Oregon Wrestling Comes Up Big In First Tournament

Nov. 19, 2000

The University of Oregon wrestling team picked up four championships and one second place finish at the Southern Oregon Open in Ashland Saturday. Oregon would have likely picked up a fifth championship from No. 2 Doug Lee, who did not wrestle because of a minor injury.

Transfer Shaun Williams (125) defeated Ben Bombaur of Boise State in a 6-5 decision. In the 133 weight class, Brian Watson defeated Boise States' Charlie Griggs, 3-1, to secure the championship. As a team, Boise State was ranked No. 10 heading into the tournament according to Intermat.

'Everyone across the board is making improvements,' head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'We wrestled up to a higher level and wrestled with more intensity. For us to be winning championships against a team like Boise State puts us in a real good position heading into dual meet competition.'

Tony Overstake (149) and senior Chael Sonnen (197) also won in their championship matches. Overstake defeated Boise States' Collin Robertson, 6-4, and Sonnen, ranked No. 5 by Intermat, defeated No. 7 Rusty Cook of Boise State. Casey Hunt (141) finished second, falling to No. 12 Gabe Vigil (Boise State), 3-1.

Oregon hosts Stanford Nov. 26 at 2:00 p.m. in its first home meet of the season.

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