Watterson Wrestles Into Semifinals

Dec. 3, 2004

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Oregon State heavyweight Ty Watterson has wrestled into the semifinals at the Las Vegas Collegiate tournament by winning three matches during Friday's opening day of action. Also remaining in the wrestlebacks for the Beavers are 174-pounder Steve Grayson and 184-pounder Dan Pitsch.

Watterson, who beat 13th-ranked Clint Walbeck of Fresno State, will wrestle in the semifinals Saturday morning in a session beginning at 10 a.m. Complete team scores and brackets were not available Friday night.

OREGON STATE AT LAS VEGAS COLLEGIATE, DAY ONE

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

TOP TEAM SCORES: 1. Michigan 95.5; 2. Nebraska 92.5; 3. Hofstra 73.5; 4. Arizona State 68; 5. Missouri 63; 6. Cornell 50; 7. Edinboro 49.5; 8. Pennsylvania 45.5; 9. Purdue 44; 10. Cal State-Bakersfield 40.5.

125, Eric Stevenson - Dec. by Mark Moos, Michigan, 9-4 in first round; major dec. by Brandon Strong, Air Force, 14-3 in wrestleback first round.

133, Bobby Pfennigs - Dec. by Drew Headlee, Pittsburgh, 8-3 in first round; dec. by Jeff Eveletch, Penn, 5-3 (2 OT) in wrestleback second round.

141, Clint Leonard - Pinned Kenny Hashimoto, Northern Colorado, 1:46 in preliminary round; dec. by Rene Hernandez Jr., Purdue, 8-7 in first round; major dec. by Garrett Spooner, Fresno State, 11-3 in wrestleback first round.

149, Orlando Perez - Major dec. by (8) Eric Tannenbaum, Michigan 16-3 in first round; dec. over Robert Henry, North Dakota State, 6-3 in wrestleback first round; dec. over Brian Pitts, Adams State, 7-5 in wrestleback second round; majojr dec. by Mike Torriero, West Virginia, 7-5 in wrestleback third round.

157, Tony Hook - Dec. by (18) James Strouse, Hofstra, 3-1 in first round; medical forfeit to Mitch Webster, George Mason, in wrestleback first round.

165, Anthony Weber - Dec. over Mickey Moran, Buffalo, 2-1 in preliminary round; dec. by Matt Palmer, Columbia, 8-4 in first round; dec. by Scott Koppenhafer, Adams State, 8-5 in wrestleback first round.

174, Steve Grayson - Dec. over Matt Trout, Western State, 8-5 in preliminary round; dec. over (18) Zachariah Doll, Pittsburgh, 11-7 in first round; pinned by Eric Ring, Edinboro, 1:41 in second round; dec. over Barry Jackson, Purdue, 4-1 in wrestleback third round.

184, (20) Dan Pitsch - Tech. fall over D. Wagner, Western State, 20-5 (time n/a) in first round; dec. over Brandon Bear, California-Davis, 6-2 in second round; major dec. by (6) Matt Bell, Missouri, 10-1 in quarterfinals.

197, Travis Gardner - Dec. over Daren Cooper, Utah Valley State, 9-4 in preliminaries; tech. fall by (8) Ryan Baeder, Arizona State, 21-6 (time n/a) in first round; dec. by Tim Sexton, Anderson, 8-5 in wrestleback second round.

HWT, Ty Watterson - Dec. over Scott Buhman, Virginia Military, 4-1 in first round; major dec. over Kirk Nail, Ohio State, 8-0 in second round; dec. over (13) Clint Walbeck, Fresno State, 3-1 in quarterfinals.

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