Pennell Makes Final At 184 Pounds

March 3, 2003

BOISE, Ida. - Oregon State 184-pounder Jed Pennell advanced to Monday's championship match at the 2003 Pacific-10 Wrestling Championships at the Boise State University Pavilion after winning two matches Sunday, helping the Beavers to third place after day one.

In the team standings, OSU owns a nine-point lead over California State-Bakersfield. The Beavers trail second-place Boise State by 49.5 points; Arizona State holds a tenuous lead over BSU with 114.5 points.

Only the top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the NCAA Championships March 20-22 in Kansas City, Mo., but coaches will select two wildcard wrestlers from the remaining competitors for a total of 42.

Pennell, a junior, topped Stanford's John Garfinkel 6-2 in the championship semifinal thanks to a late takedown and riding time to advance to Monday night's championship final. Pennell dispatched Oregon's Tony Rolen with a 14-2 major decision in his first match.

Pennell will take on top-seeded Ryan Halsey in a rematch of a Feb. 8 bout that saw Halsey - ranked 20th nationally - come away with a 5-4 decision.

'Jed gets a rematch with Halsey, so that will be good for him,' OSU coach Joe Wells said. 'It will give him some more confidence and experience for the national tournament.'

Pennell, a junior from Cave Junction, Ore., normally wrestles at 165 pounds, but was forced into action at 184 in late January due to in injury in the lineup. He has an 8-1 record since jumping up two weights.

After a 20-4 technical fall of Stanford's Shawn Ritzenthaler in his first match, OSU's third-seeded and 12th-ranked heavyweight Andy Bowlby locked horns with second seed and No. 6 Boe Rushton of Boise State in the championship semifinal.

Bowlby was unable to get on the scoreboard against Rushton, as the OSU senior fell 5-0 and dropped into the consolation semifinals Monday morning.

Jake Huffman, at 174 pounds, ripped through his first two opponents, earning a major decision over Cal-Bakersfield's Matt Monteiro 14-1 and posting a 17-2 technical fall over Cal Poly's Joe Brady in the quarterfinals.

That run came to an end, however, when he ran into second-seeded Shane Webster of Oregon. Huffman trailed 4-2 late in the final period, but was taken to his back by the nation's 11th-ranked 174-pounder and eventually lost 10-2.

OSU's Jason Lovell - the top seed in the 197-pound class - was sent to the consolation semifinals by Boise State's K.C. Walsh in his championship semifinal match. Lovell, a senior, claimed an 8-0 major decision over Cal-Fullerton's Landon Seefeldt and a 1-1 tiebreaker decision of Portland's Randy Davidson.

Tony Hook bounced back with a pin of Tony Overstake, Oregon's third seeded 149-pounder ranked 20th nationally, in 4:58 after surrendering a tight 2-1 loss in his opening match to Boise State's Collin Robertson. Robertson is ranked sixth in the country and was seeded second.

'This is a good competition, and it's preparation for the national tournament, so every match that we can win tomorrow is very important, and that's what I talked about today with the team,' Wells said. 'We made some mistakes and we had some guys in position to win their matches who didn't do the right thing and lost the matches, but hey, it's not over.

'We've got another day of wrestling tomorrow, and we want to finish the best we can finish. All-in-all, it was a good day.'

After a tight 3-2 decision of Oregon's Luke Larwin in the quarterfinals, 165-pounder Matt Ellis, seeded second, dropped a 9-4 match to Portland's third-seeded Eric Arbogast.

After being decisioned 3-2 by Arizona State's Jeremy Mendoza in his opening match, 125-pounder Michael Delaney dispatched Cal-Davis' Tom Shurkamp 5-3 and Portland's Zach Enoch 8-3 on his way to Sunday's consolation semifinal.

At 141 pounds, OSU's Mike Unger, Jr., advanced to the consolation semifinals with a narrow 3-2 win over CSUB's Anthony Baza. Unger held on to a 3-2 lead in the final period.

'Some of the young guys performed pretty well and shocked some guys, and that's great,' Wells said. 'Let's just do it one more time and one more time; that's where our confidence comes from. The more we get after it, the more confidence that we feel.'

Once in the consolation bracket, the highest a wrestler can place is third.

Eliminated from competition after two matches were 157-pounder Jeremy Larson and 133-pounder Tim Norman. Norman's pigtail match with third-seeded Brad Metzler of Stanford came down to the final seconds before Metzler escaped for the 4-3 win.

Arizona State's Eric Larkin, ranked No. 1 in the country at 149 pounds, pinned all three opponents en route to an appearance in Monday night's final against Boise State's Robertson, who is ranked sixth.

The championships conclude with consolation semifinals and fifth-place matches Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Pacific, followed by the third place matches and championship finals at 5:30.

Complete results can be found at www.broncosports.com.

PACIFIC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY ONE

TEAM SCORES: 1. Arizona State 114.5; 2. Boise State 109.0; 3. Oregon State 60.5; 4. Cal State-Bakersfield 51.5; 5. Oregon 51.0; 6. Cal Poly 46.0; 7. California-Davis 38.0; 8. Stanford 37.5; 9. California State-Fullerton 29.5; 10. Portland State 28.0.

OREGON STATE AT PACIFIC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses) 125, MICHAEL DELANEY - Dec. by Jeremy Mendoza, ASU, 3-2 in pigtails; dec. Tom Shurkamp, Cal-Davis, 5-3 (OT), in consolation first round; dec. over Zach Enoch, Portland, 8-3 in consolation quarterfinals.

133, TIM NORMAN -Dec. by No. 3 Brad Metzler, Stanford, 4-3 in quarterfinals; dec, by Nate Ybarra, Cal Poly, 13-7 in consolation quarterfinals.

141, MIKE UNGER JR. -Maj. Dec. by No. 4 Juan Mora, Cal-Fullerton, 11-2 in quarterfinals; dec. Anthony Baza, Cal-Bakersfield, 3-2 in consolation quarterfinals.

149, TONY HOOK -Dec. by No. 2 (6) Collin Robertson, Boise St., 2-1 in quarterfinals; dec. Brett Gordon, Cal-Fullerton, 14-7 in consolation first round; Fall over No. 3 (20) Tony Overstake, Oregon, 4:58.

157, JEREMY LARSON -Dec. by Nick Hopping, Cal Poly, 5-1 in pigtails; Maj. Dec. by Branson Phillips, Oregon, 12-3 in consolation quarterfinals.

165, MATT ELLIS -Dec. Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by Eric Arbogast, Portland, 9-4 in championship semifinals.

174, JAKE HUFFMAN -Maj. Dec. over Matt Montero, Cal-Bakersfield, 11-1 in pigtails; Tech fall over Joe Brady, Cal Poly, 17-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 2 (11) Shane Webster, Oregon, 10-2 in championship semifinals.

184, JED PENNELL -Maj. Dec. over Tony Rolen, Oregon, 14-2 in quarterfinals; dec. over John Garfinkel, Stanford, 6-2 in championship semifinals.

197, JASON LOVELL -Maj. Dec. over Landon Seefeldt, CS-Fullerton, 8-0 in pigtails; dec. over Randy Davidson, Portland, 1-1 tiebreaker (up) in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 4 K.C. Walsh, Boise State, 5-2 in championship semifinals.

HWT, NO. 3 (12) ANDY BOWLBY -Tech. Fall over Shawn Ritzenthaler, Stanford, 20-4 at 3:53 in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 2 (6) Boe Rushton, Boise State, 5-0 in championship semifinals.

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