Lovell, Pennell, Ellis wrestle to wins

Feb. 1, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jason Lovell knocked off a nationally-ranked wrestler at 197 pounds, Jed Pennell continued his mighty-mite run at 184 and Matt Ellis earned a pin at 165 for Oregon State but the Beavers fell to 19th-ranked Boise State 23-12 in Pacific-10 wrestling Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The loss kept OSU from staging upsets on back-to-back days; the Beavers had beaten ninth-ranked Arizona State 18-16 on Friday night.

Oregon State (8-8 overall, 6-2 Pacific-10) continues its homestand against Cal Poly next Saturday at 11 a.m. The Beavers then wrap up the regular season against Oregon on Feb. 16, when OSU stages its annual Wrestling Homecoming and a banner honoring legendary coach Dale Thomas will be unfurled in Gill Coliseum.

Against Boise State (6-3, 3-1), OSU won two of the first three matches but the Broncos won six straight to put away the dual.

'As a general thing, we squandered some opportunities and didn't keep the pressure on them,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. Added Lovell, 'We were flat today, that's for sure.'While the afternoon didn't recapture the intensity of Friday night's meet, OSU did have its moments.

Lovell took a 3-2 overtime win over 19th-ranked K.C. Walsh of Boise State, escaping with four seconds left in the tiebreaker period. Ellis, a 165-pounder bumped up to 184 for the fourth straight dual, kept his record unbeaten at that weight with a 6-4 win over Tony D'Amico. And Ellis capped the day by pinning Nathan Ploehn in 1 minute, 35 seconds.

Lovell and Walsh were even at 2-2 as the third period ended and went through a scoreless overtime. In the tiebreaker, 30 seconds are put on the clock and one wrestler has his option of starting in the 'up' or 'down' position; if the wrestler on the bottom escapes, he wins.Wrestlers generally choose the bottom position, but Lovell had ridden Walsh the entire third period and the Bronco opted for the 'up' position.

'I don't think he thought he had a chance to get away,' said Lovell, who couldn't get out from under Walsh on the first start, and a stalemate caused a re-start with 16 seconds left.'I got a little too excited and tried to stand up,' Lovell said of the first start. 'I needed to sit out and get away. As soon as the broke it for the stalemate, I knew I needed to sit out and the coaches were yelling at me to do that. I did, and got away from him.'

Lovell's win, which improved him to 13-9 this season, gave OSU a 6-3 lead in the meet. It came just after Pennell's win, which saw the Beaver take a 5-0 lead in the second period before having to hang on for the victory.

'Jed's a fighter,' Wells said. 'He just gets out there and wrestles.'

BSU's string of wins started at heavyweight, where sixth-ranked Boe Rushton took a 7-3 win over 11th-ranked Andy Bowlby. Tim Norman stayed within 3-2 of 19th-ranked Jesse Brock at 133 pounds but couldn't complete a last-minute takedown for the win; Beaver 141-pounder Mike Unger Jr. had 13th-ranked Gabe Vigil on his back in the third period but wasn't able to nail down the pin in an 8-5 loss; and 149-pounder Tony Hook hung with sixth-ranked Collin Robertson in a 3-1 defeat.

Finally, at 165 pounds, Ellis quickly went after Nathan Ploehn and picked up his first career pin at Oregon State. Ellis has won 9 of his last 11 matches, improving to 13-8 this season.


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

174-Pat Owens, BSU, dec. Jake Huffman, OSU, 13-11. 184-Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Tony D'Amico, BSU, 6-4. 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, dec. (19) K.C. Walsh, BSU, 3-2 (OT). HWT-(6) Boe Rushton, BSU, dec. (11) Andy Bowlby, OSU, 7-3. 125-(3) Ben VomBaur, BSU, major dec. Michael Delaney, OSU, 8-0. 133-(19) Jesse Brock, BSU, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 3-2. 141-(13) Gabe Vigil, BSU, dec. Mike Unger Jr., OSU, 8-5. 149-(6) Collin Robertson, BSU, dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 3-1. 157-Ben Cherrington, BSU, major dec. Jeremy Larson, OSU, 11-3. 165-Matt Ellis, OSU, pinned Nathan Ploehn, BSU, 1:35.

EXHIBITION: 141-Nick Budeski, BSU, dec. Casey Anthony, OSU, 6-4.

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