Ron Finley – Finley took second place at the 1961 NCAA tourney at OSU. He also simultaneously held the freestyle and Greco-Roman national titles at 138.5 pounds in 1963 and was a 1964 Olympian. However, Finley’s most notable contributions to wrestling came as the longtime coach of the school slightly south of Corvallis that shall not be named. (But seriously, we’d love to see the Oregon Ducks bring back wrestling.) Finley also coached for the U.S. Olympic team in 1984.
Len Kauffman – Placed third in 1964 and second in 1965 at 167 pounds. He ranks third all-time in winning percentage at Oregon State, at .949 (75-4), and also is third in career pins, at 66. Kauffman also was the U.S. Open national champion in freestyle at 171.5 pounds in 1964 and 1969.
Henk Schenk – Schenk won the Pac-8 crown at 191 pounds in 1965 and 1966. But his career after college is particularly notable. Schenk competed in the Olympics in 1968 and 1972 – and he was the national champion in both Greco-Roman and freestyle at 220 pounds in the latter year. He also was the national freestyle champion at 213.5 pounds in 1968, the Greco-Roman national champion in 1971 at 198 pounds, and the Greco-Roman national champion at 220 pounds in 1975.
Phil Frey – Frey took fourth place at 145 pounds in the 1969 NCAA tournament. Like Schenk, his post-Beaver grappling career makes him a standout. He was a three-time U.S. Open national Greco-Roman champion at 149.5 pounds in 1971, 1972 and 1973.
Mike Jones – Jones, a Lebanon Union High School product, finished second at 158 pounds in 1971 and 1973. He was the U.S. Open national Greco Roman champion in 1973 at 163 pounds and the freestyle titlist at that same weight in 1974.
Oscar Wood – This Barlow High School graduate took seventh place at the NCAA tournament in 1996 at 134 pounds and third place in 1998 at 142 pounds. Wood was a bruising athlete who also ranks sixth all-time in pins with 51 for Oregon State. At the 1998 meet, he won the Manuel Gorrarian award for most pins in the least time at the NCAAs. Wood was a 2004 Olympian.