Beavers Spend A Tropical Wrestling Holiday

Nov. 26, 2003

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Oregon State at Hawai'i Duals; Honolulu, Haw.(Oregon State vs. No. 7 Lehigh, 2 p.m. PST)

As it turns out, the Hawai'i Duals have become the Hawai'i Dual.

When Oregon State planned its Thanksgiving weekend trip to Hawai'i, it was with the idea that they'd be able to wrestle four dual meets in one day. But with the event drawing near, the only teams who haven't cancelled out on the organizers are the Beavers (0-1 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) and seventh-ranked Lehigh (3-1, 0-0 EIWA).

So, while Oregon State won't be wrestling as much competition as it had hoped, it will be wrestling as good a competition as a team can hope for.

'There's no question,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'Then we'll have a clinic with Lehigh, work with some kids and high school coaches, and make the best of some unusual circumstances ... it's a wonderful opportunity for our guys.'

It's the second straight dual meet for OSU against a team ranked in the National Wrestling Coaches Association top 10; the Beavers opened the season with a 33-9 loss at eighth-ranked Nebraska on Nov. 15.

'I think we learned a lot from the meet at Nebraska, and we've got some things to learn from Lehigh,' Wells said. 'There's no question that they're a quality team and we'll be severely tested.

'It's a wonderful opportunity for our kids. Then we'll come home and get ready for final exams, wrestle against Oklahoma State and Oregon (at Gill Coliseum on Dec. 13-14), then go to the Reno Classic and wrestle some more great competition. By Christmas, we'll have faced a good cross-section of the conference and national competition. With this young group, that's exactly what we need to do.'

OSU's Jed Pennell was ranked 20th nationally at 174 pounds by both Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat in their Nov. 18 rankings but dropped from the rankings this week.

Lehigh has nine wrestlers in this week's national rankings, as 125-pounder Mario Stewart is ranked ninth by AWN and 12th by IM; 133-pounder Matt Ciasulli is ranked 20th by AWN and 12th by IM; 141-pounder Cory Cooperman is ranked 11th by AWN and ninth by IM; 157-pounder Derek Zinck is ranked sixth by both AWN and IM; 165-pounder Troy Letters is ranked first by both AWN and IM; 174-pounder Brad Dillon is ranked third by AWN and second by IM; 184-pounder Travis Frick is ranked eighth by AWN and seventh by IM; and 197-pounder Matt Cassidy is ranked 16th by IM. The Mountain Hawks are coached by former OSU national champion Greg Strobel.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 5-2 against Lehigh in a series dating back to 1974, and the Beavers are on a one-meet winning streak against the Mountain Hawks. The last meeting was OSU's 30-10 win at the Virginia Duals in 1997; Lehigh's last victory was a 22-17 triumph at Lehigh earlier that season.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

National rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of November 25

125 - Eric Stevenson; fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 3-1 record with 1 pin133 - Tim Norman, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 4-1 record with 0 pinsor - Bobby Pfennigs; fr. (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS); 4-1 record with 2 pins141 - Mike Unger, so. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 2-2 record with 0 pins149 - Tony Hook, so. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 1-1 record with 0 pinsor - Orlando Perez, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 2-1 record with 1 pin157 - Brian Duhrkoop, sr.; (Milwaukie, Ore./Rex Putnam HS); 4-1 record with 1 pinor - Anthony Weber, so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 1-2 record with 0 pins165 - Matt Ellis, jr. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Okla. St. U.); 4-1 record with 1 pin174 - Jed Pennell, sr. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Vlly. HS); 2-1 record with 2 pins184 - Dan Pitsch, so. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS); 1-1 record with 0 pins197 - Jed Lowe, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 3-1 record with 1 pinHWT - Ty Watterson, fr. (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS); 1-1 record with 1 pin

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEET: Four Oregon State wrestlers won championships Nov. 22 at the Southern Oregon Open. OSU 141-pound-er Kyle Larson, 157-pounder Brian Duhrkoop, 165-pounder Matt Ellis and 197-pounder Jed Lowe all placed first at the non-scoring tournament.

The Beavers competed unattached at the meet, but results from their matches against wrestlers from 4-year schools count toward season records and conference and national seeding.

Oregon State wrestlers earned 12 places at the Southern Oregon Open. In addition to the four champions, OSU got second-place finishes from 125-pounder Eric Stevenson, 141-pounder Clint Leonard and 184-pounder Dan Pitsch; and third-place finishes from 133-pounder Bobby Pfennigs, 141-pounder Mike Unger Jr., 149-pounder Orlando Perez, 174-pounder Jed Pennell and heavyweight Ty Watterson.

Beaver 149-pounder Tony Hook was unbeaten when he had to injury default out of the tournament in the middle rounds due to a cut near one of his eyes. Stevenson was beaten 4-1 in the finals by two-time freestyle world champion Vougar Ourdjov, who is now coaching at Lassen Community College.

Perez recorded what may have been the fastest pin in school history, flattening Oregon's Tim Barbis in seven seconds in the wrestleback preliminary round. Previously, the fastest pin was believed to have been 118-pounder Jason Buce's eight-second job over an opponent from Simon Fraser in December, 1997.

'I thought we wrestled pretty tough,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We went out and got after it and controlled most of the matches. In some cases we let a couple slip away from us. In most cases, where we got beat, got beat buy guys who are a little more experienced and a little better right now. We've just got to improve, and we can do that. I liked our attitude, the way we fought, and I liked our conditioning. We weren't standing around when we were behind; that was a good sign.'

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Joe Wells: Joe Wells, who is in his 12th 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 during his time at OSU.

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 125-78-1 for a winning percentage of .615.

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 are second in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools and fourth in all-time dual meet winning percentage going into the 2003-04 season. OSU has an all-time dual meet record of 859-270-24 and a .755 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU faces one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers meet 7 teams ranked in the Nov. 19 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Lehigh, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 22 Arizona State, No. 23 Boise State, No. 24 Fresno State and No. 25 Cal Poly.

OREGON STATE IN GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State has one of the finest homes in college wrestling, 10,400-seat Gill Coliseum. In 47 seasons in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 357-68-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .836. Last season, OSU was 5-3 at home with all 3 losses coming to nationally-ranked teams.

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.

OREGON STATE WRESTLING HOMECOMING: Oregon State will celebrate its annual OSU Wrestling Homecoming on Dec. 13 when the Beavers play host to Oregon.

Last season, nearly 100 former wrestlers returned to Gill Coliseum for the ceremony. They were part of a crowd of 2,529 that saw the Beavers beat arch-rival Oregon 27-13 on the day when legendary former coach Dale Thomas was honored at halftime. The OSU wrestlers returning for the homecoming festivities accounted for 46 individual conference championships, 29 All-America finishes and 5 NCAA titles during their careers.

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 AssociationPre	NRNov. 19	NRNov. 26Jed Pennell, 174Am.Wr.News		InterMatPre	(184) 18th	Pre	17thNov. 18	20th	Nov. 18	20thNov. 25	NR	Nov. 25	NR

WRESTLER PROFILE NOTES: In the individual notes for each Oregon State wrestler that follow, '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.

Eric Stevenson, 125 POUNDS: Freshman Eric Stevenson (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... faced 2 big challenges in his first 2 days as a varsity wrestler, taking on top-ranked Jason Powell of Nebraska in his debut at a dual meet, then went against 2-time world champion Vougar Ourdjov for Southern Oregon Open title. Powell earned pin in 2:39; Ourdjov took 5-1 decision ... career and this season, 3-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (2 of 4) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 2-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; pinned Tyson Hinz, North Idaho JC, 1:07 in preliminary round; dec. over Brian Watanabe, San Francisco State, 6-1 in first round; major dec. over Junio Valiadolid, Southern Oregon, 10-1 in quarterfinals; pinned (2 DII) Joey Bareng, San Francisco State, 6:38 (OT) in semifinals; dec. by Vougar Ourdjov, unattached, 5-1 in championship final ... season summary, pinned by (1) Jason Powell, Nebraska, 2:39 in dual meet.

Tim Norman, 133 POUNDS: Junior Tim Norman (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 18-22 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (10 of 40) ... this season, 4-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (2 of 5) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; dec. over Eric Fitzpatrick, San Francisco State, 10-3 in preliminary round; major dec. over Johnny Lugo, Oregon, 11-3 in first round; major dec. over Chris Osian, San Francisco State, 10-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by Joe Maynes, Lassen CC, 8-5 in semifinals; dec. by Bobby Pfennigs, Oregon State, 3-2 in third-place final.

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, 4-1 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (2 of 5) ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 4-1 with 2 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, dec. by (8 DII) Donald Lockett, San Francisco State, 6-4 in preliminary round; pinned Johnny Lugo, Oregon, 3:14. in wrestleback first round; pinned Aaron Fernandez, Pacific (Ore.), 1:30 in wrestleback second round; tech. fall over Francisco Gonzalez, Highline CC, 15-0 (time NA) in wrestleback third round; major dec. over Damon Rowe, North Idaho JC, 8-0 in wrestleback quarterfinals; dec. over Tim Norman, Oregon State, 3-2 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. over (8 DII) Donald Lockett, San Francisco State, 4-2 in third-place final.

Mike Unger JR., 141 POUNDS: Sophomore Mike Unger Jr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 12-18 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 10 percent of matches (3 of 30) ... this season, 2-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 3) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 2-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; pinned Levi McCarty, Lassen CC, 1:28 in first round; pinned Jonathan Muri, Highline CC, 5:23 in second round; pinned Derek Kipperberg, North Idaho JC, 1:43 in quarterfinals; dec. by Kyle Larson, Oregon State, 3-2 in semifinals; dec. over Martin Mitchell, Oregon, 7-0 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. over Garrett Miyake, Pacific (Ore.), 3-2 in third-place final.

Tony Hook, 149 POUNDS: Sophomore Tony Hook (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 19-15 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (6 of 34) ... this season, 1-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (1 of 2) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; tech. fall over Jason Smith, Pacific (Ore.), 21-6 (time NA) in preliminary round; dec. over Quentin Moreno, North Idaho JC, 4-2 in first round; injury defaulted out of tournament prior to quarterfinals. ... season summary, dec. by (5) Travis Shufelt, Nebraska, 9-4 in dual meet.

Orlando Perez, 149 POUNDS: Sophomore Orlando Perez (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his second season as an OSU reserve ... recorded what is believed to be fastest pin in OSU school history, a 7-second flattening of Oregon's Tim Barbis at the Southern Oregon Open ... career, 5-3 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (2 of 8) ... this season, 2-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (1 of 3) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 2-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; dec. by (4 DII) Luke Santos, San Francisco State, 10-7 in preliminary round; pinned Tim Barbis, Oregon, 0:07 in wrestleback preliminary round; dec. over Cyle Hartwell, Oregon, 4-2 in wrestleback first round; dec. over (6 JC) Zack Flake, Lassen CC, 7-6 in wrestleback second round; major dec. over Mike Wells, North Idaho JC, 11-0 in wrestleback third round; dec. over Quinton Moreno, North Idaho JC, 3-0 in wrestleback quarterfinals; pinned Byan Sibel, North Idaho JC, 5:01 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. over Seth Roy, North Idaho JC, 3-0 in third-place final.

Brian Duhrkoop, 157 POUNDS: Senior Brian Duhrkoop (Milwaukie, Ore./Milwaukie HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 7-8 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 6 percent of matches (1 of 15) ... this season, 4-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (1 of 5) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; pinned Jacob Christenson, North Idaho JC, 5:36 in first round; pinned Josh White, Southern Oregon, 3:06 in second round; dec. over Cleveland Berto, San Francisco State 4-1 in quarterfinals; dec. over Josh Wiebenga, Central Washington, 10-3 in semifinals; dec. over Jimmy Grochowsky, Southern Oregon, 3-1 in championship final.

Anthony Weber, 157 POUNDS: Sophomore Anthony Weber (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his second season as an OSU reserve ... career, 4-7 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 9 percent of matches (1 of 11) ... this season, 1-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 3) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; pinned Zack Haynes, Lassen CC, 3:28 in first round; dec. over Justin Switzer, San Francisco State, 9-3 in second round; dec. by Rich Vigorito, Southern Oregon, 3-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by Kainoa Casco, Portland State, 6-3 in wrestleback fourth round.

Matt Ellis, 165 POUNDS: Junior Matt Ellis (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma State U.) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 22-12 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (7 of 34) ... this season, 4-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (2 of 5) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; pinned Austin Hunsinger, Southern Oregon, 4:12 in preliminary round; major dec. over Lex Case, Boise State, 11-1 in first round; pinned Pat Gannon, North Idaho JC, 0:47 in quarterfinals; dec. over Joey Bracamonte, Oregon, 1-0 in semifinals; dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in championship final ... season summary, dec. by (13) Jacob Klein, Nebraska, 2-0 in dual meet.

Jed Pennell, 174 POUNDS: Senior Jed Pennell (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS) is in his fourth season in the OSU lineup ... career, 48-35 with 9 pins, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (20 of 83) ... this season, 2-1 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 67 percent of matches (2 of 3) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 1-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; dec. over Kyle Frawley, North Idaho JC, 10-9 in first round; pinned Al Daniels, unattached, 1:23 in quarterfinals; tech. fall by Shane Webster, Oregon, 19-4 (time NA) in semifinals; pinned Rick Story, Southern Oregon, 3:18 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. over Anthony Johnson, Lassen CC, 7-2 in third-place final.

Dan Pitsch, 184 POUNDS: Sophomore Dan Pitsch (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 16-8 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (5 of 24) ... this season, 1-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (1 of 2) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; pinned Brian Moore, Lassen CC, 1:34 in first round; major dec. over Dustin Fisher, Oregon, 13-3 in quarterfinals; major dec. over (4 JC) Blair Alderman, North Idaho JC, 11-1 in semifnals; dec. by Abe Haddon, unattached, 4-3 in championship final.

Jed Lowe, 197 POUNDS: Sophomore Jed Lowe (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 6-3 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (3 of 9) ... this season, 3-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 3-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; pinned Jon Stevens, Lassen CC, 1:13 in first round; pinned Kyle Simmons, Southern Oregon, 0:32 in quarterfinals; dec. over (7 DII) D.C. Hazen, Central Washington, 2-1 in semifinals; dec. over (6 NAIA) Grant Thompson, Southern Oregon, 3-0 in championship final ... season summary, pinned by (18, 184) B.J. Padden, Nebraska, 6:21 in dual meet.

Ty Watterson, HEAVYWEIGHT: Freshman Ty Watterson (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 1-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (1 of 2) ... last week, at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 1-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; pinned Aaron Bates, Southwestern Oregon CC, 2:41 in first round; tech. fall over David Walker, Highline CC, 17-0 (time NA) in second round; pinned Eric Mustoe, Portland State, 1:43 in quarterfinals; dec. by Devin Cole, unattached, 7-6 in semifinals; pinned (2 JC) Isreal Silva, North Idaho JC, 1:43 in third-place final.... season summary, dec. by Mitch Manstedt, Nebraska, 8-6 (OT) in dual meet.

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