Pitsch Knocks Off Sixth-Ranked Padden

Dec. 14, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State 184-pounder Dan Pitsch capped a big weekend by knocking off sixth-ranked B.J. Padden of Nebraska 10-5 on Saturday afternoon, but the Beavers fell to the 11th-ranked Cornhuskers 30-15 in non-league wrestling at Gill Coliseum.

OSU (0-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10) also got a pin from 10th-ranked heavyweight Andy Bowlby, and Beaver 197-pounder Jason Lovell received a forfeit win against Nebraska (3-0, 0-0 Big 12). Oregon State now breaks for the holidays before resuming competition at the Midlands Open on Dec. 28-29.

Pitsch, a redshirt freshman, earned the biggest win of his young career by beating Padden, who had won the prestigious Las Vegas Invitational last weekend. Padden, also a freshman, entered the dual ranked sixth nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and eighth by InterMat, carrying an 11-1 record with three pins.

'I didn't have anything to lose and I didn't want to hold anything back,' Pitsch said. 'I just wanted to wrestle aggressive and whatever happened, happened. I knew from the start I could beat him, no matter what he was ranked.'

Padden scored a takedown just over a minute into the match, but Pitsch quickly escaped, then scored a takedown of his own and added a two-point near fall before Padden could escape to make it 5-3 after one period.

'When he took me down it kind of got me upset and I just wanted to stay on top, keep the pressure on him and let him know that he was going to be in for a hard-fought match,' Pitsch said. He then rode Padden for the entire second period and scored an escape to start the third to make it 6-3.

'Dan Pitsch did a great job,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'It's a great beginning for him. He did the right things, took him down, road him hard and got him tired.'

Padden came back with a takedown to narrow the gap to 6-5 with 1:44 left in the match. Pitsch got away a few seconds later, then took Padden down again with 1:08 left and rode him to the final buzzer; a point for riding time made the final score 10-5 and improved Pitsch's record to 7-3 this season.

'It's the biggest win of my career by far. I look forward to a lot more of them,' said Pitsch, who had made his dual meet debut the previous night with a 10-6 Civil War win over Oregon's Elias Soto. 'Wins like that get the team up and get everyone excited and that's what I want to do - get everybody excited and let them know that the Beavers are for real and don't take us for granted.'

Pitsch's win gave OSU its first team points after Nebraska had won the day's first seven matches. After Lovell received his forfeit at 197, Bowlby struggled briefly with the Cornhusker heavyweight Nathan McClain before getting a grip, throwing McClain to his back and getting the pin in a brisk 1 minute, 29 seconds.

'He was quite a bit smaller than me so I went out there looking for the fall,' said Bowlby, who improved to 9-3 this season with four pins. 'All I was really doing was trying to get a hold of him. I knew if I got a hold of him maybe I could throw him; and if I could throw him, I could pin him.'

Bowlby, who placed fifth at the Las Vegas Invitational, now has four pins in his last six matches.

'I had a slow start to the season but I picked it up at Las Vegas,' Bowlby said. 'I lost a couple close matches but I started working on some things and getting some things done. Right now I think I'm wrestling pretty well.'

Said Wells: 'Andy did a nice job. But for the most part, we wrestled timid - we didn't get after it and they did. In a lot of matches, there was a situation where a takedown could have gone either way and we didn't finish it ... we're fighting hard, we're just not sustaining it.

'We wrestled against a good team, and it was a good experience. Our young guys have wrestled some ranked kids already. Now we're looking forward to the second half of the season and getting after it.'

NO. 11 NEBRASKA 30, OREGON STATE 15

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125-(4) Jason Powell, UN, pinned Brett Phillips, OSU, 0:51. 133-Joey Malia, UN, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 9-5. 141-Matt Murray, UN, dec. Mike Unger Jr., OSU, 6-3. 149-(9) Travis Shufelt, UN, major dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 13-3. 157-Nate McMillin, UN, major dec. Jeremy Larson, OSU, 10-2. 165-Jacob Klein, UN, major dec. Anthony Weber, OSU, 14-4. 174-(13) Travis Pascoe, UN, pinned Jake Huffman, OSU, 4:57. 184-Dan Pitsch, OSU, dec. (6) B.J. Padden, UN, 10-5. 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, by forfeit. HWT-(10) Andy Bowlby, OSU, pinned Nathan McClain, UN, 1:29.

EXHIBITIONS

133-Casey Anthony, OSU, dec. Jeremy Emerson, UN, 7-3. 149-David Ingalls, UN, dec. Orlando Perez, OSU, 7-2. HWT-Mitch Manstedt, UN, pinned John Winters, OSU, 4:45.

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