Wrestling In Second At Pac-10 Championships
Feb. 25, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - - Nathan Coy, Eric Jorgensen, Jason Cooley and Shane Cunanan each won two matches on Sunday at the Pacific-10 Wrestling Championships at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., to earn the right to wrestle for the conference championship in their respective weight classes.
The Beavers trail only first-place Arizona State in the team competition after scoring 92 points the first day, Arizona State has 92.
Nine Beavers still have hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, as the top four in each weight class advance.
'Our goal was to qualify 10 guys for the tournament, but we've still got nine guys (with a chance of) going,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We had some good performances, but we had some performances that we just let get away from us a little bit. We were a little to anxious, a little impatient, and a little imprudent - just not sticking with the basics.
'Overall, we're wrestling well, but it's tough competition and it's fairly well-balanced, so one little mistake and it'll put you behind the eight-ball. We can still get nine guys going to the national tournament.'
Coy - a top seed at 174 pounds - earned a convincing 16-4 major decision over Stanford's Garrett Johnston in his first bout, and squeezed out a 8-7 decision over Arizona State's fourth-seeded Curtis Owen. Coy's riding time advantage put him over the top and let him advance to the championship round on Monday night.
Jorgensen wasted no time in dispatching Cal-Poly's Josh Blagg in Jorgensen's first match, as the senior pinned Blagg in 46 seconds in the 156-pound class.
ASU's Rocky Smart proved more difficult. Jorgensen controlled Smart for the majority of the match, and held a tenuous 3-2 lead heading into the third round. It wasn't until the final seconds of the match that Jorgensen scored another takedown for the final of 5-2.
Cooley, a heavyweight, began the day with a lackluster 2-1 decisioning of Stanford's Brad Selby, but caught fire in the semifinals with a 24-9 technical fall over Portland State's Joe Johnson to advance to the championship round.
Shane Cunanan dispatched Oregon's Casey Hunt 3-2 and decisioned Cal-Poly's Andrew Gharst 3-2 to secure a spot in the championship round as well.
Seeded second in the 125-pound class, Nathan Navarro was upset in the semifinals by third-seeded Ben Vombaur of Boise State. The junior lost 1-0 after winning his bout against Cal-Poly's Jaime Garza.
Ben Richards was decisioned in the semifinals also, as Oregon's Brian Watson claimed a 3-1 decision.
OSU's top-seeded Jed Pennell suffered an upset in the semifinals at the hands of Cal-Davis' Burt Pierson by a count of 10-5.
Isaac Weber, at 184 pounds, and Casey Horn (149) were sent to the consolation bracket after their first matches. Weber won his consolation match 4-2 over Chuck Sandlin of Cal-Poly Sunday night to advance to the consolation semifinals, but Horn lost to Cal-Davis' Josh Sternberg 3-1.
Jason Lovell went to the consolation bracket in the semifinals after losing to Chael Sonnenen of Oregon by an 11-3 major decision.
Competition resumes Monday morning, with the Championship rounds beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Arizona State 92, Oregon State 86, Oregon 81.5, Boise State 81, Cal Poly 68.5, Cal St.-Bakersfield 51, UC Davis 46, Portland State 41, Stanford 16, Cal State-Fullerton 10
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: (tournament seed)
125 - (2) Nathan Navarro, OSU, dec. Jaime Garza, Cal-Poly, 8-6,
(3) Ben Vombaur, Boise St., dec. Nathan Navarro, OSU, 1-0.
133 - (3) Ben Richards, OSU, dec. Urijah Farber, Cal-Davis, 2-1.
(2) Brian Watson, Oregon, dec. (3) Ben Richards, OSU, 3-1.
141 - (2) Shane Cunanan, OSU, dec. Casey Hunt, Oregon, 3-2.
(2)Shane Cunanan, OSU, dec. (3) Andrew Gharst, Cal-Poly, 9-5.