Weber, Horn Get Big Wins For OSU

Jan. 12, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State 184-pounder Isaac Weber knocked off second-ranked Andy Hrovat and Beaver 141-pounder Casey Horn recorded his team-high eighth pin of the year but OSU fell to fourth-ranked Michigan 25-14 in non-league wrestling at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (7-6 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10) have now wrestled duals against three of the top four teams in this week's national poll within the last month.

'It was a good meet,' Oregon State head coach Joe Wells said. 'We fought hard and I'm proud of our guys. We got tweaked a few times but we came back and almost got the job done. Kudos to Isaac Weber for a really big win, and to Casey Horn for pinning a good wrestler.

'Then (165-pounder) Jed Pennell, (174-pounder) Nathan Coy, (125-pounder) Michael Delaney, (133-pounder) Nathan Navarro - they were all right there with some of the nation's best guys. Part of it is that we've been meeting so much good competition - our guys are realizing they're not that far away from these guys and they're going out and risking some things. If they can keep going out and doing that, they're going to continue to improve.'

Against Michigan (6-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten), Weber got the crowd of 1,012 into the meet early with his win over Hrovat, who fell to 20-2 this season. The Beaver senior scored a takedown just before the end of regulation to tie the match at 7-7, then eventually won in the second overtime by riding Hrovat for 30 seconds.

Weber had fallen behind 7-4 midway through the third period, but scored an escape with 52 seconds remaining. He and Hrovat were both on the mat with the clock winding down, and Weber managed to work himself behind Hrovat just before the buzzer for the tying takedown.

'I wasn't aware of the score at that time - I thought it was over,' Weber admitted. 'But I finally got the front headlock, I'd been trying to get it most of the match.'

After a scoreless first overtime, Weber drew the down position for the second overtime. But, not having received a stall warning to that point, he was able to grab one of Hrovat's legs and hang on for the win.

Weber, now 14-10 this season, is finally reaping the benefits of finally wrestling healthy for an entire year.

'It's been really nice,' said Weber, who has battled injuries in his first three OSU seasons. 'I've been fortunate. Now it's been so long, I've stopped thinking about it (being hurt), that had been a recurring problem.

'It's nice to go out and just think about doing your best without worrying about having your knee fall off.'

Weber was the second Beaver in as many weeks to knock off a wrestler ranked second in the country, Horn had beaten Minnesota's Chad Erikson last Sunday. On Saturday, Horn's pin of Clark Forward - ranked 12th nationally by InterMat - was his ninth win in his last 12 matches and one of the losses in that time was an injury default.

'I'm finally above .500,' said Horn, who pushed his career record to 26-24. He's 17-6 this season with eight pins, including three in his current hot streak.

Horn - who had beaten Forward 7-5 at the Las Vegas Classic earlier this season - locked up with the Wolverine early in the match and threw him straight to his back. After just missing an immediate pin because he was a bit off to one side of Forward, Horn moved squarely on top of Forward to push his shoulders to the mat.

'We've talked about that in practice - taking some chances, going out and competing and getting in a position where I can scramble and come up with a way to beat someone,' Horn said. 'I was in perfect position, I banged his head, which was a little different for me ... he shot and I kept in a scramble, and just funked him onto his back. It's fun to pick up a big win like that at a big time.'

Oregon State still had a chance at winning the dual with two matches remaining, trailing 19-14 going into the 165-pound match. OSU's Jed Pennell cut the gap against 19th-ranked Charles Martelli to 5-4 with an escape with 56 seconds remaining but couldn't come up with the go-ahead takedown. Pennell's desperation shot in the final seconds allowed a Martelli takedown that clinched a 7-4 win in the bout and the meet for the Wolverines.

OSU takes next weekend off before returning to Pacific-10 action. The Beavers will wrestle at California-Davis and Stanford on Jan. 26, then visit Cal Poly on Jan. 27.


(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

184-Isaac Weber, OSU, dec. (2) Andy Hrovat, UM, 7-7 (2 OT). 197-(7)Kyle Smith, UM, major dec. Jason Lovell, OSU, 17-4. HWT-(9) Jason Cooley, OSU, tech. fall Steve Heleniak, UM, 6:00 (19-4). 125-(9) A.J. Grant, UM, dec. Michael Delaney, OSU, 4-1. 133-(10) Foley Dowd, UM, dec. Nathan Navarro, OSU, 7-2. 141-(19) Casey Horn, OSU, pinned Clark Forward, UM, 1:13. 149-(6) Mike Kulczycki, UM, tech. fall Jordan Barich, OSU, 7:00 (24-9). 157-(5) Ryan Bertin, UM, tech. fall Micah Houston, OSU, 5:48 (22-7). 165-(19) Charles Martelli, UM, dec. Jed Pennell, OSU, 7-4. 174-(2) Otto Olson, UM, dec. (11) Nathan Coy, OSU, 3-2.


157-Pat Owen, UM, major dec. Steve Grayson, OSU, 13-4. 165-Brad Wahrlich, OSU, dec. Dan Seder, UM, 10-3.

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