Wrestlers Resume Action This Week At Las Vegas Invitational
Nov. 25, 2001
RECENTLY Two weeks ago at the Southern Oregon Open, the Ducks claimed two indivdual titles and shared a third. Sophomore Jason Harless (133) defeated Ozzie Saxon of North Idaho College, 7-6, in the champioship match. Harless won by technical fall and fall before facing Saxon in the final match. Junior Brian Watson (141) also repeated what he had done in 2000, winning the indvidual title, only this season he picked up the win at 141 after winning at 133 last year. At 165, Oregon senior Eugene Harris and sophomore Luke Larwin (wrestling unattached) met in the finals, but did not wrestle. The two were named co-champions.
PRESEASON PREDICTIONS Oregon is picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 this season after finishing fourth last season as well. Neither Intermat nor W.I.N. magazine ranked Oregon in the preseason Top 25. Arizona State was the preseason favorite with Boise State and 2002 host Oregon State rounding out the top three.
THE SCHEDULE Once again Oregon will face some of the top teams in the nation this season. Oregon hosts No. 2 Oklahoma State, Dec. 16 and No. 4 Michigan, Jan. 11. The Ducks travel to No. 9 Nebraska, Jan. 3 and No. 12 Northern Iowa, Jan. 5. Three Pac-10 teams are currently ranked in Intermat's Top 25: No. 11 Arizona State, No. 21 Boise State and No. 24 Oregon State.