Beavers Drop Wrestling Opener

Nov. 15, 2003

LINCOLN, Neb. - Jed Pennell scored a pin at 174 pounds and Tim Norman picked up Oregon State's other victory at 133 pounds as the Beavers fell to eighth-ranked Nebraska 33-9 in non-league wrestling on Saturday evening at the Nebraska Coliseum. The meet was the season-opener for OSU (0-1 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10), whose next action is Nov. 28 at the Hawai'i Duals.

'We just need a little more discipline and attention to basics,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'It's not anything miraculous. In some cases, we were trying to pull something big out of the hat where all we have to do is tend to basics and pay attention to small things. If we do that, we win a couple more matches.

'We learned a lot by wrestling this meet. I'm not pleased with the results, but I'm pleased with the effort and the way guys went out and fought. If we had paid attention to some details, it could have been a much different meet.'

Pennell pinned Jason High in 1 minute, 53 seconds. High scored an early takedown, but Pennell escaped, scored a takedown, got High in a cradle and pinned him with time running out in the first period. Pennell, who wrestled at 184 pounds for OSU much of last season, is ranked 18th nationally at that weight by Amateur Wrestling News.

Norman trailed for much of his match before taking a 13-10 win over Matt Keller. Norman trailed 7-4 early in the third period, then scored a pair of takedowns, a two-point near-fall and a three-point near fall for the comeback victory.

OSU heavyweight Ty Watterson, a redshirt freshman making his varsity debut, took 15th-ranked Mitch Mastedt of Nebraska into overtime before losing 8-6. Beaver 165-pounder Matt Ellis also came close to upsetting a nationally-ranked wrestler, losing 2-0 to 13th-ranked Jacob Klein 2-0 as Klein rode Ellis the entire second period and then scored an escape to start the third period.


(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

157 - B.J. Wright, NU, major dec. Brian Duhrkoop, OSU, 17-8. 165 - (13) Jacob Klein, NU, dec. Matt Ellis, OSU, 2-0. 174 - (19, 184) Jed Pennell, OSU, pinned Jason High, NU, 1:53. 184 - Travis Pascoe, NU, major dec. Dan Pitsch, OSU, 21-8. 197 - (18, 184) B.J. Padden, NU, pinned Jed Lowe, OSU, 6:21. HWT - (15) Mitch Manstedt, NU, dec. Ty Watterson, OSU, 8-6 (OT). 125 - (1) Jason Powell, NU, pinned Eric Stevenson, OSU, 2:39. 133 - Tim Norman, OSU, dec. Matt Keller, NU, 13-10. 141 - Matt Murray, NU, major dec. Mike Unger Jr., OSU, 16-4. 149 - (5) Travis Shufelt, NU, dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 9-4.

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