Coy Wrestles To Fourth Place At 174

March 23, 2002

ALBANY, N.Y. - Oregon State 174-pounder Nathan Coy placed fourth in his weight class Saturday as the NCAA Wrestling Championships concluded at Pepsi Arena. Coy, a senior who had been seeded 11th entering the tournament, earned his first All-America finish and it was the 81st time an OSU wrestler has earned All-America honors.

The Beavers finished 31st in the team standings. Minnesota won the team championship, followed by Iowa State, Oklahoma, Iowa and Oklahoma State.

Coy, a two-time Pacific-10 champion, won five straight matches in the wrestleback bracket before losing to third-seeded Josh Koscheck of Edinboro by a 9-1 major decision in the third-place final. Earlier Saturday, Coy had beaten sixth-seeded Rick Springman of Pennsylvania 7-1 in the wrestleback semifinals.

'Nathan did a great job,' OSU coach Joe Wells said. 'He worked on top and he really dominated his opponents in the riding position. He put a lot of pressure on them and didn't let them move much, he didn't allow them to generate any momentum. I think the big relief for him was when he passed into the All-America round (on Friday), then he really stepped it up.'

Coy finished his Oregon State career with an 85-42 record. His win in the wrestleback semifinals avenged a 5-2 loss to Springman in Thursday's second round.

'I think Nathan held back a little the first time he wrestled Springman,' Wells said. 'He had a decent match, but it wasn't the way we know he can wrestle.'

On Saturday, Coy and Springman battled without a score through most of the first period until Coy managed a takedown just before time ran out. Coy escaped to start the third period and go in front 3-0, putting the pressure on Springman. In the third period, Coy rode Springman most of the way and turned him for a three-point near-fall before Springman escaped near the end of the match.

Koscheck then lived up to his seeding in the third-place final.

'He's just a big, strong, athletic wrestler,' Wells said of Koscheck. 'He was ready for that match.'

Coy was the last Beaver wrestler competing. OSU junior 125-pounder Michael Delaney, senior 184-pounder Isaac Weber and senior heavyweight Jason Cooley had been eliminated earlier in the tournament, and junior 197-pounder Jason Lovell qualified for the NCAA meet but was scratched from the field last week due to an injury.

'We felt going in that we had a shot at getting three or four All-Americans,' Wells said. 'But we had to wrestle and things had to go right for us, especially at heavyweight where it was such a fantastic field. It was the same with Isaac, and that was probably fairly typical of the national tournament where the top-seeded guys were getting beat. It threw some of the top guys into the wrestleback bracket, and all of a sudden they know that if they lose, they're not even going to get All-America after they'd been going for a national championship. It was an unusual tournament in many aspects.'

NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS - FINAL

TOP 10 TEAMS: 1. Minnesota, 126.5, 2. Iowa State, 104, 3. Oklahoma, 101.5, 4. Iowa, 89, 5. Oklahoma State, 82.5, 6. Ohio State, 64.5, 7. Lehigh, 61.5, 8. Nebraska, 54, 9. Michigan, 51, 10. Illinois, 47.5.

OREGON STATE RESULTS (SEEDING IN PARENTHESES)

125 POUNDS, MICHAEL DELANEY - pinned by (7) Luke Eustice, Iowa, 6:47 in first round, major dec. by Marlon Felton, Northern Illinois, 9-0 in wrestleback preliminary round.

174 POUNDS, (11) NATHAN COY - dec. over Gerald Harris, Cleveland State, 3-1 in first round, dec. by (6) Rick Springman, Pennsylvania, 5-2 in second round, dec. over Jim Stanec, Cornell, 6-1 in wrestleback second round, dec. over Nick Passolano, Iowa State, 2-0 in wrestleback third round, dec. over (12) John Kopinsky, Missouri, 4-1 in wrestleback fourth round, dec. over Michael Barger, Oklahoma, 5-2 in wrestleback quarterfinals, dec. over (6) Rick Springman, Pennsylvania, 7-1 in wrestleback semifinals, major dec. by (3) Josh Koscheck, Edinboro, 9-1 in third-place final.

184 POUNDS, ISAAC WEBER - pinned by Mark Becks, Penn State, 5:53 in preliminary round, dec. over Ali Arbi, Boston U., 8-6 in wrestleback preliminary round, major dec. by (5) Viktor Sveda, Indiana, 18-5 in wrestleback first round.

HEAVYWEIGHT, (7) JASON COOLEY - dec. over Jacob Lininger, Pittsburgh, 6-1 in preliminary round, dec. by (10) Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, 5-1 in first round, dec. over Craig Tefft, Binghamton, 13-4 in wrestleback first round, dec. by Steven Kovach, Navy, 3-2 in wrestleback second round.

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