Jorgensen, Coy In Quarterfinals

March 15, 2001

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Oregon State 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen and 174-pounder Nathan Coy were headed for the quarterfinals when the first day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships concluded Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Beavers are in 13th place in the team race and have six of their seven entrants still in the tournament going into Friday's action.

In Friday morning's quarterfinals, the fourth-seeded Jorgensen will meet 12th-seeded Shane Roller of Oklahoma State and the eighth-seeded Coy will meet top-seeded Josh Koscheck of Einboro. Beavers in the second round of wrestlebacks are 125-pounder Nathan Navarro, 133-pounder Ben Richards, 141-pounder Shane Cunanan and 11th-seeded heavyweight Jason Cooley. The only OSU wrestler eliminated on the first day was 165-pounder Jed Pennell, and he recorded team bonus points for a pin before bowing out.

Jorgensen, a senior, reached the quarterfinals with a 13-1 major decision over Max Odom of Harvard and a 7-1 win over Shaun Shapert of Edinboro. Jorgensen defeated his quarterfinal opponent, Roller, 10-9 in overtime in a Feb. 2 dual meet at Oklahoma State.

Coy, a junior, beat Cassidy Shults of Bloomsburg 8-4 and ninth-seeded Perry Parks of Iowa State 10-9. Coy wrestled Koscheck in the Las Vegas Classic on Dec. 2 and was pinned in 2:30.

Richards and Cunanan also won their first-round matches, then went against highly-seeded opponents in the second round. Richards beat Rad Martinez of Clarion 9-4 and then lost to third-seeded Todd Beckerman of Nebraska 18-6. Cunanan edged Coyte Cooper of Indiana 1-1 in double-overtime and then dropped a technical fall to second-seeded Michael Lightner of Oklahoma.

Cooley found himself in the wrestleback bracket after being pinned in 3:14 by Mark Knauer of Iowa State in the first round. Cooley received a bye in the wrestleback first round Thursday night.

Navarro pulled off an upset for the Beavers in the preliminary round of the wrestlebacks, knocking fourth-seeded Jason Powell of Nebraska out of the tournament with an 11-5 decision, he then beat Jose Leon of Boston University 10-5. Navarro had been beaten 6-5 by Eric Dunmire of Northern Iowa in the preliminary round of the championship bracket.

Pennell was bumped from the preliminary round of the championship bracket with a 6-4 loss to Pat O'Donnell of Harvard. He rebounded to pin Burt Pierson of Cal Davis - who had beaten Pennell in the Pacific-10 semifinals - in 6:41, then lost to third-seeded Steve Blackford of Arizona State 12-2. Pennell had upset Blackford, then ranked fourth in the country, 7-6 in overtime in a Jan. 26 dual meet in Corvallis.

NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

TOP TEAM SCORES AFTER DAY ONE - 1. Minnesota, 41.5, 2. (tie) Iowa and Oklahoma State, 36.5, 4. Oklahoma, 28, 5. Iowa State, 26.5, 6. Illinois, 25, 7. (tie) Michigan and Nebraska, 19, 9. Arizona State, 18, 10. Edinboro, 17.5, 11. Wisconsin, 17, 12. Ohio State, 14, 13. Oregon State, 13.5, 14. (tie) Fresno State, Indiana and Pittsburgh, 13, 17. (tie) Boise State, Northern Iowa and Virginia Tech, 12, 20. (tie) Lock Haven and Michigan State, 11.5.

OREGON STATE RESULTS (Seeding in parentheses)

125, NATHAN NAVARRO - Dec. by Eric Dunmire, Northern Iowa, 6-5 in preliminary round, dec. over (4) Jason Powell, Nebraska, 11-5 in wrestleback preliminary round, dec. over Jose Leon, Boston U., 10-5 in wrestleback first round. Will wrestle Brent Thompson, Kent State, in wrestleback second round.

133, BEN RICHARDS - Dec. over Rad Martinez, Clarion, 9-4 in first round, major dec. by (3) Todd Beckerman, Nebraska, 18-6 in second round. Will wrestle Joe Alexander, Virginia, in wrestleback second round.

141, SHANE CUNANAN - Dec. over Coyte Cooper, Indiana, 1-1 (2 OT) in first round, tech. fall by (2) Michael Lightner, Oklahoma, 17-2 (2:44) in second round. Will wrestle Pat Diaz, James Madison, in wrestleback second round.

157, (4) ERIC JORGENSEN - Major dec. over Max Odom, Harvard, 13-1 in first round, dec. over Shaun Shapert, Edinboro, 7-1 in second round. Will wrestle (12) Shane Roller, Oklahoma State, in quarterfinals.

165, JED PENNELL - Dec. by Pat O'Donnell, Harvard, 6-4 in preliminary round, pinned Burt Pierson, Cal-Davis, 6:41 in wrestleback first round, dec. by (3) Steve Blackford, Arizona State, 12-2 in wrestleback second round. Eliminated from tournament.

174, (8) NATHAN COY - Dec. over Cassidy Shults, Bloomsburg, 8-4 in first round, dec. over (9) Perry Parks, Iowa State, 10-9 in second round. Will wrestle (1) Josh Koscheck, Edinboro, in quarterfinals.

HWT, (11) JASON COOLEY - Pinned by Mark Knauer, Iowa State, 3:14 in first round. Will wrestle Dawid Rechul, Harvard, in wrestleback second round.

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