A battle for Pac-10 position

Feb. 4, 2003

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1Cal Poly at Oregon State; Gill Coliseum; 11 a.m.

Oregon State (8-8 overall, 6-2 Pacific-10) continues its journey toward the Pacific-10 Championships with another conference dual this weekend, hosting Cal Poly (8-6, 4-1) on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Gill Coliseum. Once again, it's all about the seeding.

'Most definitely,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'There are some weight classes in this meet where it's real important that we get out and get after it.'

The Beavers have two wrestlers in the national rankings this week. Heavyweight Andy Bowlby stayed on the charts, slipping one spot to 12th in the Amateur Wrestling News rankings and dropping two spots to 11th on the InterMat list. He was joined by Jed Pennell, who is ranked 20th by Amateur Wrestling News at 184 pounds. Pennell, a 165-pounder, has been wrestling up two weight classes but has posted a 4-0 record with one pin and a win over a nationally-ranked wrestler.

Oregon State is coming off a weekend that saw its biggest win of the season - an 18-16 upset of eighth-ranked Arizona State - followed by a 23-12 loss to 19th-ranked Boise State the next afternoon. It was a huge step forward, followed by a small step back for an OSU squad that had shown steady improvement through the month of January.

The win over the Sun Devils came after Oregon State had taken nationally-ranked Wisconsin and Central Michigan down to the final match before losing duals earlier in the month.

'We talked about that - how we'd come close to a number of good teams. It was a big step for us to actually prevail over Arizona State at home,' said Wells, who saw the Beavers win the night's final three matches for the victory. 'Now we've got to sustain that over two or three matches. This team is putting it in perspective ... there are a lot of good teams out there, and they're not far from being one of them.'

Wells pointed to good efforts by OSU's seniors against ASU, and said the Beavers had some against Boise State, as well.

'We just didn't sustain the effort,' Wells said. 'It boils down to execution, maintaining good position and focusing on the basics. Boise State took it to us more than we took it to them and, in some cases, we came up short in the end. We need to get a little better defensively, but I liked our fight and the way we competed.'

The Beavers get another chance against a Cal Poly squad that has received votes in the last several NWCA Top 25 polls but hasn't cracked the rankings. Four weights in particular look like key contests: 125 pounds, 184 pounds, 197 pounds and heavyweight.

At 125 pounds, the Pac-10's preseason rankings had OSU's Michael Delaney fifth and CPU's Vic Moreno sixth. Moreno has posted an 18-6 record with one pin and moved into the national rankings, while Delaney is 7-11; a win would boost Delaney's stock going into the Pac-10 Championships.

The 184-pound matchup offers several possibilities. The Mustangs' Ryan Halsey was ranked third in the conference's preseason rankings and he's 20-6 with four pins this season. He could face the Beavers' Dan Pitsch, who is coming off an injury but was ranked fourth in the Pac-10; or Halsey may meet giant-killer Pennell. Even though he's wrestling at 184 pounds, Pennell still has to make weight at 165 pounds for each meet to retain the possibility of going back to that weight later in the season.

The 197-pound match pits the top two wrestlers in the Pac-10's preseason rankings. David Schenk of Cal Poly, who is 22-6 with three pins, is ranked first in the Pac-10 and is also ranked nationally; OSU's Jason Lovell is ranked second in the Pac-10 with a 13-9 record and one pin.

At heavyweight, Bowlby is ranked fourth in the Pac-10; he's 21-6 with 10 pins after having an 11-match win streak snapped last weekend with losses to a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers. CPU's Dan Howe is ranked fifth in the conference with a record of 14-6 and four pins.

Cal Poly won all three of its dual meets last weekend, going on the road to beat California-Davis 22-15, San Francisco State 32-4 and Stanford 35-12; the Mustangs then placed sixth at the California Collegiate Tournament. CPU has two wrestlers in this week's national rankings, as 125-pounder Vic Moreno is ranked 11th by AWN and eight by IM and 197-pounder David Schenk is ranked 18th by AWN and 19th by IM.

OREGON STATE TENTATIVE LINEUP:

National rankings: Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of Feb. 5

125 - Michael Delaney, sr. (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS); 7-11 with 0 pins;in Pac-10, ranked 5th133 - Tim Norman, so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 10-14 with 1 pin141 - Mike Unger, fr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 7-13 with 0 pins149 - Tony Hook, fr. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 13-9 with 3 pins157 - Jeremy Larson, fr. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 5-7 record with 0 pinsor - Brian Duhrkoop, jr. (Milwaukie, Ore./Milwaukie HS); 3-7 with 0 pins165 - Matt Ellis, so. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma St. U.); 13-8 with 1 pinor - Anthony Weber, fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 3-5 record with 0 pins174 - Jake Huffman, sr. (Scio, Ore./Scio HS); 19-9 with 3 pins;in Pac-10, ranked 5th184 - Dan Pitsch, fr. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS); 15-7 record with 1 pin;in Pac-10, ranked 5thor - Jed Pennell, jr. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS); 7-5 record with 1 pin;in nation, ranked No. 20 AWN; in Pac-10, ranked 4th at 165197 - Jason Lovell, sr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 12-10 with 1 pin;in Pac-10, ranked 2ndHWT - Andy Bowlby, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 21-6 with 10 pins;in nation, ranked 12th AWN, 11th IM; in Pac-10, ranked 4th

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 27-10-2 against Cal Poly in a series dating back to 1960; the Beavers have won the last 10 meetings and are unbeaten in the last 12. Last season, OSU won 20-14 in San Luis Obispo. The Mustangs' last win was in 1989 by a 28-7 score in San Luis Obispo, and in 1991 the teams tied 18-18 in San Luis Obispo.

LAST WEEK: Oregon State returned to Gill Coliseum to take on a pair of nationally-ranked Pacific-10 opponents and came out of the weekend with a split. The Beavers beat No. 8 Arizona State 18-16 on Jan. 31, then fell to No. 19 Boise State 23-12 on Feb. 1.

In the 18-16 win over Arizona State, a pin by 174-pounder Jake Huffman turned the momentum and a win by 197-pounder Jason Lovell sealed the deal for Oregon State. A vocal crowd of 1,054 saw Huffman come from behind for a buzzer-beating pin, then roared as Lovell won a dual meet for the second time this season by winning the final match. The Beavers beat a nationally-ranked team for the first time since Jan. 20, 2001, when they throttled an 11th-ranked Boise State squad 25-10 for Wells' 100th career win at OSU. The Beavers trailed 16-6 heading into Huffman's 174-pound match against Curtis Owen, ranked 13th in the country by Amateur Wrestling News. Huffman found himself down 7-2 early in the second period, but managed an escape and a takedown.

Huffman took Owen to his back with a few seconds remaining in the period. He finished the pin with one second on the clock, recording the fall in 4 minutes, 59 seconds. Next up was Jed Pennell, and the erstwhile 165-pounder kept his amazing string going at 184 pounds. Stepping up two weight classes for the third straight dual meet, Pennell kept his record unbeaten at that weight with a 7-0 win over ASU's Ron Renzi; he took control of the match with a takedown and two-point near-fall late in the first period and didn't allow Renzi back in the match. That brought up Lovell and the Sun Devils' Ryan Bader at 197 pounds. Lovell was looking for a little payback, having lost to Bader 8-1 in the second round of wrestlebacks at the Las Vegas Invitational in early December. Lovell scored a takedown in the first minute of the match and rode Bader the rest of the period. After Bader chose a neutral position to start the second period, Huffman scored another takedown but Bader answered with a reversal and it was 4-2 going into the final period. Huffman chose the down position, and Bader opted to try for back points rather than cutting Lovell loose and going after a takedown. He was warned twice for stalling, putting Lovell up 5-2 and an escape made it 6-2 with 13 seconds left; Bader got a late takedown and Lovell earned a point for riding time for a 7-4 final. The night's only matchup of nationally-ranked wrestlers came in the first match, as fourth-ranked Arizona State heavyweight Kellan Fluckiger edged OSU's 11th-ranked Andy Bowlby 2-1 to end Bowlby's 11-match win streak.

In the 23-12 loss to Boise State, Jason Lovell knocked off a nationally-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, Jed Pennell continued his mighty-mite run at 184 and Matt Ellis earned a pin at 165 for the Beavers. OSU won two of the first three matches but the Broncos won six straight to put away the dual. Lovell took a 3-2 overtime win over 19th-ranked K.C. Walsh of Boise State, escaping with 4 seconds left in the tiebreaker period. Pennell, a 165-pounder bumped up to 184 for the fourth straight dual, kept his record unbeaten at that weight with a 6-4 win over Tony D'Amico. And Ellis capped the day by pinning Nathan Ploehn in 1 minute, 35 seconds for his first career pin at OSU.

OREGON STATE 18, NO. 8 ARIZONA STATE 16 / January 31 at Corvallis, Ore.

(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

HWT-(4) Kellan Fluckiger, ASU, dec. (11) Andy Bowlby, OSU, 2-1. 125-Michael Delaney, OSU, dec. Adam Chavira, ASU, 5-1. 133-(10) Mike Simpson, ASU, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 7-5. 141-(6) Dana Holland, ASU, dec. Mike Unger Jr., OSU, 2-1. 149-(1) Eric Larkin, ASU, major dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 12-1. 157-Jeremy Larson, OSU, dec. Mike Smith, ASU, 7-5. 165-(14) Nick Frost, ASU, dec. Matt Ellis, OSU, 10-6. 174-Jake Huffman, OSU, pinned (13) Curtis Owen, ASU, 4:59. 184-Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Ron Renzi, ASU, 7-0. 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, dec. Ryan Bader, ASU, 7-4.

NO. 19 BOISE STATE 23, OREGON STATE 12 / February 1 at Corvallis, Ore.

(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

174-Pat Owens, BSU, dec. Jake Huffman, OSU, 13-11. 184-Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Tony D'Amico, BSU, 6-4. 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, dec. (19) K.C. Walsh, BSU, 3-2 (OT). HWT-(6) Boe Rushton, BSU, dec. (11) Andy Bowlby, OSU, 7-3. 125-(3) Ben VomBaur, BSU, major dec. Michael Delaney, OSU, 8-0. 133-(19) Jesse Brock, BSU, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 3-2. 141-(13) Gabe Vigil, BSU, dec. Mike Unger Jr., OSU, 8-5. 149-(6) Collin Robertson, BSU, dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 3-1. 157-Ben Cherrington, BSU, major dec. Jeremy Larson, OSU, 11-3. 165-Matt Ellis, OSU, pinned Nathan Ploehn, BSU, 1:35.

EXHIBITION: 141-Nick Budeski, BSU, dec. Casey Anthony, OSU, 6-4.

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 123-77-1 for a winning percentage of .614.

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 857-269-24 and a .756 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU will face one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers meet 8 teams ranked in the Jan. 29 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 12 Nebraska, No. 16 Central Michigan, No. 19 Boise State, No. 21 Wisconsin and No. 25 Fresno 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 355-68-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .835. This season, OSU is 3-3 at home.

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.

BANNER IN GILL HONORING THOMAS TO BE UNFURLED: Oregon State will honor Hall of Fame wrestling coach Dale Thomas with a banner in Gill Coliseum bearing the number 616 - his all-time collegiate-record number of dual meet wins - it was announced Jan. 31 by OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis. The ceremony to unfurl the banner, the equivalent of retiring a jersey number, will be held in conjunction with OSU's annual Wrestling Homecoming on Feb. 16, when the Beavers meet Oregon at 2 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

Thomas, 79, coached Oregon State from 1957-90, winning more dual meets than any coach in collegiate wrestling history. In 34 seasons, his teams compiled a dual meet record of 616-168-13.

Thomas' teams won or tied for 22 conference championships, placed in the NCAA's top 10 on 14 occasions and were in the top five seven times, including a runner-up finish in 1973. OSU had 60 All-Americans during Thomas' tenure and 10 NCAA champions.

'Dale Thomas is not only a legend in Oregon State athletics, but in wrestling across the nation and around the world,' De Carolis said. 'He took the top wrestling program on the West Coast and turned it into one of the top programs in the country, and he did it in a fashion that was a credit to the University.

'His contributions to both the sport and to Oregon State make him most deserving of this honor, and Beaver fans will be reminded of Dale Thomas' achievements every time they attend an event in Gill Coliseum.'

Thomas will be the third Oregon State coach to be recognized with a Gill Coliseum banner. The number 599 hangs in honor of Slats Gill and the number 674 hangs in honor of Ralph Miller; the numbers are the career coaching victories of the two men's basketball coaches.

BOWLBY'S FALLS: Oregon State senior heavyweight Andy Bowlby is climbing OSU's list of all-time leaders for pins in a career and a season. Bowlby has 18 pins in his career and 10 this season.

When Bowlby puts an opponent on his back, the end usually comes quickly. Of Bowlby's 10 pins this season, 8 have come in the first period (and 3 of those in the first minute); of the 18 pins in his career, 14 have come in the first period (and 5 of those in the first minute). The quickest pin of Bowlby's career came against Portland State's Antonio Criado this season in the Jan. 10 Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals; Bowlby recorded the fall in 19 seconds. Here's where Bowlby stands on OSU's single-season and career leader lists through Feb. 1:

CAREER PINS26. Terry Jones (1983-84; 158/167)	20(tie) Matt Willhite (1989-92; Hwt)	2028. Mike Bauer (1978-81; 126/134)	19(tie) Walt Markee (1981-84; 126/134)	1930. Henk Schenk (1965-66, 70; 191/Hwt)	18(tie) Marvin Seal (1983-86; 158)	18(tie) Dave Orndorff (1987-88; Hwt)	18(tie) Dan Alar (1991-94; 158)	18> (tie) Andy Bowlby (2000-present; Hwt)	18 Jeff Cardwell (1988; 167)	11(tie) Jason Buce (1998; 118/126)	1140. Fritz Fivian (1960; 167)	10(tie) Jim Hagen (1973; Hwt)	10(tie) Greg Strobel (1974; 190)	10(tie) Walt Markee (1984; 126)	10(tie) Reynold Gardner (1995; Hwt)	10(tie) Glenn Nieradka (1995; 126)	10(tie) Jason Buce (1997; 118)	10(tie) Oscar Wood (1998; 134/142)	10> (tie) Andy Bowlby (2003; Hwt.)	10 

LOVELL WINS TWO DUALS IN LAST MATCH: If a dual meet comes down to the last match, Jason Lovell is the guy Oregon State wants to see striding onto the mat. Twice this season, Lovell has wrestled the final match of the night with the team outcome riding on his shoulders; both times, the 197-pounder responded to give OSU the victory.

On Jan. 18 against California-Davis at Gill Coliseum, the Beavers appeared to be cruising to victory with an 18-10 lead and 184-pounder Dan Pitsch taking an early lead in his match. But Pitsch had to injury default, drawing UCD within 18-16, and Lovell was hurried into action. He proceeded to roll to an 11-0 major decision over Michael Clarkston, giving OSU a 22-16 win.

Asked about the pressure he felt with the dual being decided by his match, Lovell said, 'I didn't even know it came down to me.'

The next time, Lovell knew.

On Jan. 31, a pin by 174-pounder Jake Huffman and a win by 184-pounder Jed Pennell drewthe Beavers within 16-15 of eighth-ranked Arizona State at Gill Coliseum. Lovell again came through, leading all the way in a 7-4 decision over ASU's Ryan Bader for an 18-16 team victory.

'Against UC-Davis, I was nervous,' Lovell said. 'Tonight, I just thought I had nothing to lose.'

PENNELL MOVES UP TWO WEIGHTS, AND IT WORKS: Jed Pennell spent the first 2 seasons of his Oregon State career as the Beavers' starter at 165 pounds. Matt Ellis took over the top spot at that weight early in the season; Pennell's role as a backup gave him the possibility of wrestling at several weights.

Lately, Pennell has found himself in the starting role at 184 pounds; he's rolled up a 4-0 record with a pin and a win over a nationally-ranked wrestler. That's earned him the No. 20 national ranking by Amateur Wrestling News.

The weekend of Jan. 24-25 found Pennell filling in for injured 184-pounder Dan Pitsch; Pennell had never wrestled above 174 pounds in his career. At third-ranked Oklahoma, Pennell began the weekend with a pin of the Sooners' Derrick Brown in 5:38; Pennell had built a 16-4 lead before finishing off Brown. The next night at No. 1 Oklahoma State, the challenge got bigger as his opponent was ninth-ranked Jake Rosholt.

As Pennell got set to take the mat, OSU head coach Joe 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.

BEAVERS SHUT OUT PORTLAND STATE: Oregon State's 46-0 shutout of Portland State at the Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals on Jan. 10 was OSU's first shutout since blanking Central Washington 44-0 early in the 2002 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.

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	NRJan. 22	NRJan. 29	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	NRJan. 22	NR	Jan. 22	NRJan. 29	NR	Jan. 29	NRFeb. 5	NR	Feb. 5	NRJED PENNELL, 165/184Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR      Pre	19th/165Nov. 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	NRJan. 22	NR	Jan. 22	NRJan. 29	NR	Jan. 29	NRFeb. 5	20th/184Feb. 5	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	NRJan. 22	NR	Jan. 22	NRJan. 29	NR	Jan. 29	NRFeb. 5	NR	Feb. 5	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	11thJan. 22	11th	Jan. 22	9thJan. 29	11th	Jan. 29	9thFeb. 5	12th	Feb. 5	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).

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, 31-40 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (18 of 71) ... this season, 7-11 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (5 of 18) ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Adam Chavira, Arizona State, 5-1 in dual meet; major dec. by (3) Ben VomBaur, Boise State 8-0 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (11) Bo Maynes, Oklahoma, 6-2 in dual meet ... dec. by (7) Skyler Holman, Oklahoma State, 3-0 in dual meet ... tech. fall by (11) Tony Black, Wisconsin, 20-5 (7:00) in dual meet ... dec. by (14) Efren Ceballos, Cal State-Bakersfield, 8-6 ... returned to lineup for central California trip after recovering from injury ... 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 ... moved into starting lineup for beginning of season due to injury to Michael Delaney ... 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 ... career, 14-17 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (8 of 31) ... this season, 10-14 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (5 of 24) ... last week, went 0-2 with 0 pins; dec. by (10) Mike Simpson, Arizona State, 7-5 in dual meet; dec. by (19) Jesse Brock, Arizona State, 3-2 in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. by (5) Witt Durden, Oklahoma, in dual meet ... dec. by (3) Johnny Thompson, 10-5 in dual meet ... major dec. by (14) Urijah Faber, California-Davis, 12-3 in dual meet ... pinned by (4) Kevin Black, Wisconsin, 3:28 in dual meet ... 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, 8-7 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (4 of 15) ... this season, 3-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 6) ... last week, dec. by Nick Budeski, Boise State, 6-4 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 ... career and this season, 7-13 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 10 percent of matches (2 of 20) ... last week, went 0-2 with 0 pins; dec. by (8) Dana Holland, Arizona State, 2-1 in dual meet; dec. by (13) Gabe Vigil, Boise State, 8-5 in dual meet ... season summary, tech. fall by (4) Teyon Ware, Oklahoma, 19-2 (6:14) in dual meet ... major dec. by (1) Zack Esposito, Oklahoma State, 18-5 in dual meet ... major dec. by (6) Jason Mester, Central Michigan, 13-1 in dual meet ... 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 8 of last 13 matches, including 2 over nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career and this season, 13-9 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (4 of 22) ... last week, went 0-2 with 0 pins; major dec. by (1) Eric Larkin, Arizona State, 12-1 in dual meet; dec. by (6) Collin Robertson, Boise State, 3-1 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (4) Jerrod Sanders, Oklahoma State, 6-2 in dual meet ... dec. over (13) Ty Morgan, Central Michigan, 7-6 in dual meet ... 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, did not wrestle ... 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, 5-7 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 8 percent of matches (1 of 12) ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Mike Smith, Arizona State, 7-5 in dual meet; major dec. by Ben Cherrington, Boise State, 11-3 in dual meet ... season summary, out of lineup from Jan. 10-Jan. 25 due to injury ... 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, 3-7 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 10) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, pinned by (4) Shane Roller, Oklahoma State, 3:27 in dual meet ... major dec. by (20) Matt Gentry, Stanford, 11-3 in dual meet ... dec. by (12) David Bolyard, Central Michigan, 6-3 in dual meet ... moved into lineup for Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals after injury to Jeremy Larson ... 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 8 of last 10 matches and 11 of last 16 ... career and this season, 13-8 with 1 pins, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (5 of 21) ... last week, went 1-1 with 1 pin; dec. by (14) Nick Frost, Arizona State 10-6 in dual meet; pinned Nathan Ploehn, Boise State, 1:35 in dual meet ... season summary, pinned by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 4:06 in dual meet ... Jan. 4-Jan. 24, 8-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 3 times ... dec. over (9) Kevin Carr, Central Michigan, 3-2 in dual meet ... 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, did not wrestle ... 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, 165/174/184 POUNDS: Junior Jed Pennell (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... filling in at 184 pounds the past 2 weeks, is 4-0 with 1 pin plus a win over a nationally-ranked wrestler ... career, 42-30 with 7 pins, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (17 of 72) ... this season, 7-5 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (2 of 12) ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 11 at 184; AWN; in Pac-10, No. 4 at 165 pounds ... last week, at 184 pounds, went 2-0 with 0 pins; dec. over Ron Renzi, Arizona State, 7-0 in dual meet; dec. over Tony D'Amico, Boise State, 6-4 in dual meet ... season summary, Jan. 24-Jan. 25, at 184 pounds for first time in career; pinned Derrick Brown, Oklahoma, 5:38 in dual meet; dec. over (9) Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State, 12-11 in dual meet ...at Midlands Open, did not place at 165 pounds, 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 at 165 pounds, 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 9 of last 11 matches, scoring team bonus points 6 times; has won 13 of last 17 matches, scoring team bonus points 8 times ... career, 44-34 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (20 of 78) ... this season, 19-9 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (12 of 28) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 5 ... last week, went 1-1 with 1 pins; pinned (13) Curtis Owen, Arizona State, 4:59 in dual meet to spark OSU comeback in 18-16 win over nation's eighth-ranked team; dec. by Pat Owens, Boise State, 13-11 ... season summary, major dec. by (5) Robbie Waller, Oklahoma, 8-0 in dual meet ... Jan. 4-Jan. 18, 7-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 5 times ... 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 9 of his last 14 matches and 12 of his last 17 ... career and this season, 15-7 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (4 of 22) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 5 ... last week, did not wrestle ... 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, did not wrestle ... 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 ... has won 4 of last 6 matches, scoring team bonus points 2 times ... career, 55-43 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 19 percent of matches (19 of 98) ... this season, 13-9 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (5 of 22) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 2 ... last week, went 2-0 with 0 pins; dec. over Ryan Bader, Arizona State, 7-4 in final match to clinch OSU's 18-16 win over nation's eighth-ranked team; dec. over (19) K.C. Walsh, Boise State, 3-2 (OT) in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. by (1) Muhammed Lawal, Oklahoma State, 19-7 in dual meet ... major dec. by (13) Tom Grossman, Oklahoma, 13-3 in dual meet ... major dec. over Michael Clarkston, California-Davis, 11-0 in dual's final match to clinch meet win ... 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, did not wrestle ... 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 30th on OSU's all-time list of career pins leaders, next pin will move him into a tie for 28th; tied for 40th on OSU's all-time list of single-season pins leaders, next pin will move him into a tie for 34th ... has won last 11 matches, including 5 pins; has won 17 of last 19 matches, including 10 pins ... 8 of his 10 pins this season have come in first period ... career, 50-15 with 18 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (28 of 65) ... this season, 21-6 with 10 pins, team bonus points in 41 percent of matches (11 of 27) ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 12 AWN, No. 11 IM; in Pac-10, No. 2 ... last week, went 0-2 with 0 pins; dec. by (4) Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, 2-1 in dual meet; dec. by (6) Boe Rushton, Boise State, 7-3 in dual meet ... season summary, Jan. 3-Jan. 25, 11-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 5 times, all pins ... dec. over (18) Willie Gruenwald, Oklahoma State, 3-2 in dual meet ... dec. over (18) Justin Staebler, Wisconsin, 8-3 in dual meet ... 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, did not wrestle ... 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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