OSU's Horn Upsets Second-Ranked Erikson At 141 Pounds

Jan. 6, 2002

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Oregon State 141-pounder Casey Horn upset second-ranked Chad Erikson of Minnesota but the 25th-ranked Beavers fell to the top-ranked Golden Gophers 31-10 in non-league wrestling Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion.

OSU now gets to compete in its home state for the first time in nearly a month. The Beavers (5-4 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) will meet Brown, No. 14 Illinois and Pacific (Ore.) in the Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals on Friday at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, on Saturday, Oregon State will host No. 3 Michigan at 1 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

Against Minnesota (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten), the Beavers got wins from Horn, 133-pounder Nathan Navarro and 165-pounder Jed Pennell.

Horn, who had dropped out of the national rankings this week, made his case for returning to the list with a 6-5 win. Horn improved to 14-6 this season with six pins and four wins over nationally-ranked wrestlers.

'There's no question he can compete,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said of Horn. 'He's one of the best competitors on the team, no matter who he's wrestling, he'll give it everything he's got. That's what I like about him - he's always getting after people. If he's going against a guy he's supposed to beat, he's trying to put him on his back and pin him.'

Horn didn't get off to a great start Sunday, as Erikson scored a takedown just six seconds into their match. Horn escaped just over a minute later, then a long scramble ended with Horn scoring a takedown just before the end of the first period to go up 3-2.

After starting the second period in the down position, Horn again got into a scramble with Erikson and managed a reversal to push his lead to 5-2 going into the final period. Erikson opted for the neutral position to start the final two minutes and took Horn down with 1:12 remaining, cutting the gap to 5-4.

Horn was warned for stalling with just over a minute to go, then escaped with 41 seconds remaining to go in front 6-4. The final escape was crucial, because Erikson had accumulated enough riding time to be awarded a point at the end of the match, making it a 6-5 win for Horn rather than forcing overtime.

Navarro scored the Beavers' only team bonus points of the day, earning a 10-2 major decision over Eric Anderson at 133 pounds. Pennell's victory was a 7-5 decision over Nate Baker at 165.

Going against a Minnesota team whose roster includes a nationally-ranked wrestler at every weight - including six in the top three in their weight class - the Beavers wrestled well enough to put themselves in scoring position numerous times. However, Wells felt OSU got a look at the details that separate a top-ranked team from a top-25 team.

'It was productive for us to go in and see exactly how hard they have to deliver their technique,' Wells said. 'They just have to be very determined and put a lot of power and pressure on a guy, and drive all the way through.'

As an example, Wells looked at the 157-pound match in which Minnesota's third-ranked Luke Becker pinned OSU's Micah Houston in 6:20.

' A couple times Micah took Becker down, but Becker kept wrestling and flipped Micah over on his back,' Wells said. 'Micah just didn't hold on long enough, he took it off a little and Becker used Micah's strength against him from what would have been a great takedown.

'Hopefully, we take these lessons and learn from them, and use them next week against Illinois and Michigan and the other teams we wrestle at the Classic.'


(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

197 - (3) Owen Elzen, UM, pinned Jason Lovell, OSU, 6:08. HWT - (5) Garrett Lowney, UM, dec. (9) Jason Cooley, OSU, 4-1. 125 - (2) Leroy Vega, UM, major dec. Michael Delaney, OSU, 9-1. 133 - Nathan Navarro, OSU, major dec. Eric Anderson, UM, 10-2. 141 - Casey Horn, OSU, dec. (2) Chad Erikson, UM, 6-5. 149 - (3) Jared Lawrence, UM, pinned Jordan Barich, OSU, 2:44. 157 - (3) Luke Becker, UM, pinned Micah Houston, OSU, 6:20. 165 - Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Nate Baker, UM, 7-5. 174 - (6) Jacob Volkmann, UM, dec. (9) Nathan Coy, OSU, 5-0. 184 - (8) Damion Hahn, UM, dec. Isaac Weber, OSU, 6-3.

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