Two OSU Wrestlers Make Finals At Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 27, 2005

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.- - Wrestlers Matt Ellis and Jeremy Larson will represent Oregon State in their respective weight classes Monday night at Mott Gym in the finals of the Pac-10 Championships.

The Beavers were in fifth overall in the team standings after Sunday's first day of matches, less than four points behind fourth-place Cal Poly. Arizona State is in the lead with 88.0 points.

Five other Beavers could still take third overall in the pigstail bracket. They are Eric Stevenson (125), Tim Norman (141), Tony Hook (157), Dan Pitsch (184), and Ty Watterson (285).

'From the standpoint of getting guys into the finals, I'm disappointed,' said Oregon State head coach Joe Wells. 'We could have had as many as four or five guys in the finals. But you have to realize that this is a qualifier for nationals, and we still have a chance to get seven guys to nationals and that would be awesome.'

Ellis, seeded No. 2 at 165 pounds, improved his record this season to 13-3 on Sunday. He is set to wrestle top-seeded Joey Bracamonte of Oregon in the finals. Bracamonte beat Ellis in the season's second Civil War dual meet 3-1.

Larson, seeded No. 4 at 174 pounds, has won six of his last eight matches after Sunday's rounds. He will wrestle second-seeded Leonel Sanchez of Cal State Fullerton in the finals.

'Ellis and Larson each had great performances today,' added Wells. 'Larson looked pretty undefeatable, stayed on it, and beat the No. 1 seed. Matt has a rematch with the Oregon kid (Bracamonte) and he's a real good athlete.

'We need to get that top third spot. There are three weeks before nationals and we need to make some progress before then.'

OREGON STATE AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS

TEAM SCORES: 1. Arizona State 88.0; 2. Oregon 68.0; 3. Boise State 66.5; 4. Cal Poly 61.5; 5. Oregon State 58.0; 6. Bakersfield 56.0; 7. UC Davis 53.0; 8. Fullerton 45.0; 9. Stanford 41.0; 10. Portland State 26.0.

125, Eric Stevenson-Def. by Joey Lucas, Oregon, 2-1 in pigtail preliminaries; major dec. by Vic Moreno, Cal Poly, 12-2 in quarterfinals

133, Bobby Pfennigs, NO. 5 SEED-Pinned by Chad Mendes, Cal Poly, 1:42 in preliminaries.

141, Tim Norman, NO. 3 SEED-Dec. over Jacob Scoles, Boise State, 62 in preliminaries; dec. over Chris Hayworth, Stanford, 4-1 in quarterfinals; dec. by Steve Esparza, Cal Poly, 3-2.

149, Orlando Perez-Dec. by Eddie Dahlen, Portland State, 8-5 in preliminaries.

157, Tony Hook, NO. 3 SEED-Dec. over Lex Case, Boise State, 7-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by Brian Stith, Arizona State, 4-2 in semifinals.

165, Matt Ellis, NO. 2 SEED-Dec. over Russell Brunson, Boise State, 7-3 in quarterfinals; dec. over Pat Pitsch, Arizona State, 3-1 in semifinals.

174, Jeremy Larson, NO. 4 SEED-Dec. over Chet McBee, Oregon, 3-1 OT in quarterfinals; dec. over Ron Silva, UC Davis, 11-7 in semifinals.

184, Dan Pitsch, NO. 5 SEED-Dec. over Brandon Bear, UC Davis, 11-7 in quarterfinals; dec. by Shane Webster, Oregon, 8-3 in semifinals.

197, Travis Gardner, NO. 6 SEED-Dec. over Bryan Travers, CS Bakersfield, 10-6 in preliminaries; dec. by Ralph Garcia, Cal Poly, 5-4 in quarterfinals.

HWT, Ty Watterson, NO. 2 SEED-Dec. by Allen Kennett, Portland State, 9-8 in quarterfinals.

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