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UO, OSU set for wrestling tourney.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Seven wrestlers from 19th-ranked Oregon State and two from Oregon will compete at the NCAA Championships that runs Thursday through Saturday in Auburn Hills, Mich.


The Beavers are led by nationally-ranked seniors Ty Watterson at heavyweight and Jeremy Larson at 174, who are making their third appearances at the NCAA meet.

Also competing for OSU are senior Eric Stevenson at 125, senior Bobby Pfennigs at 133, senior Derek Kipperberg at 149, junior Travis Gardner at 197 and sophomore Kyle Bressler at 184.

Oregon has senior Justin Pearch (27-9) at 141 and redshirt freshman Ronnie Lee (18-16) at 179.

Pearch was second at the Pac-10 tournament and will open against sixth-seeded Alex Tsirtis of Iowa. Lee, an at-large entry, will face second-seeded Kevin Gavin of Pittsburgh.

Watterson (28-4) won the Pac-10 championship and is ranked fifth in the nation. He has eight pins this season.

"Ty wrestled real well at the Pac-10s," OSU coach Jim Zalesky said.

"When he's been beaten this year - which hasn't been much - it's been when he's standing around. He has to be attacking, moving, putting points on the scoreboard."

Watterson won two matches at the tournament last year before being eliminated. He is seeded fifth and takes on Jermail Porter of Kent State in his first match.

Larson (29-6) claimed the Pac-10 title is seeded 11th. He opens with Nick Kozar of Drexel.

"Jeremy has been wrestling well, he just has to stay on the offensive," Zalesky said. "When he's wrestling offensively, that's when he's wrestling his best even if he makes a couple mistakes here and there."

Stevenson, who placed second in the Pac-10 tournament, opens against Wisconsin's Colin Cudd. Pfennigs faces second-seeded Matthew Valenti of Penn. Kipperberg wrestles seventh-seeded Scott Ervin of Appalachian State. Bressler takes on Shawn Vincent of Northern Colorado. Gardner takes on Jeremie Cook of Lock Haven.

McLearn's 13 strikeouts help NCC to split

COOS BAY - Megan McLearn scattered three hits with 13 strikeouts and no walks to lift Northwest Christian College to a 5-0 victory over Southwestern Oregon Community College in a softball doubleheader Tuesday.

Heather Cordell had a pair of hits in the Game 1 victory for the Beacons. In Game 2, Southwestern Oregon scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally for a 6-4 victory.

Sostak's 67 lifts Ducks

to sixth in Fresno

FRESNO, Calif. - Freshman Marcus Sostak shot a final-round 67 Tuesday to help Oregon finish sixth at the Fresno State-Lexus Golf Classic.

Sostak tied for 13th at 2-over 218 on the par-72 Sunnyside Gold Course. As a team, the Ducks shot a 5-under 283 and moved up three spots to sixth with an 880.

San Diego State won the event at 15-under 849, one shot better than UC Irvine.

Eugene referee gets magazine cover

Eugene basketball referee Rebecca Williams was pictured on the cover of the March 2007 issue of Referee Magazine, a national publication for sports officials.

Williams was one of six state officials who represented the Oregon School Activities Association and the Oregon Athletic Officials Association at the T-Mobile Invitational Basketball tournament in Seattle recently.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Mar 14, 2007
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