Beavers Wrestle A Mini-Meet, Pac-10 Style

Jan. 25, 2005

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 28Stanford at Oregon State; 2 p.m.Cal State-Fullerton at Oregon State; 7 p.m.SATURDAY, JANUARY 29No. 16 Arizona State at Oregon State; 2 p.m.

With the Pacific-10 Championships just a month away, Oregon State will wrestle something resembling a mini-Pac-10 meet this weekend - and the results could carry a lot of weight when the real thing rolls around.

The Beavers (9-4 overall, 4-0 Pacific-10) come home for three Pac-10 dual meets in just over 24 hours, wrestling Stanford (4-4, 0-2) on Friday at 2 p.m., Cal State-Fullerton (9-3, 2-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 16 Arizona State (5-6-1, 2-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The three meets at Gill Coliseum will include a load of matchups that will impact seeding at the conference championships at the end of February.

'We have three meets at about the corresponding times,' Wells said, referring to the duals matching up with the first three sessions of the Pac-10 meet. 'We talked about it - we go through all three of those matches and we're in the finals, and that's where we need to be in the Pac-10s.

'It's going to be a good weekend ... it's three Pac-10 meets and three opportunities for all these guys to improve their seeds. They should be real good matchups - Tony Hook and (Stanford's defending NCAA champion 157-pounder) Matt Gentry, Jeremy Larson and (Stanford 174-pounder) Imad Kharbush - there are several, all the way through the weekend. All the weights and all the matchups, there are some real good opportunities for us.'

For example, Hook is ranked third in the Pac-10 at 157 pounds and he could get a shot at the wrestlers ranked first and second; Larson is ranked sixth in the conference at 174 pounds but could take on the wrestlers ranked second, third and fourth at that weight; 197-pounder Travis Gardner isn't in the conference rankings but could take on the wrestlers ranked second, third and fourth; and second-ranked heavyweight Ty Watterson and third-ranked 141-pounder Tim Norman could meet the top-ranked wrestlers at their weights.

Oregon State gets back to Gill having won eight of its last 10 duals, including last Saturday's 29-9 win at Cal State-Bakersfield. The Beavers also have a number of individuals who are putting together impressive streaks.

OSU 165-pounder Matt Ellis is 6-0 after beating two nationally ranked opponents last weekend; heavyweight Ty Watterson is 15-1 and is on an eight-match win streak; Hook and 133-pounder Bobby Pfennigs have won five of their last six matches; Larson is 9-3; and 125-pounder Eric Stevenson has won eight of his last 10 after knocking off 10th-ranked Efren Ceballos of CSUB.

Oregon State's two nationally ranked wrestlers, Ellis and Watterson, maintained their places on the lists issued by Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat this week. Ellis is ranked 14th by both, while Watterson is ranked 15th by AWN and 11th by IM.

With the return of a number of wrestlers who have been injured early in the season, the Beavers have been settling into a steady lineup.

'There's always the surprise and you hope it's a good surprise, and you get somebody and stick `em and put them on their back,' Wells said. 'Eric (Stevenson) stepped up this last week against Efren Ceballos and that motivates everybody else on the team - `Oh my gosh, I'm fired up' - and he does a good job and makes the guy quit, and the other team does the same thing - `Wow, Efren got beat, now what's going to happen to me?'

'It's more consistent, and that's a good thing. We've been waiting a long time, most of the season, for this to occur. If we stay healthy and take care of ourselves and do the right things, we'll be fine.'

Stanford dropped two of three matches last weekend. At Iowa State on Friday, the Cardinal beat Lock Haven 22-15 before losing to the third-ranked Hawkeyes 23-18; they then went to CSUB on Sunday and were beaten 29-12. Stanford has one wrestler in this week's national rankings, as Gentry is ranked first by both AWN and IM.

Cal State-Fullerton took last weekend off; the Titans last wrestled on Jan. 16 at Arizona State, beating Embry-Riddle 32-11 and losing to the Sun Devils 31-14. There are two CSUF wrestlers in this week's national rankings, with 125-pounder Jesse Miramontes ranked 19th by AWN and 18th by IM, and 197-pounder Landon Seefeldt ranked 10th by AWN and ninth.

Arizona State participated in the National Duals last weekend in Cleveland, losing to No. 4 Michigan 24-16 and No. 12 Central Michigan 20-19. The Sun Devils have six wrestlers in this week's national rankings, with 125-pounder Jeremy Mendoza ranked 11th by AWN and 10th by IM, 149-pounder Patrick Williams ranked 18th by AWN and 10th by IM, 157-pounder Brian Stith ranked 14th by both AWN and IM, 184-pounder C.B. Dolloway ranked 11th by both AWN and IM, 197-pounder Ryan Bader ranked eighth by AWN and seventh by IM, and heavyweight Cain Velasquez ranked sixth by AWN and fourth by IM.

OREGON STATE LINEUP: National rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of January 25; Pacific-10 rankings are those of January 25:

125-Eric Stevenson; so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 12-7 record with 4 pinsNo. 3 Pac-10133-Bobby Pfennigs, so. (Great Falls, Mont./Russell HS); 10-10 record with 1 pinNo. 5 Pac-10141-Tim Norman, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 4-6 record with 0 pinsNo. 3 Pac-10149-Orlando Perez, jr. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 6-11 record with 1 pin157-Tony Hook, so. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 7-5 record with 1 pinNo. 3 Pac-10165-Matt Ellis, jr. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Okla. St. U.); 6-0 record with 1 pinNo. 14 AWN, No. 14 IM; No. 1 Pac-10or-Anthony Weber, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 8-6 record with 0 pins174-Jeremy Larson, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 9-3 record with 0 pinsNo. 6 Pac-10or-Neal Beaudry, fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 3-1 record with 0 pins184-Dan Pitsch, so. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS); 10-8 record with 0 pinsNo. 4 Pac-10197-Travis Gardner, fr. (Portland, Ore./Parkrose HS); 7-12 record with 2 pinsHwt-Ty Watterson, so. (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS); 15-1 record with 4 pinsNo. 15 AWN, No. 11 IM; No. 2 Pac-10or-Jamie Rakevich, so. (Elma, Wash./Elma HS); 6-2 record with 0 pins

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 28-1 against Stanford in a dual meet series dating back to 1953, but the Cardinal earned its only win in the series last season by an 18-17 score at Stanford. OSU's last win was in 2003 by a 35-7 score in Corvallis.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 11-1 against Cal State-Fullerton in a dual meet series dating back to 1973, and the Beavers have won the last 6 meetings. Last season, OSU won 21-13 at the Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals. The Titans' win came in 1991 by a 17-15 score in Fullerton.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 11-15 against Arizona State in a dual meet series dating back to 1970, but the Sun Devils' won last season's meeting 20-19 in Tempe. OSU's last win was in 2003 by an 18-16 score in Corvallis.

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEETS: Oregon State won 2 of 3 matches on a swing through Central California last weekend. On Jan. 22 in Fresno, Calif., the Beavers took a 34-9 win over Embry-Riddle, the nation's seventh-ranked NAIA team, then lost to host Fresno State 18-12. On Jan. 23 at Cal State-Bakersfield, OSU took a 29-9 Pacific-10 victory.

In Fresno, 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 18-1. Ellis took a 3-1 decision over the Bulldogs' Shane Seibert; Ellis was ranked 14th nationally by both Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat while Seibert was ranked 18th by AWN and 16th by IM. Ellis stayed unbeaten this season, running his record to 5-0. Watterson blanked Fresno State's Clint Walbeck 4-0; Watterson was ranked 15th by AWN and 11th by IM, while Walbeck was ranked 14th by AWN and 13th by IM. Oregon State had its chances to beat the Bulldogs but didn't take advantage of a number of opportunities in close matches and saw its win streak end at four duals. Beaver 133-pounder Bobby Pfennigs won both his matches on the day, including a pin against Embry-Riddle. Against the Eagles, 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.

On Jan. 23, Oregon State 125-pounder Eric Stevenson knocked off 10th-ranked Efren Ceballos, sparking Oregon State to a 29-9 win over Cal State-Bakersfield. The Beavers won 8 of the 10 matches, with Ellis remaining unbeaten this season and heavyweight Ty Watterson winning his eighth straight match. Cal State-Bakersfield was the only Pac-10 team other than ASU to receive votes in last week's national coaches poll but Oregon State earned its eighth win in its last 10 dual meets. Stevenson took down Ceballos - ranked 10th nationally by both AWN and IM - just over a minute into the match and rode him out for the duration of the first period, added an escape and a takedown in the second period, and then started the third period with a takedown to build a 7-0 lead en route to an 8-2 decision. Ellis, ranked 14th by both AWN and IM, got a challenge from CSUB's Christian Arellano in the night's only matchup of nationally-ranked wrestlers before prevailing 7-5 in overtime. Arellano, ranked 15th by AWN and 18th by IM, scored a takedown with one second remaining in the third period to tie the match, but Ellis came up with the winning takedown with 18 seconds left in the extra period.

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 145-88-1 for a winning percentage of .622. 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 THIRD 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 879-280-24 and a .753 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 363-71-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .833. This season, OSU is 2-1 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	NRDec. 14	NRDec. 21	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	NRJan. 18	NRJan. 25	NRTony Hook, 157Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre (149)	15th	Pre	NRNov. 24	NRNov. 30	NR	Nov. 30 (149)	18thDec. 7	NR	Dec. 7	NRDec. 14	NR	Dec. 14	NRDec. 21	NR	Dec. 21	NRJan. 4	NR	Jan. 4	NRJan. 11	NR	Jan. 11	NRJan. 18	NR	Jan. 18	NRJan. 25	NR	Jan. 25	NRMatt Ellis, 165Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	10th	Pre	11thNov. 24	13thNov. 30	13th	Nov. 30	13thDec. 7	13th	Dec. 7	14thDec. 14	13th	Dec. 14	14thDec. 21	13th	Dec. 21	14thJan. 4	NR	Jan. 4	NRJan. 11	14th	Jan. 11	15thJan. 18	14th	Jan. 18	14thJan. 25	14th	Jan. 25	14thDan Pitsch, 184Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	16th	Pre	16thNov. 24	20thNov. 30	20th	Nov. 30	18thDec. 7	20th	Dec. 7	18thDec. 14	20th	Dec. 14	17thDec. 21	20th	Dec. 21	NRJan. 4	NR	Jan. 4	NRJan. 11	NR	Jan. 11	NRJan. 18	NR	Jan. 18	NRJan. 25	NR	Jan. 25	NRJamie Rakevich, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	12th	Pre	13thNov. 24	10thNov. 30	11th	Nov. 30	NRDec. 7	NR	Dec. 7	NRDec. 14	NR	Dec. 14	NRDec. 21	NR	Dec. 21	NRJan. 4	NR	Jan. 4	NRJan. 11	NR	Jan. 11	NRJan. 18	NR	Jan. 18	NRJan. 25	NR	Jan. 25	NRTy Watterson, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 24	NRNov. 30	NR	Nov. 30	11thDec. 7	15th	Dec. 7	11thDec. 14	15th	Dec. 14	11thDec. 21	16th	Dec. 21	11thJan. 4	16th	Jan. 4	13thJan. 11	15th	Jan. 11	11thJan. 18	15th	Jan. 18	11thJan. 25	15th	Jan. 25	11th

Pac it up BEAVERS IN THE PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's conference rankings:

TEAMDec. 23	7thJan. 4	7thJan. 11	5th tieJan. 18	6thJan. 25	2ndEric Stevenson, 125Dec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	NRJan. 18	NRJan. 25	3rdBobby Pfennigs, 133Dec. 23	4thJan. 4	4thJan. 11	5thJan. 18	5thJan. 25	5thTim Norman, 141Dec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	NRJan. 18	NRJan. 25	3rdOrlando Perez, 149Dec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	5thJan. 18	6thJan. 25	NRTony Hook, 157Dec. 23	3rdJan. 4	3rdJan. 11	3rdJan. 18	3rdJan. 25	3rdMatt Ellis, 165Dec. 23	1stJan. 4	1stJan. 11	1stJan. 18	1stJan. 25	1stJeremy Larson, 174Dec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	6thJan. 18	6thJan. 25	6thDan Pitsch, 184Dec. 23	4thJan. 4	4thJan. 11	4thJan. 18	4thJan. 25	4thTy Watterson, HWTDec. 23	2ndJan. 4	2ndJan. 11	2ndJan. 18	2ndJan. 25	2nd

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 has won 8 of last 10 matches, scoring team bonus points 5 times ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 3 ... career, 28-20 with 9 pins, team bonus points in 31 percent of matches (15 of 48) ... this season, 12-7 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 37 percent of matches (7 of 19) ... season summary, dec. over (10) Efren Ceballos, Cal State-Bakersfield, 8-2 in dual meet ... pinned (7 NAIA) Richard Byrd, Embry-Riddle, 6:38 in dual meet ... weekend of Jan. 7-Jan. 9, won 3 of 4 matches with 2 pins, 1 technical fall ... dec. by (13) Luke Smith, Central Michigan, 6-3 in dual meet ... pinned by (10) Matt Keller, Nebraska, 4:37 in dual meet .... dec. over Joey Lucas, Oregon, 7-6 in season's first Civil War dual meet ... 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.

Bobby Pfennigs, 133 POUNDS: Sophomore Bobby Pfennigs (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won 5 of last 6 matches ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 5 ... career, 16-15 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (9 of 31) ... this season, 10-10 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (5 of 20) ... season summary, pinned by (4) Matt Sanchez, Cal State-Bakersfield, 1:31 in dual meet ... Jan. 9-Jan. 21, 5-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 3 times ... dec. by (1 DIII) Mark Matzek, Augsburg, 2-0 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, went 1-2 with 0 pins ... dec. by (20) Jason Borrelli, Central Michigan, 5-4 in dual meet ... dec. over Martin Mitchell, Oregon, 8-7 in season's first Civil War dual meet ... 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.

Tim Norman, 141 POUNDS: Senior Tim Norman (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... began season at 131 pounds ... career, 31-38 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 16 percent of matches (11 of 70) ... this season, 4-6 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 10) ... season summary, dec. by (6 NAIA) Gordo Villaescusca, Embry-Riddle, 7-5 in dual meet ... moved up to 141 pounds Jan. 14 ... at Midlands Open, did not place; went 0-2 with 0 pins ... at Southern Oregon Best In The West, placed second, went 1-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Orlando Perez, 149 POUNDS: Junior Orlando Perez (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 16-26 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (7 of 42) ... this season, 6-11 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 6 percent of matches (1 of 17) ... season summary, dec. by (1 NAIA) Tyler Moran, Embry-Riddle, 4-1 in dual meet ... dec. by (10) Mark DiSalvo, Central Michigan, 10-4 in dual meet ... 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 ... has won 5 of last 6 matches, scoring team bonus points 4 times ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 3 ... career, 43-29 with 7 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (18 of 72) ... this season, 7-5 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 42 percent of matches (5 of 12) ... season summary, dec. by (14) Jim Medeiros, Fresno State, 2-0 in dual meet ... dec. by (1 DIII) Marcus LeVesseur, Augsburg, 8-3 in dual meet ... out of lineup from Dec. 3-Dec. 19 due to injury ... at Las Vegas Collegiate, went 0-2 with 0 pins; including dec. by (18) James Strouse, Hofstra, 3-1.

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, 3-7 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (2 of 10) ... this season, 2-5 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (2 of 7) ... season summary, tech. fall by (10) B.J. Wright, Nebraska, 5:22 (20-5) in dual meet ... 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 ... unbeaten this season, with 3 of 6 wins coming over nationally ranked opponents ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 14 AWN, No. 14 IM; in Pac-10, No. 1 ... career, 53-19 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (20 of 72) ... this season, 6-0 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (1 of 6) ... season summary, dec. over (15) Christian Arellano, Cal State-Bakersfield, 7-5 (OT) in dual meet ... dec. over (18) Shane Seibert, Fresno State, 3-1 in dual meet ... dec. over (19) Brody Barrios, Cal Poly, 6-2 in dual meet ... did not wrestle until Jan. 7 due to injury.

Anthony Weber, 165 POUNDS: Junior Anthony Weber (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 15-20 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (5 of 35) ... this season, 8-6 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (4 of 14) ... season summary, dec. by (3 DIII) Ryan Valek, Augsburg, 2-0 ... dec. by (4 NAIA) Jimmy Grochowsky, Southern Oregon, 9-7 ... major dec. by (2) David Bolyard, Central Michigan, 13-4 in dual meet ... major dec. by (7) Jacob Klein, Nebraska, 13-5 in dual meet ... major dec. over Scott Woods, Oregon, 14-4 in season's first Civil War dual meet ... 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.

Jeremy Larson, 174 POUNDS: Sophomore Jeremy Larson (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... has won 8 of last 9 matches at 174 pounds ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 6 ... career, 14-14 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 7 percent of matches (2 of 28) ... this season, 9-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 8 percent of matches (1 of 12) ... season summary, dec. over (1 NAIA) David Rivera, Embry-Riddle, 7-2 in dual meet ... Nov. 20-Jan. 14, 6-match win streak ... dec. over (8 DIII) Travis Birnhazl, Augsburg, 4-3 (OT) in dual meet ... dec. over (5 NAIA) Josh Fitzgerald, Southern Oregon, 3-1 in dual meet ... out of lineup from Nov. 20-Jan. 9 due to injury ... 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.

Steve Grayson, 174/184 POUNDS: Senior Steve Grayson (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 10-16 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 12 percent of matches (3 of 26) ... this season, 4-8 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 8 percent of matches (1 of 12) ... season summary, tech. fall by (9) Ryan Halsey, Cal Poly, 17-2 (3:56) in dual meet ... moved up to 184 pounds during Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals on Jan. 9 ... major dec. by (8) Mitch Hancock, Central Michigan, 14-4 in dual meet ... major dec. by (4) Shane Webster, Oregon, 16-7 in season's first Civil War dual meet ... at Las Vegas Collegiate, went 3-2 with 0 pins, including dec. over (18) Zachariah Doll, Pittsburgh.

Dan Pitsch, 184 POUNDS: Junior Dan Pitsch (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... has won 2 of 3 matches since returning to lineup ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 4 ... career, 45-27 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (24 of 72) ... this season, 10-8 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (6 of 18) ... season summary, out of lineup from Jan. 7-Jan. 21 due to injury ... inj. def. to (1 NAIA) David O'Brien, Southern Oregon, in dual meet ... dec. by (6) Travis Pascoe, Nebraska, 14-9 in dual meet ... major dec. over Chet McBee, Oregon, 13-2 in season's first Civil War dual meet ... 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, scoring team bonus points 5 times; won first 4 matches of season by major decision ... 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, 7-12 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (5 of 19) ... season summary, dec. by (8) Marcio Botelho, Fresno State 7-3 in dual meet ... dec. by (5 NAIA) Jaime Hernandez, Embry-Riddle, 6-4 in dual meet ... major dec. by (4 DIII) Justin Sorensen, Augsburg, 13-3 in dual meet ... dec. by (5 NAIA) Grant Thompson, Southern Oregon, 7-3 in dual meet ... major dec. by (14) B.J. Padden, Nebraska, 22-11 in dual meet ... major dec. over Tony Rolen, Oregon, 14-3 in season's first Civil War dual meet ... 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.

Ty Watterson, HEAVYWEIGHT: Sophomore Ty Watterson (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won his last 8 matches, with 2 pins and 5 shutouts ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 15 AWN, No. 11 IM; in Pac-10, No. 2 ... career, 16-4 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 45 percent of matches (9 of 20) ... this season, 15-1 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (8 of 16) ... season summary, Dec. 19-Jan. 21, won 7 straight matches by pin or shutout ... dec. over (14) Clint Walbeck, Fresno State, 4-0 in dual meet ... dec. by (9) Bill Stouffer, Central Michigan, 12-8 in dual meet ... Nov. 20-Dec. 11, 7-match winning streak, scoring team bonus points 3 times ... at Las Vegas Collegiate, placed sixth, went 3-0 with 0 pins; including dec. over (13) Clint Walbeck, Fresno State, 3-1 ... at Southern Oregon Best In TheWest, tied for championship, went 3-0 with 0 pins 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 ... has won 3 straight matches ... career and this season, 24-13 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 32 percent of matches (12 of 37) ... this season, 6-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (2 of 8) ... season summary, major dec. over (3 NAIA) Robert Charlton, Embry-Riddle, 14-6 in dual meet ... dec. by (18) Mitch Manstedt, Nebraska, 3-1 in exhibition ... dec. by (5, 197) Scott Barker, Oregon, 3-1 in season's first Civil War dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Best In The West, tied for championship, went 3-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

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