The Oregon State wrestling team opens the regular season on Thursday night by hosting Eastern Oregon at Gill Coliseum. Match time is 7 p.m.
The Beavers tuned up for the opener with their annual Orange & Black intrasquad meet on Monday.
“There (were) some guys who came out and really wrestled hard; I was really impressed with (freshman) Hunter Willits,” said coach Jim Zalesky, who starts his 12th year at the helm with a 127-54 overall record.
"He has looked good in the practice room and he looked good out here in competition.”
Willits was a four-time Colorado state champion.
The projected starting lineup is Devan Turner (133); Jack Hathaway (141); Kurt Mode or Izaak Tobin (149); Willits (157); Aaron Olmos or Drake McKee (165); Myles Terry or Joseph DeMatteo (174); Seth McLeod (184); Corey Griego (197); and Cody Crawford (hwt.).
Turner, Hathaway, McLeod, Griego and Crawford were season-long or part-time starters in 2017. Hathaway, Griego and Crawford advanced to the NCAA championships.
The others will make their OSU starting debuts.
“I think we have some weight classes to still get decided for Thursday,” Zalesky said. “Really this next two weeks I am looking at who will step up in competition.”
Former Pac-12 champions Ronnie Bresser (125) and Amaveeer Dhesi (hwt.) will not compete.
Four Beavers are included in preseason rankings released by InterMat and The Open Mat.
Dhesi is ranked No. 5 by InterMat and No. 6 by The Open Mat. He redshirted in 2017 after earning All-American honors in 2016. Bresser is ranked 11th by InterMat and 13th by The Open Mat. He redshirted in 2017 after advancing to NCAAs in 2015 and 2016.
Griego (197) is ranked 16th by InterMat and 14th by The Open Mat. He was the 2017 Pac-12 champion and was an NCAA qualifier in 2016 and 2017.
Hathaway is ranked 11th by The Open Mat and 18th by InterMat. He took second at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships and was 2-2 at NCAAs.
InterMat had OSU 21st in its tournament rankings and 22nd in its dual-meet rankings.
Earlier this fall, OSU was ranked 15th in the WIN Preseason Tournament Power Index (TPI). Dhesi (3), Bresser (13), Hathaway (13) and Griego (14) were also ranked.
The Beavers (6-11-0, 3-6-0) conclude the season by hosting No. 20 Washington (12-5-1, 5-3-1) at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lorenz Field.
Seniors Jordan Jones, Jaime Miralles, Timmy Mueller, Jalen Markey and Sam Tweeton will be honored before the game.
Washington edged OSU 2-1 in Seattle on Oct. 1 in the first meeting between the teams this year.
The Beavers (17-7, 7-7) head to the desert Southwest this weekend for Pac-12 matches against Arizona (9-14, 3-11) at 7 p.m. Thursday and Arizona State (10-16, 0-14) at 6 p.m. Saturday. Thursday's match will be televised by Pac-12 Oregon.
The Beavers defeated both teams in Corvallis earlier this season.
Senior Mary-Kate Marshall had 27 kills against Stanford and California last weekend and now has 1,809 in her career. She ranks No. 2 all-time at OSU, trailing Rachel Rourke, who had 1,920 kills from 2006-09.
She is also on the verge of becoming the sixth player in school history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career. She needs eight digs to join the illustrious club.
Junior Kayla Ellis had 17 digs last week and now has 1,115 digs in her career. ranking ninth on OSU’s career list. She needs 27 to tie Gina Schmidt (1998-01) for eighth.
OSU's next home match is Nov. 17 vs. Washington.
The Beavers will compete at the 38-team NCAA West Regional at the Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle on Friday. The 6,000-meter race begins at 10:30 a.m.
OSU’s projected starting lineup is seniors Holly Cavalluzzo and Kala Kopecek; juniors Juliana Mount, Sam McKinnon and Nicole Goecke; sophomore Greta Van Calcar; and freshman Audrey Lookner. Graduate senior Colette Richter is the alternate.
“We are in a good spot, training has gone fantastic over the last several weeks,” OSU coach Louis Quintana said. “Staying in the Pacific Northwest creates some advantages as far as the wear and tear of travel.
“We’re prepared and feel very confident we will execute. I’m very confident in the women we are taking up to Seattle. They are ready and have been racing consistently all year."
The Beavers are ranked 13th in the USTFCCAA’s West Region rankings. They placed 11th at the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 27 in their most recent race.
OSU travels to Seattle University for a 4 p.m. dual on Saturday.
OSU fell 170-77 at Stanford and 164-85 at California this past weekend. Sophomore Felicia Anderson won the 100 backstroke against Cal in a season-best 56.17, the eighth-fastest time in school history.
Senior captain Noemie Midrez set season-best times in the 50 freestyle (25.38), the 100 freestyle (54.01) and the 200 freestyle (1:56.92) against the Bears.
Against Stanford, freshman Fernanda Rodriguez set season bests in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.70) and 200 IM (2:12.92).
OSU’s next home meet is Jan. 12 against UCLA at the Osborn Aquatic Center.