OSU Wrestlers Finish Friday With Win At Wyoming

Jan. 14, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Oregon State 165-pounder Matt Ellis stayed unbeaten on the season and Beaver heavyweight Ty Watterson won his sixth straight match as the Beavers beat Wyoming 22-12 in non-conference wrestling Friday night at MultiPurpose Gymnasium. The win capped a Friday sweep for Oregon State (7-3 overall, 3-0 Pacific-10), which had won at Northern Colorado 27-12 in the afternoon.

OSU will be on the road again next weekend, taking on Embry-Riddle and Fresno State in Fresno on Jan. 21 and visiting Cal State-Bakersfield on Jan. 22.

Against Wyoming (2-5), Ellis took a 6-2 decision over the Cowboys' Gary Dack. Ellis, ranked No. 14 nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 15 by InterMat, improved to 4-0 this season as he took Dack down in the first and third periods and added an escape and a point for riding time.

Watterson earned the Beavers' only team bonus points of the night on the mat, taking an 8-0 major decision over Wyoming's Drew Severn to boost his record to 13-1 with four pins this season. During his six-match win streak, Watterson has shut out his opponents four times and recorded pins in the other two victories.

OSU's Jeremy Larson saw his win streak end at six matches when he moved up a weight to 184 pounds and dropped a 3-2 decision to UW's Samuel Wendland. Larson is now 7-2 this season.

Wyoming jumped to a 6-0 lead with decisions at 184 and 197 pounds, then Watterson, 125-pounder Eric Stevenson and 133-pounder Bobby Pfennigs put together a three-match run for the Beavers that put OSU up 10-6. Stevenson notched his 10th win of the season and is now 10-6 with three pins after beating Bryce Leonhardt 4-3; Pfennigs earned his win with a takedown 15 seconds into overtime against the Cowboys' Tyson Shatto.

UW earned wins at 141 and 149 to go in front 12-10 before the Beavers finished the meet with three straight wins. Tony Hook's reversal to start the third period earned him a 2-1 win over Dan Clum at 157 pounds, then Ellis took his victory and Neal Beaudry received a forfeit at 174 pounds.


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

184-Samuel Wendland, UW, dec. Jeremy Larson, OSU, 3-2. 197-Malcolm Havens, UW, dec. Travis Gardner, OSU, 8-3. HWT-(15) Ty Watterson, OSU, major dec. Drew Severn, UW, 8-0. 125-Eric Stevenson, OSU, dec. Bryce Leonhardt, UW, 4-3. 133-Bobby Pfennigs, OSU, dec. Tyson Shatto, UW, 7-5 (OT). 141-Carter Downing, UW, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 13-10. 149-Kyle Dye, UW, dec. Orlando Perez, OSU, 8-6. 157-Tony Hook, OSU, dec. Dan Clum, UW, 2-1. 165-(14) Matt Ellis, OSU, dec. Gary Dack, UW, 6-2. 174-Neal Beaudry, OSU, by forfeit.

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