Five Beavers Still Have Chance At Placing

Dec. 29, 2001

EVANSTON, Ill. - Oregon State has five wrestlers still capable of placing in their weight class at the Midlands Open after Saturday's opening day of competition. Still alive in the wrestleback bracket for the 25th-ranked Beavers are 141-pounder Casey Horn, 165-pounder Jed Pennell, 184-pounder Isaac Weber and heavyweights Jason Cooley and Andy Bowlby. Those five need to win their first match Sunday morning to be assured of placing among the top eight in their weight class.

Oregon State was in 10th place in the 65-team field after Saturday's sessions, and the Beavers are ahead of the other four Pacific-10 teams in the field (Arizona State, Cal State-Bakersfield, Oregon and Stanford). Iowa State is in first place, followed by Iowa, Ohio State, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Knocked out of the double-elimination event for OSU on Saturday were 125-pounder Michael Delaney, 133-pounder Nathan Navarro, 174-pounders Nathan Coy and Jake Huffman and 197-pounder Jason Lovell. Navarro and Coy wrestled despite minor injuries.

'We're operating with a couple banged-up guys, so we were attempting to see how we could do under a little adversity,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'They wrestled some matches and got some good competition, and they're improving every day, so that's great.'

The Midlands Open includes not only most of the nation's top 25 college teams, but also open-level clubs that include wrestlers who have competed in the World Championships and Olympics.

'We need to get more and better competition, and that' s just what we're getting,' Wells said. 'You have an opportunity here to get so many matches in such a short period of time - and good quality matches - that you really learn what you need to do and what you don't need to do. You eliminate those mistakes and gain that experience.

'Round by round, you have to step it up a notch and that's really good for them.'

Horn, who was unseeded in the tournament, stayed alive in the wrestlebacks with a 4-3 win over seventh-seeded John Giacche of Northwestern. In the previous round, Horn had pinned Michigan State's Eric Keith in overtime. Next up for Horn is eighth-seeded Coyte Cooper of Indiana.

Pennell, also unseeded, will go against unseeded Scott Roth of Cornell on Sunday. Pennell beat Northwestern's Ryan Kane 8-3 to advance past Saturday's opening rounds.

Weber, seeded ninth, must get past second-seeded Damion Hahn of Minnesota in Sunday's first round. Weber edged unattached Hunter Guenot 1-0 to get through Saturday's action.

Cooley, seeded fifth, and Bowlby are one win away from going against each other in the wrestleback quarterfinals. To set up that all-Beaver match, Cooley must beat Brian Keck of the Wildcat Wrestling Club and Bowlby has to get past ninth-seeded Kellan Fluckiger of Arizona State.

OREGON STATE AT MIDLANDS OPEN - AFTER SATURDAY'S COMPETITION

(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

TOP 10 TEAMS (65-TEAM FIELD) - 1. Iowa State, 85, 2. Iowa, 81.5, 3. (tie) Ohio State and Minnesota, 63.5, 5. Pennsylvania, 57.5, 6. Illinois, 45, 7. Michigan State, 42, 8. Indiana, 36, 9. Central Michigan, 33, 10. Oregon State, 28.5.

125, MICHAEL DELANEY - dec. by (2) Leroy Vega, Minnesota, 9-3 in first round, dec. over Robert Potashnick, Northwestern, 4-1 in wrestleback first round, medical forfeit over (14) Greg Schaefer, Indiana, in wrestleback second round, dec. by Brandon Newill, Pittsburgh-Johnston, 3-0 in wrestleback third round.

133, (16) NATHAN NAVARRO - dec. over Pat Dowty, Eastern Illinois, 6-3 in preliminary round, dec. over Justin Walker, Stanford, 7-5 in first round, dec. by Cliff Moore, Iowa, 7-1 in second round, dec. over Kevin Rucci, Pennsylvania, 5-1 in wrestleback second round, dec. by Mark Jayne, Illinois, 10-5 in wrestleback third round.

141, (20) CASEY HORN - dec. by (12) Aaron Holker, Iowa State 11-4 in first round, dec. over Randy Pursley, Purdue, 3-0 in wrestleback first round, pinned Eric Keith, Michigan State, 6:28 (OT) in wrestleback second round, dec. over (15) John Giacche, Northwestern, 4-3 in wrestleback third round.

165, JED PENNELL - dec. over Cory DeBias, Rider, 9-2 in preliminary round, dec. by (6) John Hardy, Minnesota, 11-4 in first round, major dec. over Pat O'Donnell, Harvard, 13-1 in wrestleback first round, dec. over Ryan Kane, Northwestern, 8-3 in wrestleback second round.

174, (8) NATHAN COY - dec. over Ryan Hieber, Ohio State, 2-1 in first round, dec. by Nick Passolano, Iowa State, 2-2 (OT) in second round, dec. by (11) Jim Stanec, Cornell, 8-5 in wrestleback second round.

174, JAKE HUFFMAN - dec. over Jeff Pangborn, Central Michigan, 9-4 in first round, major dec. by (17) Greg Parker, Princeton, 14-0 in second round, dec. over Russ Vanderheyden, Central Michigan, 8-3 in wrestleback second round, dec. by (12) Gerald Harris, Cleveland State, 5-4 in wrestleback third round.

184, ISAAC WEBER - dec. over Andrew Curran, Northwestern, 5-0 in first round, dec. by (19) Ben Heizer, Northern Illinois, 3-2 in second round, dec. over Harold Penson, Stanford, 5-2 in wrestleback second round, dec. over Hunter Guenot, unattached, 1-0 in wrestleback third round.

197, JASON LOVELL - tech. fall by (2) Owen Elzen, Minnesota, 3:59 (15-0), dec. over Venroy July, North Carolina, 5-4 in wrestleback preliminary round, major dec. over Robert Odell, Cal State-Bakersfield, 11-0 in wrestleback first round, dec. by Emmett Wilson, Montana State-Northern, 4-2 in wrestleback second round.

HWT, (14) JASON COOLEY - dec. over Jamie Salazar, Manchester, 5-1 in first round, dec. over Jack Leffler, Central Michigan, 5-2 in second round, major dec. by Mitch Clark, Ohio International Wrestling Club, 16-2 in quarterfinals.

HWT, ANDY BOWLBY - dec. over D.J. Radnovich, Indiana, 3-2 in first round, dec. by Raphael Davis, Schultz Wrestling Club, 5-2 in second round, pinned Marc Bauknecht, East Stroudsburg, 0:29 in wrestleback second round, dec. over Steven Kovach, Navy, 2-1 in wrestleback third round.

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