Beavers Rally For Win

Jan. 27, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State came back from an early 11-point deficit to beat Cal Poly 20-14 in Pacific-10 wrestling Sunday afternoon at Mott Gymnasium. The Beavers (10-6 overall, 6-1 Pacific-10) won six straight matches to secure the victory and a sweep of their three dual meets on a weekend trip through California.

Oregon State takes next weekend off from competition, then returns to Gill Coliseum for its final home dual meets of the season. The Beavers will wrestle Cal State-Bakersfield on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Fresno State on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m.

At Cal Poly (8-7, 3-3), OSU found itself trailing 11-0 after the first three matches, then reeled off wins by 165-pounder Jed Pennell, 174-pounder Nathan Coy, 184-pounder Isaac Weber, 197-pounder Jason Lovell, heavyweight Jason Cooley and 125-pounder Ale DeLaPena to wrap up the win.

'We got in a hole a bit early,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'Then Jed stepped up and beat one of their best guys (a 10-3 win over Brody Barrios), and that was a big win for Jed. Then Nathan Coy had a close match with Steve Strange, and they always seem to have close matches, Isaac stepped up and dominated a match, Jason Lovell got a major decision, Jason Cooley gets a win ... we got on a roll once Jed turned it around for us.'

Coy, ranked 13th nationally, knocked off the ninth-ranked Strange 3-1 in the 174-pound match. After a scoreless first period, Coy started down in the second period and escaped for a 1-0 lead, Strange tied it up with his escape to start the third period. Coy, though, worked for a takedown with 43 seconds left in the match and rode Strange the rest of the way for the win.

OSU 141-pounder Casey Horn lost in another matchup of nationally-ranked wrestlers. Horn, ranked 18th, was beaten by fifth-ranked Cedric Haymon in a 10-2 major decision to end Horn's six-match win streak.

Horn hurt a knee during the match and, for a time, it looked as though he might have to default. He was able to finish the match, though, and the loss by major decision saved the Beavers two team points over what an injury default would have cost.

Wells felt the difference in the meet was OSU's ability to keep pressure on the Mustangs.

'We were able to ride our guys, get them tired and turn them,' Wells said. 'We pushed the pace, rode them, and turned them over.'


(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

141-(5) Cedric Haymon, CPU, major dec. (18) Casey Horn, OSU, 10-2. 149-Matt Cox, CPU, dec. Peter Zamora, OSU, 7-5 (OT). 157- Robb Maxwell, CPU, major dec. Micah Houston, OSU, 12-3. 165-Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Brody Barrios, CPU, 10-3. 174-(13) Nathan Coy, OSU, dec. (9) Steve Strange, CPU, 3-1. 184-(17) Isaac Weber, OSU, dec. Charles Sandlin, CPU, 6-0. 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, major dec. Martin Floreani, CPU, 14-4. HWT-(8) Jason Cooley, OSU, dec. Clint Walbeck, CPU, 6-1. 125-Ale DeLaPena, OSU, major dec. Justin Pichardo, CPU, 12-3. 133-Nathanial Ybarra, CPU, dec. (18) Nathan Navarro, OSU, 11-5.

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