Norman Wrestles University Nationals Title

May 14, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's Tim Norman and Jamie Rakevich have earned places on the United States wrestling team for the World University Championships, which will be held June 1-June 7 in Lodz, Poland. Norman placed first in the 132-pound freestyle class and Rakevich was second in the 264.5-pound freestyle class at the University Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals that were held May 8 in Evanston, Ill.

Norman and Rakevich were competing for the Orange Crush Mat Club, which won the freestyle team title at the meet. Orange Crush scored 25 points to edge the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club, which scored 21.

Also placing in the freestyle competition for Orange Crush was Ty Watterson, third at 264.5 pounds; Matt Ellis, seventh at 163 pounds; Dan Pitsch, seventh at 185 pounds; and Jed Lowe, seventh at 211.5 pounds.

Norman, who has completed his junior season at OSU, pinned Matt Pitts of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2 minutes, 34 seconds in the finals. Rakevich, who has finished his freshman season at OSU, lost his final to Tim Taylor of the U.S. Marines 8-4; Taylor also won the Greco-Roman competition at the meet.

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