Beavers Lose To No. 13 ASU, 20-19

Jan. 16, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - Oregon State 165-pounder Matt Ellis and 174-pounder Jed Pennell both pushed their winning streaks to five Friday night, but the Beavers lost to 13th-ranked Arizona State 20-19 in Pacific-10 wrestling at Wells Fargo Arena. OSU 133-pounder Tim Norman, 149-pounder Tony Hook and 157-pounder Orlando Perez all just missed knocking off nationally-ranked wrestlers, Norman losing a one-point decision and Hook and Perez two-pointers for the Beavers (5-4 overall, 2-1 Pacific-10).

'They're talented kids, a pretty good group,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said of the Sun Devils (6-4, 2-0). 'And we had our opportunities; we just didn't do the right things at crucial times, we made some tactical errors that cost us. It's still a learning process. Kyle Larson had a good win (at 141 pounds), it was Orlando Perez's first match at 157, Tony Hook had a close one ... we've just got to get the little things down to get over the hump.'

Ellis, ranked 16th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News and 13th by InterMat, won the easy way, receiving a forfeit to end the meet after ASU had assured itself the win. Ellis is 16-6 this season and has won 11 of his last 14 matches; he's ranked first in the Pac-10.

Pennell, ranked 15th by both AWN and IM, took a 10-1 major decision over ASU's Jason Trulson as the Sun Devils' Ron Renzi was unable to wrestle due to injury; Pennell is ranked first in the Pac-10 and Renzi is ranked second. Pennell's record is now 14-6 and he's won seven of his last eight matches, pulling within three wins of earning a spot on OSU's all-time top 50 for career victories.

Wells felt the Beavers did a good job of setting the tempo in most of the night's matches.

'I think there was only one match where we got outhustled, and that was at heavyweight,' Wells said of eighth-ranked Cain Velasquez's 5-2 decision over Jamie Rakevich. 'Their kid did a good job working hard and pushing the pace; in the other matches we did that.'

Norman lost 6-5 to ninth-ranked Mike Simpson on riding time in the 133-pound match. Simpson scored a pair of takedowns and Norman a pair of escapes in the first period, then each scored their escape to start the second and third periods to give Simpson a 5-3 lead. Simpson was given his second and third warnings for stalling in the third period to draw Norman even, but Norman couldn't come up with the go-ahead takedown.

Hook lost to 11th-ranked Patrick Williams 4-2 at 149 pounds as Williams escaped to start the third period and added a point for riding time. At 157, Perez was beaten 5-3 by 20th-ranked Brian Stith as Perez started the third period on top and rode Stith for the final two minutes but was unable to work for a tying or winning near-fall.

Oregon State now returns to Gill Coliseum for a pair of dual meets next weekend, meeting Fresno State in a non-league meet on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. and 22nd-ranked Cal State-Bakersfield on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. in a Pac-10 meet.

'It's a great opportunity for us,' Wells said of the home meets. 'We get to wrestle one team that's nationally-ranked and another one that's been in the rankings this season.'


(Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

174-(15) Jed Pennell, OSU, major dec. Jason Trulson, ASU, 10-1. 184-Dan Pitsch, OSU, by forfeit. 197-(5) Ryan Bader, ASU, major dec. Steve Grayson, OSU, 12-2. HWT-(8) Cain Velasquez, ASU, dec. Jamie Rakevich, OSU, 5-2. 125-Christian Staylor, ASU, major dec. Eric Stevenson, OSU, 8-0. 133-(9) Mike Simpson, ASU, dec. Tim Norman, OSU, 6-5. 141-Kyle Larson, OSU, dec. Jeremy Mendoza, ASU, 6-2. 149-(11) Patrick Williams, ASU, dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 4-2. 157-(20) Brian Stith, ASU, dec. Orlando Perez, OSU, 5-3. 165-(16) Matt Ellis, OSU, by forfeit.

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