2008-09 Wrestling Season Outlook: 197 Pounds, Heavyweight

Corvallis, Ore. ? The wrestlers at 197 pounds and heavyweight are young, but both have national and international experience. Redshirt freshmen Chad Hanke (Dayton, Ore.) and Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) will fill those two roles for the 2008-09 Oregon State wrestling team.

?Chad Hanke is our 197 pounder,? head coach Jim Zalesky. ?And Clayton Jack is our heavyweight.?

In the offseason, Hanke competed in the Junior FILA Nationals, taking the title at 96 kilograms, and at the Junior World Team Trials he placed second. At Dayton High School, he won the Oregon state title three times and was a two-time Greco-Roman and Freestyle state runner-up.

Senior Kyle Bressler (Federal Way, Wash.) and sophomore Brice Arand (Springfield, Ore.) could see some time at 197 pounds as well.

At heavyweight, Jack recorded a 27-6 record in open tournaments last season, capped by a fifth place finish at the Junior FILA Freestyle World Championships at 120 kilograms after finishing second at the Junior FILA Nationals. In high school as a senior, he won the state title at heavyweight pinning all five opponents, leading Vacaville High School to the state title.

Also wrestling at heavyweight is freshman Bubba Owens (Tillamook, Ore.).

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.