November 6, 2008

2008-09 Wrestling Season Outlook: 174, 184 Pounds

Corvallis, Ore. ? Senior Kyle Bressler (Federal Way, Wash.) begins the 2008-09 Oregon State wrestling season ranked No. 12 in the nation at 184 pounds, while there?s a competition for the 174 pound spot in the lineup.

?There are four or five guys at 174 pounds, like Dan Brascetta who moved up, and we just felt it was better for him to get stronger. But there?s also Brandon Perkins, Josh Stalcup and Ben Harris, who actually wrestled last season at the Pac-10 Tournament at 184 pounds,? head coach Jim Zalesky said. ?Kyle Bressler is coming back for his senior year, and Brice Arand is moving down a weight class, which might help him because I?m not sure he?s big enough for 197.?

Senior Ben Harris (Langley, Wash.) leads the large group at 174 pounds as the only one with varsity experience, posting a 6-3 overall record last season with one pin.

Senior Brandon Perkins (Salem, Ore.) was a possibility in the lineup last season, but didn?t compete in a match. However, he did compete at the U.S. Nationals.

Making the transition from 157 pounds to 174 pounds is junior Dan Brascetta (Aurora, Colo.), who earned a 17-11 overall record last season with two pins, one technical fall and nine major decisions. He was injured just before the Pac-10 Tournament.

Also looking for matches at 174 pounds are redshirt junior Cody Ponder (Central Point, Ore.), sophomore Josh Gannon (Elmira, Ore.), redshirt freshmen Alex Reser (Portland, Ore.) and Josh Stalcup (Estacada, Ore.) and freshmen Ty Vinson (Great Falls, Mont.) and Cody Weishoff (Molalla, Ore.).

Bressler, who qualified for the 2008 NCAA Championships at 197 pounds after winning the Pac-10 title, will transition back down to 184 pounds this season. He posted a 12-9 record at 184 pounds with two pins, two technical falls and three major decisions last season, and qualified for the 2007 NCAA Championships at this weight.

Sophomore Brice Arand (Springfield, Ore.) will move down a weight class after tallying 12 wins last season at 197 pounds with two pins and technical falls. In the offseason, he competed in the Junior FILA Nationals.

Rounding out the 184 pound weight class are Gannon and Vinson.

The wrestling team begins its 2008-09 campaign on Saturday, Nov. 15, against Simon Fraser in Lake Stevens, Wash., at Lake Stevens High School. The meet is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.