Horn, Weber, Bowlby Wrestle Into Semis
Nov. 30, 2001
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Oregon State 141-pounder Casey Horn, 184-pounder Isaac Weber and heavyweight Andy Bowlby were all headed for the championship semifinals Friday night after the first day of the 47-team Las Vegas Classic. The semifinals will be wrestled Saturday, the final day of the tournament at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
OSU (4-1 overall, 1-1 Pacific-10) has four other wrestlers alive in the wrestleback bracket in 125-pounder Michael Delaney, 133-pounder Nathan Navarro, 174-pounder Jake Huffman and 197-pounder Jason Lovell. All four of those Beavers reached Friday night's quarterfinals before being beaten.
Team scores were unavailable late Friday night. For OSU, Friday's performance was a marked difference from Thursday night's 25-10 loss at ninth-ranked Arizona State in a Pacific-10 dual meet.
'We just came out flat on Thursday,' OSU assistant coach Jeff Cardwell said. 'Then this morning, right off the bat, Casey Horn came out and beat the No. 3 seed from Michigan (nationally 11th-ranked Clark Forward), and then Jason Lovell drew the third seed from Clarion (18th-ranked Eric Mausser) and won. Those two guys sort of springboarded things for us, and from then on we wrestled pretty well for the most part.'
Horn advanced to the semifinals by beating 20th-ranked Ralph Lopez of Fresno State 11-5. Weber moved into the semifinals with an 8-6 victory over Mauricio Wright of San Francisco State, Wright, ranked second nationally in Division II, had beaten Weber at the Southern Oregon Open on Nov. 17. Bowlby gained a spot in the semifinals by beating 10th-ranked John Testa of Clarion 9-3.