OSU Edged By Fresno State

Feb. 9, 2001

FRESNO, Calif. - No. 15 Oregon State was edged by No. 17 Fresno State 18-17 in a non-league wrestling dual meet Friday night at North Gym. OSU (9-7 overall, 5-2 Pacific-10) wrestles a pair of Pacific-10 duals on Saturday, visiting Cal State-Bakersfield at noon and Cal State-Fullerton at 7:30 p.m.

At Fresno State, the Beavers and Bulldogs won five matches each, but FSU scored one more team bonus point and that was the difference.

'We let two or three matches slip through our fingers,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We've got to take some things to heart that we know we can do, but that we didn't do tonight.'

OSU's only bonus points came when Nathan Coy, ranked seventh in the nation at 174 pounds, earned a technical fall over Mike Mellor by a 23-8 score in 4:41. Coy has now won 20 of his last 24 matches and scored team bonus points in seven of those, and he's 27-7 this season.

The Bulldogs' bonus points were scored by No. 1-ranked Stephen Abas pinned Oregon State's Michael Delaney in 2:45 at 125 pounds. The Beavers were without starting 125-pounder Nathan Navarro and 165-pounder Jed Pennell.

OSU 157-pounder Eric Jorgensen, ranked sixth nationally, won his eighth straight match with a 7-0 shutout over 15th-ranked Nathan Vasquez. Jorgensen is now 26-5 this season.

The Beavers' unranked Ben Richards also beat a nationally-ranked Bulldog, upsetting 18th-ranked Derrick Hayes 7-4 at 133 pounds. Oregon State picked up an overtime win when Isaac Weber and Jason Rosotti went to the second extra session at 184 pounds, Weber rode out Rosotti for 30 seconds and the 1-1 victory.

The Beavers' other victory came at 197 pounds, where Jason Lovell earned a 10-6 decision over Tom Gohde. OSU heavyweight Jason Cooley, ranked ninth nationally, just missed knocking off third-ranked Billy Blunt in a 5-4 loss, Cooley is now 19-6 this season.


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

149-Jimmy Medeiros, FSU, dec. Casey Horn, OSU, 7-3. 157-(6) Eric Jorgensen, OSU, dec. (15) Nathan Vasquez, FSU, 7-0. 165-Eddie Gifford, FSU, dec. Jake Huffman, OSU, 7-6. 174-(7) Nathan Coy, OSU, tech. fall Mike Mellor, FSU, 4:41 (23-8). 184-Isaac Weber, OSU, dec. Jason Rosotti, FSU, 1-1 (OT). 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, dec. Tom Gohde, FSU, 10-6. HWT-(3) Billy Blunt, FSU, dec. (9) Jason Cooley, OSU, 5-4. 125-(1) Stephen Abas, FSU, pinned Michael Delaney, OSU, 2:45. 133-Ben Richards, OSU, dec. (18) Derrick Hayes, FSU, 7-4. 141-Ralph Lopez, FSU, dec. Shane Cunanan, OSU, 9-3.

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