Beavers Eliminated At NCAA Wrestling

March 21, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oregon State's final two entries competing in the NCAA Wrestling Championships were eliminated Friday morning, as 149-pounder Tony Hook and 184-pounder Jed Pennell were beaten in their wrestleback brackets. OSU 125-pounder Michael Delaney, 165-pounder Matt Ellis, 174-pounder Jake Huffman and heavyweight Andy Bowlby had been knocked out of the tournament on Thursday.

The Beavers will finish in a tie for 66th place in the tournament. Oklahoma State leads the team race heading into Saturday's final day of competition.

Hook, a freshman, was beaten by Jake Giamoni of North Carolina State 6-3 in the wrestleback first round. After a scoreless first period, Giamoni chose the bottom and escaped to start the second period, then took Hook down for a 3-0 lead. Giamoni followed with another takedown and Hook another escape to make it 5-2 after two periods. In the third, Hook scored an escape and Giamoni finished with a point for riding time.

Pennell, a junior, lost to Pete Friedl of Illinois 11-1 in the wrestleback second round. Friedl, ranked second in the country as a high schooler, led just 2-0 at the end of the first period, then rode Pennell for the entire second period before lengthening his lead in the third period with an escape, a pair of takedowns, a two-point near-fall, a point for an illegal hold against Pennell and a point for riding time.

OREGON STATE RESULTS (Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125 POUNDS, MICHAEL DELANEY - Major dec. by Tommy Hoang, Duke, 12-4 in first round; pinned by (11) Matt Valenti, Penn, 4:23 in wrestleback first round.

149 POUNDS, TONY HOOK - Major dec. by No. 10 seed (10) Dustin Manotti, Cornell, 15-3 in preliminary round; dec. by Jake Giamoni, North Carolina State, 6-3 in wrestleback first round.

165 POUNDS, MATT ELLIS - Dec. by No. 10 seed (10) Levi Prevost, Wyoming, 12-6 in first round; dec. by No. 7 seed (13) Nick Passolano, Iowa State, 7-3 in wrestleback first round.

174 POUNDS, JAKE HUFFMAN - Pinned by Matt Herrington, Penn, 4:51 in first round; dec. by Andrew Roy, Rutgers, 9-4 in wrestleback first round.

184 POUNDS, JED PENNELL - Major dec. by No. 1 seed (1) Jessman Smith, Iowa, 14-4 in first round; dec. over Rowdy Lundegreen, Cal State-Fullerton, 7-4 in wrestleback first round; major dec. by Pete Friedl, Illinois, 11-1 in wrestleback second round.

HEAVYWEIGHT, NO. 11 SEED (11) ANDY BOWLBY - Dec. by Carmelo Marrero, Rider, 16-12 in preliminary round; dec. by (18) Justin Staebler, Wisconsin, 3-0 in wrestleback preliminary round.

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