Beavers Split Non-League Wrestling Duals

Jan. 21, 2005

FRESNO, Calif. - Oregon State 165-pounder Matt Ellis and heavyweight Ty Watterson won a pair of matchups between nationally ranked wrestlers Friday night but the Beavers were beaten by Fresno State 18-12 in non-league wrestling at North Gym. Earlier in the day, OSU had beaten Embry-Riddle, the nation's seventh-ranked NAIA team, 34-9. Oregon State (8-4 overall, 3-0 Pacific-10) wraps up its trip at Cal State-Bakersfield on Saturday at 5 p.m. in a Pacific-10 dual meet.

Against Fresno State (4-5-1), Ellis took a 3-1 decision over the Bulldogs' Shane Seibert; Ellis is ranked 14th nationally by both Amateur Wrestling News and Intermat while Seibert is ranked 18th by AWN and 16th by IM. Ellis stayed unbeaten this season, running his record to 5-0.

At heavyweight, Watterson blanked Fresno State's Clint Walbeck 4-0; Watterson is ranked 15th by AWN and 11th by IM, while Walbeck is ranked 14th by AWN and 13th by IM. Watterson has won seven straight matches, two of those by pin and the other five by shutout, and is now 14-1 this season.

Oregon State had its chances to beat the Bulldogs but didn't take advantage of a number of opportunities and saw its win streak end at four.

'We had opportunities to win the meet and we fell down and gave it away,' said OSU head coach Joe Wells, noting close defeats suffered by 125-pounder Eric Stevenson, 141-pounder Tim Norman, 157-pounder Tony Hook, 174-pounder Jeremy Larson and 184-pounder Dan Pitsch. 'We had opportunities to sew it up tight and we missed out on them.'

Beaver 133-pounder Bobby Pfennigs won both his matches on the day, including a pin against Embry Riddle. Against the Eagles (12-9), OSU also got pins from Stevenson and Hook and a major decision from heavyweight Jamie Rakevich. Larson knocked off the nation's No. 1-ranked NAIA 174-pounder, David Rivera, with a 7-2 decision.

OREGON STATE 34, EMBRY-RIDDLE 9

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125-Eric Stevenson, OSU, pinned (7 NAIA) Richard Byrd, ERAU, 6:38. 133-Bobby Pfennigs, OSU, pinned Dominic Murphy, ERAU, 4:33. 141-(6 NAIA) Gordo Villaescusa, ERAU, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 7-5. 149-(1 NAIA) Tyler Moran, ERAU, dec. Orlando Perez, OSU, 4-1. 157-Tony Hook, OSU, pinned Matt Howard, ERAU, 6:17. 165-Anthony Weber, OSU, by forfeit. 174-Jeremy Larson, OSU, dec. (1 NAIA) David Rivera, ERAU, 7-2. 184-Dan Pitsch, OSU, dec. Joffre Lander, 7-3. 197-(5 NAIA) Jaime Hernandez, ERAU, dec. Travis Gardner, OSU, 6-5. HWT-Jamie Rakevich, OSU, major dec. (3 NAIA) Robert Charlton, ERAU, 14-6.

EXHIBITION, 174-Neal Beaudry, OSU, dec. Adam Neesby, ERAU, 3-2.

FRESNO STATE 18, OREGON STATE 12

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125-Christian Bowerman, FSU, dec. Eric Stevenson, OSU, 9-6. 133-Bobby Pfennigs, OSU, dec. Sal Gonzalez, FSU, 4-0. 141-Garrett Spooner, FSU, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 4-2. 149-Orlando Perez, OSU, dec. Dan Cadwallader, FSU, 9-3. 157-(14) Jim Medeiros, FSU, dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 2-0. 165-(14) Matt Ellis, OSU, dec. (18) Shane Seibert, FSU, 3-1. 174-Chris Gifford, FSU, dec. Jeremy Larson, OSU, 6-5. 184-Jatidner Singh, FSU, dec. Dan Pitsch, OSU, 6-2. 197-(9) Marcio Botelho, FSU, dec. Travis Gardner, OSU, 7-3. HWT-(15) Ty Watterson, OSU, dec. (14) Clint Walbeck, FSU, 4-0.

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