Matt Ellis

Matt Ellis

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Prosser, Wash.

High School:
Prosser HS

Last College:
Oklahoma State

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 165

Experience:
2V

OREGON STATE: Team co-captain ... in preseason national rankings, No. 10 by Amateur Wrestling News, No. 11 by InterMat ... 1 of 11 returning lettermen and 8 returning starters ... 47-19 career record with 2 pins, team bonus points in 29 percent of matches (19 of 66) ... (2004) As a junior, was in his second season in the OSU lineup ... Pacific-10 champion ... 29-8 record with 1 pin, team bonus points in 38 percent of matches (14 of 37) ... won 24 of last 29 matches, scoring team bonus points 12 times ... in final rankings, nationally, No. 14 AWN, No. 15 IM ... at NCAA Championships, unseeded, did not place, went 0-2 with 0 pins; dec. by No. 3 seed (3) Matt King, Edinboro, 6-1 in first round; dec. by Craig Pequignot, Millersville, 8-6 in wrestleback first round ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded No. 1, placed first, went 4-0 with 0 pins; dec. over Risto Martinen, Cal State-Fullerton, 3-1 in preliminaries; major dec. over Devin Mair, Portland State, 13-4 in quarterfinals; dec. over No. 4 seed Brian Perry, Stanford, 6-2 in semifinals; major dec. over No. 2 seed Christian Arellano, Cal State-Bakersfield, 14-3 in championship final ... Dec. 30-Mar. 1, 18-match winning streak, scoring team bonus points 11 times ... at Midlands Open, placed fifth, went 4-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools, including dec. by (19) Heston Johnson, Northern Iowa, 3-1 (OT); dec. over (17) Zachariah Doll, Pittsburgh, 6-1; dec. over (10) J.J. Holmes, Eastern Michigan, 6-5; dec. by (16) Nick Passolano, Iowa State, 6-0; med. fft. over (19) Heston Johnson, Northern Iowa, in fifth-place final ... at Reno Classic, placed second, went 3-1 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 17-6 in championship final ... tech. fall by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 7:00 (22-7) in dual meet ... dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in dual meet to spark OSU's 23-18 comeback victory ...major dec. by (1) Troy Letters, Lehigh, 12-3 in dual meet ... at Southern Oregon Open, won championship, went 4-0 with 1 pin vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools ... dec. by (13) Jacob Klein, Nebraska, 2-0 in dual meet ... (2003) As a sophomore, was in his first season in the OSU lineup ... 18-11 record with 1 pin, team bonus points in 17 percent of matches (5 of 29) ... won 14 of his last 19 matches, scoring team bonus points 4 times, and won 16 of his last 24 matches ... 7 of his losses were to nationally-ranked wrestlers ... at NCAA Championships, unseeded, did not place, went 0-2 with 0 pins; dec. by No. 10 seed (10) Levi Prevost, Wyoming, 12-6 in first round; dec. by No. 7 seed (13) Nick Passolano, Iowa State, 7-3 in wrestleback first round ... at Pacific-10 Championships, seeded second, placed third, went 3-1 with 0 pins; dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-2 in quarterfinals; dec. by Eric Arbogast, Portland State, 9-4 in semifinals; dec. over No. 4 seed Nathan Ploehn, Boise State, 6-3 in wrestleback semifinals; dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in third-place final ... dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 (OT) in second Civil War dual helped OSU to 27-13 win ... pinned Nathan Ploehn, Boise State, 1:35 in dual meet for first career pin ... dec. by (14) Nick Frost, Arizona State 10-6 in dual meet ... pinned by (2) Tyrone Lewis, Oklahoma State, 4:06 in dual meet ... Jan. 4-Jan. 24, 8-match win streak, scoring team bonus points 3 times ... dec. over (9) Kevin Carr, Central Michigan, 3-2 in dual meet ... dec. by (15) Matt Palmer, Columbia, 8-4 in dual meet ... at Midlands Open, did not place, went 2-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including dec. by (14) Chris Vecchio, Penn State, 6-4 (OT) ... dec. over Luke Larwin, Oregon, 3-1 in Civil War dual debut ... at Las Vegas Invitational, did not place, went 1-2 with 0 pins vs. wrestlers from 4-year schools; including major dec. by (3) Jacob Volkmann, Minnesota, 11-3.

OKLAHOMA STATE: Lettered 1 season at the NCAA Divisison I school in Stillwater, Okla.; as a freshman, went 10-8 at 157 pounds ... during redshirt season, went 9-3 in open tournaments.

PROSSER HIGH: Lettered 4 years; coached by Armando Plata ... All-America, third place at high school nationals ... 2-time state champ, winning at 171 as senior, 168 as junior; runner-up at 168 as sophomore ... 136-11 career rec-ord ... 3-time league champ ... Freestyle state champ ... competed in football, cross country.

PERSONAL: Majoring in Liberal Studies; considering a career teaching and coaching ... born in Yakima, Wash. ... parents are Steve and Cheryl Ellis; family includes brothers Luke (25), James (21), sister Missy (18) ... enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and eating ... prep teammate Andy Solomon wrestled for Duke ... favorite athletes are Lance Armstrong, Muhammad Ali; favorite movies are Top Gun, Tombstone; favorite TV show is Seinfeld; favorite actor is Kevin Spacey; favorite book is A River Runs Through It; favorite musician is James Taylor; favorite food is spaghetti; favorite restaurant is Red Robin ... chose OSU for its location, coaches.

OREGON STATE CAREER STATISTICS

2003 W-L DUAL TNY POST TEAM BON

165 lbs. 18-11 12-4 6-7 3-3 58.0 14%

DEC MAJ TF PIN FFT OT

165 lbs. 14-9 3-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 1-1

2004 W-L DUAL TNY POST TEAM BON

165 lbs. 28-8 13-3 15-5 4-2 106.5 36%

174 lbs. 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 4.0 100%

Total 29-8 14-3 15-5 4-2 110.5 38%

DEC MAJ TF PIN FFT OT

165 lbs. 15-5 9-2 1-1 1-0 2-0 0-1

174 lbs. 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Total 15-5 10-2 1-1 1-0 2-0 0-1

TOTAL W-L DUAL TNY POST TEAM BON

165 lbs. 46-19 25-7 21-12 7-5 164.5 26%

174 lbs. 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 4.0 100%

Total 47-19 26-7 21-12 7-5 168.5 28%

DEC MAJ TF PIN FFT OT

165 lbs. 29-14 12-3 1-1 2-1 2-0 1-2

174 lbs. 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Total 29-14 13-3 1-1 2-1 2-0 1-2

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