Bowlby's 1-1 Win Gives Beavers A 16-16 Win
Dec. 12, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State heavyweight Andy Bowlby upset Oregon's 12th-ranked Eric Webb in the final match Wednesday night to hand the 24th-ranked Beavers a 16-16 win in Pacific-10 wrestling at Gill Coliseum. OSU (5-1 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) earned the team victory under a new rule in effect for all NCAA dual meets this season.
The rule had previously been in effect only for dual-meet tournaments, in which a winning team had to be decided to advance in the bracket. A set of criteria is used to break the tie, and OSU won on criteria g, which awards the victory to the team with the most near-fall points. OSU 174-pounder Nathan Coy scored the only near-fall of the meet with a two-pointer in his 10-1 win over Shane Webster.
Most of the crowd of 1,356 left the building thinking the dual had ended in a tie after OSU rallied to win the night's final four matches over Oregon (2-1, 2-1). But officials were thumbing through the rule books to find the list of criteria in order to declare a winner.
In order, the criteria are most victories (on Wednesday, five each), most six-point wins (none), most five-point technical falls (none), most four-point technical falls (none), most major decisions (one each), most decisions (four each) and greater number of total near-fall points earned (Oregon State 2, Oregon 0).
When the meet ended, OSU head coach Joe Wells knew criteria would decide the match, he was on the NCAA rules committee that adopted the tiebreaker for all dual meets starting this season.
'It's a rule we've had for the National Duals and for dual-meet tournaments, so we decided, 'Why not do it for all dual meets?'' Wells said.
It wound up paying off for the Beavers in the season's first Civil War, presented by Northwest Dodge Dealers. OSU has now won six of its last seven against Oregon and leads the all-time series 96-22-4.
The meet began at 125 pounds and the Ducks dominated the lower weights, winning five of the first six matches to go in front 16-3. But OSU got wins from the fifth-ranked Coy, 184-pounder Isaac Weber and 197-pounder Jason Lovell to send the meet into the heavyweight match with Oregon leading 16-13.
And that's when a 1-1 win by Bowlby gave the Beavers the 16-16 win, as odd as those scores sound.
Bowlby, a junior wrestling in his first Civil War dual, took Webb into a second overtime tied 1-1. The 30-second tiebreaker starts with one wrestler on top and one on the bottom. If the wrestler on the bottom escapes, he wins, if the wrestler on top rides out the 30 seconds, he wins. Webb won the coin toss and elected to start on the bottom.
'That's only the second double-overtime I've wrestled in my career, and the last one I lost with one second left,' Bowlby said. 'Starting on top, I didn't like the circumstances a bit.'
To Bowlby, the 30 seconds seemed like an eternity.
'I hadn't been warned for stalling yet, so I knew I could just hang onto his ankle until they warned me,' said Bowlby, who earned the reprimand with 13 seconds remaining. 'Then I was able to slam him down the time after that.'
That was near the edge of the mat, and a restart was called with just two seconds remaining. This time, Bowlby kept Webb on the mat until the buzzer sounded and earned what goes into the books as a 1-1 win.
'That's definitely the biggest match I've ever wrestled for OSU,' Bowlby said. 'I kind of didn't want it to come down to me, but I felt like it might after they drew 125 (as the starting weight).
'Now I'm glad it did - this is the most excited I've been in a long time. When it was over, I looked at the crowd and saw all those alums yelling ... they'd have been mad at me if I'd let him get away.'
Wednesday was OSU's annual Beaver Wrestling Homecoming, and Oregon State welcomed back 21 former wrestlers and legendary head coach Dale Thomas. The alums on hand accounted for 26 individual conference titles, 17 All-America finishes and seven NCAA national titles.
The Beavers now go on the road to face No. 9 Nebraska on Friday, then return to Gill Coliseum to meet No. 2 Oklahoma State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
NO. 24 OREGON STATE 16, OREGON 16, OREGON STATE WINS BY CRITERIA G
(Criteria g is most near-fall points by a team during the dual meet)
(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)
125-Shaun Williams, UO, dec. Michael Delaney, OSU, 7-5. 133-Martin Mitchell, UO, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 8-2. 141-(18) Casey Horn, OSU, dec. (20) Brian Watson, UO, 6-4. 149-Casey Hunt, UO, dec. Jordan Barich, OSU, 5-3. 157-Tony Overstake, UO, dec. Micah Houston, OSU, 15-8. 165-(10) Eugene Harris, UO, major dec. Jed Pennell, OSU, 20-7. 174-(5) Nathan Coy, OSU, major dec. Shane Webster, UO, 10-1. 184-Isaac Weber, OSU, dec. Elias Soto, UO, 4-0. 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, dec. Jake Leair, UO, 6-0. HWT-Andy Bowlby, OSU, dec. (12) Eric Webb, UO, 1-1 (tiebreaker).