Beavers Take Off For Reno

Dec. 16, 2003

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18

Oregon State at Reno Classic; Reno, Nev.; all day

In a lot of ways, Thursday will provide Oregon State with an early-season preview of the Pacific-10 Championships. The Beavers (1-3 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10) head south for the Reno Classic, and they'll have a look at eight of the other nine teams in the conference.

The field includes No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 23 Boise State, No. 24 Cal Poly, No. 25 Fresno State, Oregon, Portland State, Cal State-Bakersfield, Cal State-Fullerton, California-Davis, Central Missouri State, Clarion, The Citadel, Embry-Riddle, Menlo, Southern Oregon and Wisconsin-La Crosse.

'It'll be great for us to be able to see what's in store for us in Pacific-10 competition and how we match up,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'It's a good indication of what's to come.'

Competition begins at 9 a.m. at the Reno Livestock Event Center. The championship finals and third-place finals will begin at 6 p.m.

'We're real excited about getting there and competing,' Wells said. 'Our guys could wrestle three or four or more matches in a day. We've wrestled some salty competition (inlcuding three of the top four teams in last week's national coahes poll) and had some things pointed out to us, and this is a chance for us to reflect on some of those things and work on it a bit.'

It's also a chance for the Beavers to get varsity experience for a few more wrestlers. The format in Reno is similar to the Midlands Open; each team is allowed 13 entries and can choose how to distribute those over the 10 weight classes.

'And, after the holidays, we go over to the Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals and we can take two teams there, basically,' Wells said. 'We're trying to put the best guy out there in every weight class, and this helps us find that out.'

It's OSU's first trip to Reno in several years; the Beavers participated in the tournament when it was a dual meet event but haven't been involved since the format switched to individual competition.

'Because it came on the heels of the Las Vegas Invitational, it wasn't a good time for us to try to go for a few years,' Wells said. 'It fit better with our schedule this year with our trip to Hawai'i and finals week. We may end up alternating every year between going to Reno and going to Las Vegas. It's a chance for us to wrestle a lot of matches in one day, and that's awesome for a young team like we have.'

And one other note from Wells ...

'Happy Holidays, and to everybody out there, our best to you and yours,' Wells said. 'And, 'Go Beavs!''

Oregon State has one wrestler in the national rankings this week, as 174-pounder Jed Pennell is ranked 17th by Amateur Wrestling News and 18th by InterMat. Last week, Pennell earned a pin over Oregon's Chet McBee and battled top-ranked Chris Pendleton of Oklahoma State before losing an 8-4 decision.

Pennell stayed atop the Pac-10 rankings, as did OSU 165-pounder Matt Ellis. Ranked second in the conference for the Beavers this week is 125-pounder Eric Stevenson; ranked fourth are 184-pounder Dan Pitsch and heavyweight Jamie Rakevich; and ranked fifth is 149-pounder Tony Hook.

OSU heavyweight Ty Watterson, who broke his arm against Oregon in the Beavers' 23-18 win on Saturday night, is out for the season. He had surgery on the arm Saturday night, and it is hoped that he can begin conditioning workouts soon.

OREGON STATE LINEUP:

National rankings are Amateur Wrestling News, InterMat of December 16Pacific-10 rankings are of December 16125 - Eric Stevenson; fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 5-2 record with 1 pinNo. 2 Pac-10133 - Tim Norman, jr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 4-4 record with 0 pinsor - Bobby Pfennigs; fr. (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS); 4-2 record with 2 pins141 - Mike Unger, so. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 3-4 record with 0 pinsor - Kyle Larson, fr. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 4-0 record with 0 pins149 - Tony Hook, so. (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS); 2-3 record with 0 pinsNo. 5 Pac-10or - Orlando Perez, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 3-1 record with 1 pin157 - Brian Duhrkoop, sr.; (Milwaukie, Ore./Rex Putnam HS); 4-4 record with 1 pinor - Anthony Weber, so. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 1-3 record with 0 pins165 - Matt Ellis, jr. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Okla. St. U.); 5-3 record with 1 pinNo. 1 Pac-10174 - Jed Pennell, sr. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Vlly. HS); 3-3 record with 3 pinsNo. 1 Pac-10; No. 17 AWN, No. 18 IM184 - Dan Pitsch, so. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS); 2-3 record with 0 pinsNo. 4 Pac-10197 - Jed Lowe, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 4-3 record with 1 pinHWT - Jamie Rakevich, fr. (Elma, Wash./Elma HS); 1-1 record with 1 pinNo. 4 Pac-10

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: This is Oregon State's first trip to the Reno Classic since the event switched from a dual meet format to an individual format several years ago.

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEETS: Oregon State made its first home appearances of the season last weekend, beating Oregon 23-18 on Dec. 13 and losing to No. 1 Oklahoma State 38-6 on Dec. 14.

Against Oregon, Oregon State ran off 4 four straight wins in the second half of the meet - including a pin by 174-pounder Jed Pennell and a technical fall by 184-pounder Dan Pitsch - to beat Oregon 23-18 in a Pacific-10 dual. A crowd of 1,132 was subdued as it filed out of Gill Coliseum, though, as the meet ended with OSU heavyweight Ty Watterson defaulting to Oregon's Cody Parker after suffering an arm injury. 'It's a long season and you never know what can happen,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said of losing Watterson, a redshirt freshman who is ranked second in the Pac-10. 'We're fortunate to have another man who can wrestle at heavyweight and that we've had some competition there.' In OSU's annual wrestling homecoming, the Beavers extended their all-time lead to 98-24-4 in a series that dates back to 1915. OSU 165-pounder Matt Ellis started the Beavers' comeback with a 3-1 win over Luke Larwin. Prior to that, Oregon State had reached the halfway point of the meet trailing 12-6 when it went to its locker room for intermission. The second half started with a matchup of Ellis, ranked first in the Pac-10, and Larwin, ranked second. They traded escapes to start the second and third periods and appeared headed for overtime, but Ellis caught Larwin near the edge of the mat with time running out and scored a takedown with 4 seconds left for the 3-1 win. Pennell then gave up an early takedown to Oregon's Chet McBee, tied the score with a pair of escapes, and then put McBee on his back at the 5:57 mark for his team-leading third pin of the season. Pitsch followed that with a 16-0 technical fall over Dustin Fisher in 4:08 at 184 pounds. Pitsch scored a takedown and a pair of 2-point near-falls in the first period, then started the second period with a reversal and added a 3-pointer, a 2-pointer and another 3-pointer to clinch the match.

Against Oklahoma State, Oregon State heavyweight Jamie Rakevich was thrust into the starting lineup due to an injury and he responded by pinning Oklahoma State's ninth-ranked Willie Gruenwald. The Beavers, though, fell to the No. 1-ranked Cowboys 38-6 in a non-league dual. That wrapped up a start to the season that saw the Beavers wrestle 3 of the top 4 teams in the week's national coaches poll. On Saturday night, Rakevich was helping run the scoreboard; the redshirt freshman had a front-row seat when the meet ended grotesquely with Watterson's broken arm. That put Rakevich into his dual meet debut against the Cowboys, and he responded by pinning Gruenwald in 1 minute, 46 seconds.'I wasn't expecting to wrestle this weekend,' said Rakevich who had been battling Watterson in practice for the starting spot. 'That's not the way anybody wants to come into the lineup, but it happens ... I just did the same old stuff (to get ready for the meet). Go to bed, get up, come to practice - it wasn't a big difference for me. I don't tend to get nervous.'Rakevich's win was the only victory of the day for the Beavers. Oklahoma State, the defending NCAA champion, had a lineup that featured 8 nationally-ranked wrestlers and 5 of those were ranked in the top 5 in their weight class. At 174 pounds, Oregon State's Jed Pennell made a run at top-ranked Chris Pendleton before losing 8-4. Beaver 125-pounder Eric Stevenson, ranked 18th nationally, had his 5-match winning streak end in a 12-4 major decision at the hands of Cody Stites.

OREGON STATE 23, OREGON 18

(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125-(18) Eric Stevenson, OSU, dec. Joey Lucas, UO, 5-3. 133-Jason Harless, UO, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 4-2. 141-Mike Unger Jr., OSU, dec. Skyler Woods, UO, 7-6. 149-Cyle Hartzell, UO, dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 7-6. 157-Joey Bracamonte, UO, pinned Brian Duhrkoop, OSU, 5:20. 165-Matt Ellis, OSU, dec. Luke Larwin, UO, 3-1. 174-Jed Pennell, OSU, pinned Chet McBee, UO, 5:57. 184-Dan Pitsch, OSU, tech. fall over Dustin Fisher, UO, 16-0 (4:08). 197-Jed Lowe, OSU, dec. Jake Leair, UO, 5-1. HWT-Cody Parker, UO, inj. def. over Ty Watterson, OSU, 0:45.

NO. 1 OKLAHOMA STATE 38, OREGON STATE 6

(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125-Cody Stites, OkSU, major dec. (18) Eric Stevenson, OrSU, 12-4. 133-(4) Johnny Thompson, OkSU, dec. Tim Norman, OrSU, 9-2. 141-Ronnie Delk, OkSU, pinned Mike Unger Jr., OrSU, 2:50. 149-(3) Zack Esposito, OkSU, major dec. Tony Hook, OrSU, 12-4. 157-(14) Kevin Ward, OkSU, dec. Brian Duhrkoop, OrSU, 12-5. 165-(2) Tyrone Lewis, OkSU, tech. fall over Matt Ellis, OrSU, 22-7 (7:00). 174-(1) Chris Pendleton, OkSU, dec. Jed Pennell, OrSU, 8-4. 184-(1) Jake Rosholt, OkSU, major dec. Dan Pitsch, OrSU, 13-3. 197-(19) Rusty Blackmon, OkSU, pinned Jed Lowe, OrSU, 2:44. HWT-Jamie Rakevich, OrSU, pinned (9) Willie Gruenwald, OkSU, 1:46.

OREGON STATE HEAD COACH Joe Wells: Joe Wells, who is in his 12th 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 during his time at OSU.

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 126-80-1 for a winning percentage of .611.

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 are second in all-time dual meet wins among Division I schools and fourth in all-time dual meet winning percentage going into the 2003-04 season. OSU currently has an all-time dual meet record of 860-272-24 and a .754 winning percentage.

OREGON STATE'S DUAL MEET SCHEDULE: OSU faces one of the nation's toughest dual meet schedules. The Beavers meet 7 teams ranked in the Dec. 9 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Lehigh, No. 4 Nebraska, No. 14 Arizona State, No. 23 Boise State, No. 24 Cal Poly and No. 25 Fresno State.

OREGON STATE IN GILL COLISEUM: Oregon State has one of the finest homes in college wrestling, 10,400-seat Gill Coliseum. Now in their 48th season in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers have a home dual meet record of 358-69-5 in the arena for a winning percentage of .834. This season, OSU is 1-1 at home with the loss coming to top-ranked Oklahoma State; the Beavers are averaging 1,103 fans per home meet.

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.

OREGON STATE WRESTLING HOMECOMING: Oregon State celebrated its annual OSU Wrestling Homecoming on Dec. 13 when the Beavers beat Oregon 23-18 in front of 1,132 fans and legendary former OSU coach Dale Thomas. There were 25 former OSU wrestlers on hand; during their Oregon State careers, they accounted for 35 individual conference championships, 25 All-America finishes and 7 national championships.

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 AssociationPre	NRNov. 18	NRDec. 9	NRDec. 16Eric Stevenson, 125Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 18	NR	Nov. 18	NRNov. 25	NR	Nov. 25	NRDec. 2	19th	Dec. 2	18thDec. 9	18th	Dec. 9	16thDec. 16	NR	Dec. 16	NRJed Pennell, 174Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre(184) 18th	Pre	17thNov. 18	20th	Nov. 18	20thNov. 25	NR	Nov. 25	NRDec. 2	NR	Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	NR	Dec. 9	18thDec. 16	17th	Dec. 16	18th

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

Eric Stevenson, 125Dec. 2	3rdDec. 9	2ndDec. 16	2ndTim Norman, 133Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	5thDec. 16	NRTony Hook, 149Dec. 2	3rdDec. 9	4thDec. 16	5thMatt Ellis, 165Dec. 2	1stDec. 9	1stDec. 16	1stJed Pennell, 174Dec. 2	1stDec. 9	1stDec. 16	1stDan Pitsch, 184Dec. 2	4thDec. 9	4thDec. 16	4thTy Watterson, HWTDec. 2	3rdDec. 9	2ndDec. 16	NRJamie Rakevich, HWTDec. 2	NRDec. 9	NRDec. 16	4th

RAKEVICH GOES FROM THE CLOCK TO A PIN: As Jamie Rakevich noted, a teammate's injury isn't the way anybody wants to get into the starting lineup. But presented with the chance, the redshirt freshman made the most of it.

Rakevich, who started the season as OSU's No. 2 heavyweight, was helping run the scoreboard the night of Dec. 13 as the Beavers beat Oregon 23-18 at Gill Coliseum. That gave him a front-row seat for the meet's grotesque ending, as Beaver heavyweight Ty Watterson suffered a broken arm when he and Oregon's Cody Parker went out-of-bounds in a first-period scramble.

That thrust Rakevich into the starting lineup for the next afternoon's meet against top-ranked Oklahoma State. Oregon State was being shut out going into the heavyweight match, but Rakevich came up with a pin of ninth-ranked Willie Gruenwald in 1:46 to put the Beavers on the board.

STEVENSON FACES BIG CHALLENGES IN FIRST TWO MEETS: After the way Eric Stevenson started the season, things could only get easier.

Stevenson, a redshirt freshman 125-pounder, began his varsity career in OSU's season-opener at No. 8 Nebraska on Nov. 15. His opponent? The nation's top-ranked wrestler at that weight, senior Jason Powell. Powell pinned Stevenson in 2:39.

A week later at the Southern Oregon Open, Stevenson reached the finals. Who was waiting for him? Two-time freestyle world champion Vougar Ourdjov, who is now coaching at Lassen Community College. Ourdjov took a 4-1 decision over Stevenson.

Stevenson must be a quick study. In his next match, he upset ninth-ranked Mario Stewart of Lehigh 10-2 at the Hawai'i Duals and moved into the national rankings.

PEREZ SCORES PERHAPS FASTEST BEAVER PIN EVER: Orlando Perez may have scored the quickest pin in Oregon State wrestling history at the Southern Oregon Open on Nov. 22. The sophomore 149-pounder flattened Oregon's Tim Bargis in just 7 seconds in the wrestleback preliminary round. Said OSU head coach Joe Wells: 'I was walking over to the mat for his match, and when I got there they were already shaking hands.'

Previously, the quickest pin ever by a Beaver was believed to be Jason Buce's 8-second bout against Simon Fraser's Jason Bennett in a 1998 dual meet.

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.

Eric Stevenson, 125 POUNDS: Freshman Eric Stevenson (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... faced 2 big challenges in his first 2 days as a varsity wrestler, taking on top-ranked Jason Powell of Nebraska in his debut at a dual meet, then went against 2-time world champion Vougar Ourdjov for the Southern Oregon Open title. Powell earned a pin in 2:39; Ourdjov took a 5-1 decision ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 2 ... career and this season, 5-2 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 43 percent of matches (3 of 7) ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Joey Lucas, Oregon, 5-3 in dual meet; major dec. by Cody Stites, Oklahoma State, 12-4 in dual meet ... season summary, Nov. 22-Dec. 13, 5-match winning streak; during streak, scored team bonus points 3 times ... major dec. over (9) Mario Stewart, Lehigh, 10-2 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 2-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pin over (2 DII) Joey Bareng, San Francisco State, 6:38 (OT) ... pinned by (1) Jason Powell, Nebraska, 2:39 in dual meet.

Tim Norman, 133 POUNDS: Junior Tim Norman (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 18-25 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (10 of 43) ... this season, 4-4 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (2 of 8) ... last week, went 0-2; dec. by Jason Harless, Oregon, 4-2 in dual meet; dec. by (4) Johnny Thompson, Oklahoma State, 9-2 in dual meet ... season summary, pinned by (20) Matta Ciasulli, Lehigh, 1:47 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... dec. over Matt Keller, Nebraska, 13-10 in dual meet was 1 of OSU's 2 wins vs. eighth-ranked Cornhuskers.

Bobby Pfennigs, 133 POUNDS: Freshman Bobby Pfennigs (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS) is in his first season as an OSU reserve ... ... career and this season, 4-2 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (2 of 6) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, pinned by (20) Matt Ciasulli, Lehigh, 1:32 in exhibition ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 4-1 with 2 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (8 DII) Donald Lockett, San Francisco State, 6-4; dec. over (8 DII) Donald Lockett, San Francisco State, 4-2.

Mike Unger JR., 141 POUNDS: Sophomore Mike Unger Jr. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 13-20 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 9 percent of matches (3 of 33) ... this season, 3-4 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 7) ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Skyler Woods, Oregon, 7-6 in dual meet; pinned by Ronnie Delk, Oklahoma State, 2:50 in dual meet ... season summary, pinned by (11) Cory Cooperman, Lehigh, 4:08 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 2-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Kyle Larson, 141 POUNDS: Freshman Kyle Larson (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career and this season, 4-0 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Tony Hook, 149 POUNDS: Sophomore Tony Hook (Sandpoint, Idaho/Sandpoint HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 5 ... career, 20-17 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 16 percent of matches (6 of 37) ... this season, 2-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (1 of 5) ... last week, went 0-2; dec. by Cyle Hartzell, Oregon, 7-6 in dual meet; major dec. by (3) Zack Esposito, Oklahoma State, 12-4 in dual meet ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, injury defaulted out of tournament prior to quarterfinals ... dec. by (5) Travis Shufelt, Nebraska, 9-4 in dual meet.

Orlando Perez, 149 POUNDS: Sophomore Orlando Perez (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his second season as an OSU reserve ... recorded what is believed to be fastest pin in OSU school history, a 7-second flattening of Oregon's Tim Bargis at the Southern Oregon Open ... career, 6-3 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (3 of 9) ... this season, 3-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (2 of 4) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 2-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (4 DII) Luke Santos, San Francisco State, 10-7; dec. over (6 JC) Zack Flake, Lassen CC, 7-6.

Brian Duhrkoop, 157 POUNDS: Senior Brian Duhrkoop (Milwaukie, Ore./Milwaukie HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 7-11 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 6 percent of matches (1 of 18) ... this season, 4-4 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 13 percent of matches (1 of 8) ... last week, went 0-2; pinned by Joey Bracamonte, Oregon, 5:20 in dual meet; dec. by (14) Kevin Ward, Oklahoma State, 12-5 in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. by (6) Derek Zinck, Lehigh, 10-7 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Anthony Weber, 157 POUNDS: Sophomore Anthony Weber (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS) is in his second season as an OSU reserve ... career, 4-8 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 8 percent of matches (1 of 12) ... this season, 1-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 4) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Matt Ellis, 165 POUNDS: Junior Matt Ellis (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma State U.) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 1 ... career, 23-14 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 19 percent of matches (7 of 37) ... this season, 5-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (2 of 8) ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in dual meet to spark OSU's 23-18 comeback victory; tech. fall by Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 7:00 (22-7) in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. by (1) Troy Letters, Lehigh, 12-3 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... dec. by (13) Jacob Klein, Nebraska, 2-0 in dual meet.

Jed Pennell, 174 POUNDS: Senior Jed Pennell (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS) is in his fourth season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 17 by AWN, No. 18 by IM; in Pac-10, No. 1 ... career, 49-37 with 10 pins, team bonus points in 24 percent of matches (21 of 86) ... this season, 3-3 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (3 of 6) ... last week, went 1-1 with 1 pin; pinned Chet McBee, Oregon, 5:57 in dual meet to help OSU to its 23-18 comeback win; dec. by (1) Chris Pendleton, Oklahoma State, 8-4 in dual meet ... season summary, major dec. by (3) Brd Dillon, Lehigh, 18-8 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 1-1 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... pinned Jason High, Nebraska, 1:53 in dual meet for 1 of OSU's 2 wins vs. eighth-ranked Cornhuskers.

Dan Pitsch, 184 POUNDS: Sophomore Dan Pitsch (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 4 ... career, 17-10 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (7 of 27) ... this season, 2-3 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (2 of 5) ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins; tech. fall over Dustin Fisher, Oregon, 4:08 (16-0) in dual meet to help OSU to its 23-18 comeback win; major dec. by (1) Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State, 13-3 in dual meet ... season summary, dec. by (8) Travis Frick, Lehigh, 7-4 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, placed second, went 1-0 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; round; including major dec. over (4 JC) Blair Alderman, North Idaho JC, 11-1.

Jed Lowe, 197 POUNDS: Sophomore Jed Lowe (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... career, 7-5 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (3 of 12) ... this season, 4-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (1 of 7) ... last week, went 1-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Jake Leair, Oregon, 5-1 in dual meet helped OSU to its 23-18 comeback win; pinned by (19) Rusty Blackmon, Oklahoma State, 2:44 in dual meet ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 3-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. over (7 DII) D.C. Hazen, Central Washington, 2-1; dec. over (6 NAIA) Grant Thompson, Southern Oregon, 3-0 ... pinned by (18, 184) B.J. Padden, Nebraska, 6:21 in dual meet.

Jamie Rakevich, HEAVYWEIGHT: Freshman Jamie Rakevich (Elma, Wash./Elma HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... was thrust into starting lineup due to injury to Ty Watterson the weekend of Dec. 13-14, and made his dual meet debut by pinning ninth-ranked Willie Gruenwald of Oklahoma State in 1:46 ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 4 ... career and this season, 1-1 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 50 percent of matches (1 of 2) ... last week, went 1-0 with 1 pin; pinned (9) Willie Gruenwald, Oklahoma State, 1:46 in dual meet ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, did not place, went 0-1 vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools.

Ty Watterson, HEAVYWEIGHT: Freshman Ty Watterson (Enumclaw, Wash./Enumclaw HS) is in his first season in the OSU lineup ... in current rankings, in Pac-10, No. 2 ... career and this season, 1-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, went 0-1; inj. def. to Cody Parker, Oregon, in dual meet with season-ending arm injury ... season summary, at Southern Oregon Open, placed third, went 1-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned (2 JC) Isreal Silva, North Idaho JC, 1:43 ... dec. by (15) Mitch Manstedt, Nebraska, 8-6 (OT) in dual meet.

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