Watterson Sixth, Pitsch Eighth

Dec. 4, 2004

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Oregon State's Ty Watterson placed sixth at heavyweight and teammate Dan Pitsch placed eighth at 184 pounds Saturday in the final day of the Las Vegas Collegiate wrestling tournament. OSU's other wrestler who survived the first day, 174-pounder Steve Grayson, lost his first match of the day and did not place.

Complete team scores were unavailable Saturday night. Michigan won thetournament, followed by Nebraska, Hofstra, Boise State and Cornell.

'I thought we had some kids who stepped up and performed well and competed well,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'Then we had some who have had a little more match experience, but this is their first match of year and they looked rusty and didn't manage the match well. They were ahead but made mistakes or poor decisions at the end when they had match in control, and a couple times we put ourselves in physical danger in an effort to do something spectacular.

'We just need to do basics, do them well, and stay disciplined. That comes with more frequent matches - getting into the routine where you have two or three matches in a weekend, and getting into those habits. We didn't perform as well as I hoped, but some guys who got a chance to wrestle picked it up and looked really good; they'll come back to the (practice) room and help our other guys. Then we get the guys who are out of the lineup back ... we just have to weather storm and be postive.'

Watterson placed sixth without wrestling a match on Saturday after he had reached the semifinals with three wins Friday. In his quarterfinal win late Friday over 13th-ranked Clint Walbeck of Fresno State, Watterson felt some discomfort in his knee; OSU's staff decided not to risk injury by having Watterson wrestle before a more extensive evaluation of the knee.

'Ty wrestled well in the matches he wrestled,' Wells said. 'He had an excellent shot (at winning the tournament). There were some top-level guys here at heavyweight and some opportunities, and we missed those matches that would be significant.'

Watterson would have had a shot at third-ranked Matthew Feast of Pennsylvania in the semifinals.

'It's a heartbreaker; those are the matches you come here for,' Wells said. 'But this is early in the season, it doesn't mean anything long term, so you've got to do the prudent thing and come back and get it checked out.'

That will also be the case for 157-pounder Tony Hook, who injury defaulted his second match on Friday after hurting a shoulder. The availability of Watterson and Hook for next weekend's home dual meets against Oregon on Friday night and Nebraska on Saturday afternoon will be determined during the week.

Pitsch, who had been beaten in Friday's quarterfinals, won his first wrestleback match over Joe Rovelli of Hofstra before being decisioned by 12th-ranked Ben Wissel of Purdue and 13th-ranked Ryan Halsey of Cal Poly to finish eighth.

OREGON STATE AT LAS VEGAS COLLEGIATE

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

TOP TEAM SCORES: 1. Michigan 148; 2. Nebraska 139.5; 3. Hofstra 108.5; 4. Arizona State 103.5; 5. Cornell 97.5; 6. Missouri 88.5; 7. Purdue 83.5; 8. Boise State 75; 9. Wisconsin 65.5; 10. (tie) Edinboro and Pittsburgh 64.5.

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; injury default 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; dec. by Ryan Willman, West Virginia, 11-5 in wrestleback fourth round.

184, (20) Dan Pitsch - Tech. fall over Dillioni. Waggoner, 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; dec. over Joe Rovelli, Hofstra, 9-3 in wrestleback fifth round; dec. (12) Ben Wissel, Purdue, 9-4 in wrestleback sixth round; dec. by (13) Ryan Halsey, Cal Poly, 9-3 in seventh-place final.

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; medical forfeit to (3) Matthew Feast, Pennsylvania, time n/a in semifinals; medical forfeit to Eric Smith, Boise State, in wrestleback seventh round; medical forfeit to Jake O'Brien, Purdue, in fifth-place final.

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