Wrestling Smothers Stanford
Nov. 10, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - The University of Oregon wrestling team opened the 2001-02 season with a 29-4 victory over Stanford in California. The Ducks are 1-0 overall, 1-1 Pacific-10 Conference and the Cardinal fall to 0-2, 0-1. Oregon wrestles UC Davis at 7 p.m. tonight in a second conference matchup.
Debuting a new line-up from last season and showcasing two freshmen, the Ducks won nine of the 10 weight classes, led by Eugene Harris' 18-9 major decision over John Garfinkel at 165 pounds. After wrestling at 157 for the past two seasons, it was Harris' first competition - and win - at 165.
Oregon also got wins from NCAA qualifiers Shaun Williams (125), Brian Watson (141) and Tony Overstake (149). Freshman Shane Webster picked up his first collegiate win, a 24-17 decision over Imad Kharbush at 174 pounds.
Junior heavyweight Eric Webb, who had a breakthrough year last season, defeated Brad Selby, 12-4.
Stanford's only points came at 184, where Harold Penson defeated Oregon freshman Elias Soto by major decision, 14-5.
Oregon 29, Stanford 4125: Shaun Williams (UO) dec. Nathan Peterson (STAN), 12-5133: Jason Harless (UO) dec. Justin Walker (STAN), 5-3141: Brian Watson (UO) dec. Kenji Arai (STAN), 4-1149: Tony Overstake (UO) dec. Matt Gentry (STAN), 6-4157: Branson Phillips (UO) dec. Levi Weikel-Magden, 7-3165: Eugene Harris (UO) maj. dec. John Garfinkel (STAN), 18-9174: Shane Webster (UO) dec. Imad Kharbush (STAN), 24-17184: Harold Penson (STAN) maj. dec. Elias Soto (UO), 14-5197: Jake Leair (UO) dec. Matt Twomey (STAN), 9-4Hwt.: Eric Webb (UO) dec. Brad Selby (STAN), 12-4