Jorgensen Guaranteed All-America Honors

March 16, 2001

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Oregon State 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen guaranteed himself All-America honors and the Beavers were in 19th place when the second day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships concluded Friday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Jorgensen, seeded fourth, could place as high as third when the tournament concludes Saturday.

Jorgensen and eighth-seeded 174-pounder Nathan Coy were both beaten in Friday morning's championship quarterfinals. Jorgensen fell to 12th-seeded Shane Roller of Oklahoma State 6-5 while Coy was beaten 6-1 by top-seeded Josh Koscheck of Edinboro.

Jorgensen then won two matches Friday night to assure himself no worse than sixth place, Coy was beaten in his first match Friday night to end the season one victory away from All-America status for finishing in the top eight.

'There are just so many sudden victories and sudden-death overtimes and one-point matches,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'Every single guy in this tournament is tough, there are no weak ones here.'

Oregon State has 24.5 points, trailing 18th-place Indiana's 28 points and 17th-place Northern Iowa's 29.5. Just behind OSU are 20th-place Pennsylvania with 22.5 points, Lock Haven with 20.5 and Hofstra with 19.5.

None of the schools near OSU in the standings have wrestlers in the championship finals. Teams with two wrestlers remaining in the wrestlebacks are Northern Iowa, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Hofstra, just one wrestler remains for Lock Haven.

Six-time defending champion Iowa leads the team race with 112 points, Minnesota has 109.5 and Oklahoma State 106.

The Beavers had four wrestlers eliminated in Friday morning's wrestleback rounds: 125-pounder Nathan Navarro, 133-pounder Ben Richards, 141-pounder Shane Cunanan and 11th-seeded heavyweight Jason Cooley. Six of the seven OSU wrestlers in the tournament won at least one match before being eliminated.

In Saturday morning's wrestleback semifinals, Jorgensen will face sixth-seeded Luke Becker of Minnesota. A win, and Jorgensen goes for third place against the winner of a match between Roller and fifth-seeded Kirk White of Boise State, a loss, and Jorgensen goes for fifth place against the loser of the match between Roller and White.

Jorgensen, a senior, wrapped up his first All-America finish with an 11-0 major decision over ninth-seeded Nathan Vasquez of Fresno State. He then beat Gray Maynard of Michigan State 6-2 to assure himself no worse than sixth place.

'It feels good,' Jorgensen said of the All-America finish. 'It will feel better when I get going and place as high as I can.'

Jorgensen had beaten Vasquez 3-2 and 7-0 earlier this season.

'I've wrestled him quite a few times,' Jorgensen said of the wrestler who stood between him and All-America honors. 'He wrestled really well at this tournament and he's wrestled really well since I went against him at Fresno State (on Feb. 9), I knew I had to wrestle well to beat him. I couldn't take anything for granted.

'Your back is to the wall at that point. You want to come and accomplish what you've been aiming for forever, you've got to keep going and you can't remember the loss you had.'

Jorgensen had beaten Roller in double-overtime when the two met in early February. This time, Roller scored a takedown in the third period for the victory.

'He's a good scrambler, and he came out on top in one of our scrambles,' Jorgensen said of the match that ended his 16-match win streak. 'He's a tough kid.'

Jorgensen has not wrestled Becker this season. Looking ahead to the third- or fifth-place final, Jorgensen is 2-1 this season against White and beat him for the Pacific-10 championship, Jorgensen is 1-1 against Roller.

After losing to the top-seeded Koscheck in the quarterfinals, Coy was beaten 5-3 by Jim Stanec of Cornell on Friday night. The junior ended his season with a 35-9 record.

In Friday morning's wrestlebacks, Navarro and Cunanan won matches before being eliminated while Richards and Cooley dropped their first matches of the day. Navarro picked up team bonus points with a pin of Brent Thompson of Kent State in 1:40.

NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

TOP TEAM SCORES AFTER DAY TWO - 1. Iowa, 112, 2. Minnesota, 109.5, 3. Oklahoma State, 106, 4. Illinois, 76.5, 5. Oklahoma, 74, 6. Iowa State, 62.5, 7. Michigan, 50, 8. Nebraska, 48, 9. Boise State, 43.5, 10. Edinboro, 42, 11. Lehigh, 41, 12. (tie) Arizona State and Wisconsin, 39.50, 14. Michigan State, 38, 15. Fresno State, 37, 16. Ohio State, 36, 17. Northern Iowa, 29.5, 18. Indiana, 28, 19. Oregon State, 24.5, 20. Pennsylvania, 22.5.

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, pinned Brent Thompson, Kent State, 1:40 in wrestleback second round, dec. by Josh Moore, Penn State, 7-5 in wrestleback third round, eliminated from tournament.

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, dec. by Joe Alexander, Virginia, 12-7 in wrestleback second round, eliminated from tournament.

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, dec. over Pat Diaz, James Madison, 5-2 in wrestleback second round, pinned by Robert Sessley, Ohio State, 1:54 in wrestleback third round, eliminated from tournament.

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, dec. by (12) Shane Roller, Oklahoma State, 6-5 in quarterfinals, major dec. over (9) Nathan Vasquez, Fresno State, 11-0 in wrestleback fourth round, dec. over Gray Maynard, Michigan State, 6-2 in wrestleback fifth round. Will wrestle (6) Luke Becker, Minnesota, in wrestleback semifinals, will then wrestle (5) Kirk White, Boise State, or (12) Shane Roller, Oklahoma State, in third-place final or fifth-place final.

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, dec. by (1) Josh Koscheck, Edinboro, 6-1 in quarterfinals, dec. by Jim Stanec, Cornell, 5-3 in wrestleback fourth round, eliminated from tournament.

HWT, (11) JASON COOLEY - Pinned by Mark Knauer, Iowa State, 3:14 in first round, by in wrestleback first round, dec. by Dawid Rechul, Harvard, 2-0 in wrestleback second round, eliminated from tournament.

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