Four Oregon State wrestlers are ranked in the preseason top 20 from The Open Mat and the Beavers as a team were ranked in the Associated Wrestling Press’s preseason Top 25 on Wednesday.
Sophomore heavyweight Amar Dhesi earned the highest individual ranking. The 2014 Pac-12 Conference runner-up and an NCAA-tournament competitor is ranked No. 7.
Senior 184-pounder Taylor Meeks, another Pac-12 runner-up who also advanced to the NCAAs, is No. 9.
Junior 133-pounder Joey Palmer is ranked 18th. He placed third at the Pac-12 championships and also advanced to NCAAs.
Senior 174-pounder Joe Latham is ranked 20th. He took second at the Pac-12 meet and advanced to NCAAs.
The Beavers were ranked No. 25 by the Associated Wrestling Press, which described them as “solid” from top to bottom and especially strong in the upper weights.
Five Beavers were ranked in the top 30 in their respective weight classes by AWP earlier this year: Dhesi (7); Meeks (10); Latham (18); 157-pounder Joey Delgado (28); and Palmer (29). Delgado was the 141-pound Pac-12 champion and an NCAA participant in 2014.
The Beavers open the season on Nov. 6 with their annual intrasquad meet at Gill Coliseum. They will compete at the Mike Clock Open in Forest Grove on Nov. 9, and then host Southern Oregon on Nov. 13 in their first counting dual.