Beavers Cruise To 37-7 Win

Feb. 8, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State got a pin from 184-pounder Isaac Weber and a major decision from 165-pounder Jed Pennell as the Beavers beat Cal State-Bakersfield 37-7 in Pacific-10 wrestling Friday night at Gill Coliseum. OSU (11-6 overall, 6-1 Pacific-10) took advantage of Roadrunner forfeits at three weights, but the Beavers outscored CSUB (2-8, 0-6) 19-7 in the seven matches that were wrestled to claim their fourth straight dual meet win.

OSU will wrestle its final home meet of the regular season Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Beavers greet 24th-ranked Fresno State. Oregon State will also host the Pacific-10 Championships on March 2-3.

Beaver head coach Joe Wells was disappointed to have Friday's matches at 174 pounds, 197 pounds and heavyweight go as forfeits, but he was pleased with the results of the matches that were wrestled.

'You'd like to be able to wrestle those matches, especially at this time of year,' Wells said. 'You want to see where you are and how you stack up, and you want to stay sharp, so it's disappointing. But injuries happen, and you have to deal with those.

'We wrestled well, overall. We may have helped ourselves in a couple of places to move up in some seedings.'

The key result in that department would have been at 125 pounds, where OSU's Michael Delaney got off to a quick start and claimed a 12-5 win over Vic Moreno. Moreno was fourth in the Pac-10 rankings that were issued this week, and four wrestlers earn seeds in the conference championships.

Delaney went on the offensive quickly, scoring a pair of takedowns in the first period. He followed the first takedown immediately with a three-point near-fall, the second takedown resulted in a two-point near-fall for a 9-2 lead after one period.

Weber, ranked 16th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and 20th by InterMat, picked up his fifth straight win and second pin of the season when he flattened Scott O'Rear in 5:57 in the final match of the night. By then, Weber had already scored five takedowns and a reversal and was leading 12-3, he ran his record to 18-10 this season.

Oregon State also got a win from 133-pounder Nathan Navarro, ranked 18th nationally by IM, as he beat Efren Ceballos 10-8. Navarro took the lead on a takedown with 40 seconds left, then tacked on a point for riding time as he improved to 17-5 this season.

Some of the night's loudest cheers were for Beaver 157-pounder Micah Houston, who ended a 15-match losing streak with a 7-3 victory over Brian Cobb. Of Houston's losses, six were to nationally-ranked wrestlers and five of those opponents were ranked in the top 10 in the weight class.

'That was a nice match for Micah,' Wells said. 'It's a good win for him, and he showed some good technique early in the match. That was really nice to see, because he's worked hard.'


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

197-Jason Lovell, OSU, by forfeit. HWT-(7) Jason Cooley, OSU, by forfeit. 125-Michael Delaney, OSU, dec. Vic Moreno, CSUB, 12-5. 133-Nathan Navarro, OSU, dec. Efren Ceballos, CSUB, 10-8. 141-Ryan Meloche, CSUB, dec. Peter Zamora, OSU, 6-4. 149-Thomas Juarez, CSUB, major dec. Jordan Barich, OSU, 18-7. 157-Micah Houston, OSU, dec. Brian Cobb, CSUB, 7-3. 165-Jed Pennell, OSU, major dec. Bryan Busby, CSUB, 15-3. 174-(11) Nathan Coy, OSU, by forfeit. 184-(16) Isaac Weber, OSU, pinned Scott O'Rear, CSUB, 5:57.

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