Beavers Sweep Three Wrestling Duals

Jan. 9, 2004

REDMOND, Ore. - Oregon State 174-pounder Jed Pennell went 3-0 and recorded a pin as the Beavers swept three meets at the Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals on Friday at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. OSU beat Army 24-13, Southern Oregon 24-19 and Cal State-Fullerton 21-13; the Beavers (4-3 overall, 2-0 Pacific-10) were also to have wrestled Air Force but weather prevented the Falcons from reaching the tournament.

OSU finishes its weekend when it hosts Northern Colorado on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Gill Coliseum, and Oregon State head coach Joe Wells will be looking for the Beavers to increase the pressure they put on their opponents.

'We missed a lot of opportunities to get major decisions (by eight points or more) and to put matches away,' Wells said. 'We let some guys off the hook just by not putting enough pressure on them. We need to increase our attempts and increase our offense on our feet. If we do that, we're going to separate ourselves from the rest of the crowd.

'We're relatively healthy; we'll come home and get a good workout on Saturday and get ready to go at 2 o'clock on Sunday.'

The Beavers varied their lineup in each of the three duals; only Pennell, 125-pounder Eric Stevenson and 141-pounder Kyle Larson wrestled at the same weight in all three meets. Going 2-0 for OSU were 133-pounder Tim Norman, 149-pounder Tony Hook, 165-pounder Matt Ellis and heavyweight Jamie Rakevich; Dan Pitsch won both his matches at 184 pounds but was beaten when he stepped up to 197 against Army.

Pennell, ranked 16th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and 15th by InterMat, improved to 12-6 this season and he matched Stevenson for the team lead in pins with his fourth, flattening Rick Story -ranked eighth nationally in the NAIA - in 2:17.

Ellis, also ranked 16th by AWN and 15th by IM, upped his record to 14-6 with his two wins. Stevenson won two of his three matches and now has an 11-5 record, while Rakevich's 6-4 mark includes three pins after he dropped Cal State-Fullerton's Matt Fitu in 1:20 to secure the Beavers' Pac-10 win in that dual.

OREGON STATE 24, ARMY 13

(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125-Eric Stevenson, OSU, dec. Andy Henry, USMA, 6-4. 133-Tim Norman, OSU, dec. Bernard Gardner, USMA, 6-4. 141-Patrick Simpson, USMA, major dec. Kyle Larson, OSU, 11-3. 149-Tony Hook, OSU, major dec. Anthony Dunkin, USMA, 12-4. 157-(7) Phillip Simpson, USMA, pinned Brian Duhrkoop, OSU, 4:12. 165-(16) Matt Ellis, OSU, major dec. Kurt Pryor, USMA, 10-0. 174-(16) Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Gabriel Lucero, USMA, 11-5. 184-Steve Grayson, OSU, dec. Connor Sanders, USMA, 11-5. 197-Joe Forsman, USMA, dec. Dan Pitsch, OSU, 7-2. HWT-Jamie Rakevich, OSU, dec. James Hollis, USMA, 3-1 (OT).

OREGON STATE 24, NO. 6 NAIA SOUTHERN OREGON 19

(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125-Eric Stevenson, OSU dec. Junior Valladolid, SOU, 8-5. 133-Bobby Pfennigs, OSU, pinned Lee Ottow, SOU, 2:02. 141-Kyle Larson, OSU, pinned Freeborn Mondello, SOU, 0:56. 149-(4 NAIA) Colin Murphy, SOU, dec. Orlando Perez, OSU, 5-4. 157-Anthony Weber, OSU, dec. Jimmy Grochowsky, SOU, 3-2. 165-(2) Brian Wilson, SOU, dec. David Lorring, OSU, 6-1. 174-(16) Jed Pennell, OSU, pinned (8 NAIA) Rick Story, SOU, 2:17. 184-Dan Pitsch, OSU, major dec. (5 NAIA) David O'Brien, SOU, 15-7. 197-Kyle Simmons, SOU, major dec. Daniel Johnson, OSU, 11-1. HWT-(2) Wesley Balensifer, SOU, tech. fall Adam Daniel, OSU, 24-9 (7:00).

OREGON STATE 21, CAL STATE-FULLERTON 13

(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125-Jesse Miramontes, CSUF, dec. Eric Stevenson, OSU, 6-4. 133-Tim Norman, OSU, dec. Chris Sanchez, CSUF, 10-4. 141-Juan Mora, CSUF, dec. Kyle Larson, OSU, 4-1. 149-Tony Hook, OSU, dec. Jeff Silva, CSUF, 5-3. 157-Dustin Vance, CSUF, dec. Anthony Weber, OSU, 4-1. 165-(16) Matt Ellis, OSU, dec. Risto Marttinen, CSUF, 5-3. 174-(16) Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Leonel Sanchez, CSUF, 10-4. 184-Dan Pitsch, OSU, dec. Ian Murphy, CSUF, 10-4. 197-(15) Landon Seefeldt, CSUF, major dec. Steve Grayson, OSU, 15-6. HWT-Jamie Rakevich, OSU, pinned Matt Fitu, CSUF, 1:20.

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