Lovell Gives Beavers Win

Jan. 18, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jason Lovell won the day's final match to preserve Oregon State's 22-16 win over California-Davis in Pacific-10 wrestling Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (7-5 overall, 5-1 Pacific-10) needed a win from Lovell to take the dual meet after OSU 184-pounder Dan Pitsch had to injury default his match, suddenly giving the Aggies (3-4, 0-3) a chance for the victory.

'Not every match ends the way you anticipate,' Oregon State head coach Joe Wells said. 'We weren't pleased with Pitsch's injury, and we'll find out more about its severity later. But, for the most part, we wrestled agressively.'

Lovell, OSU's 197-pounder, had been warming up for his match with OSU leading the team score 18-10 when Pitsch was hurt midway through the first period. He was quickly called to the mat, and he didn't realize the implications of his match until after the meet had ended.

'I didn't even know it came down to me,' said the senior, who then went out and took an 11-0 major decision over UCD's Michael Clarkston to wrap up the meet. It capped a big weekend for Lovell, who had overcome an early deficit against Stanford on Friday night to record his first pin of the season.

'I'm just realizing it's the end of the year,' said Lovell, who has won four of his last six matches to improve to 11-7 this season. 'I've got to go out there and suck it up to help the team out; I want to feel no regrets when I'm done.'

The Beavers also got major decisions from 149-pounder Tony Hook, 165-pounder Matt Ellis and 174-pounder Jake Huffman. Huffman won his seventh straight match to improve to 17-7 this season; Ellis won his seventh straight to improve to 11-6; and Hook won for the seventh time in his last nine matches to improve to 12-6.

Perhaps the biggest victory of the afternoon, though, was 141-pounder Matt Unger's 8-1 decision over the Aggies' Cris Brines after UCD won at 125 and 133 pounds to take a 7-3 lead. After scoring an early takedown, Unger had to take 45 seconds of injury time; he went on to barely miss a major decision as Brines scored and escape with five seconds remaining.

'I think Mike inspired everybody,' Wells said. 'He tweaked his knee, but he got himself started and got into the guy. You appreciate an effort like that.'

The Beavers nearly missed a big upset at 157 pounds, where Brian Duhrkoop had a shot at knocking off Jeremiah Jarvis, ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10. An early takedown and three-point near-fall staked Duhrkoop to a 5-0 lead and he was still up 9-5 going into the third period, but Jarvis rallied in the final period for a wild 17-13 decision.

'He was going against their toughest guy, and he took him to the wire,' Wells said of Duhrkoop. 'If he can go with him, he can go with anybody in the conference. He's just got to work on his conditioning.'

Beaver heavyweight Andy Bowlby, ranked ninth in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News, opened the meet with a 7-1 decision over UCD's Jason Paul. It was Bowlby's ninth straight win; he's now 19-4 with 10 pins this season.

Oregon State has now won seven of its last 10 duals as it hits the road for meets at No. 11 Oklahoma on Friday and No. 1 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

'We've changed some of the things we've been doing in the wrestling room and things are clicking,' Lovell said. 'The freshmen have started figuring things out, and we've gotten on a roll ... we're wrestling well right now.'


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

HWT-(9) Andy Bowlby, OSU, dec. Jason Paul, UCD, 7-1. 125-Tommy Schurkamp, UCD, dec. Michael Delaney, OSU, 8-4. 133-(14) Urijah Faber, UCD, major dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 12-3. 141-Mike Unger Jr., OSU, dec. Cris Brines, UCD, 8-1. 149-Tony Hook, OSU, major dec. Kevin Jones, UCD, 13-4. 157-Jeremiah Jarvis, UCD, dec. Brian Duhrkoop, OSU, 17-13. 165-Matt Ellis, OSU, major dec. Michael Font, UCD, 15-7. 174-Jake Huffman, OSU, major dec. Shannan Sams, UCD, 10-1. 184-Ronnie Silva, UCD, inj. def. over Dan Pitsch, OSU, 1:19. 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, major dec. Michael Clarkston, UCD, 11-0.

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