Beavers Want To Keep Building

Jan. 15, 2003

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 17

Stanford at Oregon State, 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18

California-Davis at Oregon State, 2 p.m.

Intensity, focus, emotion ... Oregon State took all of those to new levels last weekend in its best team performances of the season. Now the Beavers (5-5 overall, 3-1 Pacific-10) are out to make those qualities a little more consistent when they continue their homestand this weekend.

OSU, which has won five of its last eight duals, hosts Pacific-10 foes Stanford (2-6, 0-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and California-Davis (3-2, 0-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

Last week, OSU won three of five dual meets. The losses were to 19th-ranked Wisconsin and 10th-ranked Central Michigan, and both meets weren't decided until the final match.

'What I saw was good intensity,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We had people going out and setting the pace, putting a lot of pressure on the opponent and using the response they received from the pressure they exerted. When you set the pace, you typically are the recipient of some pretty good results rather than waiting for the other person to dictate the pace or the tenor of the match.

'The more we can keep ourselves dictating the pace, the better we like it.'

The Beavers want more of the same this weekend - and to turn that aggression into points on a more regular basis.

'Essentially, we're trying to have great intensity, great focus, and have a more consistent result,' Wells said. 'We need to adjust in our matches, come up with alternative attacks instead of going to the same attack all the time. We want to keep the pressure on and give ourselves the opportunity to score many more times.'

Most of Oregon State's remaining schedule is against Pac-10 competition, heightening the importance of each match's result.

'We can help ourselves in regard to the Pac-10 rankings in preparation for a good seed at the Pac-10 Championships,' Wells said. 'The top four guys in the Pac-10, essentially, go to the national tournament, so it's important we start zeroing in on some of the top spots.'

Several Beavers have started charges toward a high seeding with their recent performance.

Heavyweight Andy Bowlby won all four of his matches last weekend as he recorded his eighth and ninth pins of the season and beat a nationally-ranked opponent. The senior has won seven straight matches and is 17-4 this season; he moved up one spot this week to ninth in the Amateur Wrestling News national rankings and jumped two spots to 11th in the InterMat rankings.

At 174 pounds, senior Jake Huffman has won five straight and nine of his last 11. Freshman 184-pounder Dan Pitsch has won eight of his last 11 and had a six-match winning streak stopped Sunday against Central Michigan. Sophomore 165-pounder Matt Ellis has won 5 straight, including a victory over ninth-ranked Kevin Carr of Central Michigan. Freshman 149-pounder Tony Hook has won five of his last seven, including a pair of wins over nationally-ranked wrestlers.

Stanford brings a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers to Corvallis. Cardinal 157-pounder Matt Gentry is ranked 20th by AWN and 17th by AWN, while 133-pounder Brad Metzler is ranked 18th by IM. The Cardinal lost to Pennsylvania 38-6 last week, then competed in the Aggie Open at UCD and Gentry won the title at 157 pounds. Stanford wrestles at Oregon on Friday afternoon before coming to Corvallis.

Friday's meet could match Pac-10-ranked wrestlers at two weights. At 125 pounds, Stanford's Nathan Peterson is ranked fourth and OSU's Michael Delaney is ranked fifth; at 184 pounds, Stanford's Harold Penson is ranked fourth and OSU's Dan Pitsch is ranked fifth.

California-Davis has one nationally-ranked wrestler: 133-pounder Urijah Faber is ranked 14th by AWN. The Aggies hosted the Aggie Open last weekend; their last dual was a 36-3 loss at Iowa on Jan. 3. UCD wrestles at Portland State and at Oregon on Friday before visiting OSU.

Saturday's meet could match Pac-10-ranked wrestlers at four weights. At 165 pounds, possible OSU starter Jed Pennell is ranked fourth and UCD's Michael Font is ranked fifth; at 184 pounds, OSU's Dan Pitsch is ranked fifth and UCD's Ronnie Silva is ranked sixth; at 197 pounds, OSU's Jason Lovell is ranked second and UCD's Justin Bailey is ranked fifth; and at heavyweight, OSU's Andy Bowlby is ranked fourth and UCD's Jason Paul is ranked sixth.

OREGON STATE TENTATIVE LINEUP:National rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of Jan. 15

125 - Michael Delaney, sr. (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS); 6-6 with 0 pins;in Pac-10, ranked 5th133 - Tim Norman, so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 9-9 with 1 pin141 - Mike Unger, fr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 5-9 with 0 pins149 - Tony Hook, fr. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 10-6 with 3 pins157 - Brian Duhrkoop, jr. (Milwaukie, Ore./Milwaukie HS); 3-3 with 0 pins165 - Matt Ellis, so. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma St. U.); 9-6 with 0 pinsor - Jed Pennell, jr. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS); 3-5 record with 1 pin;in Pac-10, ranked 4thor - Anthony Weber, fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 3-5 with 0 pins174 - Jake Huffman, sr. (Scio, Ore./Scio HS); 15-7 with 2 pins;in Pac-10, ranked 5th184 - Dan Pitsch, fr. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS); 14-6 with 1 pin;in Pac-10, ranked 5th197 - Jason Lovell, sr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 9-7 with 0 pins;in Pac-10, ranked 2ndor - Jed Lowe, fr. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 3-2 with 1 pinHWT - Andy Bowlby, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 17-4 with 9 pins;In nation, ranked 9th AWN, 11th IM; in Pac-10, ranked 4th

Ancient history OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 27-0 against Stanford in a series dating back to 1953. Last season, OSU took a 36-7 win at Stanford; the last meeting in Corvallis was the Beavers' 39-3 win in 2001. Oregon State has an all-time record of 6-0 against California-Davis in a series dating back to 1983. Last season, OSU won 26-12 at UCD; the last meeting in Corvallis was the Beavers' 43-(-2) win in 2001.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State returned to the mat in its home state for the first time in nearly a month, going 3-2 at the Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals in Redmond and in a home dual meet against Central Michigan.

At the OWC Duals on January 10, Oregon State heavyweight Andy Bowlby recorded a pair of first-period pins and a decision over a nationally-ranked opponent as the Beavers won 3 of their 4 meets. OSU beat Portland State 46-0 and Cal State-Fullerton 26-12 in Pacific-10 duals before taking No. 19 Wisconsin to the final match in a 23-18 loss; the Beavers finished the evening with a 36-4 win over Pacific Lutheran. The opening weight drawn for the event was 165 pounds, and OSU's Matt Ellis, 174-pounder Jake Huffman and 184-pounder Dan Pitsch teamed to give the Beavers 3 straight wins to open each of the first three duals. The Beavers now return home to wrestle No. 10 Central Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. 'I can see improvement,' said OSU head coach Joe Wells. 'We're getting tougher and the number of shots we're taking is going up, so we're getting more takedowns. Our conditioning is good; we've just got to keep working on that and keep using that.' Oregon State had a chance to upset Wisconsin until the final moments, when 157-pounder Brian Duhrkoop couldn't quite complete a takedown of the Badgers' Dennis McSweeney when trailing 2-1; McSweeney then managed a takedown with on second left for a 4-1 win and the dual victory. The Beavers' blanking of Portland State was OSU's first shutout since topping Central Washington 44-0 early last season. The last time Oregon State had shut out an NCAA Division I school was a 45-0 win at Cal State-Fullerton late in the 2001 season. It was both OSU's highest score and the Beavers' largest margin of victory since a 46-0 win over Pacific (Ore.) early in the 1993 season, and OSU's largest margin of victory and highest score against a Division I opponent since beating Oregon 51-0 near the end of the 1984 season.

Against Central Michigan on Jan. 12, 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 the 10th-ranked Chippewas. OSU had a chance to win going into the day's final match. '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 Wisconsin.' 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 the 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. 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 but CMU wins at 184 and 197 regained control for the Chippewas.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH JOE WELLS: Joe Wells, now in his 11th 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 in 2001 was Wells' 100th dual meet win at OSU. Since taking over the Beaver program prior to the 1992-93 season, Wells is 120-74-1 for a winning percentage of .618.

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, 17 All-Americans and 21 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 was 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 were second in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools and fourth in all-time dual meet winning percentage going into the 2002-03 season. OSU has an all-time dual meet record of 854-266-24 and a .757 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU will face one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers meet 7 teams ranked in the Jan. 15 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 14 Central Michigan, No. 17 Wisconsin and No. 20 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 47th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 352-67-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .836.

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 14 times, including 2002, and it was the site of the NCAA Championships in 1961 and 1980.

BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's national rankings:

TEAMAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNational Wrestling Coaches AssociationNov. 6	NRDec. 10	NRDec. 17	NRJan. 8	NRJan. 15	NRCASEY HORN, 141Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	14thNov. 1	NR	Nov. 9	NRNov. 19	NR	Nov. 26	NRDec. 3	NR	Dec. 3	NRDec. 10	NR	Dec. 10	NRDec. 17	NR	Dec. 17	NRDec. 31	NR	Dec. 24	NRJan. 8	NR	Jan. 8	NRJan. 15	NR	Jan. 15	NRJED PENNELL, 165Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	19thNov. 1	NR	Nov. 9	NRNov. 19	NR	Nov. 26	NRDec. 3	NR	Dec. 3	NRDec. 10	NR	Dec. 10	NRDec. 17	NR	Dec. 17	NRDec. 31	NR	Dec. 24	NRJan. 8	NR	Jan. 8	NRJan. 15	NR	Jan. 15	NRDAN PITSCH, 184Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 1	NR	Nov. 9	NRNov. 19	NR	Nov. 26	NRDec. 3	NR	Dec. 3	NRDec. 10	NR	Dec. 10	NRDec. 17	18th	Dec. 17	NRDec. 31	NR	Dec. 24	NRJan. 8	NR	Jan. 8	NRJan. 15	NR	Jan. 15	NRANDY BOWLBY, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	11th	Pre	12thNov. 1	11th	Nov. 9	11thNov. 19	11th	Nov. 26	11thDec. 3	11th	Dec. 3	11thDec. 10	10th	Dec. 10	11thDec. 17	9th	Dec. 17	11thDec. 31	10th	Dec. 24	11thJan. 8	10th	Jan. 8	13thJan. 15	9th	Jan. 15	11th

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's Pacific-10 rankings:

MICHAEL DELANEY, 125Pre	5thCASEY HORN, 141Pre	2ndJORDAN BARICH, 149Pre	5thJED PENNELL, 165Pre	4thJAKE HUFFMAN, 174Pre	5thDAN PITSCH, 184Pre	5thJASON LOVELL, 197Pre	2ndANDY BOWLBY, HWTPre	4th

OREGON STATE WRESTLING ADMISSION: Admission to all Oregon State wrestling meets at Gill Coliseum is free, and all seating is general admission (no reserved seats).

OREGON STATE SPORTS INFORMATION: To request information, photographs, interviews or home meet credentials involving Oregon State wrestling, please call Kip Carlson in the OSU Sports Information Office at (541) 737-7472 or e-mail him at kip.carlson@orst.edu; regularly-updated information is also available on the OSU athletic department website at www.osubeavers.com. When arranging interviews, please call at least 24 hours ahead of the time desired for the interview.

WRESTLER PROFILE NOTES: In the individual notes for each Oregon State wrestler, 'team bonus points' refers to a wrestler scoring additional team points for a major decision, technical fall, pin, forfeit or default. If there is a number in parentheses ahead of the name of an opponent, that number refers to the opponents' national ranking by Amateur Wrestling News at the time of the match.

MICHAEL DELANEY, 125 POUNDS: Senior Michael Delaney (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 30-35 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (18 of 65) ... this season, 6-6 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 42 percent of matches (5 of 12) ... last week, went 3-2 with 0 pins; major dec. over Casey Kotter, Portland State, 16-6 in dual meet; major dec. over Robert Valenzuela, Cal State-Fullerton, 12-0 in dual meet; tech. fall by (11) Tony Black, Wisconsin, 20-5 (7:00) in dual meet; major dec. over Floyd Bangerter, Pacific Lutheran, 21-8 in dual meet; dec. by Kyle Stoffer, Central Michigan, 7-3 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (14) Efren Ceballos, Cal State-Bakersfield, 8-6 ... at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

BRETT PHILLIPS, 125 POUNDS: Freshman Brett Phillips (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS) is in his first season as a part-time OSU starter ... career and this season, 1-5 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 6) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, pinned by (4) Jason Powell, Nebraska, 0:51 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 0-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

TIM NORMAN, 133 POUNDS: Sophomore Tim Norman (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won 5 of last 8 matches ... career, 13-12 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (7 of 25) ... this season, 9-9 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (4 of 18) ... last week, went 3-2 with 1 pin; dec. over Zach Enoch, Portland State, 7-3 in dual meet; dec. over David Rodriguez, Cal State-Fullerton, 6-0 in dual meet; pinned by (4) Kevin Black, Wisconsin, 3:28 in dual meet; pinned Bobby Brokenshire, Pacific Lutheran, 1:24 in dual meet; dec. by Jason Borrelli, Central Michigan, 4-2 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (17) Matt Sanchez, Cal State-Bakersfield, 4-1 ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (12) Urijah Faber, California-Davis, 8-3 ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (2 NAIA) Caleb Schaeffer, Montana State-Northern, 6-4 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed first, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

CASEY ANTHONY, 133 POUNDS: Junior Casey Anthony (Vale, Ore./Vale HS) is in his third season as an OSU reserve ... career, 8-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (4 of 14) ... this season, 3-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 5) ... last week, went 0-2 with 0 pins; tech. fall by Tom Clum, Wisconsin, 20-5 (7:00) in exhibition; dec. by Tony Turner, Wisconsin, 7-4 in exhibition ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 2-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (5 NAIA) Nolan Harris, Southern Oregon, 7-5.

BOBBY PFENNIGS, 133 POUNDS: Freshman Bobby Pfennigs (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS) is in his first season as an OSU reserve ... ... career and this season, 2-0 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 2) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place at 133 pounds, went 2-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (8 NAIA, 125) Isaac Pummarejo, Menlo, 8-5.

MIKE UNGER JR., 141 POUNDS: Freshman Mike Unger Jr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won 4 of last 8 matches ... career and this season, 5-9 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 7 percent of matches (1 of 14) ... last week, went 2-3 with 0 pins; major dec. over Stuart Eggertson, Portland State, 11-3 in dual meet; dec. by Juan Mora, Cal State-Fullerton, 3-2 in dual meet; dec. by Tyler Lowden, Wisconsin, 3-2 in dual meet; dec. over Trique Meininger, Pacific Lutheran, 14-7 in dual meet; major dec. by (6) Jason Mester, Central Michigan, 13-1 in dual meet ... season summary, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (19) Cal Ferry, Illinois, 2-1; dec. by (20) Clark Forward, Michigan, 3-2 ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 0-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

TONY HOOK, 149 POUNDS: Freshman Tony Hook (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won 5 of last 7 matches, including 2 over nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career and this season, 10-6 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 19 percent of matches (3 of 16) ... last week, went 3-1 with 1 pin; pinned Eddie Dahlen, Portland State, 4:11 in dual meet; dec. by Bret Gordon, Cal State-Fullerton, 8-3 in dual meet; dec. over Eddie Dutnik, Wisconsin, 9-5 in dual meet; dec. over (13) Ty Morgan, Central Michigan, 7-6 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. over (20) Erik Norgaard, Columbia, 5-4 ... major dec. by (9) Travis Shufelt, Nebraska, 13-3 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 3-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including tech. fall by (2) Jesse Jantzen, Harvard, 16-1 (time n/a); dec. over (4 NAIA) Dustyn Azure, Montana State-Northern, 12-5; major dec. by (8) Collin Robertson, Boise State, 13-1 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed first, went 2-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (3 NAIA) Joseph Calavitta, Embry-Riddle, 8-4.

ORLANDO PEREZ, 149 POUNDS: Freshman Orlando Perez (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his first season as an OSU reserve ... career and this season, 3-2 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (1 of 5) ... last week, went 3-0 with 1 pin; dec. over Joe Garcia, Cal State-Fullerton, 9-7 in exhibition; dec. over Wade Brzozowski, Pacific Lutheran, 9-3 in dual meet; pinned Dean Schuler, Central Michigan, 4:06 at 157 in exhibition ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 0-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

JEREMY LARSON, 157 POUNDS: Freshman Jeremy Larson (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 4-6 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 10 percent of matches (1 of 10) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, dec. over Chet McBee, Oregon, 9-7 (OT) in Civil War dual debut ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (10) Adam Britt, Virginia Military, 3:53; major dec. by (4 NAIA) Joey Martinez, Menlo, 9-1 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 2-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

BRIAN DUHRKOOP, 157 POUNDS: Junior Brian Duhrkoop (Milwaukie, Ore./Milwaukie HS) is in his first season as an OSU reserve ... career and this season, 3-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 6) ... last week, went 2-3 with 0 pins; dec. over Ryan Thomas, Portland State, 4-1 in dual meet; dec. by Dustin Vance, Cal State-Fullerton, 9-8 in dual meet; dec. by Dennis McSweeney, Wisconsin, 4-1 in dual meet; dec. over Rich Vigorito, Pacific Lutheran, 8-7 in dual meet; dec. by (12) David Bolyard, Central Michigan, 6-3 in dual meet ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

MATT ELLIS, 165 POUNDS: Sophomore Matt Ellis (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma State U.) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won last 5 matches, scoring team bonus points 2 times ... career and this season, 9-6 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (3 of 15) ... last week, went 4-0 with 0 pins; major dec. over Eric Arbogast, Portland State, 15-6 in dual meet; dec. over Risto Martinen, Cal State-Fullerton, 12-6 in dual meet; dec. over Kelly Flaherty, Wisconsin, 4-2 in dual meet; dec. over (9) Kevin Carr, Central Michigan, 3-2 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (15) Matt Palmer, Columbia, 8-4 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (14) Chris Vecchio, Penn State, 6-4 (OT) ... dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in Civil War dual debut ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (3) Jacob Volkmann, Minnesota, 11-3.

ANTHONY WEBER, 165 POUNDS: Freshman Anthony Weber (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 3-5 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 13 percent of matches (1 of 8) ... last week, major dec. over Joe Hathaway, Pacific Lutheran, 14-0 in dual meet; dec. by Brad Anderson, Central Michigan, 8-2 in exhibition ... season summary, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (20) Scott Roth, Cornell, 9-3; major dec. by (12) Drew Kelly, Northern Iowa, 12-4 ... at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (3 DII, 157) Jared Novak, Central Washington, 7-3.

JED PENNELL, 165 POUNDS: Junior Jed Pennell (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... career, 38-30 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (16 of 68) ... this season, 3-5 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 13 percent of matches (1 of 8) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 4 ... last week, went 0-1 with 0 pins; major dec. by Josh Rhoden, Pacific Lutheran, 15-6 at 174 in dual meet ... season summary, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (1) Matt Lackey, Illinois, 5-3 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed fourth, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (1 NAIA, 157) Patrick Cadwallader, Embry-Riddle, 7-6.

JAKE HUFFMAN, 174 POUNDS: Senior Jake Huffman (Scio, Ore./Scio HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... has won 5 straight matches, scoring team bonus points 4 times; has won 9 of last 11 matches, scoring team bonus points 6 times ... career, 40-32 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (18 of 72) ... this season, 15-7 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 45 percent of matches (10 of 22) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 5 ... last week, went 4-0 with 1 pin; pinned Quinn Collett, Portland State, 0:54 in dual meet; major dec. over Chris Carlino, Cal State-Fullerton, 9-1 in dual meet; received forfeit vs. Wisconsin in dual meet; dec. over Mitch Hancock, Central Michigan, 8-6 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (19) Eddie Gifford, Fresno State, 8-3 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 3-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (20) Bill Lowney, Northern Illinois, 3-1 (OT) ... pinned by (13) Travis Pascoe, Nebraska, 4:57 in dual meet ... dec. by (9) Shane Webster, Oregon, 8-4 in Civil War dual meet ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (17) Dustin Kawa, North Carolina State, 0:59; dec. by (12, 184) Eddie Gifford, Fresno State, 9-5 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed first, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

DAN PITSCH, 184 POUNDS: Freshman Dan Pitsch (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won 8 of his last 11 matches and 11 of his last 15 ... career and this season, 14-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 15 percent of matches (3 of 20) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 5 ... last week, went 4-0 with 1 pin; received forfeit vs. Portland State; pinned Bryan Webster, Cal State-Fullerton, 2:11 in dual meet; dec. over Ryan Flaherty, Wisconsin, 17-11 in dual meet; dec. by Ross Venderheyden, Central Michigan, 6-2 in dual meet ... season summary, Jan. 3-Jan. 10, 6-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 3 times ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 0-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (5 NAIA) Mike Lester, Montana State-Northern, 11-4 ... dec. over (6) B.J. Padden, Nebraska, 10-5 in dual meet ... dec. over Elias Soto, Oregon, 10-6 in Civil War dual debut ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 3-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (6) Jason Potter, Illinois, 6-3 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (1 DII) Mauricio Wright, San Francisco State, 8-1.

CURT WILLENER, 184 POUNDS: Junior Curt Willener (Portland,Ore./Scappoose HS) is in his first season as an OSU reserve ... career, 3-5 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (2 of 8) ... this season, 2-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, went 0-2 with 0 pins; dec. over Rick Story, Pacific Lutheran, 8-4 in dual meet; pinned by Alex Lammers, Central Michigan, 0:56 in exhibition ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (1 DII) Mauricio Wright, San Francisco State, 10-1.

JASON LOVELL, 197 POUNDS: Senior Jason Lovell (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS) is in his fourth season in the OSU lineup ... career, 51-41 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (17 of 92) ... this season, 9-7 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 19 percent of matches (3 of 16) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 2 ... last week, went 1-2 with 0 pins; major dec. over Randy Davidson, Portland State 10-1 in dual meet; dec. by Landon Seefeldt, Cal State-Fullerton, 6-4 in dual meet; dec. by Brett Faustman, Central Michigan, 4-2 in dual meet ... season summary, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (1 NAIA) Emmett Wilson, Montana State-Northern, 9-0 ... dec. over Jake Leair, Oregon, 7-2 in Civil War dual ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (4) Kyle Smith, Michigan, 1:02 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed first, went 2-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

JED LOWE, 197 POUNDS: Freshman Jed Lowe (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his first season as an OSU reserve ... career and this season, 3-2 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (2 of 5) ... last week, went 1-2 with 1 pin; pinned by Lee Kramer, Wisconsin, 2:59 in dual meet; pinned Larry Ebel, Pacific Lutheran, 2:55 in dual meet; dec. over Joe Yager, Central Michigan, 3-2 in exhibition ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

BRANDON HERN, 197 POUNDS: Freshman Brandon Hern (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 4-0 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, placed fourth, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (5 DII) Drew Dunbar, San Francisco State, 9-4.

ANDY BOWLBY, HEAVYWEIGHT: Senior Andy Bowlby (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... tied for 34th on OSU's all-time list of career pins leaders, next pin will move him into a tie for 30th; tied for 48th on OSU's all-time list of single-season pins leaders, next pin will move him into a tie for 40th ... has won last 7 matches, including 4 pins ... has won 13 of last 15 matches, including 9 pins ... career, 46-13 with 17 pins, team bonus points in 46 percent of matches (27 of 59) ... this season, 17-4 with 9 pins, team bonus points in 48 percent of matches (10 of 21) ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 9 AWN, No. 11 IM; in Pac-10, No. 2 ... last week, went 4-0 with 2 pins; pinned Antonio Criado, Portland State, 0:19 in dual meet; pinned Edgar Hernandez, Cal State-Fullerton, 1:15 in dual meet; dec. over (18) Justin Staebler, Wisconsin, 8-3 in dual meet; dec. over Bill Stouffer, Central Michigan, 7-5 in dual meet ... season summary, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (14) Greg Wagner, Michigan, 3-2 ... dec. over Neil Phillips, Oregon, 6-1 in Civil War dual ... at Las Vegas Invitational, placed fifth, went 5-2 with 3 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (5) Kevin Hoy, Air Force, 4:56; pinned (15) Greg Wagner, Michigan, 1:30; pinned (20) Brad Steele, Wyoming, 1:58; dec. by (1) Tommy Rowlands, Ohio State, 3-2; pinned (19) Brent Miller, West Virginia, 0:29 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 2-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (6 NAIA) Wes Balensifer, Southern Oregon, 11-6; dec. by (1 NAIA) Mike Whitehead, Southern Oregon, 2-1 (OT).

JOHN WINTERS, HEAVYWEIGHT: Junior John Winters (Missoula, Mont./Hellgate HS) is in his third season as an OSU reserve ... career, 4-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 10 percent of matches (1 of 10) ... this season, 3-2 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (1 of 5) ... last week, went 1-0 with 0 pins; dec. over Joe Amick, Pacific Lutheran, 7-0 in dual meet ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 2-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (11) Andy Bowlby, Oregon State, 11-5.

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