Pins Bump Beavers In Nebraska

Dec. 14, 2001

LINCOLN, Neb. - Oregon State won half the night's matches but a pair of pins by Nebraska made the difference as the 25th-ranked Beavers fell to the ninth-ranked Cornhuskers 22-16 in non-league wrestling Friday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. OSU (5-2 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) now returns home to meet No. 2 Oklahoma State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

Friday's meet continued a week designed to test the Beavers' mettle. OSU had beaten Oregon 16-16 on criteria Wednesday night in the season's first Civil War dual, then got on a plane Thursday to head for Nebraska (5-0, 0-0 Big 12). On Saturday, the Beavers fly home to get ready for Oklahoma State.

Despite the hectic schedule, Oregon State head coach Joe Wells felt the Beavers were capable of winning Friday's meet.

'We wrestled well enough to win it, yet we did a few things that hurt our performance,' Wells said. 'There were some undisciplined things in not finishing techniques and not scoring some takedowns at crunch time.'

The Beavers got a major decision by 20th-ranked Casey Horn at 141 pounds and decisions from fifth-ranked 174-pounder Nathan Coy, 149-pounder Jordan Barich, 165-pounder Jed Pennell and heavyweight Jason Cooley. Horn improved to 10-3 this season and has earned team bonus points for a fall, technical fall or major decision in six of his 13 matches after beating Dusty Spaulding 13-2.

Barich and Pennell bounced back from losses against Oregon to take wins against Nebraska.

Barich started the meet with a 9-4 win over Jeremy Baker, scoring a takedown in each of the first two periods and adding a takedown and a reversal in the third. Pennell earned his 6-4 win over Tony Denke, a returning NCAA qualifier, with a pair of third-period takedowns, the final score coming with 52 seconds left in the match.

Cooley, wrestling for just the second time this season because of injury, beat Pat Miron 6-1 at heavyweight with all that match's scoring coming in the third period. At 174, Coy topped George Kirgan 7-2 after Coy built a 6-1 lead on the strength of two second-period takedowns.

OSU 184-pounder Isaac Weber nearly pulled off the upset of the night, taking ninth-ranked Travis Pascoe into overtime before losing 3-1. Weber nearly took Pascoe down twice in regulation, but Pascoe managed to reach the edge of the mat before Weber could finish the scoring move.

Beaver 133-pounder Tim Norman, filling in as 16th-ranked Nathan Navarro recovers from a minor injury, nearly added another Oregon State win before losing 7-5 to Joey Malia. Norman had Malia on the mat three or four times but couldn't gain total control to score a takedown.

The difference in the team score came on pins by a pair of nationally-ranked Cornhuskers. At 157 pounds, No. 1 Bryan Snyder beat Micah Houston in 2:00, at 197, No. 5 Justin Ruiz beat Jason Lovell in 1:49.

NO. 9 NEBRASKA 22, NO. 25 OREGON STATE 16

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

149 - Jordan Barich, OSU, dec. Jeremy Baker, NU, 9-4. 157 - (1) Bryan Snyder, NU, pinned Micah Houston, OSU, 2:00. 165 - Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Tony Denke, NU, 6-4. 174 - (5) Nathan Coy, OSU, dec. George Kirgan, NU, 7-2. 184 - (9) Travis Pascoe, NU, dec. Isaac Weber, OSU, 3-1 (OT). 197 - (5) Justin Ruiz, NU, pinned Jason Lovell, OSU, 1:49. HWT - Jason Cooley, OSU, dec. Pat Miron, NU, 6-1. 125 - (5) Jason Powell, NU, major dec. Michael Delaney, OSU, 11-2. 133 - Joey Malia, NU, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 7-5. 141 - (20) Casey Horn, OSU, major dec. Dusty Spaulding, NU, 13-2.

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