Hook, Ellis Move On To Friday In NCAA Wrestling

March 17, 2005

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Oregon State advanced two wrestlers through the first day of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday at the Savvis Center. OSU senior 165-pounder Matt Ellis and junior 157-pounder Tony Hook will compete in the wrestleback second round on Friday morning.

'Know everybody that's left (in the tournament) is pretty salty and it's going to be a pretty good fight,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'It's a good opportunity for us to improve and get experience, to set the pace and to make them keep up with us.'

The Beavers saw sophomore 174-pounder Jeremy Larson and sophomore heavyweight Ty Watterson eliminated during Thursday evening's wrestleback first round. All four OSU wrestlers advanced through at least one round of the brackets during Thursday's competition.

Team scores were unavailable.

Ellis, ranked No. 14 nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and 14-5 with one pin this season, will now meet unranked Zac Fryling of West Virginia.

Ellis earned a decision in his first-round match, beating Garrett Atkinson of North Carolina 7-3. Ellis trailed 3-2 after the second period and chose the neutral position to start the third; he scored a takedown and took Atkinson to his back for a two-point near-fall before adding a point for riding time.

'It was a good first-round match for Matt,' Wells said. 'He was efficient and did a nice job of controlling the pace.'

Ellis then faced second-seeded Ryan Churella of Michigan and was beaten 10-1. Churella scored four takedowns and an escape, adding a point for riding time, while limiting Ellis to a third-period escape.

Hook, now 16-10 with three pins, goes against 11th-seeded Chris Horning of Clarion. Horning is ranked No. 10 by AWN.

Hook faced the tournament's top seed, Adam Tirapelle of Illinois, in the first round and was pinned in 1:05. Hook actually scored first, earning a takedown, but Tirapelle escaped and turned the tables on Hook.

Hook then came up with a pin of his own - his third of the season - in the wrestleback first round, flattening Devin Mesanko of Columbia in 1:35.

'Tony went out with the right idea and attitude,' Wells said. 'He did the same thing tonight (that he did against Tirapelle) but he did it with authority.'

Watterson, ranked No. 14 by AWN, was beaten in the first round by No. 7 seed Bill Stouffer of Central Michigan, 7-3. Watterson came back to beat Ruebon Daniels of Appalachian State 8-4 in the wrestleback preliminary round before being eliminated by Eric Smith of Boise State 6-4. Smith, ranked No. 17 by AWN, had also beaten Watterson in the third-place final at the Pacific-10 Championships.

Watterson finished the season with a 22-6 record and four pins.

Larson was beaten by fourth-seeded Jake Herbert of Northwestern 11-5 in the first round, then received a medical forfeit over 19th-ranked Kenny Robertson of Eastern Illinois when he was pinned in 2:22 in the wrestleback first round.

Larson wrapped up the season with a 16-10 record.

OREGON STATE AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY ONE

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

TEAM LEADERS: Unavailable.

157, TONY HOOK-Pinned by No. 1 seed (1) Adam Tirapelle, Illinois, 1:05 in first round; pinned Devin Mesanko, Columbia, 1:35 in wrestleback first round.

165, (14) MATT ELLIS-Dec. over Garrett Atkinson, North Carolina, 7-3 in first round; major dec. by No. 2 seed (2) Ryan Churella, Michigan, 10-1 in second round.

174, JEREMY LARSON-Dec. by No. 4 seed (4) Jake Herbert, Northwestern, 11-5 in first round; med. fft. over Kevin Gabrielson, North Carolina State, in wrestleback preliminary round; pinned by (19) Kenny Robertson, Eastern Illinois, 2:22 in wrestleback first round.

HWT, (14) TY WATTERSON-Dec. by No. 7 seed (8) Bill Stouffer, Central Michigan, 7-3 in first round; dec. over Ruebon Daniels, Appalachian State, 8-4 in wrestleback preliminary round; dec. by (17) Eric Smith, Boise State, 6-4 in wrestleback first round.

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