Beavers Roll Past Northern Colorado

Jan. 11, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State got pins from 125-pounder Eric Stevenson, 149-pounder Tony Hook and 174-pounder Jed Pennell in beating Northern Colorado 40-6 in non-league wrestling Sunday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (5-3 overall, 2-0 Pacific-10) scored team bonus points for a pin, technical fall or major decision in six of the seven matches they won on the mat; OSU also received a forfeit win at heavyweight.

The win gave Oregon State a sweep of its four duals on the weekend; they'd beaten Army, Southern Oregon and Cal State-Fullerton at the Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals on Friday.Against Northern Colorado (2-2), the Beavers showed a little more aggression than they'd displayed on Friday.

'Much better,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said. 'Just in getting that 12th point or fourth takedown or whatever we were trying to do. We scored more points, and that's what people want to see. We saw guys wrestle more aggressively Sunday ... they went out with more confidence, I think. By now, we've met some real good teams and we know we can come out and get after it and score points.'

The wins and the bonus points give the Beavers momentum heading into their next meet, at 10th-ranked Arizona State on Friday.

'No question,' Wells said. 'They're a really good team and they're young, as well. We've got to go down there and do things right; go out and get after them ... I was pleased with the weekend overall, with the bonus points and with our activity level. And we came out and got some pins, which is what people want to see.'

Stevenson got things started for the Beavers, but it took him a little while in the day's first match. The 125-pounder gave up a pair of takedowns to UNC's Kyle Kaiser in the first period and trailed 4-1, but he scored a reversal 13 seconds into the second period and rodeKaiser until finally working his way to a pin with six seconds left in the period.

Stevenson improved to 12-5 this season and he momentarily took OSU's team lead in pins at five, but Pennell would match him there later in the afternoon.

That seemed to set the tone. Tim Norman followed with a 5-2 decision over Kyle Swenson at 133 pounds, Kyle Larson added a 12-1 major decision over Nathan Gerrard at 141 and Hook pinned Matt Harshman in 2:41. That gave both Norman and Hook 3-0 records on the weekend, with Hook's second pin of the season giving OSU a 19-0 lead.

The Bears got on the scoreboard at 157 pounds when Mikell Surber decisioned OSU's Brian Duhrkoop 10-4. But the Beavers' two nationally-ranked wrestlers came next; 165-pounder Matt Ellis earned a 17-2 technical fall over Matt Archbold in 6:42 and Pennell picked up his fifth pin of the season at 174 pounds, flattening Alex Joseph in 5:29.

Ellis leads the Beavers in victories with his 15-6 record while Pennell improved to 13-6. Both are ranked 16th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and 15th by InterMat.

Dan Pitsch finished OSU's scoring with a major decision at 184 pounds, then Northern Colorado picked up its final points when Reece Hopkin decisioned Beaver freshman Dan Johnson 6-3 at 197 pounds; Johnson was filling in for Jed Lowe.

After visiting Arizona State, OSU returns home to meet Fresno State on January 24 at 1 p.m. and 25th-ranked Cal State-Bakersfield on January 25 at 2 p.m.


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

125-Eric Stevenson, OSU, pinned Kyle Kaiser, UNC, 4:54. 133-Tim Norman, OSU, dec. Kyle Swenson, UNC, 5-2. 141-Kyle Larson, OSU, major dec. Nathan Gerrard, UNC, 12-1. 149-Tony Hook, OSU, pinned Matt Harshman, UNC, 2:41. 157-Mikell Surber, UNC, dec. Brian Duhrkoop, OSU, 10-4. 165-(16) Matt Ellis, OSU, tech. fall Matt Archbold, UNC, 17-2 (6:42). 174-(16) Jed Pennell, OSU, pinned Alex Joseph, UNC, 5:29. 184-Dan Pitsch, OSU, major dec. Brian Lonsway, UNC, 10-2. 197-Reece Hopkin, UNC, dec. Dan Johnson, OSU, 6-3. HWT-Jamie Rakevich, OSU, by forfeit.


141-Mike Unger Jr., OSU, major dec. Kyle Le Valley, UNC, 12-1. 184-Steve Grayson, OSU, pinned Nathan Kimberlin, UNC, 1:42.

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