Beavers Announce Wrestling Awards

April 19, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior 174-pounder Jed Pennell, junior 165-pounder Matt Ellis and freshman heavyweight Jamie Rakevich earned Oregon State's annual wrestling awards, it was announced Sunday evening at the team's annual banquet in the Valley Football Center. Ellis earned the Most Outstanding Wrestler award and the Leadership Award; Rakevich earned the Chad Flack Memorial Award for Most Improved Wrestler and the Most Promising Freshman award, and Pennell earned the Academic Excellence Award.

Ellis (Prosser, Wash./Prosser HS) was the Pacific-10 champion at 165 pounds this season and advanced to the NCAA Championships. He finished the season with a 29-8 record and one pin, at one point winning 18 matches in a row. He scored team bonus points for winning by a pin, technical fall, major decision or forfeit in 38 percent of his matches.

Rakevich (Elma, Wash./Elma HS) stepped into the lineup after a mid-December injury to teammate Ty Watterson and ended the season just one win away from earning All-America honors. Rakevich was 18-11 with six pins this season and placed second in the Pac-10; he scored team bonus points in 38 percent of his matches.

Pennell (Cave Junction, Ore./Illinois Valley HS) has a 3.84 grade point average as he works toward his degree in Exercise and Sport Science. It was the fourth time Pennell earned OSU's Academic Excellence Award, and he was also a four-time Pacific-10 All-Academic selection.

Oregon State also honored Pennell and its other three seniors - 157-pounder Brian Duhrkoop, 167-pounder Micah Houston and 174-pounder Curt Willener - during the banquet.

Pennell will begin graduate school next fall to work toward his masters degree in Physical Education. Duhrkoop will begin teaching and coaching in his hometown of Milwaukie, Ore., next fall. Houston recently earned his bachelors degree and is currently working in construction, but will soon return to his hometown of Arlington, Tex., to teach and coach. Willener is currently interviewing for employment.

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