OSU Sends Four Wrestlers To NCAA Championships

March 15, 2005

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17-SATURDAY, MARCH 19Oregon State at 2005 NCAA Championships;Savvis Center; St. Louis, Mo.OREGON STATE QUALIFIERS157 pounds: Tony Hook, junior(Sandpoint, Ida./Sandpoint HS)165 pounds: Matt Ellis, senior(Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma State U.)No. 14 Amateur Wrestling News, No. 15 InterMat174 pounds: Jeremy Larson, sophomore(Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS)Heavyweight: Ty Watterson, sophomore(Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS)No. 14 Amateur Wrestling News, No. 16 InterMatTHURSDAY, MARCH 17Session I, 9 a.m.: Championship preliminary round,championship first roundSession II, 4:30 p.m.: Championship second round,wrestleback preliminaries, wrestleback first roundFRIDAY, MARCH 18Session III, 8 a.m.: Championship quarterfinals,wrestleback second round, wrestleback third roundSession IV, 4 p.m.: Championship semifinals,wrestleback fourth round, wrestleback quarterfinalsSATURDAY, MARCH 19Session V, 9:30 a.m.: Wrestleback semifinals,third-place finals, fifth-place finals,seventh-place finalsSession VI, 3:30 p.m.: Championship finalsAll times Pacific / Results will be available atwww.ncaasports.com

Saturday in the Savvis - that's what it's all about.

Oregon State sends four wrestlers to this week's NCAA Championships at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Mo., and the goal is the same for senior 165-pounder Matt Ellis, junior 157-pounder Tony Hook, sophomore 174-pounder Jeremy Larson and sophomore heavyweight Ty Watterson:

'The object is wrestling on Saturday - everybody understands that,' said OSU head coach Joe Wells, referring to the day when everyone still wrestling is guaranteed All-America honors for placing in the top eight. 'Saturday is the money day. All four of these guys are capable; they just have to make up their mind and go out and get after it. You just have to be ready to go, match by match, and elevate it, make up your mind and go get it.'

The Beavers (12-8-1 overall duals, 7-2-1 Pacific-10 duals) could have a busy Saturday if the quartet wrestles to its potential.

'All four of these guys could be All-Americans if they wrestle well and take the fight to them,' Wells said. 'I'm real optimistic that all four could do that, and I wouldn't be real surprised if all four do. Obviously, we'd be very pleased.

'About half of the wrestlers who will be there have decided they're going to do something, and the other half are glad they're there so they'll take whatever happens. So you have to be real determined on what's going to happen and go make it happen.'

Ellis takes a 13-4 record with one pin into the NCAA Championships after placing second in the Pacific-10 Championships. He's making his third trip to the national meet and looking for his first victory there; he goes in ranked No. 14 by Amateur Wrestling News and No. 15 by InterMat.

'Matt Ellis is a senior, it's his last shot and he's going to make the most of it,' Wells said. 'It's a good weight class, a really deep weight class. Matt needs to go to both sides of the body, he needs to make those guys wrestle. He has to initiate that offense and keep that pressure on them. If he does that, he's going to do well.'

Hook is also making his third trip to the NCAA Championships, having gone 15-9 with two pins so far this season and placing third in the Pac-10 meet. Hook is also loooking for his first victory at the NCAAs.

'Tony Hook has been there, he knows what to expect,' Wells said. 'Tony needs to get that first takedown. If he gets first takedown, he's going to be hard to beat, no matter who he's wrestling. It's an excellent weight class; there are a lot of good guys at that weight class. The national champ (from 2004, Stanford's Matt Gentry) has been defeated a couple of times this year. Tony is a capable guy, especially the way he wrestled at the end of the year.'

Larson has qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time, going 15-8 with no pins so far this season and placing second in the Pac-10.

'Jeremy Larson needs to score,' Wells said. 'That's pretty obvious, you need to score, but he needs to go to his offense and put the pressure on them from the get-go and keep the pressure on them all seven minutes. He's going to surprise some people if he does that. Jeremy beat some good kids at the end of the season and he was really in every single match he wrestled all year.'

Watterson is making his first trip to the NCAA Championships, taking a 21-4 record and fourth-place finish at the Pac-10 meet. He's ranked No. 14 by AWN and No. 16 by IM. He'll be aided by having teammate Jamie Rakevich along to work out with; Rakevich represented OSU at heavyweight last season when Watterson was injured and came within a win of All-America honors.

'Ty Watterson has to get out there and get after them and have fun,' Wells said. 'At heavyweight, it looks like there are two real good guys and then there's a step down. A guy wants to be an All-American, it's hard to dissuade him. If you're content with one takedown in a heavyweight match ... you've got to go out there and get after them and put them on their back and let everybody know you came to wrestle. If he does that, he won't have any problem.'

OREGON STATE LINEUP: National rankings are final Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat; Pacific-10 rankings are conference championships placings.

125-Eric Stevenson; so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 18-15 record with 6 pinsNo. 6 Pac-10133-Bobby Pfennigs, so. (Great Falls, Mont./Russell HS); 13-13 record with 1 pin141-Tim Norman, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 11-13 record with 0 pinsNo. 4 Pac-10149-Orlando Perez, jr. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 7-20 record with 1 pin* 157-Tony Hook, so. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 15-9 record with 2 pinsNo. 3 Pac-10* 165-Matt Ellis, jr. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma State U.); 13-4 record with 1 pinNo. 14 AWN, No. 15 IM; No. 2 Pac-10* 174-Jeremy Larson, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 15-8 record with 0 pinsNo. 2 Pac-10184-Dan Pitsch, so. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lk. HS); 15-16 record with 0 pinsNo. 4 Pac-10197-Travis Gardner, fr. (Portland, Ore./Parkrose HS); 10-18 record with 3 pins* Hwt-Ty Watterson, so. (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS); 21-4 record with 4 pinsNo. 14 AWN, No. 16 IM; No. 4 Pac-10* - denotes wrestler competing in NCAA Championships

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State has placed among the top 10 teams at the NCAA Championships on 18 occasions, including runner-up finishes in 1973 and 1995. The Beavers also placed third in 1969 and 1970; fourth in 1961, 1971, 1979 and 1994; fifth in 1977; sixth in 1972; seventh in 1965 and 1975; eighth in 1974, 1978 and 1996; ninth in 1980 and 1998; and 10th in 1981.

OSU has had wrestlers earn All-America honors 81 times; the first was heavyweight John Witte placing second in 1952 and the most recent was 174-pounder Nathan Coy placing fourth in 2002. OSU has won individual titles 12 times and Beavers have been named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler three times: Greg Strobel at 173 pounds in 1973, Howard Harris at heavyweight in 1980 and Les Gutches at 177 pounds in 1996.

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEET: Oregon State 165-pounder Matt Ellis and 174-pounder Jeremy Larson were beaten in the championship finals at the Pacific-10 Wrestling Championships on Feb. 28 at Cal Poly. Ellis lost a 6-5 decision to Joey Bracamonte of Oregon and Larson lost a 4-2 decision to Leonel Sanchez of Cal State-Fullerton.

The Beavers finished in sixth place in the team standings. Arizona State won the championship with 106 points, followed by Boise State with 93.

Ellis, Larson and OSU 157-pounder Tony Hook earned automatic berths to the NCAA Championships. Ty Watterson later received one of the Pac-10's wild-card entries. The top 3 finishers at each weight class, plus 10 wild-card entries selected by the conference's coaches, go to the NCAA meet.

Hook placed third while 133-pounder Tim Norman, 184-pounder Dan Pitsch and Watterson all placed fourth in the Pac-10 meet. OSU 125-pounder Eric Stevenson placed sixth.

Ellis, the defending Pac-10 champ at 165, was ranked No. 16 in the nation this week by Amateur Wrestling News and Bracamonte, the No. 1 seed, was ranked No. 15. Ellis scored a takedown as time expired to tie the score, but Bracamonte had earned a point for riding time and that gave him the victory.

Bracamonte took Ellis down twice in the first period for a 4-2 lead. Ellis escaped to start the second period and make it 4-3, then Bracamonte escaped to start the third for his 5-3 advantage. Larson had been seeded fourth entering the tournament while Sanchez was the No. 2 seed, but Larson had defeated No. 1 seed Ronnie Silva of California-Davis in the semifinals.

After a scoreless first period, Larson escaped to start the second period. Sanchez came back to score a pair of takedowns in the third period, sandwiched around a Larson escape, to earn the championship.Hook, who was seeded third, took a 16-5 major decision over Cal State-Bakersfield's Brian Busby in the third-place final.

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 are taken into consideration when 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.

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 148-92-2 for a winning percentage of .616.

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 882-284-25 and a .751 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 365-73-6 in the arena for a winning percentage of .829. This season, OSU was 4-3-1 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.

BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's national rankings (complete national rankings are available at www.amateurwrestlingnews.com and www.intermatwrestle.com):

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	NRFeb. 1	NRFeb. 8	NRFeb. 15	NRFeb. 22	NRFinal	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	NRFeb. 1	NR	Feb. 1	NRFeb. 8	NR	Feb. 8	NRFeb. 15	NR	Feb. 15	NRFeb. 22	NR	Feb. 22	NR		Mar. 1	NRFinal	NR	Final	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	14thFeb. 1	NR	Feb. 1	19thFeb. 8	NR	Feb. 8	18thFeb. 15	16th	Feb. 15	16thFeb. 22	16th	Feb. 22	16th		Mar. 1	16thFinal	14th	Final	15thDan 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	NRFeb. 1	NR	Feb. 1	NRFeb. 8	NR	Feb. 8	NRFeb. 15	NR	Feb. 15	NRFeb. 22	NR	Feb. 22	NR		Mar. 1	NRFinal	NR	Final	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	NRFeb. 1	NR	Feb. 1	NRFeb. 8	NR	Feb. 8	NRFeb. 15	NR	Feb. 15	NRFeb. 22	NR	Feb. 22	NR		Mar. 1	NRFinal	NR	Final	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	11thFeb. 1	13th	Feb. 1	14thFeb. 8	13th	Feb. 8	14thFeb. 15	13th	Feb. 15	14thFeb. 22	13th	Feb. 22	14th		Mar. 1	19thFinal	14th	Final	16th

BEAVERS IN THE PACIFIC-10 RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's conference rankings (complete Pacific-10 rankings are available at www.polywrestling.com):

TEAMDec. 23	7thJan. 4	7thJan. 11	5th tieJan. 18	6thJan. 25	2ndFeb. 1	2ndFeb. 8	2ndFeb. 15	3rdFeb. 22	3rdEric Stevenson, 125Dec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	NRJan. 18	NRJan. 25	3rdFeb. 1	NRFeb. 8	NRFeb. 15	NRFeb. 22	NRBobby Pfennigs, 133Dec. 23	4thJan. 4	4thJan. 11	5thJan. 18	5thJan. 25	5thFeb. 1	5thFeb. 8	5thFeb. 15	5thFeb. 22	5thTim Norman, 141Dec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	NRJan. 18	NRJan. 25	3rdFeb. 1	3rdFeb. 8	3rdFeb. 15	3rdFeb. 22	3rdOrlando Perez, 149Dec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	5thJan. 18	6thJan. 25	NRFeb. 1	NRFeb. 8	NRFeb. 15	NRFeb. 22	NRTony Hook, 157Dec. 23	3rdJan. 4	3rdJan. 11	3rdJan. 18	3rdJan. 25	3rdFeb. 1	3rdFeb. 8	3rdFeb. 15	3rdFeb.22	3rdMatt Ellis, 165Dec. 23	1stJan. 4	1stJan. 11	1stJan. 18	1stJan. 25	1stFeb. 1	2ndFeb. 8	2ndFeb. 15	2ndFeb. 22	2ndJeremy Larson, 174Dec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	6thJan. 18	6thJan. 25	6thFeb. 1	4thFeb. 8	4thFeb. 15	4thFeb. 22	4thDan Pitsch, 184Dec. 23	4thJan. 4	4thJan. 11	4thJan. 18	4thJan. 25	4thFeb. 1	4thFeb. 8	5thFeb. 15	5thFeb. 22	5thTravis Gardner, 197Dec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	NRJan. 18	NRJan. 25	NRFeb. 1	4thFeb. 8	4thFeb. 15	6thFeb. 22	6thTy Watterson, HWTDec. 23	2ndJan. 4	2ndJan. 11	2ndJan. 18	2ndJan. 25	2ndFeb. 1	2ndFeb. 8	2ndFeb. 15	NRFeb. 22	2ndJamie Rakevich, HWTDec. 23	NRJan. 4	NRJan. 11	NRJan. 18	NRJan. 25	NRFeb. 1	NRFeb. 8	NRFeb. 15	2ndFeb. 22	NR

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 ... career, 34-28 with 11 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (18 of 62) ... this season, 18-15 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 30 percent of matches (10 of 33) ... season summary, at Pacific-10 Championships, unseeded, placed sixth, went 3-3 with 1 pin; dec. over Joey Lucas, UO, 2-1 in preliminary round; dec. by No. 1 seed (4) Vic Moreno, CPU, 12-2 in quarterfinals; pinned Kip Watson, PSU, 4:04 in wrestleback preliminary round; dec. over No. 5 seed Jesse Miramontes, CSUF, 9-7 (OT) in wrestleback quarterfinals; major dec. by No. 2 seed (6) Eric Hochstrasser, BSU, 16-4 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. by No. 6 seed Nathan Peterson, Stanford, 9-3 in fifth-place final ... pinned Francisco Manriquez, California-Davis, 4:43 in regular-season finale ... major dec. over Joey Lucas, Oregon, 14-4 in season's second Civil War dual meet ... major dec. by No. 18 Scott Coleman, Oklahoma State, 10-1 in dual meet ... major dec. by (1) Sam Hazewinkel, Oklahoma, 13-4 in dual meet ... pinned by (11) Jeremy Mendoza, Arizona State, 3:33 in dual meet ... major dec. by (19) Jesse Miramontes, Cal State-Fullerton, 17-6 in dual meet ... Dec. 19-Jan. 22, won 8 of 10 matches, including 3 pins ... 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 ... career, 19-18 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (10 of 37) ... this season, 13-13 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (6 of 26) ... season summary, won 8 of last 12 matches ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded fifth, did not place, went 0-2 with 0 pins; pinned by Chad Mendes, CPU, 1:42 in preliminary round; dec. by No. 6 seed Martin Mitchell, UO, 5-3 in wrestleback preliminary round ... major dec. by (15) Derek Moore, California-Davis, 12-0 in dual meet ... out of lineup from Jan. 29-Feb. 18 due to injury ... 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 133 pounds ... career, 39-44 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (12 of 83) ... this season, 11-13 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 4 percent of matches (1 of 24) ... season summary, at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded third, placed fourth, went 3-3 with 0 pins; dec. over Jacob Scoles, BSU, 6-2 in preliminary round; dec. over No. 6 seed Chris Hayworth, SU, 4-1 in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 2 seed Steve Esparza, CPU, 3-2 in semifinals; dec. over No. 5 seed Skyler Woods, UO, 5-3 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. by Jeff Bristol, UCD, 3-2 in third-place final; pinned by No. 4 seed Roberto Vargas, CSUB, 0:56 in true fourth-place final ... dec. over Elliott Tracy, Oregon, 9-5 in season's second Civil War dual meet ... major dec. over Jacob Scoles, Boise State, 10-2 in dual meet for first team bonus points of season ... dec. by (20) Ronnie Delk, Oklahoma State, 11-6 in dual meet ... pinned by (2) Teyon Ware, Oklahoma, 2:53 in dual meet ... 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, 17-35 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 13 percent of matches (7 of 52) ... this season, 7-20 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 4 percent of matches (1 of 27) ... season summary, at Pacific-10 Championships, unseeded, did not place, went 0-2 with 0 pins; Dec. by Eddie Dahlen, PSU, 8-5 in preliminary round; dec. by Jeff Silva, CSUF, 3-2 in wrestleback preliminary round ... dec. over Nick Cautrell, Oregon, 5-0 in season's second Civil War dual meet ... major dec. by (1) Zack Esposito, Oklahoma State, 12-2 in dual meet ... pinned by (4) Matt Stornolio, Oklahoma, 6:47 in dual meet ... dec. by (8) Patrick Williams, Arizona State, 12-8 in dual meet ... 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 13 of last 18 matches, scoring team bonus points 8 times ... career, 51-33 with 8 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (22 of 84) ... this season, 15-9 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 38 percent of matches (9 of 24) ... season summary, at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded third, placed third, went 3-1 with 0 pins; dec. over No. 6 seed Lex Case, Boise State, 7-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 2 seed (14) Brian Stith, Arizona State, 4-2 in semifinals; dec. over No. 5 seed Morgan Atkinson, CSUF, 13-9 in wrestleback semifinals; major dec. over No. 4 seed Brian Busby, CSUB, 16-5 in third-place final ... pinned Bryan Bachar, California-Davis, 1:30 in regular-season finale ... tech. fall over Nate Gipson, Oregon, 3:27 (20-5) in season's second Civil War dual meet ... dec. by (16) Kevin Ward, Oklahoma State, 12-6 in dual meet ... major dec. by (14) Brian Stith, Arizona State, 11-2 in dual meet ... dec. by (1) Matt Gentry, Stanford, 7-4 in dual meet ... 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 ... 5 wins this season over nationally ranked opponents ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 14 AWN, No. 15 IM ... career, 60-23 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (22 of 83) ... this season, 13-4 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (3 of 17) ... season summary, at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins; dec. over (18) Russell Brunson, BSU, 7-3 in quarterfinals; dec. over No. 6 seed Pat Pitsch, ASU, 3-1 in semifinals; dec. by No. 1 seed (15) Joey Bracamonte, UO, 6-5 in championship final ... dec. by (18) Joey Bracamonte, Oregon, 3-1 in season's second Civil War dual meet ... dec. over (15) Russell Brunson, Boise State, 7-4 in dual meet ... major dec. over Brett Munson, Oklahoma State, 10-0 for team's only win against nation's top-ranked team ... Jan. 7-Jan. 22, won first 6 matches of season ... 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 6 of last 9 matches ... career, 20-19 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 5 percent of matches (2 of 39) ... this season, 15-8 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 4 percent of matches (1 of 23) ... season summary, at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded fourth, placed second, went 2-1 with 0 pins; dec. over No. 5 seed Chet McBee, UO, 3-1 (OT) in quarterfinals; dec. over No. 1 seed Ronnie Silva, UCD, 11-7 in semifinals; dec. by No. 2 seed Lionel Sanchez, CSUF, 4-2 in championship final ... Feb. 11-Feb. 27, 5-match win streak ... dec. over Pac-10's top-ranked Ronnie Silva, California-Davis, 11-5 in regular-season finale ... dec. over Chet McBee, Oregon, 6-1 in season's second Civil War dual meet ... pinned by (1) Chris Pendleton, Oklahoma State, 2:16 in dual meet ... 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 ... career, 50-35 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (25 of 85) ... this season, 15-16 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (7 of 31) ... season summary, at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded fifth, placed fourth, went 2-3 with 0 pins; major dec. over No. 4 seed Brandon Bear, UCD, 11-3 in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 1 seed (11) Shane Webster, UO, 8-3 in semifinals; dec. over No. 6 seed Ryan Hagen, SU, 9-2 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. by No. 4 seed Brandon Bear, UCD, 10-4 in third-place final; pinned by No. 3 seed (12) Ryan Halsey, CPU, 0:29 in true fourth-place final ... dec. by (12) Shane Webster, Oregon, 7-1 in season's second Civil War dual meet ... dec. by (15) Justin Dyer, Oklahoma, 8-6 in dual meet ... pinned by (11) C.B. Dollaway, Arizona State, 2:21 in dual meet ... 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, 10-20 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (5 of 30) ... season summary, at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded sixth, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins; dec. over Bryan Travers, CSB, 10-6 in preliminary round; dec. by No. 3 seed Ralph Garcia, CPU, 5-4 in quarterfinals; pinned by Reed Shelger, UCD, 3:16 in wrestleback quarterfinals ... pinned Reed Shelger, California-Davis, 1:39 in regular-season finale ... pinned by (5) Scott Barker, Oregon, 0:53 in season's second Civil War dual meet ... tech. fall by (1) Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State, 18-2 (5:12) in dual meet ... major dec. by (15) Joel Flaggert, Oklahoma, 13-4 in dual meet ... major dec. by (8) Ryan Bader, Arizona State, 13-2 in dual meet ... dec. by (10) Landon Seefeldt, Cal State-Fullerton, 12-4 in dual meet ... 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 14 of last 17 matches, with 2 pins and 5 shutouts ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 14 AWN, No. 16 IM ... career, 22-7 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 34 percent of matches (10 of 29) ... this season, 21-4 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 36 percent of matches (9 of 25) ... season summary, at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed fourth, went 3-2 with 0 pins; dec. by Allen Kennett, PSU, 9-8 in quarterfinals; dec. over Shawn Ritzenthaler, SU, 12-5 in wrestleback preliminary round; dec. over No. 6 seed Arturo Basulto, CPU, 8-1 in wrestleback quarterfinals; dec. over No. 5 seed Cody Parker, UO, 6-1 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. by No. 3 seed Eric Smith, BSU, 6-5 in third-place final ... out of lineup from Jan. 29-Feb. 18 due to injury ... dec. by (6) Cain Velasquez, Arizona State, 11-7 in dual meet ... Dec. 19-Jan. 28, 10-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 6 times ... 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 ... career, 26-15 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (12 of 41) ... this season, 8-4 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (2 of 12) ... season summary, in lineup since Feb. 4 due to injury to Ty Watterson ... dec. over Cody Parker, Oregon, 4-3 in season's second Civil War dual meet, scoring winning takedown with 17 seconds remaining to give OSU 21-18 victory ... dec. over (19) Eric Smith, Boise State, 5-4 (OT) in dual meet ... pinned by (1) Steve Mocco, Oklahoma State, 0:54 in dual meet ... 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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