Beavers Top Eastern Michigan 28-11

Dec. 19, 2004

YPSILANTI, Mich. - Oregon State won the final five matches to beat Eastern Michigan 28-11 in a non-league wrestling dual meet Sunday evening. The win gave the Beavers (2-2 overall, 1-0 Pacific-10) a split of their Sunday duals, as OSU had lost at No. 14 Central Michigan 36-4 earlier in the day.

Oregon State will send a handful of wrestlers to the Midlands Open on Dec. 28-29 in Evanston, Ill., and return to dual meet competition Jan. 7 at the Oregon Wrestling Classic Duals in Redmond.

'Now we're 2-2 and we hope to get healthier and be ready to go by the first of the year,' said OSU head coach Joe Wells, whose team has had up to four starters hurt at any given time during the early part of the season.

Against Eastern Michigan (2-3), Beaver 197-pounder Travis Gardner started the Beavers' dual-ending string of wins with a major decision. Ty Watterson then got a pin at heavyweight, 125-pounder Eric Stevenson won by injury default and 133-pounder Bobby Pfennigs and 141-pounder Clint Leonard earned decisions to wrap up the meet.

With OSU trailing 11-6 in the team score, Gardner rolled up a 10-2 win over EMU's Tony Luyssiotis. Watterson, ranked 15th nationally by Amateur Wrestling News, then got his second pin of the season by flattening Charlie Walker in 2:36 and improved his record to 8-1.

'Travis got it going, Ty got a pin, and the guy Eric was going against got hurt so he didn't really get a chance to wrestle,' Wells said. 'But we got it rolling. We had opportunities in earlier matches, too - Anthony Weber did a nice job.'

Weber, OSU's 165-pounder, took a 9-4 win over Ben Best. That and Orlando Perez's 7-5 decision of Jermain Thompson at 149 pounds to start the meet were the Beaver's only victories in the first five matches.

Tony Hook, who had OSU's only victory in the loss at Central Michigan, had trouble with the unorthodox style of Chad Roush and lost an 11-2 major decision at 149 pounds. At 184, OSU's 20th-ranked Dan Pitsch lost a 22-7 technical fall to Ed Magrys.


(Current Amateur Wrestling News national rankings in parentheses)

149 - Orlando Perez, OSU, dec. Jermaine Thompson, EMU, 7-5. 157 - Chad Roush, EMU, major dec. Tony Hook, OSU, 11-2. 165 - Anthony Weber, OSU, dec. Ben Best, EMU, 9-4. 174 - J.J. Holmes, EMU, dec. Steve Grayson, OSU, 9-2. 184 - Ed Magrys, EMU, tech. fall over (20) Dan Pitsch, OSU, 22-7 (time n/a). 197 - Travis Gardner, OSU, major dec. Tony Lyssiotis, EMU, 10-2. HWT - (15) Ty Watterson, OSU, pinned Charlie Walker, EMU, 2:36. 125 - Eric Stevenson, OSU, inj. def. over Drew Minock, EMU, time n/a. 133 - Bobby Pfennigs, OSU, dec. Phillip Plowman, EMU, 12-5. 141 - Clint Leonard, OSU, dec. Marcus Grant, EMU, 4-2 (OT).

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