Beavers Beaten by No. 16 ASU, 29-9

Jan. 29, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State heavyweight Ty Watterson saw his winning streak end at 10 matches as the Beavers were beaten by 16th-ranked Arizona State 29-9 in Pacific-10 wrestling Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. OSU (9-6-1 overall, 4-2-1 Pac-10) got decisions from 174-pounder Jeremy Larson, 133-pounder Bobby Pfennigs and 141-pounder Tim Norman in the meet.

The Beavers now visit a pair of top-10 teams next weekend, wrestling at No. 10 Oklahoma on Friday and at No. 1 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Against ASU (6-6-1, 3-0), Watterson lost an 11-7 decision to Cain Velasquez in a matchup of nationally ranked wrestlers. Watterson, now 17-2 this season, is ranked 15th by Amateur Wrestling News and 11th by InterMat, while Velasquez, now 24-3, is ranked sixth and fourth, respectively.

'That was a great match at heavyweight,' Wells said. 'I haven't seen a heavyweight match like that in a long time where they kept after it like that. They both got tired, but he's a force.'

Watterson looked to have control early, taking Velasquez down and straight to his back in the first minute, earning a three-point near-fall and a 5-0 lead. Velasquez escaped, then took down Watterson twice in the second period and earned a three-point near-fall of his own as the second period ended to take an 8-7 lead and Watterson couldn't score in the final period.

OSU 165-pounder Matt Ellis, ranked 14th nationally by both AWN and IM and ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10, was upset by Patrick Pitsch, younger brother of Beaver 184-pounder Dan Pitsch. Patrick Pitsch scored the match's only takedown in the first period and made it stand up for a 3-2 decision.

Larson gave OSU its first points by beating Rick Renzi 10-3. The Beavers didn't add to their team score until the final two matches, when Pfennigs beat John Espinoza 4-2 and Norman beat Chris Frieje 4-3; Pfennigs has now won 8 of his last 9 matches and Norman evened his record at 4-4 since moving up to 141 pounds earlier this month.

'Tim is doing a nice job and staying solid and usually picking the right moments,' Wells said. 'Bobby is doing a nice job. He's being more consistent. I think he could have had a few more takedowns, but he's wrestling solid and consistent and keeping a pretty good pace and his conditioning is good.'

The Beavers narrowly missed a chance to grab the momentum in the first mtach when 149-pounder Orlando Perez, who entered the day with a 6-13 record, almost upset Patrick Williams, ranked 18th nationally by AWN and 10th by IM. Williams needed a takedown and two-point near-fall in the final 10 seconds to take a 12-8 decision; Perez had led 7-6 after two periods.

'That's a good kid and a really accomplished wrestler,' Wells said of Williams. 'Maybe we get off to a different start if Orlando gets the takedown.

'But Arizona State is athletic and they wrestle well, and they were ready to go. They came out of the National Duals not very pleased with how they did (losing to No. 4 Michigan and No. 12 Central Michigan), and they couldn't wait to get back on the mat.'


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

149-(18) Patrick Williams, ASU, dec. Orlando Perez, OSU, 12-8. 157-(14) Brian Stith, ASU, major dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 11-2. 165-Patrick Pitsch, ASU, dec. (14) Matt Ellis, OSU, 3-2. 174-Jeremy Larson, OSU, dec. Rick Renzi, ASU, 10-3. 184-(11) C.B. Dollaway, ASU, pinned Dan Pitsch, OSU, 2:21. 197-(8) Ryan Bader, ASU, major dec. Travis Gardner, OSU, 12-3. HWT-(6) Cain Velasquez, ASU, dec. (15) Ty Watterson, OSU, 11-7. 125-(11) Jeremy Mendoza, ASU, pinned Eric Stevenson, OSU, 3:33. 133-Bobby Pfennigs, OSU, dec. John Espinoza, ASU, 4-2. 141-Tim Norman, OSU, dec. Chris Frieje, ASU, 4-3.

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