Beavers To Wrestle Home Finale

Jan. 28, 2004

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 31Wyoming at Oregon State; Gill Coliseum; 2 p.m.

This weekend, Oregon State wrestles in front of the home fans for the final time this winter and Beaver backers have a chance to see OSU just as it is doing its best wrestling of the season. OSU has won seven of its last eight dual meets going into Saturday's 2 p.m. non-leaguer against Wyoming at Gill Coliseum.

The Beavers (8-4 overall, 4-1 Pacific-10) received votes for the first time this season but didn't crack the top 25 in this week's National Wrestling Coaches Association poll; OSU is 22nd in this week's InterMat team rankings. All four of Oregon State's losses this season were to teams ranked in the top 16 in this week's coaches poll, and the Beavers handed then-21st-ranked Cal State-Bakersfield its first loss of the season last weekend.

'Our guys picked it up,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said of a weekend in which the Beavers beat Fresno State, CSUB and Portland State. 'There was no mistaking the intensity that was there. They made some things happen that were real positives, and that's an infectious process within a team.'

An added challenge now is not to be satisfied with one pretty strong weekend of wrestling.

'(Co-captain) Matt Ellis talked to the team Monday,' Wells said. 'He told them they'd had a couple of good meets but they have to keep pushing it, they need to pick it up and let everybody know we're interested in continuing to get better.

'He told them you don't want to get carried away with being ranked - that's just someone else's opinion. The only ranking that counts is on the Saturday of the third week of March (at the NCAA Championships).'

Saturday will also be the final home meet for seniors Brian Duhrkoop, Micah Houston, Jed Pennell and Curt Willener.

'That's a good group,' Wells said of the seniors. 'Three of them are eligible for Pacific-10 postgraduate scholarships, which is pretty good.'

Pennell and Ellis both take eight-match win streaks and the Pacific-10's No. 1 rankings at their weights into Saturday's meet, while Dan Pitsch has won seven straight.

Ellis moved up one spot in this week's Amateur Wrestling News rankings, slotted 14th at 165 pounds; the junior remained 12th in the InterMat rankings. Ellis is 19-6 this season and he's scored team bonus points seven times during his current winning streak; he's also won 14 of his last 17 matches.

Ellis could have a dandy of a match if Levi Prevost returns to the lineup for Wyoming. Prevost is ranked ninth by AWN and is 15-3 this season with four pins.

Pennell stayed 15th in both the AWN and IM rankings this week after moving into OSU's all-time top-50 lists in career wins and career pins last weekend. His current streak gives Pennell a 17-6 record and he has a team-high six pins this season; he's won nine of his last 10 matches and scored team bonus points seven times during that stretch.

Pitsch stayed third in this week's Pac-10 rankings; he's 12-8 and has scored team bonus points in his last five matches. Tony Hook held onto his No. 20 national ranking on the InterMat national list but was still eighth on the Pac-10 list; he's 10-6 this season.

Beaver heavyweight Jamie Rakevich moved up two spots to third from fifth in this week's Pac-10 rankings after handing Cal State-Bakersfield's Eric Parker a 20-8 major decision over the weekend; Parker had been ranked third in the conference. Rakevich also faces a nationally-ranked competitor this weekend, as Wyoming's Dusty Hoffschneider is ranked 18th by both AWN and IM; Rakevich is 9-6 with three pins this season while Hoffschneider is 4-3.

The rest of the Beavers in the Pac-10 rankings held their positions from last week, with 125-pounder Eric Stevenson fourth, 133-pounder Tim Norman and 141-pounder Kyle Larson seventh, and 157-pounder Duhrkoop and 197-pounder Jed Lowe eighth.

Wyoming (2-3 vs. four-year schools) wrestled against a pair of junior college programs last weekend, beating Western Wyoming JC 38-9 and Northwest JC 33-6 in the Cowboy Duals. The Cowboys own a win over 22nd-ranked Edinboro, a 23-16 victory at the Virginia Duals on Jan. 10. Wyoming will wrestle at Portland State on Friday night.

Wyoming has four wrestlers in the national rankings, as 141-pounder Blake Gunter is ranked 19th by IM, 157-pounder Andrew Shuler is ranked 18th by IM, Prevost is ranked ninth by AWN and heavyweight Hoffschneider is ranked 18th by both AWN and IM.

'Wyoming has some great kids,' Wells said. 'It's going to be a tough dual meet, and in all likelihood it's going to come down to bonus points. We've got to keep collecting those bonus points, which we've done a pretty good job of lately, and keep getting after it. It's the last home meet, it's our Orange Meet (which OSU's other student-athletes are encouraged to attend), so it should be fun.'

OREGON STATE LINEUP:National rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of January 27Pacific-10 rankings are of January 27

125 - Eric Stevenson; fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 14-7 record with 5 pinsNo. 4 Pac-10133 - Tim Norman, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 11-7 record with 0 pinsNo. 7 Pac-10or - Bobby Pfennigs, so. (Great Falls, Mont./Russell HS); 6-2 record with 4 pins141 - Kyle Larson, fr. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 10-5 record with 2 pinsNo. 7 Pac-10149 - Tony Hook, so. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 10-6 record with 2 pinsNo. 8 Pac-10; No. 20 IM157 - Orlando Perez, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 6-8 record with 2 pinsor - Anthony Weber, so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 4-9 record with 0 pinsor-Brian Duhrkoop, sr. (Milwaukie, Ore./Milwaukie HS); 6-9 record with 1 pinNo. 8 Pac-10165 - Matt Ellis, jr. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Okla. St. U.); 19-6 record with 1 pinNo. 1 Pac-10; No. 14 AWN, No. 12 IM174 - Jed Pennell, sr. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Vlly. HS); 17-6 record with 6 pinsNo. 1 Pac-10; No. 15 AWN, No. 15 IM184 - Dan Pitsch, so. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS); 12-8 record with 2 pinsNo. 3 Pac-10197 - Jed Lowe, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 7-7 record with 1 pinNo. 8 Pac-10or - Steve Grayson, jr. (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS); 3-3 record with 1 pinHWT - Jamie Rakevich, fr. (Elma, Wash./Elma HS); 9-6 record with 3 pinsNo. 3 Pac-10

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: Oregon State has an all-time record of 13-5 against Wyoming in a dual meet series dating back to 1960, and the Beavers are on an 11-meet winning streak against the Cowboys. The last meeting came in 1999, with OSU winning 33-5 in Corvallis. Wyoming's last win in the series was in 1968 by a 15-12 score in Laramie.

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEETS: Oregon State swept 3 dual meets in 2 days last weekend. The Beavers beat Fresno State 26-21 at home on Jan. 24, knocked off No. 21 Cal State-Bakersfield 22-14 at home on the afternoon of Jan. 25 and then went to Portland State and took a 49-0 victory on the evening of Jan. 25.

Against Fresno State, Bobby Pfennigs scored a pin at 133 pounds and Oregon State also got bonus points from 165-pounder Matt Ellis, 174-pounder Jed Pennell and 184-pounder Dan Pitsch as the Beavers beat the Bulldogs 26-21 in a non-league dual at Gill Coliseum. Ellis and Pennell ran their winning streaks to six matches for OSU. The Beavers won the day's first 3 matches to build a 12-0 lead, with Pfennigs' fourth pin of the season coming in the middle of that stretch. OSU eventually led 26-9 before forfeiting at 197 pounds and giving up a pin at heavyweight to the Bulldogs' 12th-ranked Clint Walbeck. 'It was pretty much a good effort from start to finish,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We went out and controlled our position better, attacked more frequently, attempted more pinning combinations and pinning holds, and our conditioning looked better. This team is improving. It's starting to believe a bit.' Pitsch, whose 11-3 major decision over Greg Gifford clinched the team win for OSU, felt it was the Beavers' best dual of the season. 'By far,' Pitsch said. 'I think we keep getting better. Everybody is more aggressive, we're improving on our weaknesses and we're starting to click right now.'

Against Cal State-Bakersfield, Oregon State got major decisions from 165-pounder Matt Ellis, 174-pounder Jed Pennell, 184-pounder Dan Pitsch and heavyweight Jamie Rakevich to knock off 21st-ranked Cal State-Bakersfield 22-14 in Pacific-10 wrestling Sunday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers handed the Roadrunners their first dual meet loss of the season. 'This win and Saturday's win (over Fresno State) were really important for us,' said Ellis; he and Pennell both extended their winning streaks to seven matches. 'It was important not only for our team morale and motivation, but because they're nationally-ranked; if we keep doing the right things, maybe we end up being ranked.' Breaking into the top 25 in the national coaches poll doesn't mean a thing when the Pacific-10 and NCAA championships roll around, but Ellis called it a good goal for the Beavers. 'It just says who your team is and who's wrestling for you,' Ellis said. Said OSU head coach Joe Wells: 'It was a good win, no doubt. We had the bonus points and that was the difference. Matt did his job, Jed did his job, then it looked like Dan Pitsch might not but he came back and got it done.'

At Portland State, Jed Pennell made his way onto Oregon State's all-time top 50 lists for career wins and career pins as the Beavers won 49-0 at the Stott Center. Pennell scored one of OSU's 3 pins as the Beavers completed a sweep of their 3 weekend meets. Also scoring pins for Oregon State against the Vikings were 141-pounder Kyle Larson and 184-pounder Dan Pitsch. Pennell and 165-pounder Matt Ellis both won their eighth straight matches. Pennell's 63 career wins tie him for 50th on OSU's all-time career wins list with Steve Lander (158/167/177 pounds, 1987-90); his 13 career pins tie him with Ben Richards (118/133 pounds, 1998-2001), Scott Cardwell (142/150 pounds, 1982, 84-86) and Joe Kittel (126/134 pounds, 1973-76) for 49th place on the OSU all-time list. 'That's excellent,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'Jed has been real solid for us week-in and week-out. He and Matt are doing a great job as captains, and I think that's been a big factor in how our guys are responding lately.'

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 133-81-1 for a winning percentage of .621.

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 were second in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools going into the 2003-04 season. OSU currently has an all-time dual meet record of 867-273-24 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 5 teams ranked in the Jan. 27 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Nebraska, No. 9 Lehigh, No. 16 Arizona State and No. 22 Cal State-Bakersfield.

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 361-69-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .836. This season, OSU is 4-1 at home with the loss coming to top-ranked Oklahoma State; the Beavers are averaging 713 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.

PENNELL CLIMBS BEAVERS' CAREER LISTS: Oregon State senior 174-pounder Jed Pennell gained a spot on the Beavers' all-time top 50 list for career wins and career pins when he flattened Portland State's Josh Gustafson in 2:16 on Jan. 25. Here's where Pennell ranks among OSU's all-time leaders through Jan. 25:

CAREER WINS45. Jim Crumley (1970-71, 73; 177)	67(tie) Terry Jones (1983-84; 158/167)	67(tie) Curt Berger (1981-83, 85; 142)	6748. Ron Sather (1970-72, 74; 177)	6649. Jeff Smyth (1982, 84-86; 167/177)	6450. Steve Lander (1987-90; 158/167/177)	63> (tie) Jed Pennell (2001-present; 165/174/184)63 Eric Jorgensen (1998-2001; 142/150/157)	1545. Mike R. Jones (1970-73; 158)	14(tie) Ron Ziebart (1976-79; 142/158)	14(tie) Gary Yarco (1978-79, 81-82; 177/Hwt)	14(tie) Cliff Berger (1981-82, 84-85; 126/134/142)1449. Ben Richards (1998-2001; 118/133)	13(tie) Scott Cardwell (1982, 84-86; 142/150)	13(tie) Joe Kittel (1973-76; 126/134)	13> Jed Pennell (2001-present; 165/174/184)	13 

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	NRJan. 6	NRJan. 13	NRJan. 20	NRJan. 27	VotesEric 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	NRJan. 6	NR	Jan. 6	NRJan. 13	NR	Jan. 13	NRJan. 20	NR	Jan. 20	NRJan. 27	NR	Jan. 27	NRTony Hook, 149Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 18	NR	Nov. 18	NRNov. 25	NR	Nov. 25	NRDec. 2	NR	Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	NR	Dec. 9	NRDec. 16	NR	Dec. 16	NRJan. 6	NR	Jan. 6	NRJan. 13	NR	Jan. 13	NRJan. 20	NR	Jan. 20	20thJan. 27	NR	Jan. 27	20thMatt Ellis, 165Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 18	NR	Nov. 18	NRNov. 25	NR	Nov. 25	NRDec. 2	NR	Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	NR	Dec. 9	NRDec. 16	NR	Dec. 16	NRJan. 6	16th	Jan. 6	15thJan. 13	16th	Jan. 13	13thJan. 20	15th	Jan. 20	12thJan. 27	14th	Jan. 27	12thJed 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	18thJan. 6	16th	Jan. 6	15thJan. 13	15th	Jan. 13	15thJan. 20	15th	Jan. 20	15thJan. 27	15th	Jan. 27	15th

BEAVERS IN THE PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's Pacific-10 rankings (rankings expanded from 5 places to 8 places on Jan. 20):

Eric Stevenson, 125Dec. 2	3rdDec. 9	2ndDec. 16	2ndDec. 23	3rdJan. 6	3rdJan. 13	3rdJan. 20	4thJan. 27	4thTim Norman, 133Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	5thDec. 16	NRDec. 23	NRJan. 6	NRJan. 13	NRJan. 20	7thJan. 27	7thKyle Larson, 141Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	NRDec. 16	NRDec. 23	NRJan. 6	NRJan. 13	NRJan. 20	7thJan. 27	7thTony Hook, 149Dec. 2	3rdDec. 9	4thDec. 16	5thDec. 23	NRJan. 6	NRJan. 13	5thJan. 20	8thJan. 27	8thBrian Duhrkoop, 157Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	NRDec. 16	NRDec. 23	NRJan. 6	NRJan. 13	NRJan. 20	8thJan. 27	8thMatt Ellis, 165Dec. 2	1stDec. 9	1stDec. 16	1stDec. 23	1stJan. 6	1stJan. 13	1stJan. 20	1stJan. 27	1stJed Pennell, 174Dec. 2	1stDec. 9	1stDec. 16	1stDec. 23	1stJan. 6	1stJan. 13	1stJan. 20	1stJan. 27	1stDan Pitsch, 184Dec. 2	4thDec. 9	4thDec. 16	4thDec. 23	4thJan. 6	3rdJan. 13	3rdJan. 20	3rdJan. 27	3rdJed Lowe, 197Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	NRDec. 16	NRDec. 23	NRJan. 6	NRJan. 13	NRJan. 20	8thJan. 27	8thJamie Rakevich, HWTDec. 2	NRDec. 9	NRDec. 16	4thDec. 23	3rdJan. 6	3rdJan. 13	4thJan. 20	5thJan. 27	3rdTy Watterson, HWTDec. 2	3rdDec. 9	2ndDec. 16	NRDec. 23	NRJan. 6	NRJan. 13	NRJan. 20	NRJan. 27	NR

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 dual-ending 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. Records and results include only matches against wrestlers from NCAA and NAIA schools.

Eric Stevenson, 125 POUNDS: Freshman Eric Stevenson (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won 6 of last 9 matches ... faced 2 big challenges in his first 2 days as a varsity wrestler, taking on top-ranked Jason Powell of Nebraska in his dual meet debut, 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. 4 ... career and this season, 14-7 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 38 percent of matches (8 of 21) ... last week, went 2-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Sal Gonzales, Fresno State, 6-4 in dual meet; dec. by (4) Efren Ceballos, Cal State-Bakersfield, 9-3 in dual meet; dec. over Zac Enoch, Portland State, 9-3 in dual meet ... season summary, at Reno Classic, placed fifth, went 4-2 with 3 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned (5 NAIA) Ricky Aguirre, Menlo, 6:26; pinned Cody Stites, Oklahoma State, 6:22 in fifth-place final ... 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 pinned (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 ... has won 7 of last his 9 matches ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 7 ... career, 25-28 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (11 of 53) ... this season, 11-7 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (3 of 18) ... last week, went 2-0 with 0 pins; dec. over Jack Anaya, Cal State-Bakersfield, 3-2 in dual meet; won by forfeit vs. Portland State in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (9) Mike Simpson, Arizona State, 6-5 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 0-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... at Reno Classic, did not place, went 2-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... 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 ... has won his last 2 matches, both by pin ... career and this season, 6-2 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (4 of 8) ... last week, went 1-0 with 1 pin; pinned Shannon Slack, Fresno State, 4:34 in dual meet ... 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, 16-22 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 16 percent of matches (6 of 38) ... this season, 6-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (3 of 12) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 2-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... dec. over Skyler Woods, Oregon, 7-6 in season's 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 ... has won 4 of his last 5 matches, scoring team bonus points 2 times ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 7 ... career and this season, 10-5 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (4 of 15) ... last week, went 2-1 with 1 pin; dec. over Ben Martinez, Fresno State, 8-3 in dual meet; dec. by Roberto Vargas, Cal State-Bakersfield, 8-3 in dual meet; pinned Josh Carroll, Portland State, 6:32 in dual meet ... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... 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, Ida./Sandpoint HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 20 IM; in Pac-10, No. 8 ... career, 28-20 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (11 of 48) ... this season, 10-6 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 38 percent of matches (6 of 16) ... last week, dec. by (20) Casey Olson, Fresno State, 8-1 in dual meet; dec. over Anthony Baza, Cal State-Bakersfield, 6-4 (OT) in dual meet; won by forfeit vs. Portland State in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (11) Patrick Williams, Arizona State, 4-2 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 3-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... 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, 149/157 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, 9-10 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 32 percent of matches (6 of 19) ... this season, 6-8 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 36 percent of matches (5 of 14) ... last week, ... season summary, dec. by (20) Brian Stith, Arizona State, 5-3 in dual meet for debut at 157 pounds ... dec. by (4 NAIA) Colin Murphy, Southern Oregon, 5-4 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (6) Ty Eustice, Iowa, 14-6 ... at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (3) Zach Esposito, Oklahoma State ... 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 ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 8 ... career, 9-16 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 4 percent of matches (1 of 25) ... this season, 6-9 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 7 percent of matches (1 of 15) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, pinned by (7) Phillip Simpson, Army, 4:12 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... 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, 7-14 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 5 percent of matches (1 of 21) ... this season, 4-9 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 12) ... last week, pinned by Shane Seibert, Fresno State, 0:34 in dual meet ... season summary, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... 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 ... has won 8 straight matches, scoring team bonus points 7 times ... has won 14 of last 17 matches, scoring team bonus points 8 times ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 14 AWN, No. 12 IM; in Pac-10, No. 1 ... career, 37-17 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (15 of 54) ... this season, 19-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (10 of 25) ... last week, went 3-0 with 0 pins; major dec. over Sean Sheets, Fresno State, 11-3 in dual meet; major dec. over Christian Arellano, Cal State-Bakersfield, 14-3 in dual meet; major dec. over Devin Mair, Portland State, 11-3 in dual meet ... season summary, at Midlands Open, placed fifth, went 4-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including dec. by (19) Heston Johnson, Northern Iowa, 3-1 (OT); dec. over (17) Zachariah Doll, Pittsburgh, 6-1; dec. over (10) J.J. Holmes, Eastern Michigan, 6-5; dec. by (16) Nick Passolano, Iowa State, 6-0; med. fft. over (19) Heston Johnson, Northern Iowa, in fifth-place final ... at Reno Classic, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 17-6 in championship final ... 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 ... has won 7 of last 8 matches ... has won 8 straight matches, scoring team bonus points 6 times ... has won 9 of last 10 matches, scoring team bonus points 7 times ... needs 3 pins to make OSU's all-time top 50 single-season leaders list in that category ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 15 by AWN, No. 15 by IM; in Pac-10, No. 1 ... career, 63-40 with 13 pins, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (28 of 103) ... this season, 17-6 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (10 of 23) ... among OSU's all-time career, leaders, tied for 50th in career wins; tied for 49th in career pins ... last week, went 3-0 with 1 pin; disqualification over Anthony Rubalcava, Fresno State 6:35 in dual meet; major dec. over Bryan Travers, Cal State-Bakersfield, 11-1 in dual meet; pinned Josh Gustafson, Portland State, 2:16 in dual meet to join OSU's all-time top 50s in both career wins, career pins ... season summary, pinned (8 NAIA) Rick Story, Souther Oregon, 2:17 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 3-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (13) Matt Herrington, Penn, 12-8; dec. by (12) Andrew Roy, Rutgers, 14-8 ... at Reno Classic, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including tech. fall by (1) Chris Pendleton, Oklahoma State, 19-3 (5:54) in championship final ... 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) Brad 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 ... has won 7 straight matches, scoring team bonus points 6 times ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 3 ... career, 27-15 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 36 percent of matches (15 of 42) ... this season, 12-8 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (10 of 20) ... last week, went 3-0 with 1 pin; major dec. over Greg Gifford, Fresno State, 11-3 in dual meet; major dec. over Scott O'Rear, Cal State-Bakersfield, 17-9 in dual meet; pinned Nick Gomeza, Portland State, 2:31 in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. over (5 NAIA) David O'Brien, Southern Oregon, 15-7 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 0-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... at Reno Classic, placed fifth, went 3-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (1) Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State, 14-3; pinned by (3 DIII) Jason Lulloff, Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 2:40; inj. def. over (12) Nick Frost, Arizona State, in fifth-place final ... 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 ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 8 ... career, 10-9 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (5 of 19) ... this season, 7-7 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (3 of 14) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... at Reno Classic, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (8) Matt Monteiro, Cal State-Bakersfield, 5:44; major dec. by (13) K.C. Walsh, Boise State, 13-2 ... pinned by (19) Rusty Blackmon, Oklahoma State, 2:44 in dual meet ... dec. 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.

Steve Grayson, 197 POUNDS: Junior Steve Grayson (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS) is in his third season as an OSU reserve ... career, 6-8 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (2 of 14) ... this season, 3-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (1 of 6) ... last week, tech. fall by (5) Matt Monteiro, Cal State-Bakersfield, 6:57 (21-5) in dual meet; dec. over Allen Kennett, Portland State, 11-8 in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. by (5) Ryan Bader, Arizona State, 12-2 in dual meet ... pinned Nathan Kimberlin, Northern Colorado, 1:42 in exhibition for first career pin ... major dec. by (15) Landon Seefeldt, Cal State-Fullerton, in dual meet.

Jamie Rakevich, HEAVYWEIGHT: Freshman Jamie Rakevich (Elma, Wash./Elma HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won 5 of last 7 matches, scoring team bonus points 4 times ... 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, 9-6 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (5 of 15) ... last week, went 2-1 with 0 pins; pinned by (12) Clint Walbeck, Fresno State, 4:45 in dual meet; major dec. over Eric Parker, Cal State-Bakersfield, 20-8 in dual meet; major dec. over Eric Mustoe, Portland State, 11-2 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (8) Cain Velasquez, Arizona State, 5-2 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 0-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... at Reno Classic, did not place, went 3-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (2 DII) Willie McCowan, Central Missouri State, 2:21; dec. by (10) Willie Gruenwald, Oklahoma State, 8-4 ... pinned (9) Willie Gruenwald, Oklahoma State, 1:46 in dual meet debut ... 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 ... career and this season, 1-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, inj. def. to Cody Parker, Oregon, in first Civil War dual with season-ending arm injury ... 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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