Pin The Difference As Beavers Fall

Dec. 13, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon State won half the matches, but the night's lone pin made the difference as the Beavers fell to Oregon 18-15 in Pacific-10 wrestling Friday night at McArthur Court. The meet came down to the night's final match, where Duck senior Tony Overstake - a defending Pacific-10 champion - beat true freshman Tony Hook 9-3 at 149 pounds.

OSU (0-1 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10) opens its home schedule Saturday afternoon when it takes on 11th-ranked Nebraska at 1 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

Hook was one of five freshmen in the Beaver lineup, and sophomore transfer Matt Ellis was making his first dual meet start for OSU. Ellis was a winner at 165 pounds, and Oregon State also got wins from freshmen Jeremy Larson at 157 pounds and Dan Pitsch at 184 pounds before a crowd of 939.

'It was a pretty exciting meet,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'It began with a freshman (Larson) and ended with a freshman (Hook) ... we just need to get a little smarter about how to wrestle and how to win a match, and that will come with experience.'

Larson and Oregon's Chet McBee set the tone for the night, taking the opening match into overtime. Larson scored a takedown 21 seconds into the extra session for a 9-7 win, starting OSU down the road to winning five of the night's first six matches.

Ellis, who spent a redshirt season and his freshman season at Oklahoma State, then topped the Ducks' Luke Larwin 3-1. Pitsch then broke out of a 6-6 third-period tie with an escape and a takedown in the final 23 seconds and added riding time for a 10-6 victory over Elias Soto.

OSU was up 15-3 after the heavyweight match, where the Beavers' Andy Bowlby - ranked 10th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News - took a 6-1 decision over Duck backup Neil Phillips. UO heavyweight Eric Webb, ranked 12th by AWN, missed the meet due to injury.

At 125 pounds, the tide turned when Oregon's Martin Michell pinned Brett Phillips in 2:28.

'He went out with authority and demonstrated what he could do,' Wells said. 'It definitely changed the tone.'

That was the first of four straight victories for the Ducks to close out the meet, giving each team five victories on the night. The score was tied 15-15 heading into the evening's final match.

Overstake, a fifth-year senior, was the Pac-10 champion at 157 pounds last season and went into Friday's match ranked 19th in the country by InterMat. Hook, a 3-time state Idaho state champ, scored a takedown just over halfway through the first period, but Overstake managed an escape and a takedown before the end of the first period or a 3-2 lead.

'I wasn't intimidated,' Hook said. 'But I was kind of thinking about it too much. I psyched myself out - I was almost too ready. I came out almost too good; I've just got to sustain that.'


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

157-Jeremy Larson, OSU, dec. Chet McBee,UO, 9-7 (OT). 165-Matt Ellis,OSU, dec. Luke Larwin, UO, 3-1. 174-(9) Shane Webster, UO, dec. Jake Huffman, OSU, 8-4. 184-Dan Pitsch, OSU, dec. Elias Soto, UO, 10-6. 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, dec. Jake Leair, UO, 7-2. HWT-(10) Andy Bowlby, OSU, dec. Neil Phillips, UO, 6-1. 125-Martin Mitchell, UO, pinned Brett Phillips, OSU, 2:28. 133-Jason Harless, UO, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 10-6. 141-Casey Hunt, UO, dec. Mike Unger Jr., OSU, 6-3. 149-Tony Overstake, UO, dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 9-3.

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