Ellis, Hook Eliminated At NCAAs

March 18, 2005

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Oregon State 165-pounder Matt Ellis and 157-pounder Tony Hook were eliminated during Friday's wrestleback rounds at the NCAA Wrestling Championships. Ellis, a senior, was knocked out in the third round of wrestlebacks while Hook, a junior, reached the second before being eliminated.

After the second day of the three-day tournament, OSU was tied for 39th in the team standings. Oklahoma State was the leader with 127.5 points with Cornell second at 71.5 and Michigan third at 67.

Ellis, ranked No. 14 nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, earned a win in his first match Friday, beating Zac Fryling of West Virginia 63. Ellis was then beaten 3-0 by 10th-seeded Matt Nagel of Minnesota 3-0, who was also ranked 10th by AWN. Ellis finished the season 15-6 with one pin.

Hook was eliminated in his first match of the day, losing to 11th-seeded Chris Horning of Clarion by technical fall 19-2 in 6:10; Horning was ranked No. 10 by AWN. Hook wrapped up his year 16-11 with three pins.

OREGON STATE AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY TWO

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

TEAM LEADERS: 1. Oklahoma State 127.5; 2. Cornell 71.5; 3. Michigan 67; 4. Minnesota 66; 5. Oklahoma 64.5; 6. Iowa 64; 7. Illinois 60.5; 8. Iowa State 52.5; 9. Indiana 49; 10. Lehigh 41.5; 39 (tie) Oregon State 8.5.

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; tech. fall by No. 11 seed (10) Chris Horning, Clarion, 19-2 (6:10).

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; dec. over Zac Fyling, West Virginia, 6-3 in wrestleback second round; dec. by No. 10 seed (10) Matt Nagel, Minnesota, 3-0 in wrestleback third 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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