Beavers Ready To Enter NCAA Fray
March 18, 2003
THURSDAY, MARCH 20-SATURDAY, MARCH 22Oregon State at NCAA Championships; Kansas City, Mo.
SESSION I; THURSDAY, 9 A.M. PACIFIC:Championship preliminaries, championship first round.SESSION II; THURSDAY, 4:30 P.M. PACIFIC:Championship second round, wrestleback preliminaries,wrestleback first round.SESSION III; FRIDAY, 8 A.M. PACIFIC:Championship quarterfinals, wrestleback second round,wrestleback third round.SESSION IV; FRIDAY, 3:30 P.M. PACIFIC:Championship semifinals, wrestleback fourth round,wrestleback quarterfinals.SESSION V; SATURDAY, 7 A.M. PACIFIC:Wrestleback semifinals, seventh-place finals,fifth-place finals, third-place finals.SESSION VI; SATURDAY, 12:30 P.M. PACIFIC:Championship finals.
It's go-time, and Oregon State had better not waste time.
The Beavers send six wrestlers to the NCAA Wrestling Championships this week at Kansas City, and OSU head coach Joe Wells has seen this meet unfold enough times to know what it will take for his wrestlers to be successful.
'You've just got to be ready from Round One, Period One; from that first takedown,' Wells said. 'The guy who takes the risks and seizes the opportunities is going to be the guy in the medal round and up there on the podium; they'll be the one that can look back and see they were rewarded for having the courage to be successful.'
Representing Oregon State will be seniors Michael Delaney at 125 pounds, Jake Huffman at 174 pounds and Andy Bowlby at heavyweight; junior Jed Pennell at 184 pounds; sophomore Matt Ellis at 165 pounds; and freshman Tony Hook at 149 pounds. Bowlby is seeded 11th, the only OSU wrestler to earn a seeding; wrestlers must finish in the top eight in their weight class to earn All-America status.
Bowlby is also the only Beaver in the national rankings, being tabbed 11th by Amateur Wrestling News and 10th by InterMat after placing third at the Pacific-10 Championships behind a pair of top-10 wrestlers. He has a 26-7 record and 13 pins; he's won five of his last six matches, with three of those by pin and another by technical fall.
'Andy had a pretty steady overall consistent performance through the year,' Wells said. 'I look for him to have a surprise ending for us. He's capable, and he's a great athlete.'
Bowlby spent three years at OSU behind two-time Pacific-10 champ Jason Cooley, making this his only shot at the NCAA meet.
'He said when he first came here, he could have gone anywhere and been the man; but when he finally got the opportunity (after Jason Cooley left), he wants to be The Man,' Wells said. 'This is his opportunity to demonstrate that.'
Bowlby will wrestle in the preliminary round against Carmelo Marrero of Rider; a win could send him against sixth-seeded Matt Feast of Penn in the first round.
Huffman has been right alongside Bowlby as one of the Beavers' most consistent performers this season. He's 24-11 with three pins, but also has won eight major decisions and four technical falls; he also placed third at the Pac-10 meet. Huffman is making his first trip to the NCAAs.
'Jake needs to sustain a whole match,' Wells said. 'He's brilliant at times. He's very talented and explosive, and he can score from any position. He's just got to keep his focus, wrestle all seven or eight minutes, and enjoy it. He's done a great job so far this season, so it would be wonderful for him to cap it by being All-America. He's capable of being in the hunt - he'd be a bad draw if you're one of those seeded guys.'
Huffman will meet Matt Herrington of Penn in the first round. A victory there could send him against fourth-seeded Ryan Lange of Purdue in the second round.
Delaney, with an 11-14 record, struggled through much of the season but put things together at the Pacific-10 Championships and placed fourth. He'll be making his second straight trip to the NCAA meet.
'Michael has been there before,' Wells said. 'He definitely turned it around at the Pac-10 meet; he beat a couple of guys who had beaten him earlier. He wrote a different ending. He knows that he's getting into, and he's had some very close matches with some of the top-ranked kids in the country. His deal is just getting off the dime - going out and being aggressive. If he does that, he's very capable.'
Delaney will face Tommy Hoang of Duke in the first round. Win that, and he'll likely face third-seeded Ben VomBaur of Boise State in the second round.
Pennell has been an amazing story at 184 pounds, capped by a second-place finish in the Pac-10. After starting the season at 165 pounds, Pennell moved up two weights when starter Dan Pitsch was injured in late January; Pennell continued to weigh in at 165 pounds to maintain the possibility of moving back to that weight later in the season. Spotting opponents nearly 20 pounds, Pennell still managed a 7-2 record with 1 pin at 184 pounds and is 10-7 with 2 pins overall.
'Remarkable, remarkable, remarkable,' Wells said. 'Jed just does a great job of engaging his opponent. He's been to the NCAAs before (as a freshman 165-pounder), and he felt he missed the significance of the opportunity he had and didn't do what he could have as a freshman being at the tournament. I know he'll make the most of his opportunity - he'll wrestle handshake to handshake.'
Pennell's gets another big challenge in the first round. He'll be taking on top-seeded Jessman Smith of Iowa.
Ellis had an up-and-down early part of the season, but has won 14 of his last 17 matches to improve to 18-9 with one pin.
'Matt is gifted and very capable,' Wells said. 'He lacks a little experience, but he's talented, he's got great technique, and he's quick. He has yet to have a really hot tournament, one where he wrestles well from beginning to end; it'd be a great end to his season to end with a tournament like that at the NCAAs. I know he really wants to take that next step. He's a guy who's really aware of the history at that tournament, and he wants to be a part of it.'
Ellis draws 10th-seeded Levi Prevost of Wyoming in the first round, and a victory could put him against seventh-seeded Nick Passolano of Iowa State in the second round.
Hook has had an impressive season as a true freshman, winning five of his last seven matches to put his record at 18-12 with four pins.
'Tony keeps getting better,' Wells said. 'It takes a certain number of matches to figure out what to do and how to make their techniques work at this level the way they worked in high school. Tony is entering the NCAA with a real positive attitude, can-do, and he'll go get whatever he can and make the most of this opportunity. He's capable of some remarkable, shocking things. He's confident, he's made strides and he's come close against some great guys in his weight class.'
Hook will wrestle 10th-seeded Dustin Manotti of Cornell in the preliminary round. Win there, and he could meet seventh-seeded Jon Masa of Hofstra in the second round.
OREGON STATE ALL-TIME AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Last season, Oregon State placed 31st at the NCAA Championships with 16.5 points. Five Beavers qualified - 125-pounder Michael Delaney, 174-pounder Nathan Coy, 184-pounder Isaac Weber, 197-pounder Jason Lovell and heavyweight Jason Cooley - but only four competed after Lovell suffered a neck injury in practice prior to the tournament. Coy earned All-America honors by placing fourth.
OSU has had 18 top-10 finishes in the team standings at the NCAA Championships, dating back to an eighth-place finish in 1952. Oregon State has placed second twice (1973, 1995), third twice (1969, 1970), fourth 4 times (1961, 1971, 1979, 1994) and fifth once (1977).
OSU wrestlers have earned All-America honors 81 times. The Beavers have brought home 12 individual titles, most recently when Les Gutches won back-to-back championships at 177 pounds in 1995 and 1996; Gutches is now an assistant coach at Oregon State. Beavers have been named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler 3 times (Greg Strobel, 190, 1973; Howard Harris, heavyweight, 1980; Gutches, 1996) and have earned the Gorrarian Award for most pins in the least amount of time 5 times.
PACIFIC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Oregon State advanced 6 wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, with 184-pounder Jed Pennell leading the way with his second-place finish at the 2003 Pacific-10 Championships on March 2-3 the Boise State 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 2-point lead heading into the championship round, but the Sun Devils took advantage of 6 head-to-head matchups with BSU, winning 5. ASU edged the Broncos 134-127.
Pennell was pinned in his championship match with Cal Poly's Ryan Halsey. He'll be joined in Kansas City by teammates Matt Ellis (165 pounds), Jake Huffman (174 pounds), Andy Bowlby (heavyweight), all of whom won their third-place bouts; Michael Delaney (125 pounds), who finished fourth; and freshman Tony Hook (149 pounds), who won a 'true fourth place' challenge match to qualify as well.
'In a situation where you have 8 guys possibly going to the national tournament, you have to go in thinking you're going to get all 8,' OSU coach Joe Wells said, referring to starting the day with 8 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' by qualifying 6 wrestlers.
'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 (197 pounds) was chosen as the third alternate for the NCAA Championships.
Pennell, who was 8-1 heading into the final since moving up 2 weight classes from hisnormal 165, got a rematch of 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 in 1 minute, 22 seconds.
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 in the consolation semis to advance to the third-place bout.
Second-seeded 165-pounder 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 3 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.
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 Mitchell with 30 seconds left and literally hung on for the win. Delaney earned a point for riding time for the final of 5-3.
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. That set up a wrestle-off match for true fourth place between Nick Davis of Cal Poly and Hook, which Hook won 3-2 to advance to nationals.
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 met 7 teams ranked in the final National Wrestling Coaches Association poll: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Oklahoma, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 19 Boise State, No. 21 Central Michigan and No. 23 Fresno State. Of OSU's 8 dual meet losses this season, 6 were to teams ranked in the final poll and another was to a team ranked at the time of the meet (Wisconsin).
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 3 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 21 pins in his career, tied for 25th place on OSU's all-time list, and 13 this season, tied for 23rd place on the Beavers' all-time list.
When Bowlby puts an opponent on his back, the end usually comes quickly. Of Bowlby's 13 pins this season, 10 have come in the first period (and 4 of those in the first minute); of the 21 pins in his career, 16 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 March 3:
CAREER PINS17. Trent Flack (1989-90, 92-93; 150/158/167) 2618. Chad Renner (1993-96, 167/177) 2519. 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) 21> (tie) Andy Bowlby (2000-present; Hwt) 21
(tie) Andy Bowlby (2003; Hwt.) 13
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 5 NCAA titles during their careers.
LOVELL WINS TWO DUALS IN LAST MATCH: If a dual meet came down to the last match, Jason Lovell was the guy Oregon State wanted to see striding onto the mat. Twice this season, Lovell 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.
During the last part of the season, Pennell found himself in the starting role at 184 pounds; he's rolled up a 7-2 record with 1 pin and 1 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 VotesFeb. 26 VotesFinal NRCASEY 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 NRMar. 5 NR Mar. 5 NRMar. 12 NR Mar. 12 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 NRF. 5 20th/184 Feb. 5 NRF. 12 20th/184 Feb. 12 NRFeb. 19 NR Feb. 19 NRFeb. 26 NR Feb. 26 NRMar. 5 NR Mar. 5 NRMar. 12 NR Mar. 12 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 NRMar. 5 NR Mar. 5 NRMar. 12 NR Mar. 12 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 10thMar. 5 12th Mar. 5 10thMar. 12 11th Mar. 12 10th
BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE RANKINGS: Here's where Oregon State wrestlers were 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 ... 6 of his losses have been to nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career, 35-43 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (19 of 78) ... this season, 11-14 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (6 of 25) ... at Pacific-10 Championships, unseeded, placed fourth, went 3-2 with 0 pins; dec. by Jeremy Mendoza, Arizona State, 3-2 in preliminary round; dec. over Tom Shurkamp, California-Davis, 5-3 (OT) in wrestleback first round; dec. over Zach Enoch, Portland State, 8-3 in wrestleback quarterfinals; dec. over Martin Mitchell, Oregon, 5-3 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. by No. 2 seed (11) Vic Moreno, Cal Poly, 3-2 in third-place final.... 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.
TONY HOOK, 149 POUNDS: Freshman Tony Hook (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... has a record of 5-6 against nationally-ranked wrestlers ... has won 10 of his last 16 matches, with 5 losses to nationally-ranked wrestlers ... has won 12 of his last 19 matches ... career and this season, 18-12 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (5 of 30) ... at Pacific-10 Championships, unseeded, placed fifth, went 4-2 with 1 pin; dec. by No. 2 seed (6) Collin Robertson, Boise State, 2-1 in quarterfinals; dec. over Brett Gordon, Cal State-Fullerton, 14-7 in wrestleback first round; pinned No. 3 seed (20) Tony Overstake, Oregon, 4:58 in wrestleback quarterfinals; dec. by No. 4 seed Matt Cox, Cal Poly, 6-1 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. over Scott Polley, Stanford, 10-6 in fifth-place final; dec. over Nick Davis, California-Davis, 3-2 in true fourth-place match ... 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.
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 14 of his last 17 matches, scoring team bonus points 4 times, and has won 16 of his last 22 matches ... 5 of his losses have been to to nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career and this season, 18-9 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 19 percent of matches (5 of 27) ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed third, went 3-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by Eric Arbogast, Portland State, 9-4 in semifinals; dec. over No. 4 seed Nathan Ploehn, Boise State, 6-3 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in third-place final ... 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 14 of his last 18 matches, scoring team bonus points 10 times; has won 18 of his last 24 matches, scoring team bonus points 12 times ... has a 2-8 record against nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career, 49-36 with 6 pins, team bonus points in 28 percent of matches (24 of 85) ... this season, 24-11 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 46 percent of matches (16 of 35) ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed third, went 4-1 with 0 pins; major dec. over Matt Montero, Cal State-Bakersfield, 11-1 in preliminary round; tech. fall over Joe Brady, Cal Poly, 7:00 (17-2) in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 2 seed (11) Shane Webster, Oregon, 10-2 in semifinals; major dec. over Quinn Collett, PSU, 17-4 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. over No. 4 seed Chris Carlino, Cal State-Fullerton, 8-3 in third-place final ... 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, 184 POUNDS: Junior Jed Pennell (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS) is in his third season in the OSU lineup ... at 184 pounds since Jan. 24, 8-2 with 1 pin plus 1 win over a nationally-ranked wrestler ... career, 45-32 with 7 pins, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (18 of 77) ... this season, 10-7 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (3 of 17) ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed second, went 2-1 with 0 pins; major dec. over Tony Rolen, Oregon, 14-2 in quarterfinals; dec. over John Garfinkel, Stanford, 6-2 in semifinals; pinned by No. 1 seed (20) Ryan Halsey, Cal Poly, in 1:22 in championship final... 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.
ANDY BOWLBY, HEAVYWEIGHT: Senior Andy Bowlby (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... tied for 25th on OSU's all-time list of career pins leaders; tied for 23rd on OSU's all-time list of single-season pins leaders ... has won 16 of last 19 matches, including 8 pins; has won 20 of last 24 matches, including 11 pins ... 10 of his 13 pins this season have come in first period ... has a record of 4-6 against nationally-ranked wrestlers ... career, 55-16 with 21 pins, team bonus points in 45 percent of matches (32 of 71) ... this season, 26-7 with 13 pins, team bonus points in 45 percent of matches (15 of 33) ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 11 AWN, No. 10 IM ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded third, placed third, went 3-1 with 2 pins; tech. fall over Shawn Ritzenthaler, Stanford, 3:53 (20-4) in quarterfinals; dec. by No. 2 seed (6) Boe Rushton, Boise State, 5-0 in semifinals; pinned Jason Paul, California-Davis, 1:32 in wrestleback semifinal; pinned No. 4 seed Dan Howe, Cal Poly, 2:32 in third-place final. ... 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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