Broncos are 2-0 in Taco Bell Arena on this season. Friday’s meet will also be Beauty and Beast Night with the gymnastics team hosting Sacramento State and Seattle Pacific.
DUAL 21: NO. 8 OKLAHOMA (14-2-1) — Sunday, Feb. 14 (12:00 p.m.): The Beavers are 4-13 all-time against the Sooners. The two teams last met in 2005 with Oklahoma winning 35-6.
Oklahoma went 2-0 last weekend to earn Big 12 wins over Nebraska and Missouri after falling to Iowa State the previous weekend at home. Oklahoma and Oregon State were both at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational with the Sooners finishing third. The wrestlers on the two teams never matched up. The Sooners boast eight ranked wrestlers this week, led by 141-pounder redshirt junior Zack Bailey and 149-pounder redshirt senior Kyle Terry with third place rankings. Senior 197-pounder Eric Lapotsky made the top 10 in his weight class, ranked sixth. Jack Spates is in his 17th season leading the Oklahoma wrestling program. The Sooners will host Chattanooga on Friday before the Beavers. Oklahoma is 4-1-1 in McCasland Field House thus far on the season.
REWIND to last week — The Oregon State wrestling team went 2-0 over its Pac-10 opponents, Cal State Fullerton and No. 16 Cal Poly. The Beavers nearly swept the Titans, winning 33-6, while against the Mustangs it came down to the heavyweight match with Oregon State coming out on top 21-18.
Junior Colby Covington earned his 15th fall of the season against the Mustangs, recording pins in six of his last nine matches at 174 pounds. Sophomore Kelly Kubec upset the fifh-ranked wrestler in Boris Novachkov of Cal Poly on Sunday in a 7-5 overtime thriller. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara, Kubec, senior Dan Brascetta, Covington, and sophomores Chad Hanke and Clayton Jack all went 2-0 on the weekend.
ODDS & ENDS — The Beavers’ 14th place ranking is the highest since 2000-01, when the team was ranked 13th in the January 31, 2001 poll. The team ranged from 12th to 17th that season, finishing the season off in 17th place.
Oregon State has defeated its 18 opponents by an average of 32-plus points.
The current 17-meet winning streak ties the streak set 1984, when the Beavers won 17 straight. The next longest streak was 18, set in 1978. The longest streak in school history is 29, taking place from 1957-60.
The Beavers’ 18-1 start to the season is the best start since the 1984 campaign when the team earned 22 dual meet wins. The 18-win mark ties head coach Jim Zalesky’s most dual meet wins in a season and is the most he’s accumulated in his four seasons at Oregon State.
Junior Colby Covington’s 15 pins thus far on the season is the most by an individual since heavyweight Oscar Wood in the 1998-99 season. It ties the 18th most ever in a single season and is tied for fifth 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. And the Beavers upset No. 16 Cal Poly on the road on Saturday, Feb. 6.
RANKING UP WITH THE GREATS — Senior Keegan Davis is currently tied for 25th all-time for career wins with 88. 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 11th all-time for career winning percentage (.868) with a 33-5 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 9. 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 moves up to No. 13. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara is still 15th at 125 pounds, and sophomore Kelly Kubec remains ranked 16th at 133 pounds. Joining the group is redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum at 20th at 141 pounds after not being ranked since the December 1 poll. The team remained in the top 25 this week, moving to 15th after being 18th and 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 in the original lineup. 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 FACES — The Beavers welcome 12 new faces to the 2009-10 squad. Included was junior transfer Colby Covington, an 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 has a week off from competition before it heads to Davis, Calif., for the 2010 Pac-10 Championships. The two-day event begins on Friday, Feb. 26.
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