Beavers To Open Dual Meet Season

Dec. 8, 2004

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10Oregon at Oregon State;Gill Coliseum; 7 p.m.SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11No. 4 Nebraska at Oregon State;Gill Coliseum; 1 p.m.

Oregon State starts its dual meet season with a bang this weekend, meeting its arch-rival and one of the nation's top-ranked teams at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (0-0 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10) greet Oregon (0-2, 0-1) on Friday at 7 p.m., then host No. 4 Nebraska (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

'We're real anxious to get started with the dual meets,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We start with the Civil War, then Saturday afternoon compete against Nebraska, which is coming off a real good finish at the Las Vegas Collegiate.'

OSU has three wrestlers in the national rankings this week, as senior 165-pounder Matt Ellis is ranked 13th by Amateur Wrestling News and 14th by InterMat, junior 184-pounder Dan Pitsch is ranked 20th by AWN and 18th by IM, and sophomore heavyweight Ty Watterson is ranked 15th by AWN and 11th by IM.

Oregon comes into the meet having lost at Wyoming 30-16 and at home against California-Davis 26-22.

'The Civil War - that's for the right to live in the State of Oregon `til February (and the season's second dual between the teams),' Wells said. 'It's always a meet where these guys are ready, they're fired up, as well as Oregon will be fired up. It'll be a knock-down, drag-out probably every single match. They're favored in a couple, we're favored in a couple.

'I look for some of our guys to step up and do an outstanding job. The key for us, I think, is getting some bonus points in those matches where we have an opportunity, and we can't give them up where we're not favored. It's going to be a tossup, match by match. We just have to fight, get after them and make them wrestle.'

Oregon has five wrestlers in the national rankings, as junior 133-pounder Martin Mitchell is ranked 19th by IM, junior 157-pounder Joey Bracamonte is ranked 15th by IM, senior 165-pounder Luke Larwin is ranked 16th by IM, junior 174-pounder Shane Webster is ranked fourth by AWN and third by IM, and senior 197-pounder Scott Barker is ranked fifth by AWN and ninth by IM.

Nebraska is coming off a second-place finish at the 46-team Las Vegas Collegiate. The Cornhuskers have beaten eighth-ranked Hofstra 21-17 and 12th-ranked West Virginia 20-15 in dual meets.

'Nebraska is a very good team, solid all the way up and down the lineup,' Wells said. 'There are a few spots where we'll be favored and they'll be favored in some of the other spots.'

Nebraska has seven wrestlers in this week's national rankings. Sophomore 125-pounder Matt Keller is ranked 10th by AWN and eighth by IM, senior 141-pounder Matt Murray is ranked third by AWN and seventh by IM, senior 157-pounder B.J. Wright is ranked 10th by AWN and eighth by IM, junior 165-pounder Jacob Klein is ranked seventh by AWN and fourth by IM, sophomore 174-pounder Marc Harwood is ranked 10th by AWN, senior 184-pounder Travis Pascoe is ranked sixth by AWN and fifth by IM, junior 197-pounder B.J. Padden is ranked 14th by AWN and 10th by IM, and senior heavyweight Mitch Manstedt is ranked 18th by IM.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

National rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of December 7

125-Eric Stevenson; so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 3-3 record with 1 pin133-Bobby Pfennigs, so. (Great Falls, Mont./Russell HS); 1-3 record with 0 pinsor-Tim Norman, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 1-1 record with 0 pins141-Clint Leonard, fr. (Post Falls, Ida./Lakeland HS); 1-2 record with 1 pinor-Kyle Larson,so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 0-0 record with 0 pins149-Orlando Perez, jr. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 2-2 record with 0 pins157-Tony Hook, so. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 0-2 record with 0 pinsor-Joel Gibson, sr. (Gladstone, Ore./North Medford HS); 2-2 record with 0 pins165-Anthony Weber, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 4-2 record with 0 pinsor-Matt Ellis, jr. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Okla. St. U.); 0-0 record with 0 pinsNo. 13 AWN, No. 14 IM174-Steve Grayson, sr. (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS); 3-2 record with 0 pinsor-Jeremy Larson, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 3-1 record with 0 pins184-Dan Pitsch, so. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lk. HS); 7-3 record with 0 pinsNo. 20 AWN, No. 18 IM197-Travis Gardner, fr. (Portland, Ore./Parkrose HS); 3-3 record with 1 pinHWT-Ty Watterson, so. (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS); 6-0 record with 1 pinNo. 15 AWN, No. 11 IMor-Jamie Rakevich, so. (Elma, Wash./Elma HS); 3-0 record with 0 pins

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 99-24-4 against Oregon in a dual meet series dating back to 1915, and the Beavers are on a 3-meet winning streak against the Ducks. Last season, OSU won 23-18 in Corvallis and 30-12 in Eugene. Oregon's last win was 18-15 in Eugene in the first meeting of the 2002-03 season.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 2-6 against Nebraska in a dual meet series dating back to 1973, and the Beavers are on a 6-meet losing streak against the Cornhuskers. Last season, Nebraska won 33-9 in the Hawai'i Duals. OSU's last win was 18-14 in 1984 in Lincoln.

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEET: Oregon State's Ty Watterson placed sixth at heavyweight and teammate Dan Pitsch placed eighth at 184 pounds at the Las Vegas Collegiate, which was held Dec. 3-4. OSU's other wrestler who survived the first day, 174-pounder Steve Grayson, lost his first match of the second day and did not place.

Oregon State placed 22nd in the 46-team field. Michigan won the tournament, 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 3 wins on Dec. 3. In his quarterfinal win 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 after hurting a shoulder.

Pitsch, who had been beaten in the 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 HEAD COACH Joe Wells: Joe Wells, who is in his 13th 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 136-84-1 for a winning percentage of .618.

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 22 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 third in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools going into the 2004-05 season. OSU currently has an all-time dual meet record of 870-276-24 and a .754 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE IN GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State has one of the finest homes in college wrestling, 10,400-seat Gill Coliseum. Now in their 49th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 361-70-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .834. Last season, OSU went 4-2 at home.

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 will celebrate its annual OSU Wrestling Homecoming later this season at a meet to be announced.. In last season's OSU Wrestling Homecoming, Oregon State 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. 30	NRDec. 7	NRTony Hook, 157Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre (149)	15th	Pre	NRNov. 24	NRNov. 30	NR	Nov. 30 (149)	18thDec. 7	NR	Dec. 7	NRMatt Ellis, 165Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	10th	Pre	11thNov. 24	13thNov. 30	13th	Nov. 30	13thDec. 7	13th	Dec. 7	14thDan Pitsch, 184Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	16th	Pre	16thNov. 24	20thNov. 30	20th	Nov. 30	18thDec. 7	20th	Dec. 7	18thJamie Rakevich, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	12th	Pre	13thNov. 24	10thNov. 30	11th	Nov. 30	NRDec. 7	NR	Dec. 7	NRTy Watterson, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 24	NRNov. 30	NR	Nov. 30	11thDec. 7	15th	Dec. 7	11th

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: Sophomore Eric Stevenson (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 19-16 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (10 of 35) ... this season, 3-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 36 percent of matches (2 of 6) ... season summary, at Las Vegas Classic,went 0-2 with 0 pins ... at Southern Oregon Best In The West, placed second, went 3-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Tim Norman, 133 POUNDS: Senior Tim Norman (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... career, 28-33 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (11 of 61) ... this season, 1-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 2) ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Best In The West, placed second, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Bobby Pfennigs, 133 POUNDS: Sophomore Bobby Pfennigs (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 7-8 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (4 of 15) ... this season, 1-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 4) ... season summary, at Las Vegas Collegiate, went 0-2 with 0 pins ... at Southern Oregon Best In The West, placed third, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Clint Leonard, 141 POUNDS: Freshman Clint Leonard (Post Falls, Ida./Lakeland HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 1-2 with 1 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (1 of 3) ... season summary, at Las Vegas Collegiate, went 1-2 with 1 pin.

Kyle Larson, 141 POUNDS: Sophomore Kyle Larson (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 12-11 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (5 of 23) ... this season, has not wrestled ... season summary, has not wrestled.

Orlando Perez, 149 POUNDS: Junior Orlando Perez (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 12-17 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (6 of 29) ... this season, 2-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 4) ... season summary, at Las Vegas Collegiate, went 2-2 with 0 pins; including major dec. by (8) Eric Tannenbaum, Michigan, 16-3.

Tony Hook, 157 POUNDS: Junior Tony Hook (Sandpoint, Ida./Sandpoint HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... career, 36-26 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (13 of 62) ... this season, 0-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 2) ... season summary, at Las Vegas Collegiate, went 0-2 with 0 pins; including dec. by (18) James Strouse, Hofstra.

Joel Gibson, 157 POUNDS: Senior Joel Gibson (Gladstone, Ore./North Medford HS, Southwestern Oregon CC, Southern Oregon U.) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 3-4 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (2 of 7) ... this season, 2-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (2 of 4) ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Best In The West, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year colleges.

Matt Ellis, 165 POUNDS: Senior Matt Ellis (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma State U.) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 13 AWN, No. 14 IM ... career, 47-19 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (19 of 65) ... this season, has not wrestled ... season summary, has not wrestled.

Anthony Weber, 165 POUNDS: Junior Anthony Weber (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 11-16 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 11 percent of matches (3 of 27) ... this season, 4-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (2 of 6) ... season summary, at Las Vegas Collegiate, went 1-2 with 0 pins ... won first 4 matches of season ... at Southern Oregon Best In The West, went 3-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Steve Grayson, 174 POUNDS: Senior Steve Grayson (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 9-10 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 11 percent of matches (2 of 19) ... this season, 3-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 5) ... season summary, at Las Vegas Collegiate, went 3-2 with 0 pins, including dec. over (18) Zachariah Doll, Pittsburgh.

Jeremy Larson, 174 POUNDS: Sophomore Jeremy Larson (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 8-12 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 5 percent of matches (1 of 20) ... this season, 3-1 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 4) ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Best In The West, placed third, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (4) Shane Webster, Oregon, 9-6.

Dan Pitsch, 184 POUNDS: Junior Dan Pitsch (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 20 AWN, No. 18 IM ... career, 42-22 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 36 percent of matches (23 of 64) ... this season, 7-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (5 of 10) ... season summary, at Las Vegas Collegiate, placed eighth, went 3-3 with 0 pins; including major dec. by (6) Matt Bell, Columbia, 10-1; dec. by (12) Ben Wissel, Purdue, 9-4; dec. by (13) Ryan Halsey, Cal Poly, 9-3 ... Nov. 20-Dec. 3, 5-match win streak, score team bonus points 5 times ... at Southern Oregon Best In The West, won championship, went 4-0 vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Travis Gardner, 197 POUNDS: Freshman Travis Gardner (Portland, Ore./Parkrose HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 3-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (2 of 6) ... season summary, at Las Vegas Collegiate, went 1-2 with 0 pins; including tech. fall by (8) Ryan Bader, Arizona State, 21-6 (time n/a) ... at Southern Oregon Best In The West, placed third, went 2-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Jamie Rakevich, HEAVYWEIGHT: Sophomore Jamie Rakevich (Elma, Wash./Elma HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 21-11 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 31 percent of matches (10 of 32) ... this season, 3-0 with 0 pins, team bonus points on 0 percent of matches (0 of 3) ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Best In The West, tied for championship, went 3-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Ty Watterson, HEAVYWEIGHT: Sophomore Ty Watterson (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 15 AWN, No. 11 IM ... career, 7-3 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (4 of 10) ... this season, 6-0 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (3 of 6) ... season summary, November 20-present, 6-match winning streak, scoring team bonus points 3 times ... at Las Vegas Collegiate, placed sixth, went 3-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (13) Clint Walbeck, Fresno State, 3-1.

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