Beavers Ready To Peak In Postseason

Feb. 26, 2003

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SUNDAY, MARCH 2-MONDAY, MARCH 3Oregon State at Pacific-10 Championships; Boise, Ida.SESSION I; SUNDAY, 11 A.M.-4 P.M.: Championship preliminaries, championship quarterfinals.SESSION II; SUNDAY, 6 P.M.-9 P.M.: Championship semifinals, wrestleback preliminaries, wrestleback quarterfinals.SESSION III; MONDAY, 11 A.M.-3 P.M.: Wrestleback semifinals, third-place finals, fifth-place finals.SESSION IV; SUNDAY, 6 P.M.: Championship finals.

It's a simple goal that Oregon State has as it goes to the 2003 Pacific-10 Wrestling Championships:

Keep everybody going as long as possible. If the Beavers wrestle to their capabilities at the conference meet on Sunday and Monday, they have the chance to advance every member of their lineup to the NCAA Championships.

'We're looking to get 10 people qualified - that's the objective,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. If that happens, Oregon State (10-8 overall, 8-2 Pacific-10) will be in the hunt for the team championship.

The Pac-10's top four placers at each weight automatically advance to the NCAA meet, and the conference's coaches will select two wild-card entrants to join them. Wells doesn't see a wrestler in OSU's lineup who isn't capable of meeting that criteria.

'We've have to wrestle well and eliminate our mistakes,' Wells said. 'They're all capable; there's a lot of parity in this conference ... (defending champion and 15th-ranked) Boise State is at home, and you'd think that would help them. There's (eighth-ranked) Arizona State, us, Cal Poly, Oregon - everybody is going to play a role. The conference is getting better each year, and we've got to recognize that.

'We're thinking we're going to be in the hunt. We need everybody scoring, everybody winning matches, everybody placing - then we'll get it done as a team. It's about the team effort, about everybody doing all they can, match-by-match, from the preliminaries through the final match at heavyweight.'

No Pacific-10 rankings have been issued since the preseason, so it's tough to get a reading on many of the seedings that will be issued Saturday. Wells sees OSU 197-pounder Jason Lovell and 184-pounder Jed Pennell as potential top seeds, with 165-pounder Matt Ellis, 174-pounder JakeHuffman and heavyweight Andy Bowlby as probable top-three seeds.

Those capable of coming up with individual titles include Lovell, Pennell, Ellis, Huffman and Bowlby.

Lovell, a senior, goes into the tournament on a four-match win streak, including a pair of wins over nationally-ranked opponents. He's 15-9 with two pins this season.

'Jason just has to be offensive and score those takedowns,' Wells said. 'He just has to do what he was doing in the regular season.'

Pennell, a junior, is just 8-6 with two pins overall, but he's 6-1 with one pin since being bumped up to weights to 184 pounds.

'He's demonstrated he can go with all those guys,' Wells said of Pennell. 'He's got to wrestle smart, stay under control, keep the pressure on and stay tough on top. He has to make everybody pay the price for being out there with him.'

Ellis, a sophomore, has won 11 of his last 13 matches, putting his record at 15-8 with one pin.

'Matt has to pick up his offense, the number of scoring opportunities he has,' Wells said. 'The more he increases that, the worse he's going to beat people.'

Huffman, a senior, has won 10 of his last 13 matches, scoring team bonus points for a pin, technical fall or major decision seven times in that span. He's 20-10 with three pins this season.

'Jake just has to wrestle solid, stay in control and stay focused,' Wells said.

Bowlby, a senior, is the Beavers' lone nationally-ranked wrestler, checking in this week at No. 12 in the Amateur Wrestling News rankings and No. 10 on the InterMat list. He's 23-6 with 11 pins this season.

'Andy is capable of pinning anyone in the tournament,' Wells said. 'He's just going to have to be solid, aggressive, and go get the championship. It's not going to come to him; he's going to have to go win it. If he goes out and is aggressive, he'll win it.'

The Pac-10 coaches may implement a new feature in this year's tournament - a wrestle-off for a 'true fourth place.' If the fourth-place finisher and the fifth-place finisher at a weight have not wrestled during the tournament, they would be paired off after the consolation finals to determine the fourth-place finisher and a berth in the NCAA Championships.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

National rankings: Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of Feb. 26125 - Michael Delaney, sr. (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS); 8-12 with 0 pins;in Pac-10, ranked 5th133 - Tim Norman, so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 11-15 with 1 pin141 - Mike Unger, fr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 8-14 with 1 pin149 - Tony Hook, fr. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 14-10 with 3 pins157 - Jeremy Larson, fr. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 5-9 record with 0 pins165 - Matt Ellis, so. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma St. U.); 15-8 with 1 pin174 - Jake Huffman, sr. (Scio, Ore./Scio HS); 20-10 with 3 pins;in Pac-10, ranked 5th184 - Jed Pennell, jr. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS); 8-6 record with 1 pin;in Pac-10, ranked 4th at 165197 - Jason Lovell, sr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 15-9 with 2 pins;in Pac-10, ranked 2ndHWT - Andy Bowlby, sr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 23-6 with 11 pins;in nation, ranked 12th AWN, 10th IM; in Pac-10, ranked 4th

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME AT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State has won 45 team conference championships, starting with the 1909 Northwest Conference title; the most recent was the 1994 Pacific-10 championship. Last season, the Beavers finished fourth behind Boise State, Arizona State and Oregon when the meet was held at OSU.

Oregon State has won 199 individual conference titles, starting with Charles Sitton's win at 175 pounds in the 1909 Northwest Conference meet. Three of those titles came last season, when 174-pounder Nathan Coy, 184-pounder Isaac Weber and heavyweight Jason Cooley were all Pacific-10 champions.

LAST MEET: Pins by Oregon State 197-pounder Jason Lovell and heavyweight Andy Bowlby clinched a 27-13 victory over Oregon in Pacific-10 wrestling the afternoon of Feb. 16 at Gill Coliseum. Beaver 149-pounder Tony Hook's upset of nationally-ranked Tony Overstake sparked the win, which came on the day that OSU honored legendary former coach Dale Thomas in a halftime ceremony.

A crowd of 2,529 - including nearly 100 former Oregon State wrestlers on hand for the annual OSU wrestling homecoming - roared as Lovell and Bowlby scored back-to-back pins to give OSU a 21-10 lead with two matches to go. Earlier, Hook and 165-pounder Matt Ellis had scored overtime wins for the Beavers.

'To win the close matches, the overtime matches, and then to have the two pins - that's great. That's an 18-point swing,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'It was a great crowd and a great tribute to Dale. There was nothing more appropriate on his day than to beat the Ducks.'

OSU unveiled a permanent banner in Gill Coliseum with Thomas' name and the number 616 - his all-time collegiate record number of dual meet wins. Thomas coached the Beavers for 34 seasons from 1957-90, and the halftime ceremony included his family and former wrestlers.

'It tickles the hell out of me,' Thomas said of the honor. 'It's been fun today - there are so many guys who came back that I've had a chance to see.'

Hook's victory over Overstake, who entered the meet ranked 17th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, ignited the Beavers. The season's first Civil War saw Oregon win 18-15 in Eugene on Dec. 13 when Overstake beat Hook 9-3 in the final match.

This time, Hook stayed within striking distance but still trailed 1-0 in the closing seconds with Overstake having clinched an additional point for riding time. However, with three seconds left, Hook managed to complete a reversal that left the score tied 2-2 at the end of regulation.

Hook and Overstake battled through a scoreless one-minute overtime and went to the 30-second tiebreaker. Hook had his choice and took the down position; it took just 11 seconds to escape for the 3-2 victory.

Ellis also got his overtime victory in the tiebreaker against Luke Larwin after they were even at 1-1 in regulation and didn't score in the one-minute overtime. The choice for position was a coin toss and Ellis won, then opted for the down position; he scored a reversal 18 seconds into the tiebreaker for a 3-1 win.

Oregon still led 10-6 after the Ducks' 11th-ranked Shane Webster held off a late charge by OSU's Jake Huffman for a 5-4 win at 174 pounds. Huffman, trailing 5-1 after two periods, got back within 5-4 with an escape and a takedown but couldn't quite come up with near-fall points in the closing seconds.

OSU then reeled off 21 straight points to wrap up the meet. It started at 184 pounds, where Jed Pennell took an 8-1 decision over Oregon's Tony Rolen.

Lovell - one of the OSU seniors wrestling his final home meet - gave up a first-period takedown to Elias Soto and trailed 2-1 after the first period at 197 pounds. He escaped to start the second period, then tried for a takedown and wound up with Soto draped over him, head down. Lovell twisted around, pressing Soto's shoulders to the mat for a pin in 3 minutes, 56 seconds.

Bowlby, another senior, was next up; he'd beaten Oregon's Neil Phillips 6-1 in December. This time, it took just 49 seconds for Bowlby to throw Phillips and come up with his 11th pin of the season, giving OSU a 21-10 lead.

Oregon forfeited to Beaver senior Michael Delaney at 125 pounds, putting the dual out of reach at 27-10. OSU's other seniors, who were saluted in a pre-meet ceremony, were Huffman, 141-pounder Casey Horn, 157/165-pounder Paul Rademacher and heavyweight John Winters.

OREGON STATE 27, OREGON 13

(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

141-Casey Hunt, UO, dec. Mike Unger Jr., OSU, 4-1. 149-Tony Hook, OSU, dec. (17) Tony Overstake, UO, 3-2 (OT). 157-Branson Phillips, UO, major dec. Jeremy Larson, OSU, 13-0. 165-Matt Ellis, OSU, dec. Luke Larwin, UO, 3-1 (OT). 174-(11) Shane Webster, UO, dec. Jake Huffman, OSU, 5-4. 184-Jed Pennell, OSU, dec. Tony Rolen, UO, 8-1. 197-Jason Lovell, OSU, pinned Elias Soto, UO, 3:56. HWT-(12) Andy Bowlby, OSU, pinned Neil Phillips, UO, 0:49. 125-Michael Delaney, OSU, by forfeit. 133-(19) Jason Harless, UO, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 9-2.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH JOE WELLS: Joe Wells, now in his 11th season as Oregon State's head coach, has led the Beavers to a Pacific-10 title and 4 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

The Beavers' 25-10 win over then-No. 11 Boise State in 2001 was Wells' 100th dual meet win at OSU. Since taking over the Beaver program prior to the 1992-93 season, Wells is 125-77-1 for a winning percentage of .618.

The Beavers were Pacific-10 Conference champions under Wells in 1994 and he has twice been named the conference's Coach of the Year. OSU has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 4 times in Wells' tenure, placing second in 1995, fourth in 1994, eighth in 1996 and tying for ninth in 1998.

Under Wells, OSU has had 2 national champions, 17 All-Americans and 21 conference champions.

Wells was named the ASICS Oregon Wrestling Classic's Man of the Year for 1998 for his contributions to wrestling in the state.

Wells, who has coached numerous World Teams for the United States, is a 1972 Iowa graduate. He was a 2-time placer at the Big Ten meet and was the 1976 U.S. Wrestling Federation freestyle champ. He spent 17 seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa and Michigan before coming to Oregon State.

OREGON STATE SECOND IN ALL-TIME DUAL MEET WINS: OSU rates as one of the best dual meet teams in collegiate wrestling history. The Beavers were second in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools and fourth in all-time dual meet winning percentage going into the 2002-03 season. OSU has an all-time dual meet record of 859-269-24 and a .756 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU will face one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers meet 8 teams ranked in the Feb. 19 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Oklahoma, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 15 Boise State, No. 19 Nebraska, No. 21 Central Michigan, No. 23 Fresno State and No. 24 Wisconsin. Of OSU's 8 dual meet losses this season, 7 were to teams ranked in the current poll.

OREGON STATE IN GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State has one of the finest homes in college wrestling, 10,400-seat Gill Coliseum. Now in their 47th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 357-68-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .836. This season, OSU was 5-3 at home with all three losses coming to nationally-ranked teams. OSU moved its home wrestling meets into Gill Coliseum in 1956-57, when Dale Thomas became head coach. Since then, the arena has hosted conference championship meets 14 times, including 2002, and it was the site of the NCAA Championships in 1961 and 1980.

BOWLBY'S FALLS: Oregon State senior heavyweight Andy Bowlby is climbing OSU's list of all-time leaders for pins in a career and a season. Bowlby has 19 pins in his career, tied for 28th place on OSU's all-time list, and 11 this season, tied for 34th place on the Beavers' all-time list.

When Bowlby puts an opponent on his back, the end usually comes quickly. Of Bowlby's 11 pins this season, 9 have come in the first period (and 4 of those in the first minute); of the 19 pins in his career, 15 have come in the first period (and 6 of those in the first minute). The quickest pin of Bowlby's career came against Portland State's Antonio Criado this season in the Jan. 10 Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals; Bowlby recorded the fall in 19 seconds. Here's where Bowlby stands on OSU's single-season and career leader lists through Feb. 16:

CAREER PINS19. Jamie Wise (1981, 84-85; 118)	24(tie) Jeff Smyth (1982, 84-86; 167/177)	2421. Kim Snider (1968-70; 158/160)	23(tie) Jim Crumley (1970-71, 73; 177)	23(tie) Tim Mondale (1982-83, 85-86; 177/190/Hwt)	2324. Pat Plourd (1975-78; 118)	2225. Glenn Nieradka (1992, 94-95; 126/134)	2126. Terry Jones (1983-84; 158/167)	20(tie) Matt Willhite (1989-92; Hwt)	2028. Mike Bauer (1978-81; 126/134)	19(tie) Walt Markee (1981-84; 126/134)	19> (tie) Andy Bowlby (2000-present; Hwt)	19 Jeff Cardwell (1988; 167)	11(tie) Jason Buce (1998; 118/126)11> (tie) Andy Bowlby (2003; Hwt.)11 

OREGON STATE WRESTLING HOMECOMING: Oregon State celebrated its annual OSU Wrestling Homecoming on Feb. 16, with nearly 100 former wrestlers returning to Gill Coliseum. They were part of a crowd of 2,529 that saw the Beavers beat arch-rival Oregon 27-13 on the day when legendary former coach Dale Thomas was honored at halftime.

OSU unveiled a permanent banner in Gill Coliseum with Thomas' name and the number 616 - his all-time collegiate record number of dual meet wins. Thomas coached the Beavers for 34 seasons from 1957-90, and the halftime ceremony included his family and former wrestlers.

'It tickles the hell out of me,' Thomas said of the honor. 'It's been fun today - there are so many guys who came back that I've had a chance to see.'

Thomas' teams won or tied for 22 conference championships, placed in the NCAA's top 10 on 14 occasions and were in the top five seven times, including a runner-up finish in 1973. OSU had 60 All-Americans during Thomas' tenure and 10 NCAA champions.

Thomas is the third Oregon State coach to be recognized with a Gill Coliseum banner. The number 599 hangs in honor of Slats Gill and the number 674 hangs in honor of Ralph Miller; the numbers are the career coaching victories of the two men's basketball coaches.

The OSU wrestlers returning for the homecoming festivities accounted for 46 individual conference championships, 29 All-America finishes and five NCAA titles during their careers.

LOVELL WINS TWO DUALS IN LAST MATCH: If a dual meet comes down to the last match, Jason Lovell is the guy Oregon State wants to see striding onto the mat. Twice this season, Lovell has wrestled the final match of the night with the team outcome riding on his shoulders; both times, the 197-pounder responded to give OSU the victory.

On Jan. 18 against California-Davis at Gill Coliseum, the Beavers appeared to be cruising to victory with an 18-10 lead and 184-pounder Dan Pitsch taking an early lead in his match. But Pitsch had to injury default, drawing UCD within 18-16, and Lovell was hurried into action. He proceeded to roll to an 11-0 major decision over Michael Clarkston, giving OSU a 22-16 win.

Asked about the pressure he felt with the dual being decided by his match, Lovell said, 'I didn't even know it came down to me.'

The next time, Lovell knew.

On Jan. 31, a pin by 174-pounder Jake Huffman and a win by 184-pounder Jed Pennell drew the Beavers within 16-15 of eighth-ranked Arizona State at Gill Coliseum. Lovell again came through, leading all the way in a 7-4 decision over ASU's Ryan Bader for an 18-16 team victory.

'Against UC-Davis, I was nervous,' Lovell said. 'Tonight, I just thought I had nothing to lose.'

PENNELL MOVES UP TWO WEIGHTS, AND IT WORKS: Jed Pennell spent the first 2 seasons of his Oregon State career as the Beavers' starter at 165 pounds. Matt Ellis took over the top spot at that weight early in the season; Pennell's role as a backup gave him the possibility of wrestling at several weights.

Lately, Pennell has found himself in the starting role at 184 pounds; he's rolled up a 4-1 record with a pin and a win over a nationally-ranked wrestler. Winning his first 4 matches at the weight earned him the No. 20 national ranking by Amateur Wrestling News on Feb. 5.

The weekend of Jan. 24-25 found Pennell filling in for injured 184-pounder Dan Pitsch; Pennell had never wrestled above 174 pounds in his career. At third-ranked Oklahoma, Pennell began the weekend with a pin of the Sooners' Derrick Brown in 5:38; Pennell had built a 16-4 lead before finishing off Brown. The next night at No. 1 Oklahoma State, the challenge got bigger as his opponent was ninth-ranked Jake Rosholt.

As Pennell got set to take the mat, OSU head coach Joe Wells asked, 'Have you got your slingshot with you?'

'He said, 'Yep, all ready',' Wells said. 'He wrestled a very courageous match.'

Rosholt scored a quick takedown, but the two began trading scores in a back-and-forth match. Finally, with 25 seconds left, Pennell scored an escape to take the 12-11 lead and an exhausted Rosholt couldn't come up with another score.

On Feb. 8, Pennell nearly pushed his win streak at 184 pounds to 5 matches in a 5-4 loss to Cal Poly's Ryan Halsey. Pennell was a handhold away from a reversal and 3-point near-fall at the end of the second period, but Halsey maintained a wristlock that prevented the officals from awarding the 5-point move.

BEAVERS SHUT OUT PORTLAND STATE: Oregon State's 46-0 shutout of Portland State at the Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals on Jan. 10 was OSU's first shutout since blanking Central Washington 44-0 early in the 2002 season. The last time Oregon State had shut out an NCAA Division I school was a 45-0 win at Cal State-Fullerton late in the 2001 season. It was both OSU's highest score and the Beavers' largest margin of victory since a 46-0 win over Pacific (Ore.) early in the 1993 season, and OSU's largest margin of victory and highest score against a Division I opponent since beating Oregon 51-0 near the end of the 1984 season.

BEAVERS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's national rankings:

TEAMAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNational Wrestling Coaches AssociationNov. 6	NRDec. 10	NRDec. 17	NRJan. 8	NRJan. 15	NRJan. 22	NRJan. 29	NRFeb. 5	VotesFeb. 12	VotesFeb. 19	VotesCASEY HORN, 141Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	14thNov. 1	NR	Nov. 9	NRNov. 19	NR	Nov. 26	NRDec. 3	NR	Dec. 3	NRDec. 10	NR	Dec. 10	NRDec. 17	NR	Dec. 17	NRDec. 31	NR	Dec. 24	NRJan. 8	NR	Jan. 8	NRJan. 15	NR	Jan. 15	NRJan. 22	NR	Jan. 22	NRJan. 29	NR	Jan. 29	NRFeb. 5	NR	Feb. 5	NRFeb. 12	NR	Feb. 12	NRFeb. 19	NR	Feb. 19	NRFeb. 26	NR	Feb. 26	NRJED PENNELL, 165/184Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	19th/165Nov. 1	NR	Nov. 9	NRNov. 19	NR	Nov. 26	NRDec. 3	NR	Dec. 3	NRDec. 10	NR	Dec. 10	NRDec. 17	NR	Dec. 17	NRDec. 31	NR	Dec. 24	NRJan. 8	NR	Jan. 8	NRJan. 15	NR	Jan. 15	NRJan. 22	NR	Jan. 22	NRJan. 29	NR	Jan. 29	NRFeb. 5	20th/184Feb. 5	NRFeb. 12	20th/184Feb. 12	NRFeb. 19	NR	Feb. 19	NRFeb. 26	NR	Feb. 26	NRDAN PITSCH, 184Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 1	NR	Nov. 9	NRNov. 19	NR	Nov. 26	NRDec. 3	NR	Dec. 3	NRDec. 10	NR	Dec. 10	NRDec. 17	18th	Dec. 17	NRDec. 31	NR	Dec. 24	NRJan. 8	NR	Jan. 8	NRJan. 15	NR	Jan. 15	NRJan. 22	NR	Jan. 22	NRJan. 29	NR	Jan. 29	NRFeb. 5	NR	Feb. 5	NRFeb. 12	NR	Feb. 12	NRFeb. 19	NR	Feb. 19	NRFeb. 26	NR	Feb. 26	NRANDY BOWLBY, HWTAm.Wr.News	InterMatPre	11th	Pre	12thNov. 1	11th	Nov. 9	11thNov. 19	11th	Nov. 26	11thDec. 3	11th	Dec. 3	11thDec. 10	10th	Dec. 10	11thDec. 17	9th	Dec. 17	11thDec. 31	10th	Dec. 24	11thJan. 8	10th	Jan. 8	13thJan. 15	9th	Jan. 15	11thJan. 22	11th	Jan. 22	9thJan. 29	11th	Jan. 29	9thFeb. 5	12th	Feb. 5	11thFeb. 12	12th	Feb. 12	10thFeb. 19	12th	Feb. 19	10thFeb. 26	12th	Feb. 26	10th

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers have been in this season's Pacific-10 rankings:

MICHAEL DELANEY, 125Pre	5thCASEY HORN, 141Pre	2ndJORDAN BARICH, 149Pre	5thJED PENNELL, 165Pre	4thJAKE HUFFMAN, 174Pre	5thDAN PITSCH, 184Pre	5thJASON LOVELL, 197Pre	2ndANDY BOWLBY, HWTPre	4th

WRESTLER PROFILE NOTES: In the individual notes for each Oregon State wrestler that follow, 'team bonus points' refers to a wrestler scoring additional team points for a major decision, technical fall, pin, forfeit or default. If there is a number in parentheses ahead of the name of an opponent, that number refers to the opponents' national ranking by Amateur Wrestling News at the time of the match.

MICHAEL DELANEY, 125 POUNDS: Senior Michael Delaney (Tracy, Calif./Brethren Christian HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... 5 of his losses have been to nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career, 32-41 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (19 of 73) ... this season, 8-12 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 30 percent of matches (6 of 20) ... season summary, in final Civil War dual of career, received forfeit win over Oregon ... dec. over Adam Chavira, Arizona State, 5-1 in dual meet helped OSU upset nation's eighth-ranked team 18-16 ... major dec. by (3) Ben VomBaur, Boise State 8-0 in dual meet ... dec. by (11) Bo Maynes, Oklahoma, 6-2 in dual meet ... dec. by (7) Skyler Holman, Oklahoma State, 3-0 in dual meet ... tech. fall by (11) Tony Black, Wisconsin, 20-5 (7:00) in dual meet ... dec. by (14) Efren Ceballos, Cal State-Bakersfield, 8-6 ... returned to lineup for central California trip after recovering from injury ... at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

TIM NORMAN, 133 POUNDS: Sophomore Tim Norman (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... 9 of his losses have been to nationally-ranked wrestlers, including 4 who were in the top 10 ... career, 14-19 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (8 of 33) ... this season, 11-15 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 19 percent of matches (5 of 26) ... season summary, dec. by (19) Jason Harless, Oregon, 9-2 in Civil War dual ... dec. by (19) Jesse Brock, Boise State, 3-2 in dual meet ... dec. by (10) Mike Simpson, Arizona State, 7-5 in dual meet ... major dec. by (5) Witt Durden, Oklahoma, in dual meet ... dec. by (3) Johnny Thompson, 10-5 in dual meet ... major dec. by (14) Urijah Faber, California-Davis, 12-3 in dual meet ... pinned by (4) Kevin Black, Wisconsin, 3:28 in dual meet ... dec. by (17) Matt Sanchez, Cal State-Bakersfield, 4-1 ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (12) Urijah Faber, California-Davis, 8-3 ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (2 NAIA) Caleb Schaeffer, Montana State-Northern, 6-4 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed first, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

MIKE UNGER JR., 141 POUNDS: Freshman Mike Unger Jr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... 7 of his losses have been to nationally-ranked wrestlers, including 4 who were in the top 10 ... career and this season, 8-14 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (3 of 22) ... season summary, pinned Andy Kim, Cal Poly, 4:48 in dual meet for first career pin ... dec. by (13) Gabe Vigil, Boise State, 8-5 in dual meet ... dec. by (8) Dana Holland, Arizona State, 2-1 in dual meet ... tech. fall by (4) Teyon Ware, Oklahoma, 19-2 (6:14) in dual meet ... major dec. by (1) Zack Esposito, Oklahoma State, 18-5 in dual meet ... major dec. by (6) Jason Mester, Central Michigan, 13-1 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (19) Cal Ferry, Illinois, 2-1; dec. by (20) Clark Forward, Michigan, 3-2 ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 0-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

TONY HOOK, 149 POUNDS: Freshman Tony Hook (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has a record of 4-6 against nationally-ranked wrestlers ... has won 6 of his last 10 matches, with all 4 losses to nationally-ranked wrestlers ... has won 8 of his last 13 matches ... career and this season, 14-10 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (4 of 24) ... season summary, dec. over (17) Tony Overstake, Oregon, 3-1 (OT) to spark OSU's 27-13 win in second Civil War dual ... dec. by (6) Collin Robertson, Boise State, 3-1 in dual meet ... major dec. by (1) Eric Larkin, Arizona State, 12-1 in dual meet ... dec. by (4) Jerrod Sanders, Oklahoma State, 6-2 in dual meet ... dec. over (13) Ty Morgan, Central Michigan, 7-6 in dual meet ... dec. over (20) Erik Norgaard, Columbia, 5-4 ... major dec. by (9) Travis Shufelt, Nebraska, 13-3 in dual meet ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 3-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including tech. fall by (2) Jesse Jantzen, Harvard, 16-1 (time n/a); dec. over (4 NAIA) Dustyn Azure, Montana State-Northern, 12-5; major dec. by (8) Collin Robertson, Boise State, 13-1 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed first, went 2-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (3 NAIA) Joseph Calavitta, Embry-Riddle, 8-4.

JEREMY LARSON, 157 POUNDS: Freshman Jeremy Larson (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 5-9 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 7 percent of matches (1 of 14) ... season summary, out of lineup from Jan. 10-Jan. 25 due to injury ... dec. over Chet McBee, Oregon, 9-7 (OT) in Civil War dual debut ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (10) Adam Britt, Virginia Military, 3:53; major dec. by (4 NAIA) Joey Martinez, Menlo, 9-1 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 2-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

MATT ELLIS, 165 POUNDS: Sophomore Matt Ellis (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma State U.) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has won 11 of his last 13 matches, scoring team bonus points 4 times, and has won 13 of his last 18 matches ... 5 of his losses have been to to nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career and this season, 15-8 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (5 of 23) ... season summary, dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 (OT) in Civil War dual helped OSU to 27-13 win ... pinned Nathan Ploehn, Boise State, 1:35 in dual meet for first career pin ... dec. by (14) Nick Frost, Arizona State 10-6 in dual meet ... pinned by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 4:06 in dual meet ... Jan. 4-Jan. 24, 8-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 3 times ... dec. over (9) Kevin Carr, Central Michigan, 3-2 in dual meet ... dec. by (15) Matt Palmer, Columbia, 8-4 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (14) Chris Vecchio, Penn State, 6-4 (OT) ... dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in Civil War dual debut ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (3) Jacob Volkmann, Minnesota, 11-3.

JAKE HUFFMAN, 174 POUNDS: Senior Jake Huffman (Scio, Ore./Scio HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... has won 10 of his last 13 matches, scoring team bonus points 7 times; has won 14 of his last 19 matches, scoring team bonus points 9 times ... has a 2-7 record against nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career, 45-35 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (21 of 80) ... this season, 20-10 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (13 of 30) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 5 ... season summary, dec. by (11) Shane Webster, Oregon, 5-4 in second Civil War dual ... pinned (13) Curtis Owen, Arizona State, 4:59 in dual meet to spark OSU comeback in 18-16 win over nation's eighth-ranked team ... major dec. by (5) Robbie Waller, Oklahoma, 8-0 in dual meet ... Jan. 4-Jan. 18, 7-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 5 times ... dec. by (19) Eddie Gifford, Fresno State, 8-3 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 3-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (20) Bill Lowney, Northern Illinois, 3-1 (OT) ... pinned by (13) Travis Pascoe, Nebraska, 4:57 in dual meet ... dec. by (9) Shane Webster, Oregon, 8-4 in Civil War dual meet ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (17) Dustin Kawa, North Carolina State, 0:59; dec. by (12, 184) Eddie Gifford, Fresno State, 9-5 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed first, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

JED PENNELL, 165/174/184 POUNDS: Junior Jed Pennell (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... filling in at 184 pounds since Jan. 24, 6-1 with 1 pin plus a win over a nationally-ranked wrestler ... career, 43-31 with 7 pins, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (17 of 74) ... this season, 8-6 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (2 of 14) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 4 at 165 pounds ... season summary, dec. over Tony Rolen, Oregon, 8-1 in second Civil War dual meet ... dec. over Ron Renzi, Arizona State, 7-0 at 184 pounds in dual meet helped OSU upset nation's eighth-ranked team 18-16 ... Jan. 24-Jan. 25, at 184 pounds for first time in career; pinned Derrick Brown, Oklahoma, 5:38 in dual meet; dec. over (9) Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State, 12-11 in dual meet ...at Midlands Open, did not place at 165 pounds, went 1-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (1) Matt Lackey, Illinois, 5-3 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed fourth at 165 pounds, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (1 NAIA, 157) Patrick Cadwallader, Embry-Riddle, 7-6.

JASON LOVELL, 197 POUNDS: Senior Jason Lovell (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS) is in his fourth season in the OSU lineup ... has won 4 straight matches, including 2 against nationally-ranked wrestlers in overtime ... has won 6 of last 8 matches, scoring team bonus points 3 times ... has a record of 2-3 vs. nationally-ranked wrestlers ... this season, won 2 duals for OSU by winning last match of meet (California-Davis, Arizona State) ... career, 56-43 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 19 percent of matches (19 of 99) ... this season, 14-9 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (5 of 23) ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 2 ... season summary, in final Civil War dual of career, pinned Elias Soto, Oregon, 3:56 ... dec. over (18) David Schenk, Cal Poly, 3-1 (OT) in dual meet ... dec. over (19) K.C. Walsh, Boise State, 3-2 (OT) in dual meet ... dec. over Ryan Bader, Arizona State, 7-4 in final match to clinch OSU's 18-16 win over nation's eighth-ranked team ... major dec. by (1) Muhammed Lawal, Oklahoma State, 19-7 in dual meet ... major dec. by (13) Tom Grossman, Oklahoma, 13-3 in dual meet ... major dec. over Michael Clarkston, California-Davis, 11-0 in dual's final match to clinch meet win ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (1 NAIA) Emmett Wilson, Montana State-Northern, 9-0 ... dec. over Jake Leair, Oregon, 7-2 in Civil War dual ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (4) Kyle Smith, Michigan, 1:02 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed first, went 2-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

ANDY BOWLBY, HEAVYWEIGHT: Senior Andy Bowlby (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... tied for 28th on OSU's all-time list of career pins leaders, next pin will move him into a tie for 26th; tied for 34th on OSU's all-time list of single-season pins leaders, next pin will move him into a tie for 29th ... has won 13 of last 15 matches, including 6 pins; has won 17 of last 20 matches, including 9 pins ... 9 of his 11 pins this season have come in first period ... has a record of 4-5 against nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career, 52-15 with 19 pins, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (29 of 67) ... this season, 23-6 with 11 pins, team bonus points in 41 percent of matches (12 of 29) ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 12 AWN, No. 10 IM; in Pac-10, No. 2 ... season summary, in final Civil War dual of career, pinned Neil Phillips, Oregon, 0:49 ... dec. by (6) Boe Rushton, Boise State, 7-3 in dual meet ... dec. by (4) Kellan Fluckiger, Arizona State, 2-1 in dual meet ... Jan. 3-Jan. 25, 11-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 5 times, all pins ... dec. over (18) Willie Gruenwald, Oklahoma State, 3-2 in dual meet ... dec. over (18) Justin Staebler, Wisconsin, 8-3 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (14) Greg Wagner, Michigan, 3-2 ... dec. over Neil Phillips, Oregon, 6-1 in Civil War dual ... at Las Vegas Invitational, placed fifth, went 5-2 with 3 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (5) Kevin Hoy, Air Force, 4:56; pinned (15) Greg Wagner, Michigan, 1:30; pinned (20) Brad Steele, Wyoming, 1:58; dec. by (1) Tommy Rowlands, Ohio State, 3-2; pinned (19) Brent Miller, West Virginia, 0:29 ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 2-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (6 NAIA) Wes Balensifer, Southern Oregon, 11-6; dec. by (1 NAIA) Mike Whitehead, Southern Oregon, 2-1 (OT).

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