Cooley, Coy, Weber In Wrestlebacks

March 21, 2002

ALBANY, N.Y. - Oregon State 174-pounder Nathan Coy, 184-pounder Isaac Weber and heavyweight Jason Cooley were all in the wrestleback bracket as the NCAA Championships wrapped up its first day Thursday. Beaver 125-pounder Michael Delaney was eliminated with a pair of losses on the opening day of competition.

The Beavers were tied for 42nd place after the first day with 3.5 points. Oklahoma is in the lead, followed by Minnesota and Iowa.

Cooley, seeded seventh, and Coy, seeded 11th, both won their first matches of the day before being beaten in the evening session to end 11-match win streaks. Weber dropped his first match to end an 11-match win streak, then won his first wrestleback match to advance to the second day of competition.

All three OSU wrestlers still in the meet could place as high as third. Wrestlers placing in the top eight in their weight class earn All-America honors.

Cooley's opened the day with a 6-1 win over Jacob Lininger of Pittsburgh in the preliminary round. His win streak was then snapped by 10th-seeded Kellan Fluckiger of Arizona State, the wrestler Cooley had beaten for the Pacific-10 championship earlier this month. Fluckiger took a 5-1 decision to knock Cooley into the wrestleback bracket.

Coy's first match was a 3-1 win over Gerald Harris of Cleveland State in the first round. Coy was then beaten by sixth-seeded Rick Springman of Pennsylvania 5-2 in the second round.

Weber was pinned by Mark Becks of Penn State in 5:53 in the preliminary round, but Weber came back for an 8-6 decision over Ali Arbi of Boston University in the wrestleback preliminaries.

Delaney was pinned by seventh-seeded Luke Eustice of Iowa in 6:47 in the first round, then was eliminated with a 9-0 loss to Marlon Felton of Northern Illinois in the wrestleback preliminaries.


TOP 10 TEAMS: 1. Oklahoma 37.5, 2. Minnesota 35.5, 3. Iowa 31, 4. Michigan 25.5, 5. Iowa State 25, 6. Oklahoma State 22.5, 7. Lehigh 19.5, 8. Ohio State 19, 9. Pennsylvania 17.5, 10. (tie) Missouri and Northern Iowa, 17.


125 POUNDS, MICHAEL DELANEY - pinned by (7) Luke Eustice, Iowa, 6:47 in first round, major dec. by Marlon Felton, Northern Illinois, 9-0 in wrestleback preliminary round.

174 POUNDS, (11) NATHAN COY - dec. over Gerald Harris, Cleveland State, 3-1 in first round, dec. by (6) Rick Springman, Pennsylvania, 5-2 in second round.

184 POUNDS, ISAAC WEBER - pinned by Mark Becks, Penn State, 5:53 in preliminary round, dec. over Ali Arbi, Boston U., 8-6 in wrestleback preliminary round.

HEAVYWEIGHT, (7) JASON COOLEY - dec. over Jacob Lininger, Pittsburgh, 6-1 in preliminary round, dec. by (10) Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, 5-1 in first round.

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