Hook, Ellis Knock Off Nationally-Ranked Wrestlers

Jan. 12, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State 149-pounder Tony Hook and 165-pounder Matt Ellis knocked off nationally-ranked wrestlers but the Beavers' upset bid fell short in a 19-12 loss to 10th-ranked Central Michigan in non-league wrestling Sunday afternoon in Gill Coliseum. OSU (5-5 overall, 3-1 Pacific-10) had a chance to win going into the day's final match against the Chippewas (7-0, 0-0 Mid-America).

'There were a lot of close matches, and Central Michigan is a very good team,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'Had we done a couple of things differently, we're right in it with a top-10 team. I think we recognized we could do that Friday against (19th-ranked) Wisconsin, when we took them to the last match (in a 23-18 loss).'

The Beavers, who have won five of their last eight duals, continue their homestand next weekend with a pair of Pac-10 meets. OSU will face Stanford on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and California-Davis on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State went into Sunday's last match needing a major decision to pull even in the dual score, but Central Michigan's Kyle Stoffer took a 7-3 decision over the Beavers' Michael Delaney. OSU had put itself in position for the upset when Hook and Ellis gave the Beavers a split against the Chippewas' four nationally-ranked wrestlers in the middle weights; Hook beat 13th-ranked Ty Morgan 7-6 and Ellis topped ninth-ranked Kevin Carr 3-2.

'When everybody on the team is clicking, we're tough to beat,' said Ellis, a sophomore. 'I think we're finally believing in ourselves; we're going out there knowing we're a team, everybody's meshing and everybody's got the same goals.'

Added Hook, a freshman: 'We're a tough team if we wrestle to our ability, if we come out and wrestle like we can ... I hope this makes us realize we are for real. We're young, and these meets should give young guys confidence that good things will happen. There's no better time to turn it up than now.'

OSU trailed 7-0 when Hook took the mat against Morgan, who was 14-2 this season going into the match. Hook scored a takedown and three-point near fall at the close of the first period for a 5-0 lead, then survived a pair of second-period takedowns to pick up the win and put the Beavers back in the meet.

'I've been struggling with my confidence lately,' said Hook, who improved to 10-6 this season. 'I haven't wrestled to my potential all year. I need to open it up and be more aggressive. I know, deep down, that I can go with the nationally-ranked guys. Today, I gained a little confidence and went after it.'

For Ellis, the key to his fifth straight win was a takedown with just under a minute to go in the first period. Carr escaped with 13 seconds remaining to make it 2-1, then escaped again early in the second period to knot the score at 2-2. Ellis got his escape to begin the third period, then got into Carr's legs with a number of shots only to have Carr wrap up his midsection for a series of stalemates.

'He was trying to roll me through so he could throw it into a scramble and get the advantage,' Ellis said. 'I was aware of his positioning and my positioning; I just had to keep my head about me. I'd like to have finished those.'

The win was Ellis' fifth straight, putting his record at 9-6 this season. After a loss at Fresno State on Jan. 3, he's recorded two major decisions and beaten a top-10 wrestler.

'I just feel like I've turned over a new leaf as far as competing out there,' Ellis said. 'The match in Bakersfield got things rolling, and I'm adding to that. I've been wrestling the first match (at Bakersfield and in three meets at Friday's Oregon Wrestling Classic), and I knew I had to set the tempo - 'This is what we're going to go out and do'.'

After Ellis' win, Beaver 174-pounder Jake Huffman pulled the Beavers within 10-9 in the team score when with a dramatic 8-6 win over Mitch Hancock. Huffman scored a takedown with 1:22 left in the match for a 6-4 lead, then traded reversals in the final 30 seconds for the win to improve to 15-7 this season with his fifth straight victory.

'Jake did a great job against a very solid competitor,' Wells said. 'He just decided that he was going to win that match; he just wasn't sure how he was going to do it. He gave up that reversal, then got it right back and the other guy gave up.'

At 184 pounds, OSU freshman Dan Pitsch's six-match win streak came to an end as he fell 6-2 to Russ Vanderheyeden. It was Pitsch's first dual meet loss this season and dropped his record to 14-6 overall.

CMU extended its lead to 16-9 at 197 pounds as Brett Faustman beat Jason Lovell 4-2. OSU kept its chances alive at heavyweight as 10th-ranked Andy Bowlby beat Bill Stouffer 7-5; that was Bowlby's seventh straight win and improved his record this season to 17-4 with 9 pins.

NO. 10 CENTRAL MICHIGAN 19, OREGON STATE 12

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

133-Jason Borrelli, CMU, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 4-2. 141-(6)Jason Mester, CMU, major dec. Mike Unger Jr., OSU, 13-1. 149-Tony Hook, OSU, dec. (13) Ty Morgan, CMU, 7-6. 157-(12) David Bolyard, CMU, dec. Brian Duhrkoop, OSU, 6-3. 165-Matt Ellis, OSU, dec. (9) Kevin Carr, CMU, 3-2. 174-Jake Huffman, OSU, dec. Mitch Hancock, CMU, 8-6. 184-Ross Vanderheyden, CMU, dec. Dan Pitsch, OSU, 6-2. 197-Brett Faustman, CMU, dec. Jason Lovell, OSU, 4-2. HWT-(10) Andy Bowlby, OSU, dec. Bill Stouffer, CMU, 7-5. 125-Kyle Stoffer, CMU, dec. Michael Delaney, OSU, 7-3.

EXHIBITIONS

157-Orlando Perez, OSU, pinned Dean Schuler, CMU, 4:06. 165-Brad Anderson, CMU, dec. Anthony Weber, OSU, 8-2. 184-Alex Lammers, CMU, pinned Curt Willener, OSU, 0:56. 197-Jed Lowe, OSU, dec. Joe Yager, CMU, 3-2.

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