Beavers Earn Wells His 100th Win

Jan. 20, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - No. 14 Oregon State beat No. 11 Boise State 25-10 in Pacific-10 wrestling Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum, handing head coach Joe Wells his 100th dual-meet win with the Beavers. OSU (9-3 overall, 5-1 Pacific-10) got a big win from Eric Jorgensen, as the nation's seventh-ranked 157-pounder knocked off third-ranked Kirk White 6-1 to key the team victory.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Beavers had beaten Cal Poly 28-12 in another Pacific-10 dual. OSU will take a four-meet win streak into next Friday's 7:30 p.m. home meet against ninth-ranked Arizona State at Gill Coliseum.

'I guess I don't think so much about the 100th win or about the ranking,' Wells said of beating Boise State. 'But I do recognize the way we wrestled - we nullified their offense, we made them work hard, and we took it to them in the third period. That's what we have to do to win the Pacific-10 and be in the hunt at nationals.

'One hundred wins just means you've been coaching a long time. But it's always nice to pass those milestones, and and it's especially pleasing to beat a Boise State team that was ranked above us.'

Boise State (3-2, 2-1) was the highest-ranked team the Beavers had beaten since a home victory over 10th-ranked ASU in 1999. Wells, now 100-56-1 in his ninth year at OSU, wasn't the only one to celebrate his 100th win against Boise State. Jorgensen's decision over White was the 100th match victory of the senior's career.

'That was pretty cool, with winning the match and then finding out afterward that it was my 100th' said Jorgensen, now 100-41 in his career and 22-5 this season. 'That was pretty exciting.'

White, who won the NCAA title at 165 pounds last season, had beaten Jorgensen 2-1 in overtime at the Las Vegas Classic last month. This time, Jorgensen gained the edge in the second period and pulled away late in the match.

After a scoreless first period, White chose to start the second period in the down position and Jorgensen rode him for 57 seconds before allowing an escape. Jorgensen then scored a takedown with 21 seconds left in the period and rode White to the buzzer with a 2-1 lead, he also had over a minute advantage in riding time by then.

Jorgensen escaped quickly to start the third period to make it 3-1 and keep his riding time advantage above the 60 seconds needed to earn a point at match's end. He scored another takedown with 25 seconds left to wrap up the match.

'I'd been working on the single-leg (takedown) to my right side,' Jorgensen said. 'I knew I was going to need it to take him down. I've been working on getting good second shots, and working on that.'

Said Wells: 'That's a very good win for Eric because of the way he did it. He scored to both sides of the body, he took him down twice. I thought Eric was in superior condition. He rode him and got riding time. He used a lot of different things, and that's what he's going to have to do to beat White at the conference meet and at nationals ... it was a crunch match in a crunch situation. To beat a national champion is a fine feat.'

It was a big day for OSU seniors Jorgensen and 133-pounder Ben Richards.

Jorgensen had recorded a pin in his match against Cal Poly. Richards, who sat out last week's Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals, also had a pin against the Mustangs (1-6, 0-3) and started OSU's rout of Boise State with an 8-0 major decision over Charlie Griggs, who had entered the match with a 14-6 record.

'That was the most significant match of the day,' Wells said. 'Ben went out there and set the tone. He had a leadership position there where he could have given up back points but he slipped the guy and put him on his back. He got a 5-0 lead and he didn't sit on it, he majored him. That's a dramatic beginning.'

Richards just managed to get out of trouble several times in a scoreless first period, then chose the down position to start the second period. Richards scored a reversal early in the period and took Griggs to his back for a three-point near-fall and that 5-0 lead.

'That set them back,' Jorgensen said of Richards' win. 'We came out and wrestled hard. I think they expected to come out and beat us because they'd just beaten Oregon (18-12 on Friday night) and Oregon had beaten us. But Ben whooping that guy helped our confidence, then Shane (Cunanan at 141 pounds) goes out there to win ... one match builds off another one. We just build the momentum and go.'

After Jorgensen's win put the Beavers up 10-3 in the team score, OSU 165-pounder Jed Pennell provided another spark in the next match when he pinned Casey Eager in a brisk 1:35 to make it 16-3 at the meet's halfway mark. Sixth-ranked Nathan Coy extended the OSU lead to 19-3 with a 10-5 win over Pat Owens at 174 pounds.

After Boise State picked up wins from ninth-ranked 184-pounder Cash Edwards and sixth-ranked 197-pounder Rusty Cook, the Broncos were back within 19-10 with two matches remaining, both featured nationally-ranked wrestlers from both schools. But OSU heavyweight Jason Cooley, ranked sixth, topped 19th-ranked Bart Johnson 3-1 to clinch the dual for the Beavers. Oregon State 125-pounder Nathan Navarro, ranked 10th, finished off the afternoon with a 4-2 win over 16th-ranked Ben Vombaur.

Navarro improved to 16-8 this season and has now won 10 of his last 12 matches, Coy has won 18 of his last 20 to improve to 25-5. Cunanan's pair of wins boosted his record to 15-6, Pennell's two victories put him at 13-6, and Cooley's two wins make him 17-4 this season.


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

133-Ben Richards, OSU, pinned Nate Ybarra, CPU, 0:39. 141-Shane Cunanan, OSU, major dec. Aaron Gharst, CPU, 13-5. 149-(10) Cedric Haymon, CPU, dec. Casey Horn, OSU, 5-3. 157-(7) Eric Jorgensen, OSU, pinned Josh Blagg, CPU, 5:50. 165-Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Brody Barrios, CPU, 7-3. 174-(6) Nathan Coy, OSU, dec. Steve Strange, CPU, 8-6. 184-Chuck Sandlin, CPU, dec. Ryan Jorgensen, OSU, 6-1. 197-David Schenk, CPU, pinned Jason Lovell, OSU, 1:05. HWT-(6) Jason Cooley, OSU, dec. Dan Leahy, CPU, 10-3. 125-(10) Nathan Navarro, OSU, dec. Jaime Garza, CPU, 9-7.


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

133-Ben Richards, OSU, major dec. Charlie Griggs, BSU, 8-0. 141-Shane Cunanan, OSU, dec. Gabe Vigil, BSU, 7-3. 149-Collin Robertson, BSU, dec. Casey Horn, OSU, 7-3. 157-(7) Eric Jorgensen, OSU, dec. (3) Kirk White, BSU, 6-1. 165-Jed Pennell, OSU, pinned Casey Eager, BSU, 1:35. 174-(6) Nathan Coy, OSU, dec. Pat Owens, BSU, 10-5. 184-(9) Cash Edwards, BSU, dec. Ryan Jorgensen, OSU, 10-4. 197-(6) Rusty Cook, BSU, major dec. Jason Lovell, OSU, 15-4. HWT-(6) Jason Cooley, OSU, dec. (19) Bart Johnson, BSU, 3-1. 125-(10) Nathan Navarro, OSU, dec. (16) Ben Vombaur, BSU, 4-2.


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