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Beaver wrestlers reach quarters.

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Oregon State heavyweight Ty Watterson and 174-pounder Jeremy Larson reached the quarterfinals and have a shot at all-America honors after the first two rounds of the NCAA national wrestling championships on Thursday.

"We've got four still going on Friday, two for the championship, and two in the wrestlebacks who can still finish third," Oregon State coach Jim Zalesky said. "We wrestled pretty well overall, and better tonight. Now we've got to pick up the pace on Friday."

Watterson, seeded fifth, will face fourth-seeded Dustin Fox on Northwestern in this morning's quarterfinals. Watterson defeated Kent State's Jermail Porter and then Cal State-Fullerton's Wade Sauer, both by 5-2 scores, in his first two matches.


"Ty needs to open it up a little more," Zalesky said. "When he's got a chance to take guys out of matches, he needs to take them out of matches."

Larson, meanwhile, beat Nick Kozar of Drexel 3-2 before outlasting Kenneth Cook of UC Davis 9-7 to reach the 174-pound quarterfinals, where he will face unseeded Brandon Mason of Oklahoma State. Larson came into the championships seeded 11th.

Oregon State, the Pac-10 Conference champion, is in 19th place with 11 1/2 points. Minnesota leads the team race with 34.

Larson and Watterson are the first OSU wrestlers to reach the NCAA quarterfinals since Eric Jorgensen in 2001.

Wins in today's quarterfinals would guarantee all-America status, something no Beaver wrestler has earned since Nathan Coy in 2002.

Only one other of the Beavers' seven national qualifiers opened with a win. Travis Gardner pinned Jeremie Cook of Lock Haven (Pa.) at 197 pounds in 2:53, but Gardner then suffered the same fate in the second round against Penn State's Phil Davis in 4:30.

At 125, Eric Stevenson lost his opening match 9-3 but came back with a 9-1 win over Liberty's Christian Smith in the wrestlebacks. Bobby Pfennigs (133), Derek Kipperberg (149) and Kyle Bressler (184) did not advance after two losses each.

For Oregon, 141-pounder Justin Pearch lost decisions to Iowa's Alex Tsirtsis and Darren Kern of Bloomsburg (Pa.), and Ronnie Lee at 174 was pinned by Pittsburgh's Keith Gavin and then decisioned by Daniel Burk of Northern Illinois.

OSU takes two from

Vikings at Cascade Clash

PORTLAND - Oregon State swept a softball doubleheader from Portland State on Thursday night in the opening round of the Cascade Clash.

The 15th-ranked Beavers (17-9) won the opener 4-1 behind Ta'Tyana McElroy's pitching and Sherina Galvan's third home run of the season.

In the second game, Brianne McGowan pitched a five-hit shutout and Cambria Miranda had a two-run double in the seventh inning of a 4-0 victory.

Boxers spoil home opener for Beacons with sweep

Northwest Christian opened its home softball season with a doubleheader loss to Pacific University by scores of 9-2 and 7-0 on Thursday.

The Boxers broke open the first game with a five-run fifth inning. NCC (6-12) scored in the seventh on RBI doubles by Heather Cordell and Brittany Robles.

In the second game, Amy Croll had two of the Beacons' six hits.

State's top prep golfer commits to Ducks

Robbie Ziegler of Canby, the top-ranked prep golfer in the state, has verbally committed to the University of Oregon, according to Golfweek magazine.

Last summer, he won the Pacific Northwest Junior PGA, Oregon Junior Match Play and was medalist at a U.S. Junior qualifier. Ziegler's best finish on the national stage was at last year's U.S. Junior, where he advanced to the round of 16.

Beavers open baseball

series against USF

CORVALLIS - Fifth-ranked Oregon State (17-3) begins a three-game nonconference baseball series against San Francisco (9-9) at 4 p.m. today at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Saturday's game, which will be aired on KKNX-AM (840), starts at 1 p.m., and Sunday's is at noon. All three games will be broadcast in Spanish on KXOR (660).
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 16, 2007
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