Cooley Is Beavers' Lone Winner

Dec. 16, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State started the day with a win from heavyweight Jason Cooley but Oklahoma State won the final nine matches as the 25th-ranked Beavers fell to the second-ranked Cowboys 38-3 in non-league wrestling Sunday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. Oregon State (5-3 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) is now off for the holidays, the Beavers will return to action at the Midlands Open in Evanston, Ill., on Dec. 29-30.

Sunday's dual against Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) wrapped up a string of three matches in five days for the Beavers, who had beaten Oregon 16-16 on criteria Wednesday night and lost at No. 9 Nebraska 22-16 on Friday night.

'They said they still felt pretty good today,' Oregon State head coach Joe Wells said of the Beavers. 'We faced a little adversity and a little travel, and that's good ... I think our guys are glad they wrestled these guys. Facing someone ranked that high, the worst thing is the apprehension - going to nationals and not knowing how good your opponents are going to be. When we get there, we're going to know.'

Oregon State jumped to an early 3-0 lead as Cooley, ranked 16th nationally by InterMat, took a tiebreaker win over James Huml, who was ranked 13th by Amateur Wrestling News and eighth by IM. The score was 1-1 after regulation and the first overtime.

That led to the second overtime, a 30-second period in which one wrestler starts on top and the other starts on the bottom. If the top man can maintain control for 30 seconds, he wins, if the bottom man can escape within the 30 seconds, he wins.

Huml won the coin toss and chose the bottom. Cooley held one of Huml's legs until being warned for stalling with 21 seconds left, he managed to work his hold up to the top of Huml's thigh and keep it for what goes in the books as a 1-1 win.

'I just hung on for dear life, come hell or high water,' Cooley said. 'I tried to work his leg and make it look like I was trying to take him down again, but I had that leg secure.'

It was the second straight win for Cooley, who had beaten Nebraska's Pat Miron on Friday night. A senior, Cooley had arthroscopic knee surgery just before the season and returned to action in a loss to Arizona State's Kellan Fluckiger on Nov. 29, he was then held out of the Beaver lineup until Friday.

'I thought I was just going to be out a week, and it turned out to be three,' Cooley said. 'I was anxious to come back. It's a load off my shoulders to be back in there ... I feel good, but unless you get some matches, the confidence isn't there. It was good to go against some good competition and beat them.'

The Beavers showed depth at heavyweight during the week. Junior Andy Bowlby went 11-2 in Cooley's absence, and that included Bowlby's 1-1 tiebreaker win over 12th-ranked Eric Webb of Oregon on Wednesday.

'Andy is an ideal workout partner,' Cooley said. 'He's been here four years (including his redshirt season) and he's pushed me harder - he keeps me on my toes, and he's a good wrestler. We're kind of a one-two punch.'

After Cooley's win, the Beavers' Michael Delaney was edged 5-4 by Oklahoma State 125-pounder Matt Brown in a meeting of unranked wrestlers. At 133 pounds, the Cowboys' top-ranked Tommy Thompson earned a major decision over Tim Norman, 12-3, to give Oklahoma State a 7-3 lead.

Oregon State had a chance to tighten the meet at 141 pounds, where 20th-ranked Casey Horn would go against the Cowboys' unranked Ronnie Delk. The two became tangled quickly and scrambled back and forth across the mat, but 47 seconds into the match one of Delk's elbows opened a cut up Horn's nose and forehead.

That produced a flow of blood from Horn's face, and after receiving medical attention he injury defaulted to Delk, stemming whatever momentum the Beavers had. The closest match after that came at 174 pounds, where the Cowboys' ninth-ranked Ty Wilcox nipped Oregon State's fifth-ranked Nathan Coy 5-3.


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

HWT-Jason Cooley, OrSU, dec. (13) James Huml, OkSU, 1-1 (OT). 125-Matt Brown, OkSU, dec. Michael Delaney, OrSU, 5-4. 133-(1) Johnny Thompson, OkSU, major dec. Tim Norman, OrSU, 12-3. 141-Ronnie Delk, OkSU, injury default over (20) Casey Horn, OrSU, 0:47. 149-John Mark Bentley, OkSU, major dec. Jordan Barich, OrSU, 18-5. 157-(3) Shane Roller, OkSU, pinned Micah Houston, OrSU, 0:36. 165-(3) Tyrone Lewis, OkSU, major dec. Jed Pennell, OrSU, 18-6. 174-(9) Ty Wilcox, OkSU, dec. (5) Nathan Coy, OrSU, 5-3. 184-(3) Pat Popolizio, OkSU, major dec. Isaac Weber, OrSU, 11-2. 197-(18) Will Gruenwald, OkSU, major dec. Jason Lovell, OrSU, 14-4.

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