Beavers Back For Full Weekend Of Duals

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Jan. 6, 2004

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9Oregon State at Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals;Redmond, Ore.; all day (Oregon State vs. Army, 10 a.m.;Oregon State vs. No. 6 NAIA Southern Oregon, 2 p.m.;Oregon State vs. Air Force, 6 p.m.; Oregon State vs.Cal State-Fullerton, 8 p.m.)SUNDAY, JANUARY 11Northern Colorado at Oregon State; Gill Coliseum; 2 p.m.

After closing out 2003 with a pair of tournaments, Oregon State starts 2004 with five dual meets in three days. And when Oregon State takes to the mat this weekend, it will have a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers in the lineup as 165-pounder Matt Ellis joins 174-pounder Jed Pennell in the top 20 at their weight.

The Beavers (1-3 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10) compete at the Oregon Wresting Classic Duals on Friday in Redmond, and then return to Gill Coliseum to host Northern Colorado on Sunday at 2 p.m.

'It's a chance for a lot of guys to get some matches,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'It's a good opportunity for them to work on their match intensity and their match pace. That's what we're looking for - a lot of shots and a lot of scoring.'

After placing fifth at the Midlands Open, Ellis entered the rankings this week for the first time this season at 16th according to Amateur Wrestling News and 15th according to InterMat. Pennell, who was one win short of placing at the prestigious tournament, is also 16th according to AWN and 15th by IM.

Both Ellis and Pennell remained first in their weight classes in this week's Pacific-10 rankings. Both have been ranked No. 1 in the conference all season.

They'll get plenty of chances to defend those rankings this weekend, though Wells will likely vary the Beavers' lineup from meet to meet.

On Friday, the Beavers will meet Army at 10 a.m., Southern Oregon at 2 p.m., Air Force at 6 p.m. and Cal State-Fullerton at 8 p.m. Other teams in this year's OWC Duals are Oregon, Portland State, Cal State-Bakersfield, Northern Colorado, Pacific (Ore.) and San Francisco State. The meet is held at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds arena.

'It's a good opportunity for us to wrestle some teams we haven't wrestled in a long time,' Wells said of the weekend. 'We'll see some different teams and some good competition. Army and Air Force have both done better and better at the NCAAs the last couple years, and I'm glad they're at the Classic this year.'

The two-day Oregon Wrestling Classic also includes the high school dual meet state championships for all three classifications, youth wrestling and women's wrestling.

'We're looking forward to watching the high schools go after it, seeing a lot of the bestkids in the state and the best teams in the state go at it,' Wells said. 'That's a treat, to be able to go over there and watch all those age groups compete at the same time.

'It's a great facility there for showcasing wrestling - a nice arena with room for as many mats as you need. And they do a great job with the hospitality; the Classic committee is a terrific group of guys and gals who are really into wrestling. We appreciate all they do for us by putting on this tournament.'

In addition to Ellis and Pennell, there are three more Beavers in this week's Pac-10 rankings. OSU 125-pounder Eric Stevenson, 184-pounder Dan Pitsch and heavyweight Jamie Rakevich are all ranked third in the conference.

Army (1-1, 0-1 Eastern Intercollegiate) hasn't wrestled since a 31-9 home loss to Hofstra on Dec. 10. The Black Knights have a pair of nationally-ranked wrestlers, with 157-pounder Phillip Sampson ranked seventh by both AWN and IM and 184-pounder Luke Calvert ranked 20th by both.

Southern Oregon (1-1) is ranked sixth in the NAIA and is a consistent contender for the national championship at that level. The Raiders have seven wrestlers in the NAIA national rankings, with 149-pounder Colin Murphy ranked fifth, 157-pounder Jimmy Grochowsky tied for eighth, 165-pounder Brian Wilson second, 174-pounder Rick Story tied for seventh, 184-pounder David O'Brien seventh, 197-pounder Grant Thompson fifth and heavyweight Wes Balensifer second. SOU competed at the Portland State Open last Saturday.

Air Force (1-1) sent a partial team to the Midlands Open, finishing well back in the 61-team field. The last time the Falcons competed as a full team was on Dec. 9, when they beat Utah Valley State 35-3 and lost to California-Davis 27-9. USAFA 125-pounder Heath McKim is ranked 12th by AWN and 19th by IM.

The Beavers will have a Pac-10 matchup against Cal State-Fullerton (0-7, 0-2) which is coached by Dan Hicks, a two-time NCAA champ and former assistant coach at OSU. The Titans wrestled sixth-ranked Michigan on Monday in Southern California, losing 31-15. CSUF 149-pounder Brett Gordon is ranked 17th by IM and 197-pounder Landon Seefeldt is ranked 15th by AWN; in the Pac-10 rankings, Gordon and Seefeldt are both third and 174-pounder Leonel Sanchez is fourth.

Northern Colorado (0-0) is in its first year as an NCAA Division I program after many years as a power in Division II and have competed only in open tournaments thus far this season. The Bears placed seventh in the NCAA Championships at that level last season and have four top-10 finishes in the last eight years.

OREGON STATE PROBABLE LINEUP:

Rankings issued January 6125: Eric Stevenson, fr. (Newberg, Ore./Newberg HS); 9-4 record with 4 pinsNo. 3 Pac-10133: Tim Norman, jr. (Newberg,Ore./Newberg HS); 6-6 record with 0 pinsor: Bobby Pfennigs, fr. (Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS); 4-2 record with 2 pins141: Kyle Larson, fr. (Hermiston, Ore./HermistonHS); 5-2 record with 0 pinsor: Mike Unger Jr., so. (Turner, Ore./Cascade HS); 5-6 record with 2 pins149: Tony Hook, so. (Sandpoint, Ida./Sandpoint HS); 5-4 record with 1 pinor: Orlando Perez, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 5-5 record with 2 pins165: Matt Ellis, jr. (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS, Oklahoma State U.); 12-6 record with 1 pinNo. 16 AWN, No. 15 IM; No. 1 Pac-10or: David Loring, fr. (Fairbanks, Alas./West Valley HS); 0-1 record with 0 pins174: Jed Pennell, sr. (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS); 9-6 record with 3 pinsNo. 16 AWN, No. 15 IM; No. 1 Pac-10or: Micah Houston, sr. (Arlington, Tex./Arlington HS); 2-1 record with 0 pinsor: Curt Willener, sr. (Portland, Ore./Scappoose HS); 0-0 record with 0 pins184: Dan Pitsch, so. (Tacoma, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS); 5-7 record with 1 pinNo. 3 Pac-10or: Steve Grayson, jr. (Bellevue, Wash./Newport HS); 0-0 record with 0 pins197: Jed Lowe, so. (Hermiston, Ore./Hermiston HS); 7-7 record with 1 pinor: Dan Johnson, fr. (Tualatin, Ore./Tualatin HS); 0-2 record with 0 pinsHWT: Jamie Rakevich, fr. (Elma, Wash./Elma HS); 4-4 record with 2 pinsNo. 3 Pac-10or: Adam Daniel, sr. (Milwaukie, Ore./Rex Putnam HS); 0-0 record with 0 pins

OREGON STATE ALL-TIME VS. THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: Oregon State has an all-time record of 2-3-1 against Army in a dual meet series dating back to 1969; all 6 previous meets were held at West Point. The Black Knights are on a 4-meet unbeaten strreak in the series, with the last meeting a 17-17 tie in 1990 and the last Army win by a 20-16 score in 1989. OSU's last win was 27-9 in 1972.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 30-2-1 against Southern Oregon in a dual meet series dating back to 1957, and the Beavers are on a 10-meet winning streak against the Raiders. The last meeting was OSU's 43-3 win in the 2001 Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals; Southern Oregon's last win was 24-13 in 1988 in Ashland.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 2-0 against Air Force in a dual meet series dating back to 1980; both previous meets were held at Colorado Springs. The last meeting was OSU's 29-9 win in 1980.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 10-1 against Cal State-Fullerton in a dual meet series dating back to 1973, and the Beavers are on a 5-meet winning streak against the Titans. The last meeting was OSU's 26-12 victory in the 2003 Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals; CSUF's win was 17-15 in 1991 in Fullerton.

Oregon State has an all-time record of 11-7 against Northern Colorado in a dual meet series dating back to 1960; the Beavers are on a 5-meet winning streak against the Bears. The last meeting was OSU's 23-13 win in Greeley in 1980; UNC's last victory was 25-10 in 1974 in Greeley.

OREGON STATE'S LATEST MEET: Oregon State 165-pounder Matt Ellis won 5 straight matches in the wrestleback bracket and came home with fifth place from the Midlands Open, held Dec. 29-30 at Evanston, Ill. The Beavers placed 16th in the 61-team field, jumping nine places from their finish the previous season, and 174-pounder Jed Pennell was just one win from placing in the high-level tournament.

'We tried to emphasize all along in this tournament that every match, it was important to get out and see what these guys coulddo because we'll see a lot of them at nationals,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'I liked our approach and our attitude, how we went about things. We initiated more things and were more aggressive.'

On the tournament's final day, Ellis beat two nationally-ranked wrestlers and received a medical forfeit over another. He started the day with a decision over 17th-ranked Zachariah Doll of Pittsburgh 6-1, then beat 10th-ranked J.J. Holmes 6-5. After falling to 16th-ranked Nick Passolano of Iowa State 6-0 in the wrestleback semifinals, he received a medical forfeit over 19th-ranked Heston Johnson of Northern Illinois in the fifth-place final; Johnson had edged Ellis 3-1 in overtime in the first round.

Pennell's chance to place disappeared when he was beaten 14-8 by 12th-ranked Andrew Roy of Rutgers 14-8. Of OSU's 10 wrestlers in the tournament, 8 won at least 1 match and 5 of them had victories that earned team bonus points for a major decision, technical fall, pin or forfeit.

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 Jan. 6 National Wrestling Coaches Association poll: No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Lehigh, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 23 Cal Poly, No. 24 Boise State and No. 25 Cal State-Bakersfield.

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	NRJan. 6	NREric 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	NRJan. 6	NR	Jan. 6	NRMatt Ellis, 165Am.Wr.News	InterMatPre	NR	Pre	NRNov. 18	NR	Nov. 18	NRNov. 25	NR	Nov. 25	NRDec. 2	NR	Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	NR	Dec. 9	NRDec. 16	NR	Dec. 16	NRJan. 6	16th	Jan. 6	15thJed 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	18thJan. 6	16th	Jan. 6	15th

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	2ndDec. 23	3rdJan. 6	3rdTim Norman, 133Dec. 2	NRDec. 9	5thDec. 16	NRDec. 23	NRJan. 6	NRTony Hook, 149Dec. 2	3rdDec. 9	4thDec. 16	5thDec. 23	NRJan. 6	NRMatt Ellis, 165Dec. 2	1stDec. 9	1stDec. 16	1stDec. 23	1stJan. 6	1stJed Pennell, 174Dec. 2	1stDec. 9	1stDec. 16	1stDec. 23	1stJan. 6	1stDan Pitsch, 184Dec. 2	4thDec. 9	4thDec. 16	4thDec. 23	4thJan. 6	3rdJamie Rakevich, HWTDec. 2	NRDec. 9	NRDec. 16	4thDec. 23	3rdJan. 6	3rdTy Watterson, HWTDec. 2	3rdDec. 9	2ndDec. 16	NRDec. 23	NRJan. 6	NR

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 dual-ending 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. Records and results include only matches against wrestlers from NCAA and NAIA schools.

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 dual meet debut, 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. 3 ... career and this season, 9-4 with 4 pins, team bonus points in 54 percent of matches (7 of 13) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Reno Classic, placed fifth, went 4-2 with 3 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned (5 NAIA) Ricky Aguirre, Menlo, 6:26; pinned Cody Stites, Oklahoma State, 6:22 in fifth-place final ... dec. over Joey Lucas, Oregon, 5-3 in Civil War debut ... 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 pinned (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 ... has won 2 of last 3 matches ... career, 20-27 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (10 of 47) ... this season, 6-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (2 of 12) ... last week, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins overall; major dec. by Pat Dowty, Eastern Illinois, 11-3 in first round; advanced via disqualification in wrestleback first round (Charles Lloyd, Lassen CC, disqualified from tournament for flagrant misconduct in first round); pinned by Jason Borrelli, unattached, 2:53 in wrestleback second round... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 2-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... dec. by (4) Johnny Thompson, Oklahoma State, 9-2 in dual meet ...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, 15-22 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (5 of 37) ... this season, 5-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 18 percent of matches (2 of 11) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 2-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... dec. over Skyler Woods, Oregon, 7-6 in season's first Civil War dual ... 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, 5-2 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 14 percent of matches (1 of 7) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... 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, Ida./Sandpoint HS) is in his second season in the OSU lineup ... career, 23-18 with 5 pins, team bonus points in 20 percent of matches (8 of 41) ... this season, 5-4 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (3 of 9) ... last week, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 3-2 with 1 pin overall; dec. over Matt Lambach, Penn, 10-5 in preliminary round; dec. by Jon Rodriguez, unattached, 10-5 in first round; major dec. over Chris Jordan, Eastern Illinois, 16-6 in wrestleback first round; pinned Andy Keller, Central Michigan, 3:31 in wrestleback second round; dec. by Jeff Harrison, Northern Iowa, 1-0 in wrestleback third round ... season summary, major dec. by (3) Zack Esposito, Oklahoma State, 12-4 in dual meet ... 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, 8-7 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (5 of 15) ... this season, 5-5 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 40 percent of matches (4 of 10) ... last week, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 1 pin overall; pinned Mike Allen, Ohio, 2:40 in preliminary round; major dec. by (6) Ty Eustice, Iowa, 14-6 in first round; dec. by Josh Ballard, Northwestern, 5-3 in wrestleback preliminary round. ... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (3) Zach Esposito, Oklahoma State ... 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, 9-14 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 4 percent of matches (1 of 23) ... this season, 6-7 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 8 percent of matches (1 of 13) ... last week, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins overall; dec. over Jason Effner, Cleveland State, 6-2 in first round; tech. fall by Chris Bono, Sunkist Kids WC, 5:20, in second round; dec. by Nick Baima, Northern Iowa, 5-2 in wrestleback third round ... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... dec. by (14) Kevin Ward, Oklahoma State, 12-5 in dual meet ... 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, 6-12 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 6 percent of matches (1 of 18) ... this season, 3-7 with 0 pins, team bonus points in 0 percent of matches (0 of 10) ... last week, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins overall; dec. by Travis Koppenhafer, Adams, 11-4 in first round; dec. over Joe Uker, Iowa, 8-3 in wrestleback first round; dec. by Nick Baima, Northern Iowa, 9-4 in wrestleback second round ... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... 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 ... has won 7 of last 10 matches ... in current rankings, nationally, No. 16 AWN, No. 15 IM; in Pac-10, No. 1 ... career, 30-17 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 19 percent of matches (9 of 47) ... this season, 12-6 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 22 percent of matches (4 of 18) ... last week, at Midlands Open, placed fifth, went 6-2 with 1 pin overall; dec. by (19) Heston Johnson, Northern Iowa, 3-1 (OT) in first round; pinned DeRay Davis, Kennedy-King JC, 3:44 in wrestleback first round; dec. over Frank Beasley, Lincoln JC, 10-4 in wrestleback second round; dec. over Jason Gilligan, Lock Haven, 4-3 in wrestleback third round; dec. over (17) Zachariah Doll, Pittsburgh, 6-1 in wrestleback fourth round; dec. over (10) J.J. Holmes, Eastern Michigan, 6-5 in wrestleback quarterfinals; dec. by (16) Nick Passolano, Iowa State, 6-0 in wrestleback semifinals; med. fft. over (19) Heston Johnson, Northern Iowa, in fifth-place final ... season summary, at Reno Classic, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 17-6 in championship final ... tech. fall by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 7:00 (22-7) in dual meet ... dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in dual meet to spark OSU's 23-18 comeback victory ...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. 16 by AWN, No. 15 by IM; in Pac-10, No. 1 ... career, 55-40 with 10 pins, team bonus points in 23 percent of matches (22 of 95) ... this season, 9-6 with 3 pins, team bonus points in 27 percent of matches (4 of 15) ... last week, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 3-2 with 0 pins overall; dec. over Jesse Juarez, Montana State-Northern, 2-0 in first round; dec. by (13) Matt Herrington, Penn, 12-8 in second round; major dec. over Grant Turner, Iowa State, 9-0 in wrestleback third round; dec. over Kenny Robertson, Eastern Illinois, 4-2 in wrestleback fourth round; dec. by (12) Andrew Roy, Rutgers, 14-8 in wrestleback fifth round ... season summary, at Reno Classic, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including tech. fall by (1) Chris Pendleton, Oklahoma State, 19-3 (5:54) in championship final ... dec. by (1) Chris Pendleton, Oklahoma State, 8-4 in dual meet ... pinned Chet McBee, Oregon, 5:57 in dual meet to help OSU to 23-18 comeback win ... major dec. by (3) Brad 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. 3 ... career, 20-14 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (9 of 34) ... this season, 5-7 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 33 percent of matches (4 of 12) ... last week, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 0-2 with 0 pins overall; dec. by Eric Bradley, Penn State, 5-4 in first round; dec. by Rudy Medina, Rutgers, 11-9 in wrestleback first round ... season summary, at Reno Classic, placed fifth, went 3-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (1) Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State, 14-3; pinned by (3 DIII) Jason Lulloff, Wisconsin-LaCrosse, 2:40; inj. def. over (12) Nick Frost, Arizona State, in fifth-place final ... major dec. by (1) Jake Rosholt, Oklahoma State, 13-3 in dual meet ...tech. fall over Dustin Fisher, Oregon, 4:08 (16-0) in dual meet to help OSU to 23-18 comeback win ...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, 10-9 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 26 percent of matches (5 of 19) ... this season, 7-7 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 21 percent of matches (3 of 14) ... last week, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins overall; dec. by Greg Reardon, Northern Illinois, 3-2 in preliminary round; dec. over Nick Thomas, Penn, 1-0 in wrestleback preliminary round; dec. by Joel Edwards, Penn State, 7-3 in wrestleback first round ... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (8) Matt Monteiro, Cal State-Bakersfield, 5:44; major dec. by (13) K.C. Walsh, Boise State, 13-2 ... pinned by (19) Rusty Blackmon, Oklahoma State, 2:44 in dual meet ... dec. Jake Leair, Oregon, 5-1 in dual meet helped OSU to 23-18 comeback win ...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 ... 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. 3 ... career and this season, 4-4 with 2 pins, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (2 of 8) ... last week, at Midlands Open, did not place, went 0-2 with 0 pins overall; dec. by Mitch Clark, Ohio International WC, 9-5 in preliminary round; dec. by Matt Fletcher, Illinois, 4-3 in wrestleback preliminary round ... season summary, at Reno Classic, did not place, went 3-2 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including pinned by (2 DII) Willie McCowan, Central Missouri State, 2:21; dec. by (10) Willie Gruenwald, Oklahoma State, 8-4 ... pinned (9) Willie Gruenwald, Oklahoma State, 1:46 in dual meet debut ... 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 ... career and this season, 1-3 with 1 pin, team bonus points in 25 percent of matches (1 of 4) ... last week, did not wrestle ... season summary, inj. def. to Cody Parker, Oregon, in first Civil War dual with season-ending arm injury ... 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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