Beavers Fall In Civil War Wrestling, 18-14

Feb. 13, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon State heavyweight Jason Cooley avenged a pair of year-old losses but the Beavers fell to Oregon 18-14 in Pacific-10 wrestling Wednesday night at McArthur Court. OSU (11-8 overall, 6-2 Pacific-10) wraps up the dual meet season Saturday at Boise State.

Wednesday's defeat left the season's Civil War series a split, as Oregon State had beaten Oregon (6-7, 4-4) on a tiebreaker in Corvallis as the teams were deadlocked 16-16. It was just OSU's fifth loss in its last 18 duals with the Ducks, the teams will battle again at the Pacific-10 Championships on March 2-3 at Oregon State.

Cooley, ranked seventh nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, beat 16th-ranked Eric Webb 3-2. Cooley had been pinned by Webb in the team's last dual in Eugene in December, 2001, he lost a 4-3 decision to Webb later that month at the Midlands Open.

'I got stuck here last year,' Cooley said. 'And you don't forget those. You try not to think about it too much, though, or it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.'

The two didn't meet again last season, as Webb missed the second Civil War dual and the Pac-10 meet due to injury. On Wednesday, Cooley and Webb traded escpaes to open the second and third periods, Cooley then worked his way in for a takedown with 13 seconds left and Webb could only manage an escape with four sseconds remaining.

'I just wanted to go out and wrestle the best I could,' Cooley said. 'I was trying to wrestle conservative and not give anything up ... I'd watched a lot of tape, and there are a lot of things he does very well.

'This is exciting, but you can't get too excited because Pac-10s are in two weeks.'

The win was Cooley's sixth straight, giving him a 12-4 record this season. It also gave the Beavers an 11-0 lead in the dual meet, coming on the heels of 16th-ranked 184-pounder Isaac Weber's technical fall of Elias Soto and 197-pounder Jason Lovell's 4-0 decision of Jake Leair.

Oregon then combined some close wins at the lower weights with victories where the Ducks were favored in the middle weights to win six straight matches. They clinched the dual with fifth-ranked Eugene Harris' 9-4 decision over Jake Pennell at 165 pounds before OSU's 13th-ranked Nathan Coy topped Shane Webster 3-0 at 174 pounds to cap the evening.

'We're in great shape, but we're just not using it,' Beaver head coach Joe Wells said. 'I thought we wrestled conservatively. We had some opportunities to pin people or take them to their back, and we didn't get it done. I don't know if we were nervous or tight, but we looked tentative. That's not the way you win championships - you've got to go out there and go after it.'

OSU was hurt by the absence of 10th-ranked 141-pounder Casey Horn, who was held out of the meet with a leg injury in order to recover for the Pacific-10 Championships. The Beavers nearly got a win from his backup, though, as Peter Zamora dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Brian Watson, who is ranked 20th nationally by InterMat.

The Beavers nearly pulled out another win at 149 pounds, where Jordan Barich was beaten 5-4 by Casey Hunt, who is third in the latest Pac-10 rankings. And in the dual-clinching match, Pennell trailed Harris just 4-3 going into the final period before the Duck standout slipped in for a pair of takedowns to put away the win.

OREGON 18, OREGON STATE 14,

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

184-(16) Isaac Weber, OSU, tech. fall Elias Soto, UO, 6:57 (19-4). 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, dec. Jake Leair, UO, 4-0. HWT-(7) Jason Cooley, OSU, dec. (18) Eric Webb, UO, 3-2. 125-(14) Shaun Williams, UO, dec. Michael Delaney, OSU, 12-7. 133-Jason Harless, UO, dec. Nathan Navarro, OSU, 9-3. 141-Brian Watson, UO, dec. Peter Zamora, OSU, 3-2. 149-Casey Hunt, UO, dec Jordan Barich, OSU, 5-4. 157-Tony Overstake, UO, dec. Micah Houston, OSU, 9-3. 165-(6) Eugene Harris, UO, dec. Jed Pennell, OSU, 9-4. 174-Nathan Coy, OSU, dec. Shane Webster, UO, 3-0.

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