Pennell's Upset Helps Beavers To Early Lead

Jan. 25, 2003

STILLWATER, Okla. - Jed Pennell pulled off a David-and-Goliath upset at 184 pounds and Oregon State held the lead at the meet's midway point, but No. 1-ranked Oklahoma State rallied for a 29-9 win in non-league wrestling Saturday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Beavers won three of the first four matches before the Cowboys took the final six matches, all by wrestlers ranked in the top seven in the nation in their weight class.

Oregon State (7-7 overall, 5-1 Pacific-10) now returns home for a four-meet homestand to close out the regular season. Next weekend, the Beavers take on No. 9 Arizona State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and No. 19 Boise State on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Oregon State will go into those meets having built momentum in the month of January. Despite taking losses at Oklahoma State and at Oklahoma on Friday, the Beavers continued making progress against the nation's first- and third-ranked teams.

'I was proud of their fight,' Oregon State head coach Joe Wells said of the Beavers. 'We went out and got after it; we didn't give up and we didn't quit. We fought them all the time and came up a little short ... It's a step forward against two really good teams, which should give us confidence.'

Against Oklahoma State (11-0, 3-0 Big 12), Oregon State jumped to an early 6-0 lead on the strength of wins by 174-pounder Jake Huffman and Pennell.

Pennell's win was a 12-11 upset of Jake Rosholt, ranked ninth in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, and it capped a big weekend for the wrestler who had been the Beavers' starting 165-pounder the past two seasons. Pennell, a junior who had never wrestled above 174 pounds prior to filling in for the injured Dan Pitsch this weekend, had pinned Oklahoma's Derrick Brown on Friday.

Saturday's challenge was even bigger. As Pennell got set to take the mat, Wells asked, 'Have you got your slingshot with you?'

'He said, 'Yep, all ready',' Wells said. 'He wrestled a very courageous match.'

Rosholt scored a quick takedown, but the two began trading scores in a back-and-forth match. Finally, with 25 seconds left, Pennell scored an escape to take the 12-11 lead and an exhausted Rosholt couldn't come up with another score.

'I'm a bigger-style wrestler,' Pennell said. 'I'm not real quick with my feet. I fit in with the big guys, but they get tired a lot quicker (than 165-pounders). My style is to go hard and tire guys out. This last match was real close, but I kept on him, he got tired, and I finally broke him.'

At 197 pounds, top-ranked Muhammed Luwal got Oklahoma State on the scoreboard with a 19-7 major decision over the Beavers' Jason Lovell. That led to a matchup of nationally-ranked heavyweights - Oregon State's 11th-ranked Andy Bowlby and Oklahoma State's 18th-ranked Willie Gruenwald; Bowlby won his 11th straight match with a 3-2 decision and put the Beavers ahead 9-4.

Oklahoma State countered with seventh-ranked Skyler Holman's 3-0 decision over Michael Delaney at 125 pounds, but Oregon State still led 9-7 as the meet went to halftime. Holman's win started a run of six straight Cowboy victories to close out the match, though, and pins by fourth-ranked Shane Roller at 157 pounds and second-ranked Tyrone Lewis at 165 pounds expanded the final margin for Oklahoma State.

Huffman, a senior who had a seven-match win streak end on Friday, has now won 12 of his last 15 matches and is 18-8 this season. Bowlby's 11 straight wins are a career-high, eclipsing the nine-match winning streak he put together early last season; the senior is now 21-4 with 10 pins this season.

Matt Ellis, who transferred from Oklahoma State to Oregon State prior to this season, was pinned by Lewis; that ended Ellis' eight-match win streak.

NO. 1 OKLAHOMA STATE 29, OREGON STATE 9

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

174-Jake Huffman, OrSU, dec. Chad Reid, OkSU, 11-5. 184-Jed Pennell, OrSU, dec. (9) Jake Rosholt, OkSU, 12-11. 197-(1) Muhammed Lawal, OkSU major dec. Jason Lovell, OrSU, 19-7. HWT-(11) Andy Bowlby, OrSU, dec. (18) Willie Gruenwald, OkSU, 3-2. 125-(7) Skyler Holman, OkSU, dec. Michael Delaney, OrSU, 3-0. 133-(3) Johnny Thompson, OkSU, dec. Tim Norman, OrSU, 10-5. 141-(1) Zack Esposito, OkSU, major dec. Mike Unger Jr., OrSU, 18-5. 149-(4) Jerrod Sanders, OkSU, dec. Tony Hook, OrSU, 6-2. 157-(4) Shane Roller, OkSU, pinned Brian Duhrkoop, OrSU, 3:27. 165-(2) Tyrone Lewis, OkSU, pinned Matt Ellis, OrSU, 4:06.

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