Beavers Finish Third At Pac-10 Championships

March 3, 2003

BOISE, Idaho - -

The Oregon State wrestling team advanced six wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., later this month, with 184-pounder Jed Pennell leading the way with his second-place finish at the 2003 Pacific-10 Championships on Monday at Boise State's BSU Pavilion.

In the team standings, OSU's 93.5 points placed them third with a comfortable 20-point cushion over fourth-place Cal Poly.

Arizona State claimed the Pac-10 crown, wresting it from defending champion and tournament host Boise State. BSU held a two-point lead heading into the championship round, but the Sun Devils took advantage of six head-to-head matchups with BSU, winning five. ASU edged the Broncos 134-127.

Pennell was pinned in his championship match with Cal Poly's Ryan Halsey, but the junior will be joined in Kansas City by teammates Matt Ellis (165 pounds), Jake Huffman (174 pounds), and heavyweight Andy Bowlby, all of whom won their third-place bouts. Michael Delaney (125 pounds) finished fourth, and freshman Tony Hook (149 pounds) won a 'true fourth-place' challenge match to qualify as well.

'In a situation where you have eight guys possibly going to the national tournament, you have to go in thinking you're going to get all eight,' OSU coach Joe Wells said in reference to starting the day with eight wrestlers eligible to advance. 'Usually, at this point in time if you bat 50-50, you're doing pretty well, so from that perspective we did better than we're supposed to have done,' he said of the six qualifications.

'We have a number of guys going, which is good. I thought we wrestled better today, and our seniors stepped up for us. Andy Bowlby scored a lot of points for us with his pins.

'We're really looking forward to the national tournament and doing some damage there,' Wells said.

Jason Lovell, at 197 pounds, was chosen as a third alternate for the NCAA Championships.

Pennell, who was 8-1 heading into Monday's championship since moving up two weight classes from his normal 165, got a rematch of a Feb. 8 5-4 loss to Halsey, who was the only opponent to beat Pennell at 184.

Pennell was taken to his back early in the match, escaped, but was taken down again and pinned at the 1 minute, 22 second mark.

Oregon State's quest for its 200th individual Pac-10 crown will have to wait until next year.

Bowlby recorded his second pin of the day and 13th of the year when he took Cal Poly's No. 4 seed Dan Howe to his back at 2:32 to lock down third place.

Bowlby pinned UC-Davis' Jason Paul at the 1:32 mark of Monday morning's consolation semi to advance to the third-place bout.

A senior from Newberg, Ore., Bowlby is now tied for 25th on OSU's career pins list with 21.

Number-two seed Matt Ellis patiently and methodically defeated fourth-seeded Nathan Ploehn of Boise State to move on to the third-place match, as he built a 5-1 lead and amassed over three minutes of riding time for a 6-3 win. The sophomore then defeated Oregon's Luke Larwin for the second time in the tournament 3-1 to finish third in the 165-pound bracket.

Jake Huffman sealed third place at 174 pounds with an 8-3 decision over No. 4 seed Chris Carlino of CS-Fullerton.

Huffman wrestled an aggressive bout en route to a 17-4 major decision of Portland State's Quinn Collett in the consolation semis, earning OSU bonus points for the third time in the tournament.

Delaney's 125-pound third-place match came down to the final seconds, as he trailed 11th-ranked and second-seeded Vic Moreno of Cal Poly 3-2 and was unable to score a takedown.

Delaney's consolation semifinal was a thriller, as he trailed 3-2 heading into the final period, but scored a takedown of Oregon's Martin Miller with 30 seconds left and literally hung on for the win. Delaney earned a point for riding time for the final of 5-3.

Tony Hook won his 149-pound fifth-place match over Stanford's Scott Polley 10-6 after No. 4 seed Matt Cox of Cal Poly beat Hook 6-1 in the consolation semifinals.

Prior to the championships, the coaches agreed to a 'true fourth place' rule, which means that if the fifth-place wrestler has not faced the fourth place finisher, they will wrestle to determine who will advance to the NCAA Championships, since the top four finishers move on.Hook was a beneficiary of this rule, as he had not faced fourth-place Nick Davis of UC-Davis.

That set up a wrestle-off match for true fourth place between Davis and Hook, which Hook won 3-2 to advance to nationals.

At 141 pounds, Mike Unger, Jr., tallied a 6-1 victory over UC-Davis' Chris Brines to finish fifth.

In Unger's consolation semi, the freshman battled Oregon's third-seeded Casey Hunt to a 2-2 draw late in the third period, though Hunt owned a riding time advantage. After taking shots at Hunt, Hunt was able to avoid Unger and score a takedown of his own to escape with a 5-2 decision.

Jason Lovell, OSU's 197-pounder, bounced back after a tight consolation semifinal loss, pinning Portland State's Randy Davidson with 56 seconds to go to claim fifth place. Lovell worked back from a 9-6 deficit in the third period, and with time winding down, flipped Davidson to his back from a standing position and held him for the pin.

Lovell's consolation semifinal generated some controversy. With clinging to a 1-0 lead and the clock counting down, Cal State-Fullerton's Landon Seefeldt took Lovell to the mat as time ran out. After a brief conference, the officials ruled the takedown came before time ran out, giving Seefeldt the 3-1 win with riding time.

Lovell met Seefeldt for a third time in another 'true fourth-place' match. The CSUF wrestler finished fourth, but the two had met twice already, with each wrestler claiming a win. Seefeldt fended off Lovell 3-1 and maintained his right to advance to the NCAA Championships.

In addition to winning the 149-pound championship, Arizona State's Eric Larkin took home the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler Award as well as being recognized for the most pins in the least amount of time. He pinned three opponents in 6:03.


1. Arizona State, 134; 2. Boise State 127; 3. Oregon State 93.5; 4. Cal Poly 73.5; 5. Oregon 68.0; 6. Cal State-Bakersfield 66.5; 7. Cal-Davis 46.5; 8. Cal State-Fullerton 44.5; 9. Stanford 37.5; 10. Portland State 31.5.

OREGON STATE AT PACIFIC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125, MICHAEL DELANEY - Dec. by Jeremy Mendoza, ASU, 3-2 in pigtails; dec. Tom Shurkamp, Cal-Davis, 5-3 (OT), in consolation first round; dec. over Zach Enoch, Portland, 8-3 in consolation quarterfinals; dec. over Martin Mitchell, Oregon, 5-3 in consolation semifinals; dec. by No. 2 (11) Vic Moreno, Cal Poly, 3-2 in third place match. Finish: 4th.

133, TIM NORMAN -Dec. by No. 3 Brad Metzler, Stanford, 4-3 in quarterfinals; dec, by Nate Ybarra, Cal Poly, 13-7 in consolation quarterfinals.

141, MIKE UNGER JR. -Maj. Dec. by No. 4 Juan Mora, Cal-Fullerton, 11-2 in quarterfinals; dec. Anthony Baza, Cal-Bakersfield, 3-2 in consolation quarterfinals; dec. by No. 3 Casey Hunt, Oregon, 5-3 in consolation semifinals; dec. over Chris Brines, UC-Davis, 6-1 in fifth-place match. Finish: 5th.

149, TONY HOOK -Dec. by No. 2 (6) Collin Robertson, Boise St., 2-1 in quarterfinals; dec. Brett Gordon, Cal-Fullerton, 14-7 in consolation first round; Fall over No. 3 (20) Tony Overstake, Oregon, 4:58; dec. by No. 4 Matt Cox, Cal Poly, 6-1 in consolation semifinals; dec. over Scott Polley, Stanford, 10-6 in fifth-place match; dec. over Nick Davis, UC-Davis, 3-2 in true fourth-place match. Finish: 5th.

157, JEREMY LARSON -Dec. by Nick Hopping, Cal Poly, 5-1 in pigtails; Maj. Dec. by Branson Phillips, Oregon, 12-3 in consolation quarterfinals.

165, No. 2 MATT ELLIS -Dec. Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by Eric Arbogast, Portland, 9-4 in championship semifinals; dec. over No. 4 Nathan Ploehn, Boise State, 6-3 in consolation semifinals; dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in third place match. Finish: 3rd.

174, No. 3 JAKE HUFFMAN -Maj. Dec. over Matt Montero, Cal-Bakersfield, 11-1 in pigtails; Tech fall over Joe Brady, Cal Poly, 17-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 2 (11) Shane Webster, Oregon, 10-2 in championship semifinals; major dec. over Quinn Collett, Portland State, 17-4 in consolation semifinals; decision over No. 4 Chris Carlino, Cal State-Fullerton, 8-3 in third place match. Finish: 3rd.

184, No. 2 JED PENNELL -Maj. Dec. over Tony Rolen, Oregon, 14-2 in quarterfinals; dec. over John Garfinkel, Stanford, 6-2 in championship semifinals; pinned by Ryan Halsey, Cal Poly, in 1:22 in championship final. Finish: 2nd.

197, No. 1 JASON LOVELL -Maj. Dec. over Landon Seefeldt, CS-Fullerton, 8-0 in pigtails; dec. over Randy Davidson, Portland, 1-1 tiebreaker (up) in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 4 K.C. Walsh, Boise State, 5-2 in championship semifinals; dec. by Landon Seefeldt, CS-Fullerton, 3-1 in consolation semifinals; fall over Randy Davidson, Portland State, 6:04 in fifth-place match; dec. by Landon Seefeldt, CS-Fullerton, 4-3 in true fourth-place match. Finish: 5th.

HWT, NO. 3 (12) ANDY BOWLBY -Tech. Fall over Shawn Ritzenthaler, Stanford, 20-4 at 3:53 in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 2 Boe Rushton (6), Boise State, 5-0 in championship semifinals; fall over Jason Paul, UC-Davis, 1:32 in consolation semifinal; fall over No. 4 Dan Howe, Cal Poly, 2:32 in third-place final. Finish: 3rd.

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