Watterson Returns With A Win

Dec. 11, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Heavyweight Ty Watterson returned to the Oregon State lineup with a victory but the Beavers lost to No. 4 Nebraska 36-3 in a non-league wrestling dual meet Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. Watterson, who missed Friday night's Civil War win over Oregon after hurting his knee midway through last weekend's Las Vegas Collegiate tournament, took an 8-3 decision over the Cornhuskers' Jon May.

OSU (1-1 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10) is now off until next Sunday, when the Beavers travel to wrestle non-league duals at No. 14 Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

Nebraska (3-0, 0-0 Big 12), with eight nationally ranked wrestlers in its lineup, earned team bonus points for four major decisions, a technical fall and a pin en route to Saturday's victory.

'They're big and they're strong and they drove right straight through us,' OSU head coach Joe Wells said of the Cornhuskers. 'They're a good team, well-disciplined, and they kept the pressure on us. We made it easy on them in a couple of situations. In several matches we were in the match and had opportunities to win the matches, and we got tired in the process and made some poor decisions at the tail end of the match.

'I feel like we learned a lot last night, but we learned 10 times more wrestling these guys today than we did last night. It's a big jump.'

At 133 pounds, Bobby Pfennigs took Nebraska's Dominick Moyer into overtime before losing 4-2. Pfennigs was close to the winning takedown in the extra session but couldn't complete it and Moyer slipped in for the win.

At 141, Beaver freshman Clint Leonard was within one point in the third period of Matt Murray, who is ranked third by Amateur Wrestling News and seventh by InterMat. Murray managed a takedown midway through the period and added a point for riding time for a 7-3 decision.

The afternoon featured what could be four of the top heavyweights in the country. In a pre-dual exhibition, Nebraska's Mitch Manstedt - ranked 18th by AWN and nursing an ankle injury - decisioned OSU's Jamie Rakevich, 3-1; Rakevich has been ranked as high as 10th nationally this year.

Watterson, ranked 15th by AWN and 11th by IM, then took his 8-3 decision over May. Watterson improved to 7-0 this season with the victory, while May's record is now 13-6. It was a relief for Watterson to come back quickly from an injury after he missed almost all of last season with a broken arm.

'Especially to get out there and wrestle your first match at home again and make it a successful one,' Watterson said. 'To come out last year and break your arm in your first match doesn't really prove anything, so coming out here and winning kind of shows some people what you're made of. I just tried to win and do as good as I could.'

Watterson led just 4-3 after May escaped to start the third period, but Watterson tacked on a pair of takedowns sandwiched around another May escape to pull away.

'It was good to see Ty out there wrestling,' Wells said. 'He had to work pretty hard and the kid he wrestled is pretty darn tough.'


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

149-David Ingalls, NU, major dec. Orlando Perez, OSU, 13-3. 157-(10) B.J. Wright, NU, tech. fall Joel Gibson, OSU, 5:22 (20-5). 165-(7) Jacob Klein, NU, major dec. Anthony Weber, OSU, 13-5. 174-Kyle Gubbels, NU, major dec. Steve Grayson, OSU, 10-2. 184-(6) Travis Pascoe, NU, dec. (20) Dan Pitsch, OSU, 14-9. 197-(14) B.J. Padden, NU, major dec. Travis Gardner, OSU, 22-11. HWT-(15) Ty Watterson, OSU, dec. Jon May, NU, 8-3. 125-(10) Matt Keller, NU, pinned Eric Stevenson, OSU, 4:37. 133-Dominick Moyer, NU, dec. Bobby Pfennigs, OSU, 4-2 (OT). 141-(3) Matt Murray, NU, dec. Clint Leonard, OSU, 7-3.

EXHIBITIONS: 133-Tim Norman, OSU, dec. Dusty Spaulding, NU, 9-4. HWT-(18) Mitch Manstedt, NU, dec. Jamie Rakevich, OSU, 3-1.

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