Myles Terry, Oregon State wrestling ready for Navy Classic
Myles Terry and Oregon State wrestling are off on a two-week road trip scheduled to continue with the Navy Classic Saturday in Annapolis, Md., the program announced Tuesday.
Terry was scheduled to start at 174 pounds for the five-time defending Pac-12 Conference champion Beavers in their first-ever match against George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Thursday.
"I basically just had the opportunity to wrestle for a starting spot and seized it [with a 17-8 major decision for the Black team over Orange redshirt junior Joe DeMatteo as the Black won the intrasquad scrimmage 28-12 Nov. 6]," said Terry, a 6-foot freshman prospective marketing major who chose the Beavers because he liked the program, school and campus after graduating from St. Helens High School with a 3.41 grade-point average and honors. "College has been going really well for me: My grades are better than they were in high school, and I'm having a lot of fun wrestling."
Terry, who became St. Helens' seventh state wrestling champion and its first at 182 pounds as a sophomore in 2015, beat Eastern Oregon sophomore Jacob Dupuis by 12-0 major decision in Oregon State's 42-6 season-opening defeat of the NAIA Mountaineers, who revived the program in Jan. 2016, Nov. 9 in Corvallis.
"Getting the young guns on the team to perform well on the road could be a challenge mentally," Beavers coach Jim Zalesky said. "Just keep getting better: It's early on in the year. You have to get out of the practice room and see where you have to improve to get better for later in the season. It's a process of getting better as the year goes on."
Oregon State features 12 individual national championships, including two by Scappoose High School alumnus Greg Strobel, who won it all at 190 in 1973 and 1974.
The Beavers chase their first team NCAA team championship after taking second to Iowa State in 1973 and to Iowa in 1995.