Coy Tops OSU Wrestling Awards
June 3, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Nathan Coy was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at Oregon State for the 2001-02 season when the Beavers held their year-end awards ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Valley Football Center. Isaac Weber and Casey Horn shared the Chad Flack Memorial Award for Most Improved Wrestler, Mike Unger was named the Most Promising Newcomer and Jed Pennell earned the Academic Excellence Award.
Named Most Outstanding Wrestler, Coy (Oregon City, Ore.), a senior 174-pounder, won his second straight Pacific-10 championship and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors for the first time in his career. He was 22-7 on the season, including 11-3 in dual meets, and had an 11-match winning streak near the end of the season.
To share the Chad Flack Award for most improved, Weber (Newberg, Ore.), a senior 184-pounder, won his first Pacific-10 title and qualified for the NCAA Championships. He had a 25-12 record on the season, including 13-5 in dual meets, and had an 11-match winning streak.
To share the Chad Flack Award for most improved, Horn (Salem, Ore.), a junior 141-pounder, recorded a season-high eight pins and beat several nationally-ranked wrestlers before his season was curtailed by injury and then cut short at the Pacific-10 Championships. He finished with a 19-8 record, including 11-3 in dual meets.
To earn Most Promising Newcomer, Unger (Turner, Ore.), a freshman 141-pounder, redshirted but wrestled in open tournaments and finished third in the Pacific Lutheran Open, the Clackamas Open and the Pacific Open en route to an 18-5 record. He also placed seventh at the University Nationals in Greco-Roman and third at the FILA Junior Nationals in Greco-Roman.
To earn the Academic Excellence Award, Pennell (Cave Junction, Ore.) has maintained a 3.81 grade point average while majoring in Exercise and Sport Science. He was named to the Pacific-10 All-Academic Team and also went 18-13 this season, placing sixth in the Pac-10.