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    CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State wrestling team announced Wednesday that the Beavers have signed three student-athletes to national letters of intent to join the team for the 2011-12 season.

    The Beavers have signed Zac Cardwell, from Lowell, Ore., George Swartzlander, who hails from Burns, Ore., and Clackamas Community College's Tyrell Fortune.

    "Well, I like these guys, especially the fact that two of them are heavyweights, which we are lacking now," Oregon State head coach Jim Zalesky said. "(Clayton) Jack really had no one to work out with, and if he went down, we didn't really have anyone last year. So it gives us a lot of depth in the heavyweights and I think Cardwell is another guy who brings in another class that we need. And the upper weight class is really where we are targeting this year." Cardwell, who attends Lowell High School, is the son of former Oregon State All-American Jeff Cardwell and projects to wrestle at either 174 or 184 pounds. He is a four-time state champion and won the Resers Tournament of Champions in January at the 171-pound weight class.

    "He has been around the program and his dad coached here," Zalesky said of Cardwell. "He is a four-time state champ and has been successful along with being a great student. I think he is really looking forward to being here and down the road I think he is really going to help us out."

    Swartzlander will join the Beavers next season after winning three state titles while at Burns High School and Lakeview High School in southern Oregon. He has competed at the heavyweight class while in high school.

    "Swartzlander is a guy who is 265 pounds and started out in his freshman year at 160, so he is a heavyweight who knows how to wrestle and has some skills which is what you look for," Zalesky said.

    Fortune is a back-to-back national junior college champion in the heavyweight division and helped guide Clackamas to the national title in 2011. He is a two-time All-American and accumulated a 26-1 record this past season. Coming out of Lakeridge High School in Portland, he won a pair of state titles at the 215-pound class and was named as the nation's top high school wrestler in that weight class by USA Wrestling.

    "Tyrell Fortune has been successful at every level he has been at," Zalesky said. "He's an Oregon kid, and all of them are, so that's great."

    The three will join the program along with three OSU signees from November: Tarrence Williams (who is a teammate of Fortune's at Clackamas), Seth Thomas and Drew Van Anrooy.

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    So Cardwell and Fortune are not news but somehow I missed the Swartzlander announcement. I think that this could be huge. Though he was from a small school (3A Burns) he manhandled everyone he wrestled in the state this year. He moves like a middle weight. I can't remember seeing (in person) a heavyweight that could move like he does. I think that if he can hang out in the room for a year and RS, drill with Jack and Fortune, get some college wrestling under his belt he could be a real threat. The big concern with this guy is grades. I had heard rumors that he would be going to a juco for two years first and then maybe D1.

    Cardwell is also from a small school (1A Lowell) but as a 4 time state champ (and the son of a 4 time state champ) he knows how to win. He loves to wrestle in space and has a great high C. I think that his technique really is college ready. He was at 189 this year but could have easily made 171 (in fact he did for Reser's TOC). He wrestled up a weight for two reasons.
    1. He had already won state titles at 152, 160, and 171 so he wanted to get one at 189 as well.
    2. 189 had a returning state champ, and bumping up to beat a state champ would give some credibility to a small school state title.
    Though he was at 189/171 I think that when he hits the weights and fills into his college frame we'll see him at 184, maybe even 189. Though I'd love to see Cardwell at 174, allowing Meeks to fill in at 184.

    Fortune, well he's a 2x Juco national champ. I'd love to see if he could make the cut to 197 so that Hanke can take an Oly RS but we'll see how that turns out.

    Whatever happens with these three recruits the beavers definitely upgraded their upper weights.
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    Wow. That's crazy that Jack didn't have anyone to work out with. That just seems kinda unbelievable for a d1 program
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    George Swartzlander
    2011 State finals (this is a single video file for all the 3A state finals weights so skip to 2hr 18 min 45 sec for the Swartzlander match).
    2010 finals

    Zac Cardwell
    2011 state finals 1hr 46 min 50 sec (link)
    2010 state finals (link)
    Shameless plug for our state finalist (7:30, we're in blue and yellow from Heppner).
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    Wow. That's crazy that Jack didn't have anyone to work out with. That just seems kinda unbelievable for a d1 program
    Bubba Owens from Tillamook was there. I'm not exactly sure what happened to him but at some point last year he disappeared.
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    Snackem, do you think it will be Jack or Fortune this year at HWT? Will Hanke RS and Jack move down? I love Clayton Jack and it would sure suck to see him not in the lineup.
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    http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage...Bring-The-Fans

    Says hes 260-265 in this interview...thats quite the cut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaisforlovers View Post
    http://www.flowrestling.org/coverage...Bring-The-Fans

    Says hes 260-265 in this interview...thats quite the cut.
    Don't have time to watch it. Does it say Jack is 260? If so holy schnikes! I always thought he looked like a smaller guy, but then I've not seen him in person.
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    Jack is TALL something like 6 4. I don't see him making the cut. I would LOVE to see Fortune get to 197, and have Hanke take an OLY RS. I like the way that things are shaping up with OSU from 174 up. They're bringing in a lot of good recruits from the NW. Should be interesting to see how things shake out.
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