The Oregon State wrestling team will compete in the 55th annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships on Friday and Saturday. Hosted by Northwestern University, the event will be held at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
The Midlands is one of the top tournaments in the country. Nearly 40 schools will compete, including No. 1-ranked Penn State and top-25 opponents Lehigh (6), Iowa (7), Minnesota (8), Michigan (9) Arizona State (11), Illinois (13), Wisconsin (16), Rutgers (17), Nebraska (18), Central Michigan (21), Rider (22), Purdue (23), North Carolina (24) and Edinboro (25).
The Beavers placed 21st at the 2016 Midlands with 30.5 points. Heavyweight Cody Crawford led OSU with a seventh-place finish.
The Midlands marks the beginning of a long road trip that concludes with duals at No. 15 South Dakota State on Jan. 5 and at unranked Iowa State on Jan. 7.
Beavers projected to travel are Ronnie Bresser (125, 7-2); Devan Turner (133, 6-6); Kegan Caulkins (133, 5-5); Grant Willits (141, 6-2); Jack Hathaway (141, 11-6); Kurt Mode (149, 6-7); Connor Noonan (149, 9-5); Hunter Willits (157, 9-7); Billy Bigelow (165, 3-6); Myles Terry (174, 3-7); Colt Doyle (174, 2-2); Seth McLeod (184, 9-4); Corey Griego (197, 11-2); Amarveer Dhesi (hwt., 5-0), and Crawford (11-4).
Two Beavers are ranked by InterMat. Bresser is No. 10; Griego is No. 11. Dhesi is ranked No. 8, Griego No. 9 and Bresser No. 10 by Amateur Wrestling News; Dhesi is ranked No. 9, Griego No. 14 and Bresser No. 16 by The Open Mat.
OSU took fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 17 in its most recent competition. Dhesi won the heavyweight title in his first action since the 2016 NCAA Championships, where he placed fifth and earned All-American honors.
OSU’s next home match is Jan. 14 against Wyoming.
The Beavers resume their season on Saturday with a 10:30 a.m. dual against San Diego State at the SDSU Aztec Aquaplex.
It will be OSU’s first action since Dec. 1, the final day of the Husky Invitational at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. OSU finished fourth among women’s college teams with 361 points.
Sophomore Felicia Anderson and junior Arianna Letrari led the Beavers as they recorded a combined six NCAA B Standard times. Anderson’s came in the 100 backstroke (twice) and 200 backstroke; Letrari’s came in the 200 individual medley, and the 100 and 200 butterfly.
OSU’s next home meet is a Jan. 12 Pac-12 Conference dual with UCLA, starting at 7 p.m. at the Osborn Aquatic Center.