Beavers In 16th Place At Midlands

Dec. 28, 2002

EVANSTON, Ill. - Oregon State found itself in 16th place when the opening day of the 40th Annual Midlands Open wrestling tournament concluded Saturday night at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The Beavers' final competitor was eliminated in the day's final round of wrestlebacks, though, when 174-pounder Jake Huffman lost an overtime decision.

'We wrestled some close matches and did some good things, we just didn't do enough of them,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'We need to learn how to win a few more matches; we need to learn how to manage matches.'

OSU undergraduate assistant coach Nathan Coy, who placed fourth in the NCAA Championships as a senior last season, still has a chance at the tournament title. Coy, seeded third and representing the Orange Crush Mat Club, has reached the semifinals and will meet second-seeded Tyler Nixt of Iowa.

The Beavers had five of their nine entrants win their opening matches before running into trouble in the next round. OSU rallied for wins in the early wrestleback brackets before being eliminated later in the evening session.

'We were zeroing in on the placing rounds, and it's good quality competition,' Wells said. 'There were a lot of close matches, a lot of overtimes, and a lot of matches coming down to the better basics. The competitive level is excellent - it points out your weaknesses when you have that high a level of competition. It exposes your areas of concern, and we're doing some things we need to make adjustments for.'

Huffman advanced to the wrestleback third round before being beaten by Ohio State's Anthony Magistrelli 7-5 in overtime. Earlier, Huffman had taken a 3-1 overtime decision over Bill Lowney of Northern Illinois, ranked 20th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News.

Heavyweight Andy Bowlby, OSU's only seeded wrestler at eighth, earned a first-round pin before being beaten by ninth-seeded Nick Preston, a post-collegian wrestling for the Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club. Bowlby, ranked ninth nationally by AWN, was eliminated by 14th-ranked Greg Wagner of Michigan 3-2 in the wrestleback second round.

Several Beavers came close to upsets. At 141 pounds, Mike Unger Jr. lost 3-2 to 20th-ranked Clark Forward of Michigan; at 165 pounds, Matt Ellis took 14th-ranked Chris Vecchio of Penn State into overtime before losing 6-4 and Jed Pennell lost a tough 5-3 decision to top-ranked Matt Lackey of Illinois.

'Our conditioning is good, but we're just not using it very well,' Wells said. 'It's just doing a lot of those little things we need to do and getting more disciplined to win the matches. We had a lot of one-point matches today, and we just need to give ourselves more chances to win the match. We need to work on our weaknesses and continue to do those things that we're strong at.

'We definitely had some glaring weaknesses, and this is the time to see those, when you still have a chance to work on those (prior to postseason competition). Now we're exctied about getting back and getting to work, then going to California next week,' Wells said.

OSU (0-2 overall duals, 0-1 Pacific-10 duals) wrestles duals against Embry-Riddle and Fresno State in Fresno on Friday and visits Cal State-Bakersfield on Saturday.


TEAM SCORES (TOP 10): 1. Iowa, 74.5; 2. Sunkist Kids WC, 64; 3. Ohio State, 63; 4. (tie) Michigan and Penn State, 45; 6. (tie) Cornell and Lehigh, 44; 8. Illinois, 43; 9. Hofstra, 42; 10. North Carolina, 25. 16. Oregon State, 18.

OREGON STATE RESULTS (current Amateur Wrestling News national ranking in parentheses)

133, TIM NORMAN - major dec. over Casey Brewster, West Virginia, 12-3 in preliminary round; pinned by Brad Metzler, Stanford, 0:32 in first round; dec. by (12) Urijah Faber, California-Davis, 8-3 in wrestleback first round.

141, MIKE UNGER JR. - dec. over Pat Diaz, James Madison, 4-0 in preliminary round; dec. by (19) Cal Ferry, Illinois, 2-1 in first round; dec. by (20) Clark Forward, Michigan, 3-2 in wrestleback first round.

165, ANTHONY WEBER - dec. by (20) Scott Roth, Cornell, 9-3 in preliminary round; dec. over Adam Fellers, Iowa, 6-4 in wrestleback preliminary round; major dec. by (12) Drew Kelly, Northern Iowa, 12-4 in wrestleback first round.

165, MATT ELLIS - major dec. by Pat Owen, Michigan, 12-4 in preliminary round; dec. over Blake Anderson, Iowa, 5-4 in wrestleback preliminary round; dec. over Anthony Castillo, Illinois, 5-2 in wrestleback first round; dec. by (14) Chris Vecchio, Penn State, 6-4 (OT) in wrestleback second round.

165, JED PENNELL - pinned Ryan Hliank, Chicago, 4:00 in first round; dec. by (1) Matt Lackey, Illinois, 5-3 in second round; major dec. by Matt Veach, Eastern Illinois, 12-4 in wrestleback second round.

174, JAKE HUFFMAN - pinned by Adam Gilmore, Eastern Michigan, 2:22 in preliminary round; major dec. over Curtis Yeager, Millersville, 17-3 in wrestleback preliminary round; dec. over Harold Penson, Stanford, 10-4 in wrestleback first round; dec. over (20) Bill Lowney, Northern Illinois, 3-1 (OT) in wrestleback second round; dec. by Anthony Magistrelli, Ohio State, 7-5 (OT) in wrestleback third round.

184, (18) DAN PITSCH - dec. by Willie Breyer, Michigan, 6-5 in preliminary round; dec. by (5 NAIA) Mike Lester, Montana State-Northern, 11-4 in wrestleback preliminary round.

197, JASON LOVELL - dec. over Eli Ross, Minnesota, 6-3 in first round; major dec. by (1 NAIA) Emmett Wilson, Montana State-Northern, 9-0 in second round; dec. by Brent Faustman, Central Michigan, 5-1 in wrestleback second round.

HWT, (9) ANDY BOWLBY - pinned Pete Mueller, Lincoln, 0:36 in first round; dec. by Nick Preston, Sunkist Kids WC, 6-5 in second round; dec. by (14) Greg Wagner, Michigan, 3-2 in wrestleback second round.


174, NATHAN COY - major dec. over R.J. Boudro, Michigan, 12-3 in first round; dec. over Andrew Roy, Rutgers, 3-2 in second round; dec. over Eric Hauan, Northern Iowa, 4-3 in quarterfinals.

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