Beavers Head For NCAA Championships
March 18, 2002
MARCH 21, THURSDAY - MARCH 23, SATURDAY
Oregon State at NCAA Championships, Albany, NY, all day
Oregon State won't have a big group on hand at the NCAA Championships, but the Beavers will be looking for big points when the meet takes place Thursday through Saturday in Albany, N.Y.
OSU will send four wrestlers - 125-pounder Michael Delaney, 174-pounder Nathan Coy, 184-pounder Isaac Weber and heavyweight Jason Cooley. A fifth Beaver qualified, but 197-pounder Jason Lovell won't make the trip after aggravating a neck injury in practice late last week.
The Beavers will still be looking to improve on last season's tie for 18th place if a trio of senior Pac-10 champions - Coy, Weber and Cooley - wrestle to their potential.
'They've all wrestled the best kids in their weight class, so we know how we do against those best guys,' Wells said of the three. 'In some cases we've beaten them, in some cases we've been a point short. The national tournament is a good time to meet them. We're coming off a good performance by all three of them at the Pac-10s and we're excited about the national tournament - it's the last shot for those three guys. I know they're aiming for All-America and that national championship, and that's exactly what they should be thinking.'
The top eight finishers at each weight earn All-America status. In the tournament seedings released Monday afternoon, Cooley was seeded seventh and Coy was 11th. Weber was 14th in the final Amateur Wrestling News national rankings and 16th in the InterMat rankings.
At this point, though, seedings mean little.
'It's a wonderful tournament, it's full of surprises and twists and turns,' Wells said. 'But it's just a wonderful tournament. I would say it's very difficult on No. 1 seeds. No. 1 seeds have a difficult time in this tournament, it's tough for them. If you're seeded, someone's coming after you. But nothing would be better for these three than to be national champions, All-Americans - and they deserve it. They've worked hard.
'Right now, it's about being calm and relaxed and focused. When you're not in the fray, you're having fun and enjoying the experience. Then you take your time and get mentally prepared for your match, you go out and give it everything you have, shake his hand, and then get your hand raised. Then you relax and get ready for the next match.'
Cooley will met Jacob Lininger of Pittsburgh in his first-round match. A year ago, Cooley went into the NCAA Championships after being beaten in the Pacific-10 final, he lost both his matches in the national meet. This time around, he's exorcised some of his 2001 demons by beating Oregon's Eric Webb and Arizona State's Kellan Fluckiger in the Pac-10 semifinals and final.
'He needs to be calm and relaxed and enjoy the fray and wrestle smart, like he wrestled in the conference championships,' Wells said of Cooley, who has won 10 straight matches and is 16-4 this season. 'He's been there, he's done it, and he knows what it takes. But I'm looking for a great peformance from Jason. He's wrestling under control, he's wrestling smart, he's mixing up his offense, and he's got a lot of variety. There are a lot of things he can do.'
Coy just missed earning All-America honors last season. This time around, he heads for the NCAA Championships coming off his second straight conference title, his first-round match will be against Gerald Harris of Cleveland State.
'He just has to keep the pressure on - go out there and let it fly,' Wells said of Coy, who is 16-5 this season and is on a 10-match win streak. 'Nobody can stay with him if he forces the issue and makes the guys wrestle. He has to get a lot of pressure on and penetrate on his shots.'
Weber is making his first trip to the NCAA Championships, finally having put together a healthy season is his final collegiate go-round. His first-round match will be against unseeded Mark Becks of Penn State. Among Weber's victories this season is a tiebreaker decision over second-seeded Andy Hrovat of Michigan.
'He's really in it,' Wells said of Weber, who is 24-10 this season and has won 11 straight starting with that win over Hrovat. 'He's got to get hot and he's got to stay after them, but he's capable. He beat the No. 2 kid in the country, and he's beaten a couple other guys who will be seeded and been right there with a bunch of others. He's in the hunt, he's got to wrestle well and complete.'
Delaney is also making his first trip to the NCAA Championships. The junior drew seventh-seeded Luke Eustice of Iowa in the first round.
'He's dangerous,' Wells said of Delaney, who is 14-16 and placed fourth in the Pac-10. 'He's smart, he's technically sound, and I know he's real excited about going ... he just has to wrestle smart. He's capable of scoring lots of points. He has to stay consistent and he has to stay with the match.'
If the Beavers meet those goals, OSU could be a surprise in the team standings.
'Our hope is that everybody's wrestling on Saturday. That's what we're aiming for,' Wells said. 'Our conditioning is great, we're prepared, and we're just real excited about getting after it.'
OREGON STATE NCAA ENTRANTS:
National rankings are final Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat
125 - Michael Delaney, jr. (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS)
14-16 record with 2 pins
174 - Nathan Coy, sr. (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS)
16-5 record with 1 pin, No. 13 AWN, No. 11 IM
184 - Isaac Weber, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS)
24-10 record with 2 pins, No. 14 AWN, No. 16 IM
HWT - Jason Cooley, sr. (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service HS)
16-4 record with 0 pins, No. 7 AWN, No. 7 IM
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State has placed among the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 18 times, including 4 times in the last 10 years - fourth in 1994, second in 1995, eighth in 1996 and 10th in 1998.
Oregon State's highest finishes at the NCAA Championships were second place in 1973 and 1995, the Beavers placed third in 1969 and 1970. OSU has placed in the top 5 on 9 occasions.
The Beavers have earned All-America honors 80 times, most recently with Eric Jorgensen placing fifth at 157 pounds last season. OSU has had an individual national champion 12 times, most recently with Les Gutches' back-to-back national titles at 177 pounds in 1995 and 1996.
Last season, the Beavers tied for 18th place at the NCAA Championships.
OREGON STATE AT PACIFIC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State had 3 individual champions as the Pacific-10 Conference Wrestling Championships wrapped up March 3 at OSU's Gill Coliseum. Nathan Coy repeated as champion at 174 pounds, Jason Cooley regained the title at heavyweight and Isaac Weber won his first crown at 184 pounds as the Beavers finished fourth in the team race.
Boise State won the team championship, followed by Oregon, Arizona State and OSU. The three individual champions were the most for Oregon State since the Beavers had four in 1995.
'Congratulations to the seniors on their championships,' OSU coach Joe Wells said of Cooley, Coy and Weber. 'They've all dealt with adversity, injury, etcetera, etcetera and done a great job this season. They've continued to improve, and we're very hopeful of them breaking into All-America status at the national tournament and vying for a championship.'
'Congratulations also to Michael and Jason on qualifying for nationals for the first time,' Wells said. 'It was a fine finish to the tournament, considering the horrific beginning we had.'
'I thought we fought well and dealt with the adversity as a team and bounced back,' Wells said. 'It was just a real topsy-turvy tournament with all these seeded athletes being knocked off. There was no respect for the no. 1 guy.'
Coy won as a No. 1 seed, but Cooley and Weber were both No. 2 seeds who knocked off the top seeds in their weight class.
Coy became the first Beaver to win back-to-back Pacific-10 titles since Oscar Wood won at 142 pounds in 1998 and 149 in 1999. He beat Cal Poly's Steve Strange 7-3 in a rematch of last year's 174-pound final, in which Coy had pinned Strange.
This time, Coy had to score a takedown with 24 seconds remaining to take a 4-3 lead, he was eventually awarded a three-point near-fall as time expired.
'Nathan was going for the points at the end,' Wells said. 'He scooped him up last year with a cradle and it was close to same situation this year, but Nathan got him turned and got the near-fall at the end.'
Cooley had won the heavyweight title as a sophomore in 2000, then was beaten in the final last season. Arizona State's Kellan Fluckiger, who had beaten Cooley 8-5 in last season's final, was again his opponent in another championship rematch.
The match was scoreless and neither wrestler had riding time going into the third period. Cooley, on top to start the period, was awarded a point after Fluckiger received two stall warnings, he also accumulated enough riding time for a point before Fluckiger escaped with 36 seconds left. When neither wrestler scored the rest of the way, Cooley had regained the heavyweight title.
'Jason is wrestling real well,' Wells said. 'He's learning to win the close matches and using his conditioning. That will be real important for him - to keep his cool and composure at nationals. It's a good field, but he'll be as good as anyone there. He needs to wrestle in similar fashion, and he'll be right in hunt.'
Weber ran his winning streak to 11 with a 4-3 sudden-victory win over Jeremy Wilson, who had beaten Weber 6-4 in a November dual meet. After falling behind 3-1 when Wilson scored a takedown with 59 seconds left in the third period, Weber managed an escape with 53 seconds left, a second stall warning against Wilson tied the match with 16 seconds to go in regulation.
In the one-minute overtime, Wilson was again warned for stalling with 20 seconds remaining. That handed the victory to Weber.
'He's also in there with any of them, right there with them,' Wells said of Weber. 'He's having a great year, he's having a lot of fun and sure enjoying it. He's coming right up against graduation and he'll be making a trip to Europe this spring for his undergraduate studies - what better way to finish off his academic year than with All-America status or a national title.'
OREGON STATE HEAD COACH JOE WELLS: Joe Wells, now in his 10th season as Oregon State's head coach, has led the Beavers to a Pacific-10 title and 4 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
The Beavers' 25-10 win over then-No. 11 Boise State last season was Wells' 100th dual meet win at OSU. Since taking over the Beaver program prior to the 1992-93 season, Wells is 115-69-1 for a winning percentage of .624.
The Beavers were Pacific-10 Conference champions under Wells in 1994 and he has twice been named the conference's Coach of the Year. OSU has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 4 times in Wells' tenure, placing second in 1995, fourth in 1994, eighth in 1996 and tying for ninth in 1998.
Under Wells, OSU has had 2 national champions, 15 All-Americans and 16 conference champions.
Wells was named the ASICS Oregon Wrestling Classic's Man of the Year for 1998 for his contributions to wrestling in the state.
Wells, who has coached numerous World Teams for the United States, is a 1972 Iowa graduate. He was a 2-time placer at the Big Ten meet and the 1976 U.S. Wrestling Federation freestyle champ. He spent 17 seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa and Michigan before coming to Oregon State.
OREGON STATE SECOND IN ALL-TIME DUAL MEET WINS: OSU rates as one of the best dual meet teams in collegiate wrestling history. The Beavers are second in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools and fourth in all-time dual meet winning percentage going into the 2001-02 season. OSU currently has an all-time dual meet record of 849-261-24 and a .759 winning percentage.
OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU faced one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers met 7 teams ranked in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll of March 7: No. 1 Minnesota, No. 2 Michigan, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Illinois, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 20 Fresno State and No. 24 Boise State.
OREGON STATE IN GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State has one of the finest homes in college wrestling, 10,400-seat Gill Coliseum. Now in their 46th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 352-65-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .839. This season, OSU was 6-3 at home and averaged 836 fans per home date.
OSU moved its home wrestling meets into Gill Coliseum in 1956-57, when Dale Thomas became head coach. Since then, the arena has hosted conference championship meets 13 times and it was the site of the NCAA Championships in 1961 and 1980. Gill Coliseum will be the site of the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Championships.
BOWLBY EARNS USA WRESTLING BELT FOR 2001: Oregon State heavyweight Andy Bowlby was the winner of the USA Wrestling's 2001 Championship Belt Series for University-level wrestlers. Bowlby, an OSU junior from Newberg, Ore., won both the freestyle and Greco-Roman titles at the University National Championships and also earned a silver medal in freestyle at the Pan American Championships.
USA Wrestling's University National Championships cover the freestyle and Greco-Roman styles, while the NCAA Championships are for collegiate, or 'folkstyle' competition.
USA Wrestling is the governing body for the sport in the United States. Based on a point system, it crowns Championship Belt Series winners in each of its age-group levels: Cadet, Junior, FILA Junior World, University and Senior levels. Athletes only receive points on the specific age level where they compete, and points cannot transfer from one age level to another age level.
Bowlby claimed the University level Championship Belt Series with 163 points, defeating runner-up Jamill Kelly of Stillwater, Okla. by 40 points. University athletes are 18-24 years old and their class has graduated from high school.
The Belt Series is based upon a point system, rewarding athletes for actual success in competition. Athletes who place in the major USA Wrestling events on the regional, national and international levels scored points in the series.
BEAVER WRESTLING HOMECOMING: Oregon State held its annual Beaver Wrestling Homecoming on Dec. 12, when a crowd of 1,356 saw the Beavers beat archrival Oregon 16-16 by criteria. 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 7 NCAA national titles.
CRITERIA DECIDES SEASON'S FIRST CIVIL WAR: Oregon State won the season's first Civil War dual meet over Oregon on Dec. 12 as OSU heavyweight Andy Bowlby's 1-1 win over 12th-ranked Eric Webb left the final team score at 16-16. But, under a tiebreaker rule in effect for all NCAA dual meets this season, the Beavers got the team victory.
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 2-pointer in his 10-1 win over Shane Webster.
To end the dual, Bowlby held Webb down for the 30-second tiebreaker at heavyweight to earn what went in the books as a 1-1 win. Most of the crowd of 1,356 left the building thinking the dual had ended in a tie, 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 (that night, 5 each), most 6-point wins (none), most 5-point technical falls (none), most 4-point technical falls (none), most major decisions (1 each), most decisions (4 each) and greater number of total near-fall points earned (Oregon State 2, Oregon 0).
OREGON STATE SHUTS OUT CENTRAL WASHINGTON: Oregon State recorded its first shutout of the season when it beat Central Washington 44-0 in the Oregon State Duals on Nov. 23 at Gill Coliseum. It was the Beavers' first shutout since a 45-0 win at Cal State-Fullerton late in the 2001 season.
OREGON STATE'S QUADRUPLE-HEADER: When Oregon State wrestled 4 meets at the Oregon State Duals on Nov. 23, it was the first time the Beavers had wrestled 4 duals in a day since Jan. 11, 1997 at the Virginia Duals. This year, OSU beat Portland State 36-3, Central Washington 44-0, Pacific (Ore.) 32-6 and Simon Fraser 40-9, in 1997, OSU beat Cornell 30-10, Indiana 22-13, Cornell 20-13 and lost to Arizona State 23-13.
BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State's NCAA entrants were in this season's national rankings:
TEAMAm.Wr.News InterMatPre NR Pre 23rdNational Wrestling Coaches AssociationDec. 5 24thDec. 12 25thDec. 19 25thJan. 9 NRJan. 16 NRJan. 23 NRJan. 30 NRFeb. 6 NRFeb. 13 NRFeb. 20 NRFeb. 27 NRMar. 6 NRMar. 13 NRNATHAN COY, 174Am.Wr.News InterMatPre 6th Pre 7thOct. 25 6th Nov. 14 7th Nov. 21 6thNov. 27 5th Nov. 27 6thDec. 5 5th Dec. 5 6thDec. 12 5th Dec. 12 6thDec. 19 8th Dec. 19 10thJan. 2 9th Jan. 2 15thJan. 9 11th Jan. 9 15thJan. 16 12th Jan. 16 15thJan. 23 13th Jan. 23 16thJan. 30 13th Jan. 30 12thFeb. 6 13th Feb. 6 12thFeb. 13 12th Feb. 13 13thFeb. 20 12th Feb. 20 13thFeb. 27 12th Feb. 27 13thMar. 6 11th Mar. 6 10thMar. 13 13th Mar. 13 11thISAAC WEBER, 184Am.Wr.News InterMatPre NR Pre NROct. 25 NR Nov. 14 NR Nov. 21 NRNov. 27 NR Nov. 27 NRDec. 5 NR Dec. 5 19thDec. 12 NR Dec. 12 20thDec. 19 NR Dec. 19 20thJan. 2 NR Jan. 2 20thJan. 9 NR Jan. 9 NRJan. 16 NR Jan. 16 NRJan. 23 17th Jan. 23 NRJan. 30 16th Jan. 30 NRFeb. 6 16th Feb. 6 20thFeb. 13 16th Feb. 13 16thFeb. 20 16th Feb. 20 16thFeb. 27 15th Feb. 27 16thMar. 6 15th Mar. 6 16thMar. 13 14th Mar. 13 16thJASON COOLEY, HWTAm.Wr.News InterMatPre 12th Pre 17thOct. 25 12th Nov. 14 18th Nov. 21 18thNov. 27 15th Nov. 27 17thDec. 5 NR Dec. 5 16thDec. 12 NR Dec. 12 16thDec. 19 14th Dec. 19 10thJan. 2 9th Jan. 2 8thJan. 9 9th Jan. 9 8thJan. 16 9th Jan. 16 7thJan. 23 8th Jan. 23 7thJan. 30 7th Jan. 30 7thFeb. 6 7th Feb. 6 7thFeb. 13 7th Feb. 13 7thFeb. 20 7th Feb. 20 7thFeb. 27 7th Feb. 27 7thMar. 6 7th Mar. 6 7thMar. 13 7th Mar. 13 7th
BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State's NCAA entrants were in this season's Pacific-10 rankings:
TEAMPre 2ndDec. 5 2ndJan. 9 2ndJan. 23 2ndFeb. 6 2ndFinal 2ndMICHAEL DELANEY, 125Pre 3rdDec. 5 NRJan. 9 NRJan. 23 NRFeb. 6 NRFinal NRNATHAN COY, 174Pre 1stDec. 5 1stJan. 9 1stJan. 23 1stFeb. 6 1stFinal 1stISAAC WEBER, 184Pre 2ndDec. 5 2ndJan. 9 2ndJan. 23 2ndFeb. 6 2ndFinal 2ndJASON COOLEY, HWTPre 3rdDec. 5 NRJan. 9 2ndJan. 23 2ndFeb. 6 2ndFinal 2nd
MICHAEL DELANEY, 125 POUNDS: Junior Michael Delaney (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 24-27 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (13 of 51) ... this season, 14-16 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (6 of 30) ... at Pacific-10 Championships, unseeded, placed fourth, went 3-2 with 0 pins, major dec. by Nathan Peterson, Stanford, 9-1 in preliminary round, dec. over Zach Enoch, Portland State, 7-4 in wrestleback preliminaries, major dec. over Robert Valenzuela, Cal State-Fullerton, 9-1 in wrestleback quarterfinals, dec. over (No. 4 seed) Matt Sanchez, Cal State-Bakersfield, 6-5 in wrestleback semifinals, major dec. by Nathan Peterson, Stanford, 12-2 in third-place final ... season summary, dec. by No. 14 Shaun Williams, Oregon, 12-7 in dual meet ... major dec. by No. 1 Stephen Abas, Fresno State, 14-5 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 9 A.J. Grant, Michigan, 4-1 in dual meet ... major dec. by No. 2 Leroy Vega, Minnesota, 9-1 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including dec. by No. 2 Leroy Vega, Minnesota, 9-3, medical forfeit over No. 14 Greg Schaefer, Indiana ... major dec. by No. 5 Jason Powell, Nebraska, 11-2 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Classic, went 2-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, also had medical forfeit to No. 1 Stephen Abas, Fresno State ... opened season with 5-match win streak, including 2 pins, team bonus points in 3 matches ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed first, went 3-0 with 2 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.
NATHAN COY, 174 POUNDS: Senior Nathan Coy (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... has won 10 straight matches, scoring team bonus points 6 times ... career, 79-40 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 30 percent of matches (36 of 119) ... this season, 16-5 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (9 of 21) ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 13 by AWN, No. 11 by IM ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded first, placed first, went 3-0 with 1 pin, pinned Chris Petrie, Arizona State, 5:58 in quarterfinals, inj. def. over (No. 4 seed) Quinn Collett, Portland State, in semifinals, dec. over No. 13 (No. 2 seed) Steve Strange, Cal Poly, 7-3 in championship final ... season summary, dec. over No. 9 Steve Strange, Cal Poly, 3-1 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 2 Otto Olson, Michigan, 3-2 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 6 Jacob Volkmann, Minnesota, 5-0 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including dec. by No. 11 Jim Stanec, Cornell, 8-5 ... dec. by No. 9 Ty Wilcox, Oklahoma State, 5-3 in dual meet ... out of lineup Nov. 23-Dec. 1 for personal reasons ... at Southern Oregon Open, tied for first, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.
ISAAC WEBER, 184 POUNDS: Senior Isaac Weber (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his fourth season in the OSU lineup ... has won 11 straight matches, scoring team bonus points 4 times ... career, 56-53 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (15 of 109) ... this season, 24-10 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (8 of 34) ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 14 by AWN, No. 16 by IM ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed first, went 3-0 with 0 pins, dec. over Will Carr, Arizona State, 10-3 in quarterfinals, dec. over (No. 3 seed) Charles Sandlin, Cal Poly, 3-1 in semifinals, dec. over No. 20 (No. 1 seed) Jeremy Wilson, Portland State, 4-3 (OT) in championship final ... season summary, dec. over No. 2 Andy Hrovat, Michigan, 7-7 (2 OT) in dual meet ... dec. by No. 8 Damion Hahn, Minnesota, 6-3 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including dec. by No. 19 Ben Heizer, Northern Illinois, 3-2, dec. by No. 6 Damion Hahn, Minnesota, 6-3 ... major dec. by No. 3 Pat Popolizio, Oklahoma State, 11-2 in dual meet ... by No. 9 Travis Pascoe, Nebraska, 3-1 (OT) in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Classic, placed fifth, went 4-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including dec. by No. 3 Andy Hrovat, Michigan, 6-1, pin over No. 10 Rob Rohn, Lehigh, 0:43 ... dec. by No. 10 Jeremy Wilson, Portland State, 6-4 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 2-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.
JASON COOLEY, HEAVYWEIGHT: Senior Jason Cooley (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... has won 10 straight matches, scoring team bonus points 4 times ... career, 69-23 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (26 of 92) ... this season, 16-4 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (4 of 207) ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 7 by AWN, No. 7 by IM ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed first, went 3-0 with 0 pins, major dec. over Flynn Ficker, Cal-Davis, 10-1 in quarterfinals, dec. over No. 17 (No. 3 seed) Eric Webb, Oregon, 4-2 in semifinals, dec. over No. 9 (No. 1 seed) Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, 2-1 in championship final ... season summary, dec. over No. 18 Eric Webb, Oregon, 3-2 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 3 John Lockhart, Illinois, 3-2 in dual meet ... dec. by No. 5 Garrett Lowney, Minnesota, 4-1 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, placed fifth, went 4-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including pinned by No. 2 Tommy Rowlands, Ohio State, 2:13, dec. over No. 10 Kevin Hoy, Air Force, 3-1 ... Dec. 14-Dec. 30, 5-match win streak ... dec. over No. 13 James Huml, Oklahoma State, 1-1 (OT) in dual meet ... dec. by No. 16 Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, 7-5 in dual meet.