Beavers Open With Big Win

Nov. 25, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State got pins from 197-pounder Jason Lovell and 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen as the Beavers pounded Stanford 39-3 Saturday afternoon in a Pacific-10 wrestling dual meet at Gill Coliseum. OSU (1-0 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10) also scored a technical fall and a pair of major decisions against the Cardinal (2-2, 0-2).

OSU now goes to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Classic next Friday and Saturday. The tournament is one of the top early-season events in the country, drawing a host of nationally-ranked teams and wrestlers.

On Saturday against Stanford, Oregon State didn't allow a takedown in seven of the nine matches that were wrestled (Stanford forfeited at 141 pounds). The Beavers improved their all-time record against the Cardinal to 26-0-0.

'It was a good beginning,' Oregon State head coach Joe Wells said. 'Jason Lovell really started us out with a bang (in the opening match), then (heavyweight) Andy Bowlby did a great job, then our more-experienced guys ...'

By then, the Beavers were rolling to a win in their season-opener for the third straight year. Jorgensen, 133-pounder Ben Richards and 184-pounder Isaac Weber all stayed unbeaten on the season, improving their records to 5-0, all three were champions at the Omaha Open a week earlier.

Jorgensen, ranked 10th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, flattened Stanford's Shawn Harmon in just 2:06.

'I want to be more aggressive this season,' Jorgensen said. 'I haven't been known as a pinner in college. I just want to take any opportunity to better myself in any way I can.'

Richards had to scramble for a 6-3 win over Justin Walker, who had entered the match with a 9-2 record. Richards, ranked 18th nationally, trailed 3-0 entering the third period and was beginning to feel some urgency.

'Oh yeah,' Richards said. 'I knew he was a good kid. This week, with Thanksgiving and all ... I just didn't wrestle well.'

After escaping from the down position to start the period, Richards then managed a takedown and two-point near fall to take the lead before adding a poing for riding time.

Weber, back at full strength after missing the end of last season with a knee injury, beat Harold Penson 10-3. Weber broke into the national rankings this week at No. 17.

'I still haven't wrestled as well as I want, but it's a good start,' Weber said. 'It's nice to know I can wrestle and not worry about re-injuring my knee. So far, it's been about being where I want to be and controlling the match, setting the pace ... I know what I need to do, now it's a matter of putting it together and it's a long season to get where I want to be.'

The Beavers got their technical fall from Nathan Coy at 174 pounds and major decisions from Nathan Navarro at 125 pounds and Jed Pennell at 165 pounds. Pennell, a redshirt freshman, turned in a spectacular home debut with his 16-4 victory over John Garfinkel.

'That was a very promising performance from Jed Pennell,' Wells said. 'He was very aggressive and he was going after it. He has a great attitude.'


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

197 - Jason Lovell, OSU, pinned Fred Luminoso, SU, 4:57. HWT - Andy Bowlby, OSU, dec. Brad Selby, SU, 5-2. 125 - (10) Nathan Navarro, OSU, major dec. Nathan Peterson, SU, 18-5. 133 - (18) Ben Richards, OSU, dec. Justin Walker, SU, 6-3. 141 - Shane Cunanan, OSU, by forfeit. 149 - Isaiah Camp, SU, dec. Paul Barron, OSU, 7-4. 157 - (10) Eric Jorgensen, OSU, pinned Shawn Harmon, SU, 2:06. 165 - Jed Pennell, OSU, major dec. John Garfinkel, SU, 16-4. 174 - (15) Nathan Coy, OSU, tech. fall Garrett Johnston, SU, 7:00 (25-10). 184 - (17) Isaac Weber, OSU, dec. Harold Penson, SU, 10-3.

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