Pitsch Breaks Into Wrestling Rankings

Dec. 19, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State 184-pounder Dan Pitsch broke into this week's national wrestling rankings. Pitsch (Tacoma, Wash./Lake Spanaway HS), a freshman, is ranked 18th in NCAA Division I by Amateur Wrestling News.

Pitsch has an 8-3 record this season after upsetting sixth-ranked B.J. Padden of Nebraska 10-5 in a dual meet Saturday at Gill Coliseum. The night before, he'd earned a win in his Civil War debut by beating Oregon's Elias Soto 10-6 in Eugene.

OSU's other ranked wrestler is senior heavyweight Andy Bowlby (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS). Bowlby moved up one spot to ninth in the AWN rankings and remained 11th in the InterMat rankings; he is 9-3 with four pins this season.

The Beavers take this weekend off from competition. Next action for OSU will be at the Midlands Open tournament on Dec. 28-29 in Evanston, Ill.; Oregon State's next home meet is Jan. 12 against Central Michigan.

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