Stevenson Scores Upset At 125

Nov. 28, 2003

HONOLULU, Haw. - Oregon State's Eric Stevenson knocked off ninth-ranked Mario Stewart of Lehigh 10-2 on Friday but the Beavers fell to seventh-ranked Lehigh 36-7 in non-league wrestling. OSU (0-2 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) continued a run that sees it wrestle three of its first four duals against teams ranked among the nation's top 10.

The Beavers are now off for final exams until they open their home schedule Dec. 13 against Oregon in OSU's annual Wrestling Homecoming. Oregon State then hosts No. 1-ranked Oklahoma State on Dec. 14.

Against Lehigh (4-1, 0-0 EIWA), Oregon State got Stevenson's win and a decision by 149-pounder Tony Hook to stay within 12-7 after four matches, but the Mountain Hawks won the final six weights and recorded three pins in the meet.

'They came out and put the pressure on us,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We dind't match their pressure; in the cases that we did, we dominated and won the match. It wasn't anything mysterious, just pretty straightforward. Lehigh is a good team, but I felt we gave in a few places, then broke down and didn't maintain our basic position ... but Eric and Tony wrestled aggressively and went after it.'

Stevenson, a redshirt freshman, improved his record to 4-1 this season; his only defeat was to top-ranked Jason Powell of Nebraska. Stewart, ranked ninth by Amateur Wrestling News and 12th by InterMat, lost for the first time this season after winning his first four meets.

Hook, a sophomore, bumped his record to 2-1 with a 13-6 victory over Matt Anderson. Sophomore Dan Pitsch had a shot at winning the 184-pound match, as Travis Frick - ranked eighth by AWN and seventh by IM - had to score a third-period reversal and earn riding time for a 7-4 win.

NO. 7 LEHIGH 36, OREGON STATE 7

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)125-Eric Stevenson, OSU, major dec. (9) Mario Stewart, LU, 10-2. 133-(20) Matt Ciasulli, LU, pinned Tim Norman, OSU, 1:47. 141-(11) Cory Cooperman, LU, pinned Mike Unger Jr., OSU, 4:08. 149-Tony Hook, OSU, dec. Matt Anderson, LU, 13-6. 157-(6)Derek Zinck, LU, major dec. Brian Duhrkoop, OSU, 20-7. 165-(1) Troy Letters, LU, major dec. Matt Ellis, OSU, 12-3. 174-(3) Brad Dillon, LU, major dec. Jed Pennell, OSU, 18-8. 184-(8) Travis Frick, LU, dec. Dan Pitsch, OSU, 7-4. 197-Matt Cassidy, LU, dec. Jed Lowe, OSU, 8-2. HWT-Paul Weible, LU, pinned Ty Watterson, OSU, 2:29.

EXHIBITIONS

133- (20) Matt Ciasulli, LU, pinned Bobby Pfennigs, OSU, 1:32. 149- Orlando Perez, OSU, inj. def. over Matt Anderson, LU. 157- (6) Derek Zinck, LU, major dec. Anthony Weber, OSU, 15-6.

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