No. 14 Oregon Wrestling Wins First Two Duals Of Oregon Classic.

Jan. 12, 2001

The No. 14 University of Oregon wrestling team is off to a 2-0 start at the Oregon classic duals at Memorial Coliseum in Portland. The Ducks defeated Central Washington 40-4 in a 10 a.m. match then improved to 5-3 overall, 4-0 Pacific-10 Conference with a 43-3 victory over Portland State at noon.

'We had a good training week and we've been wrestling with a lot of intensity today,' head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'We're being the aggressor and we're doing the little things to break our opponents down emotionally.'

The classic duals is an all day event in which four teams compete against each other. Oregon will wrestle Southern Oregon at 6 p.m. and finish the day with an 8 p.m. match against Pacific.

Senior All-American Chael Sonnen (ranked No. 5 this week) continued his climb on the record for pins in a season, winning by fall in both matches. Sonnen pinned Central Washington's D.C. Hazen in 22 seconds and got his 11th pin of the season against Portland State's James Adams at 1:30. Sonnen is 22-4 overall and 7-1 in dual meets.

Sophomore Eric Webb also added a pin today, bringing his season total to seven. Webb (ranked No. 5) defeated Portland State's Joe Johnson by fall at 3:55 and has won five of Oregon's eight duals by fall. Webb won by decision against Central Washington's Jess Workman to improve to 18-4 overall and 7-1 in dual competition.

At 149, Tony Overstake got his first pin of the season against Central Washington's Ken Salvini. Overstake then won his first major decision of the season, a 14-6 victory over Ryan Thomas of Portland State. Overstake improved to 11-9 overall and 5-3 in dual meets with his victories.

Shaun Williams (125) also scored bonus points for Oregon, pinning Central Washington's Eric Pepeferril at 1:47 and winning by major decision against Portland State's John Fasana. Williams is 21-6 overall and 7-1 in dual meets.

Oregon returns home following the Oregon classic duals to host No. 12 Boise State Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

OREGON 40 CENTRAL WASHINGTON 4

125: Shaun Williams (UO) Fall Eric Pepeferril (CW), 1:47133: Brian Watson (UO) maj. dec. Ross Kondo (CW), 12-3141: Cole Denison (CW) maj. dec. Branson Phillips (UO), 12-0149: Tony Overstake (UO) Fall Ken Salvini (CW), 2:31157: Eugene Harris (UO) dec. Kyle Smith (CW), 9-2165: Leif Williams (UO) dec. Matt Ballard (CW), 12-11174: Luke Larwin (UO) dec. Franco Santiago (CW), 9-5184: Doug Lee (UO) tech. Fall Ty Roberts (CW), 28-12197: Chael Sonnen (UO) Fall D.C. Hazen (CW), :22Hwt.: Eric Webb (UO) dec. Jess Workman (CW), 11-5

OREGON 43 PORTLAND STATE 3

125: Shaun Williams (UO) maj. dec. John Fasana (PSU), 17-8133: Brian Watson (UO) maj. dec. James Pereira (PSU), 12-3141: Casey Hunt (UO) Fall Casey Banks (PSU), 4:10149: Tony Overstake (UO) maj. dec. Ryan Thomas (PSU), 14-6157: Eugene Harris (UO) Fall Erik Arbogast (PSU), 3:30165: Luke Larwin (UO) maj. dec. Chris Parker (PSU), 15-6174: Quinn Collett (PSU) dec. Leif Williams (UO), 7-6184: Doug Lee (UO) dec. Jeremy Wilson (PSU), 2-1197: Chael Sonnen (UO) Fall James Adams (PSU), 1:03

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