Delaney, Bowlby Wrestle To Titles

Nov. 17, 2001

ASHLAND, Ore. - Oregon State 125-pounder Michael Delaney and heavyweight Andy Bowlby won championships at their weight class Saturday as Oregon State opened its wrestling season at the Southern Oregon Open. The Beavers' Nathan Coy and Jake Huffman shared the title at 174 pounds in the meet, in which no team scores were kept.

The Beavers open their home schedule Friday with the Oregon State Duals. OSU will wrestle Portland State, Pacific (Ore.), Central Washington and Simon Fraser starting at noon at Gill Coliseum.

Also placing at the Southern Oregon Open for the Beavers were Nathan Navarro, third at 133 pounds, Isaac Weber, third at 184 pounds, Jason Lovell, second at 197 pounds, Kevin Miles, fourth at 197 pounds, and Jed Lowe, fourth at heavyweight.

'Our big guys looked very good. Our whole group did, actually,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We wrestled a lot better. Some of the young kids lost close matches to be in it for placing, but they wrestled pretty well. They just made a couple of mistakes because of their experience level. We had a lot of things pointed out to us, and we have a lot of work to do.'

In the 125-pound final, Delaney pinned San Francisco State's Jared Waller in 1:38. Bowlby beat Southern Oregon's Mike Whitehead 12-6 in the heavyweight final.

Teammates Coy and Huffman opted not to wrestle a championship final at 174 pounds, having gone against each other in a best-of-three matchup a week earlier in OSU's Intrasquad Meet. Coy swept that matchup.

Navarro took third by pinning Oregon's Martin Mitchell in 4:58 at 133 pounds. Weber won by riding time in overtime against North Idaho College's Josh Birt in the 184-pound third-place final.

Lovell reached the final at 197 pounds before losing to Southern Oregon's Mike Sills by a 7-5 score. Miles was fourth at that weight after falling to Portland State's Randy Davidson 6-5 in the final round.

Lowe was fourth at heavyweight after being beaten by unattached wrestler Devin Cole 9-2 in the last round.

OSU 141-pounder Casey Horn, 165-pounder Jed Pennell and heavyweight Jason Cooley were held out of the meet as they recover from minor injuries or illness.

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