Beavers Make For The Midlands

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Dec. 26, 2003

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 29Oregon State at Midlands Open; Evanston, Ill.; all day

Oregon State will end 2003 just the way it's spent most of the season thus far - facing some of the nation's best wrestlers.

The Beavers (1-3 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10) compete at the Midlands Open on Sunday and Monday, hosted by Northwestern. The field for this year's Midlands Open includes many of the top 25 teams in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association poll, including No. 2 Iowa State, No. 5 Iowa, No. 6 Illinois, No. 9 Cornell, No. 11 Penn State, No. 12 Hofstra, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 15 Pennsylvania, No. 17 Central Michigan, No. 18 West Virginia, No. 20 Northern Iowa and No. 21 Purdue.

'We've wrestled the toughest opponents we could get,' said OSU head coach Joe Wells, whose team has already faced No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Lehigh and No. 4 Nebraska in dual meets. 'That's exactly what we need. We're a young team that's setting its sights high, and we've got to match the intensity level of our opponents. If we do that, we'll continue to improve.'

The tournament format allows each team 10 wrestlers, but lets them spread their entries over the weight classes in any manner they choose. OSU's entries will be 133-pounder Tim Norman, 149-pounders Tony Hook and Orlando Perez, 157-pounders Brian Duhrkoop and Anthony Weber, 165-pounder Matt Ellis, 174-pounder Jed Pennell, 184-pounder Dan Pitsch, 197-pounder Jed Lowe and heavyweight Jamie Rakevich.

Oregon State has one wrestler among the tournament seeds, as Pennell is rated ninth among the field in his weight class. The Beavers are coming off a sixth-place finish in the 19-team Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18.

'We've just got to stay positive and keep going with these guys,' Wells said. 'We're trying to raise the bar, and guys are figuring out how good they are - can they do this, or can they do that.

'We need to keep working and keep improving the level of our competitive effort. We saw evidence of that at Reno with some young guys - they came out and were a little overwhelmed by their opponents in the first period and didn't match the level of intensity of their opponent, but by the end of the match they were taking it to a guy but coming up a little short.

'That's part of growing and developing and maturing as an athlete and a competitor. We're working at getting that level of intensity increased; taking more shots and more risks, increasing our ability to attempt and score more points in a match, and build that separation between us and our opponents.'

Pennell is the only Beaver in the current national rankings, where he's 17th according to Amateur Wrestling News and 18th according to InterMat.

Pennell remained the Pacific-10's top-ranked 174-pounder in this week's conference rankings and Ellis retained the No. 1 spot at 165 pounds. Rakevich climbed one spot to No. 3 at heavyweight, Pitsch remained fourth at 184, 125-pounder Eric Stevenson slipped a notch to third in his weight class, and Hook dropped out of the rankings after being No. 5 the previous week at 149.

OREGON STATE LINEUP: National rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of December 16Pacific-10 rankings are of December 23.

125 - Eric Stevenson; fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 9-4 record with 4 pinsNo. 3 Pac-10133 - Tim Norman, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 6-5 record with 0 pinsor - Bobby Pfennigs; fr. (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS); 4-2 record with 2 pins141 - Mike Unger, so. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 5-6 record with 1 pinor - Kyle Larson, fr. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 5-2 record with 0 pins149 - Tony Hook, so. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 2-3 record with 0 pinsor - Orlando Perez, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 4-3 record with 1 pin157 - Brian Duhrkoop, sr.; (Milwaukie, Ore./Rex Putnam HS); 5-6 record with 1 pinor - Anthony Weber, so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 2-5 record with 0 pins165 - Matt Ellis, jr. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Okla. St. U.); 8-4 record with 1 pinNo. 1 Pac-10174 - Jed Pennell, sr. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Vlly. HS); 6-4 record with 3 pinsNo. 1 Pac-10; No. 17 AWN, No. 18 IM184 - Dan Pitsch, so. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS); 5-5 record with 1 pinNo. 4 Pac-10197 - Jed Lowe, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 6-5 record with 1 pinHWT - Jamie Rakevich, fr. (Elma, Wash./Elma HS); 4-3 record with 2 pinsNo. 3 Pac-10

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Last season, Oregon State placed 25th in a field of 57 teams at the Midlands Open. This will be the Beavers' fourth trip to the tournament; OSU placed ninth in 2000-01 and 10th in 2002-03.

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEET: Oregon State 165-pounder Matt Ellis and 174-pounder Jed Pennell both wrestled into the finals of the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 18 before placing second. The Beavers finished sixth as a team in the 19-team event; top-ranked Oklahoma State won the team championship and 14th-ranked Arizona State was second.

OSU 125-pounder Eric Stevenson placed fifth and Beaver 184-pounder Dan Pitsch placed sixth. Oregon State 197-pounder Jed Lowe and heavyweight Jamie Rakevich were both one win away from placing.

Ellis and Pennell were both beaten by Oklahoma State wrestlers who had defeated them in a dual meet last weekend in Corvallis, Ellis by Tyrone Lewis and Pennell by Chris Pendleton. Stevenson turned the tables on one Cowboy, though, pinning Cody Stites after Stites had beaten him in the dual.

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 126-80-1 for a winning percentage of .611.

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 currently has an all-time dual meet record of 860-272-24 and a .754 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 Dec. 9 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Lehigh, No. 4 Nebraska, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 23 Boise State, No. 24 Cal Poly 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 48th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 358-69-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .834. This season, OSU is 1-1 at home with the loss coming to top-ranked Oklahoma State; the Beavers are averaging 1,103 fans per home meet.

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 celebrated its annual OSU Wrestling Homecoming on Dec. 13 when the Beavers beat Oregon 23-18 in front of 1,132 fans and legendary former OSU coach Dale Thomas. There were 25 former OSU wrestlers on hand; during their Oregon State careers, they accounted for 35 individual conference championships, 25 All-America finishes and 7 national championships.

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. 18	NRDec. 9	NREric Stevenson, 125Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 18	NR	Nov. 18	NRNov. 25	NR	Nov. 25	NRDec. 2	19th	Dec. 2	18thDec. 9	18th	Dec. 9	16thDec. 16	NR	Dec. 16	NRJed Pennell, 174Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre(184) 18th	Pre	17thNov. 18	20th	Nov. 18	20thNov. 25	NR	Nov. 25	NRDec. 2	NR	Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	NR	Dec. 9	18thDec. 16	17th	Dec. 16	18th

BEAVERS IN THE PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's Pacific-10 rankings:

Eric Stevenson, 125Dec. 2	3rdDec. 9	2ndDec. 16	2ndDec. 23	3rdTim Norman, 133Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	5thDec. 16	NRDec. 23	NRTony Hook, 149Dec. 2	3rdDec. 9	4thDec. 16	5thDec. 23	NRMatt Ellis, 165Dec. 2	1stDec. 9	1stDec. 16	1stDec. 23	1stJed Pennell, 174Dec. 2	1stDec. 9	1stDec. 16	1stDec. 23	1stDan Pitsch, 184Dec. 2	4thDec. 9	4thDec. 16	4thDec. 23	4thTy Watterson, HWTDec. 2	3rdDec. 9	2ndDec. 16	NRDec. 23	NRJamie Rakevich, HWTDec. 2	NRDec. 9	NRDec. 16	4thDec. 23	3rd

RAKEVICH GOES FROM THE CLOCK TO A PIN: As Jamie Rakevich noted, a teammate's injury isn't the way anybody wants to get into the starting lineup. But presented with the chance, the redshirt freshman made the most of it.

Rakevich, who started the season as OSU's No. 2 heavyweight, was helping run the scoreboard the night of Dec. 13 as the Beavers beat Oregon 23-18 at Gill Coliseum. That gave him a front-row seat for the meet's grotesque ending, as Beaver heavyweight Ty Watterson suffered a broken arm when he and Oregon's Cody Parker went out-of-bounds in a first-period scramble.

That thrust Rakevich into the starting lineup for the next afternoon's meet against top-ranked Oklahoma State. Oregon State was being shut out going into the heavyweight match, but Rakevich came up with a pin of ninth-ranked Willie Gruenwald in 1:46 to put the Beavers on the board.

STEVENSON FACES BIG CHALLENGES IN FIRST TWO MEETS: After the way Eric Stevenson started the season, things could only get easier.

Stevenson, a redshirt freshman 125-pounder, began his varsity career in OSU's season-opener at No. 8 Nebraska on Nov. 15. His opponent? The nation's top-ranked wrestler at that weight, senior Jason Powell. Powell pinned Stevenson in 2:39.

A week later at the Southern Oregon Open, Stevenson reached the finals. Who was waiting for him? Two-time freestyle world champion Vougar Ourdjov, who is now coaching at Lassen Community College. Ourdjov took a 4-1 decision over Stevenson.

Stevenson must be a quick study. In his next match, he upset ninth-ranked Mario Stewart of Lehigh 10-2 at the Hawai'i Duals and moved into the national rankings.

PEREZ SCORES PERHAPS FASTEST BEAVER PIN EVER: Orlando Perez may have scored the quickest pin in Oregon State wrestling history at the Southern Oregon Open on Nov. 22. The sophomore 149-pounder flattened Oregon's Tim Bargis in just 7 seconds in the wrestleback preliminary round. Said OSU head coach Joe Wells: 'I was walking over to the mat for his match, and when I got there they were already shaking hands.'

Previously, the quickest pin ever by a Beaver was believed to be Jason Buce's 8-second bout against Simon Fraser's Jason Bennett in a 1998 dual meet.

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 the Southern Oregon Open title. Powell earned a pin in 2:39; Ourdjov took a 5-1 decision ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 3 ... career and this season, 9-4 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 54 percent of matches (7 of 13) ... last week, at Reno Classic, placed fifth, went 4-2 with 3 pins; pinned (5 NAIA) Ricky Aguirre, Menlo, 6:26 in preliminary round; pinned Carl Green, Southern Oregon, 2:47 in first round; dec. over Vic Moreno, Cal Poly, 4-2 in quarterfinals; major dec. by Christian Staylor, Arizona State, 10-2 in semifinals; dec. by Peter Derstine, Clarion, 4-2 in wrestleback semifinals; pinned Cody Stites, Oklahoma State, 6:22 in fifth-place final ... season summary, dec. over Joey Lucas, Oregon, 5-3 in Civil War debut ... Nov. 22-Dec. 13, 5-match winning streak; during streak, scored team bonus points 3 times ... major dec. over (9) Mario Stewart, Lehigh, 10-2 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 2-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pin over (2 DII) Joey Bareng, San Francisco State, 6:38 (OT) ... 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, 20-26 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (10 of 46) ... this season, 6-5 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (2 of 11) ... last week, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins; pinned by Jason Harless, Oregon, 2:07 in first round; dec. over Alvaro Arreola, Cal State-Fullerton, 6-0 in wrestleback preliminary round; pinned Marc Fisher, Western Wyoming CC, 5:35 om wrestleback first round; dec. over Scott Jorgensen, Boise State, 9-8 in wrestleback second round; major dec. by (6 JC) Charles Lloyd, Lassen CC, 10-2 in wrestleback quarterfinals ... season summary, dec. by (4) Johnny Thompson, Oklahoma State, 9-2 in dual meet ...pinned by (20) Matta Ciasulli, Lehigh, 1:47 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... dec. over Matt Keller, Nebraska, 13-10 in dual meet was 1 of OSU's 2 wins vs. eighth-ranked Cornhuskers.

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, 4-2 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (2 of 6) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, pinned by (20) Matt Ciasulli, Lehigh, 1:32 in exhibition ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 4-1 with 2 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (8 DII) Donald Lockett, San Francisco State, 6-4; dec. over (8 DII) Donald Lockett, San Francisco State, 4-2.

Mike Unger JR., 141 POUNDS: Sophomore Mike Unger Jr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 15-22 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (5 of 37) ... this season, 5-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (2 of 11) ... last week, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 2-2 with 1 pin; major dec. over Mike Roggenkamp, Oregon, 8-0 in preliminary round; pinned Jeremy Irvine, Central Missouri State, 2:39 in first round; dec. by Frank Edgar, Clarion, 10-4 in quarterfinals; dec. by Roberto Vargas, Cal State-Bakersfield, 6-5 in wrestleback third round ... season summary, dec. over Skyler Woods, Oregon, 7-6 in first Civil War dual ... pinned by (11) Cory Cooperman, Lehigh, 4:08 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 2-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Kyle Larson, 141 POUNDS: Freshman Kyle Larson (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 5-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (1 of 7) ... last week, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins; dec. over Adam Kuchnia, Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 5-2 in preliminary round; major dec. by Ronnie Delk, Oklahoma State, 15-4 in first round; major dec. by Roberto Vargas, Cal State-Bakersfield, 10-2 in wrestleback first round ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Tony Hook, 149 POUNDS: Sophomore Tony Hook (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 20-17 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 16 percent of matches (6 of 37) ... this season, 2-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (1 of 5) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, major dec. by (3) Zack Esposito, Oklahoma State, 12-4 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, injury defaulted out of tournament prior to quarterfinals ... 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 Bargis at the Southern Oregon Open ... career, 7-5 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (4 of 12) ... this season, 4-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (3 of 7) ... last week, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins; major dec. over Kainoa Casco, Portland State, 21-7 in first round; major dec. by (3) Zach Esposito, Oklahoma State, 15-3 in quarterfinals; dec. by T.J. McCance, Clarion, 7-3 in wrestleback second round ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 2-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (4 DII) Luke Santos, San Francisco State, 10-7; dec. over (6 JC) Zack Flake, Lassen CC, 7-6.

Brian Duhrkoop, 157 POUNDS: Senior Brian Duhrkoop (Milwaukie, Ore./Milwaukie HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 8-13 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 5 percent of matches (1 of 21) ... this season, 5-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 9 percent of matches (1 of 11) ... last week, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins; major dec. by Ben Cherrington, Boise State, 9-1 in first round; dec. over Jimmy Grochowsky, Southern Oregon, 12-5 in wrestleback first round; dec. by Keith Kroeger, Cal Poly, 3-2 in wrestleback second round ... season summary, dec. by (14) Kevin Ward, Oklahoma State, 12-5 in dual meet ... major dec. by (6) Derek Zinck, Lehigh, 10-7 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Anthony Weber, 157 POUNDS: Sophomore Anthony Weber (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his second season as an OSU reserve ... career, 5-10 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 7 percent of matches (1 of 15) ... this season, 2-5 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 7) ... last week, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins; pinned by Johnny Hendricks, Oklahoma State, 4:02 in first round; dec. over Jesse Armstrong, Southern Oregon, 12-5; dec. by Keith Kroeger, Cal Poly, 3-1 ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Matt Ellis, 165 POUNDS: Junior Matt Ellis (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma State U.) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 1 ... career, 26-15 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (8 of 41) ... this season, 8-4 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (3 of 12) ... last week, at Reno Classic, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins; major dec. over Jamie Robbins, Arizona State, 14-5 in first round; dec. over Christian Arellano, Cal State-Bakersfield, 2-0 in quarterfinals; dec. over Michael Font, California-Davis, 6-4 in semifinals; major dec. by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 17-6 in championship final ... season summary, tech. fall by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 7:00 (22-7) in dual meet ... dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in dual meet to spark OSU's 23-18 comeback victory ...major dec. by (1) Troy Letters, Lehigh, 12-3 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... 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 ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 17 by AWN, No. 18 by IM; in Pac-10, No. 1 ... career, 52-38 with 10 pins, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (21 of 90) ... this season, 6-4 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 30 percent of matches (3 of 10) ... last week, at Reno Classic, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Rick Story, Southern Oregon, 7-3 in first round; dec. over Leonel Sanchez, Cal State-Fullerton, 11-5 in quarterfinals; dec. over Aaron Wright, Clarion, 6-2 in semifinals; tech. fall by (1) Chris Pendleton, Oklahoma State, 19-3 (5:54) in championship final ... season summary, dec. by (1) Chris Pendleton, Oklahoma State, 8-4 in dual meet ... pinned Chet McBee, Oregon, 5:57 in dual meet to help OSU to 23-18 comeback win ... major dec. by (3) Brd Dillon, Lehigh, 18-8 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 1-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... pinned Jason High, Nebraska, 1:53 in dual meet for 1 of OSU's 2 wins vs. eighth-ranked Cornhuskers.

Dan Pitsch, 184 POUNDS: Sophomore Dan Pitsch (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 4 ... career, 20-12 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (9 of 32) ... this season, 5-5 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (4 of 10) ... last week, at Reno Classic, placed fifth, went 3-2 with 1 pin; pinned Dustin Fisher, Oregon, 4:00 in first round; dec. over Brandon Bear, California-Davis, 8-5 in quarterfinals; major dec. by (1) Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State, 14-3 in semifinals; pinned by (3 DIII) Jason Lulloff, Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 2:40 in wrestleback semifinals; default over (12) Nick Frost, Arizona State, in fifth-place final ... season summary, major dec. by (1) Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State, 13-3 in dual meet ...tech. fall over Dustin Fisher, Oregon, 4:08 (16-0) in dual meet to help OSU to 23-18 comeback win ...dec. by (8) Travis Frick, Lehigh, 7-4 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; round; including major dec. over (4 JC) Blair Alderman, North Idaho JC, 11-1.

Jed Lowe, 197 POUNDS: Sophomore Jed Lowe (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 9-7 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 31 percent of matches (5 of 16) ... this season, 6-5 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (3 of 11) ... last week, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins; major dec. over Kyle Simmons, Southern Oregon, 13-0 in first round; pinned by (8) Matt Monteiro, Cal State-Bakersfield, 5:44 in quarterfinals; major dec. over Eric Smith, Boise State, 15-1 in wrestleback second round; major dec. by (13) K.C. Walsh, Boise State, 13-2 in wrestleback quarterfinals ... season summary, pinned by (19) Rusty Blackmon, Oklahoma State, 2:44 in dual meet ... dec. over Jake Leair, Oregon, 5-1 in dual meet helped OSU to 23-18 comeback win ...at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 3-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (7 DII) D.C. Hazen, Central Washington, 2-1; dec. over (6 NAIA) Grant Thompson, Southern Oregon, 3-0 ... pinned by (18, 184) B.J. Padden, Nebraska, 6:21 in dual meet.

Jamie Rakevich, HEAVYWEIGHT: Freshman Jamie Rakevich (Elma, Wash./Elma HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... was thrust into starting lineup due to injury to Ty Watterson the weekend of Dec. 13-14, and made his dual meet debut by pinning ninth-ranked Willie Gruenwald of Oklahoma State in 1:46 ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 3 ... career and this season, 4-3 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (2 of 7) ... last week, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 3-2 with 1 pin; dec. over Eric Mustoe, Portland State, 5-3 in preliminary round; pinned by (2 DII) Willie McCowan, Central Missouri State, 2:21 in first round; dec. over Cody Parker, Oregon, 5-4 in wrestleback preliminary round; pinned Chad Troxler, Cal State-Bakersfield, 6:54 in wrestleback first round; dec. by (10) Willie Gruenwald, Oklahoma State, 8-4 in wrestleback quarterfinals ... season summary, pinned (9) Willie Gruenwald, Oklahoma State, 1:46 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 0-1 vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Ty Watterson, HEAVYWEIGHT: Freshman Ty Watterson (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 2 ... career and this season, 1-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, went 0-1; inj. def. to Cody Parker, Oregon, in dual meet with season-ending arm injury ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 1-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned (2 JC) Isreal Silva, North Idaho JC, 1:43 ... dec. by (15) Mitch Manstedt, Nebraska, 8-6 (OT) in dual meet.

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