Hook Places Third In Pac-10

Feb. 28, 2005

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Oregon State 157-pounder Tony Hook placed third while 133-pounder Tim Norman, 184-pounder Dan Pitsch and heavyweight Ty Watterson all placed fourth in the Pacific-10 Wrestling Championships on Monday afternoon at Mott Gymnasium. OSU 125-pounder Eric Stevenson placed sixth, and the Beavers were in sixth place in the team standings going into Monday night's championship matches.

OSU will have two wrestlers going after Pac-10 titles on Monday night, as second-seeded 165-pounder Matt Ellis will try to defend his 2004 championship and 174-pounder Jeremy Larson will be going after his first crown.

Arizona State led the team race with 102 points and Boise State was second with 91 heading into the championship finals.

Hook, who was seeded third, took a 16-5 major decision over Cal State-Bakersfield's Brian Busby in the third-place final. The victory earns Hook an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo.

The top three finishers at each weight class, plus 10 wild-card entries selected by the conference's coaches, will go to the NCAA meet.Norman, seeded third, was beaten 3-2 by Jeff Bristol of California-Davis in the third-place final; Pitsch, seeded fifth, was beaten 10-4 by Brandon Bear of California-Davis in the third-place final; and Watterson, seeded second, was beaten 6-5 by Eric Smith of Boise State in the third-place final.

In matches to determine a 'true fourth' finish - contested if the wrestlers who placed fourth and fifth had not wrestled during the tournament - Norman was pinned by Roberto Vargas of Cal State-Bakersfield in 0:56 and Pitsch was pinned by Ryan Halsey of Cal Poly in 0:29. Results of those matches will be taken into consideration as coaches determine the NCAA wild-card entrants.

Stevenson, who was not seeded, was beaten 9-3 by Nathan Peterson of Stanford in the fifth-place final.

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