Beavers Begin With A Win, 27-12 at Northern Colorado

Jan. 14, 2005

Oregon State 165-pounder Matt Ellis recorded his first pin of the season as the Beavers beat Northern Colorado 27-12 in non-conference wrestling Friday afternoon at Butler-Hancock Hall. It was the first of two dual meets on the day for OSU (6-3 overall, 3-0 Pacific-10), which wrestles at Wyoming on Friday night.

At Northern Colorado (1-4), Ellis improved to 3-0 this season by flattening UNC's John White in 6 minutes, 2 seconds. Ellis, ranked No. 14 nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 15 by InterMat, hadn't wrestled this season until last weekend after recovering from an injury.

The Beavers also got a major decision from their other nationally ranked wrestler. Ty Watterson, ranked No. 15 by AWN and No. 11 by IM, boosted his record to 12-1 this season with an 8-0 decision over the Bears' Sam Safken. In Watterson's last five matches, he has blanked opponents three times and won the other two matches by pin.

OSU also got major decisions from Bobby Pfennigs at 133 pounds and Tony Hook at 157 pounds. Beaver 174-pounder Jeremy Larson won his sixth straight match, while Oregon State 125-pounder Eric Stevenson won for the fifth time in his last six matches.

UNC took an early 9-0 lead with wins at 184 and 197 pounds, but the Beavers won the next four matches to take the lead for good.

OREGON STATE 27, AT NORTHERN COLORADO 12

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

184-Cole Allison, UNC, pinned Neal Beaudry, OSU, 5:50. 197-Tanner Linsacum, UNC, dec. Travis Gardner, OSU, 14-8. HWT-(15) Ty Watterson, OSU, major dec. Sam Safken, UNC, 8-0. 125-Eric Stevenson, OSU, dec. Blayze Bahe, UNC, 9-2. 133-Bobby Pfennigs, OSU, major dec. Mark Hastings, UNC, 9-0. 141-Tim Norman, OSU, dec. Richard Lohr, UNC, 6-4. 149-Dustin Uhland, UNC, dec. Orlando Perez, OSU, 9-8. 157-Tony Hook, OSU, major dec. Mikell Surber, UNC, 13-5. 165-(14) Matt Ellis, OSU, pinned John White, UNC, 6:02. 174-Jeremy Larson, OSU, dec. Shawn Hart, UNC, 6-3.

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