Cooley Fifth, Bowlby Eighth At Heavyweight

Dec. 30, 2001

EVANSTON, Ill. - Oregon State's Jason Cooley took fifth place at heavyweight and the Beavers' Andy Bowlby was eighth in the same weight class as the Midlands Open wrestling tournament concluded Sunday evening. No. 25-ranked OSU placed 10th in a 65-team field that included most of the nation's top 25 teams and many top post-collegiate wrestlers.

Three other Beavers - 141-pounder Casey Horn, 165-pounder Jed Pennell and 184-pounder Isaac Weber - finished one win short of placing in the top eight in their weight class.

Cooley - ranked 14th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and 10th by InterMat - and Bowlby guaranteed themselves a placing finish by winning their first matches Sunday morning. Cooley beat Brian Keck of the Wildcat Wrestling Club 6-4 in overtime, while Bowlby won by disqualification over 18th-ranked Kellan Fluckiger of Arizona State.

That set up a meeting between the two Beaver heavyweights in the wrestleback quarterfinals, and Cooley edged Bowlby 3-2. Cooley scored a first-period takedown and Bowlby earned his escape to make it 2-1 after one period. Cooley started the second period in the down position and escaped for a 3-1 lead, Bowlby escaped early in the third period to make it 3-2 and nearly got the go-ahead takedown when he got Cooley in a headlock, but Cooley slipped away to keep the lead.

'This is probably one of the best heavyweight fields they've had in a long time, and to have two heavyweights place is excellent,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We just need to do that in nine more weight classes.'

OSU (5-3 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) returns to action next Sunday at top-ranked Minnesota, the Golden Gophers finished third in the Midlands Open behind first-place Iowa and runner-up Iowa State.

'I thought we were real close to having a great tournament,' Wells said. 'I think part of it is wrestling good competition round after round after round - you've got to make adjustments and make a conscious decision to step it up a level. It's as much mental preparation as physical preparation.

'We had some great performances by individuals on a match-by-match basis, overall, we didn't perform as well as we're capable. We had some legitimate reasons for that (minor injuries hampered 133-pounder Nathan Navarro and 174-pounder Nathan Coy, who are both nationally-ranked) but that's part of the deal. It was a good experience and a good learning opportunity for us.'


(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

TOP 10 TEAMS (65-TEAM FIELD) - 1. Iowa, 151, 2. Iowa State, 126.5, 3. Minnesota, 110.5, 4. Ohio State, 109, 5. Pennsylvania, 78.5, 6. Michigan State, 73, 7. Illinois, 62, 8. Indiana, 55, 9. Arizona State, 52, 10. Oregon State, 42.

125, MICHAEL DELANEY - dec. by (2) Leroy Vega, Minnesota, 9-3 in first round, dec. over Robert Potashnick, Northwestern, 4-1 in wrestleback first round, medical forfeit over (14) Greg Schaefer, Indiana, in wrestleback second round, dec. by Brandon Newill, Pittsburgh-Johnston, 3-0 in wrestleback third round.

133, (16) NATHAN NAVARRO - dec. over Pat Dowty, Eastern Illinois, 6-3 in preliminary round, dec. over Justin Walker, Stanford, 7-5 in first round, dec. by Cliff Moore, Iowa, 7-1 in second round, dec. over Kevin Rucci, Pennsylvania, 5-1 in wrestleback second round, dec. by Mark Jayne, Illinois, 10-5 in wrestleback third round.

141, (20) CASEY HORN - dec. by (12) Aaron Holker, Iowa State 11-4 in first round, dec. over Randy Pursley, Purdue, 3-0 in wrestleback first round, pinned Eric Keith, Michigan State, 6:28 (OT) in wrestleback second round, dec. over (15) John Giacche, Northwestern, 4-3 in wrestleback third round, major dec. by (9) Coyte Cooper, Indiana, 15-2 in wrestleback fourth round.

165, JED PENNELL - dec. over Cory DeBias, Rider, 9-2 in preliminary round, dec. by (6) John Hardy, Minnesota, 11-4 in first round, major dec. over Pat O'Donnell, Harvard, 13-1 in wrestleback first round, dec. over Ryan Kane, Northwestern, 8-3 in wrestleback second round, dec. by Scott Roth, Cornell, 12-6 in wrestleback third round.

174, (8) NATHAN COY - dec. over Ryan Hieber, Ohio State, 2-1 in first round, dec. by Nick Passolano, Iowa State, 2-2 (OT) in second round, dec. by (11) Jim Stanec, Cornell, 8-5 in wrestleback second round.

174, JAKE HUFFMAN - dec. over Jeff Pangborn, Central Michigan, 9-4 in first round, major dec. by (17) Greg Parker, Princeton, 14-0 in second round, dec. over Russ Vanderheyden, Central Michigan, 8-3 in wrestleback second round, dec. by (12) Gerald Harris, Cleveland State, 5-4 in wrestleback third round.

184, ISAAC WEBER - dec. over Andrew Curran, Northwestern, 5-0 in first round, dec. by (19) Ben Heizer, Northern Illinois, 3-2 in second round, dec. over Harold Penson, Stanford, 5-2 in wrestleback second round, dec. over Hunter Guenot, unattached, 1-0 in wrestleback third round, dec. by (6) Damion Hahn, Minnesota, 6-3 in wrestleback fourth round.

197, JASON LOVELL - tech. fall by (2) Owen Elzen, Minnesota, 3:59 (15-0), dec. over Venroy July, North Carolina, 5-4 in wrestleback preliminary round, major dec. over Robert Odell, Cal State-Bakersfield, 11-0 in wrestleback first round, dec. by Emmett Wilson, Montana State-Northern, 4-2 in wrestleback second round.

HWT, (14) JASON COOLEY, FIFTH PLACE - dec. over Jamie Salazar, Manchester, 5-1 in first round, dec. over Jack Leffler, Central Michigan, 5-2 in second round, major dec. by Mitch Clark, Ohio International Wrestling Club, 16-2 in quarterfinals, dec. over Brian Keck, Wildcat Wrestling Club, 6-4 (OT) in wrestleback fourth round, dec. over Andy Bowlby, Oregon State, 3-2 in wrestleback quarterfinals, pinned by (2) Tommy Rowlands, Ohio State, 2:13 in wrestleback semifinals, dec. over (10) Kevin Hoy, Air Force, 3-1 in fifth-place final.

HWT, ANDY BOWLBY, EIGHTH PLACE - dec. over D.J. Radnovich, Indiana, 3-2 in first round, dec. by Raphael Davis, Schultz Wrestling Club, 5-2 in second round, pinned Marc Bauknecht, East Stroudsburg, 0:29 in wrestleback second round, dec. over Steven Kovach, Navy, 2-1 in wrestleback third round, disqualification forfeit over (18) Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, in wrestleback fourth round, dec. by (14) Jason Cooley, Oregon State, 3-2 in wrestleback quarterfinals, dec. by Raphael Davis, Schultz Wrestling Club, 10-6 in seventh-place final.

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