No. 2 Oklahoma State Defeats Oregon In Non-League Wreslting Match
Dec. 16, 2001
EUGENE - Oregon junior Brian Watson picked up the Ducks' lone win against the No. 2 Oklahoma State Cowboys in a non-league wrestling match Sunday evening. Oklahoma State won nine of the weight classes to win the dual 30-3 in front of 685 fans at McArthur Court.
Despite the unbalanced score, Oregon was a just a few moves away from picking up wins at 125, 133, 174 and heavyweight - all matches that the Ducks lost by a single point.
'We haven't ever wrestled Oklahoma State this tough,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'We had a lot of shots along the way, but they won the close matches and that's the hump we need to get over.'
The match began at heavyweight where No. 10 James Huml scored a takedown early in the first period and later added a point by escaping from the down position in the second period. Webb scored on an escape in the final period to narrow the gap, but never scored again.
At 125, Oregon senior Shaun Williams scored the early takedown and held a 2-1 advantage over No. 2 Skylar Holman heading into the second period. Holman escaped to tie the match, but Williams countered with a second takedown to again take the lead, 4-2. After an escape with 1:14 left in the second period, Holman scored a takedown with 37 seconds left to take a 5-4 lead. Neither wrestler scored in the final period.
Perhaps the highlight of the evening came from freshmen Martin Mitchell and Shane Webster. Mitchell faced second ranked Johnny Thompson, narrowly falling 3-2 while Webster lost a 7-6 decision to Chad Reid.
'The younger guys just came out really aggressive,' Kearney said. 'If one of those matches goes our way it would have really got the ball rolling, but I'm pleased with the way they wrestled. It really bodes well for our future.'
OKLAHOMA STATE 30, OREGON 3 Hwt. James Huml (OSU) DEC Eric Webb (UO), 3-2 125: Skylar Holman (OSU) DEC Shaun Williams (UO), 5-4 133: Johnny Thompson DEC Martin Mitchell (UO), 3-2 141: Brian Watson (UO) DEC Ronnie Delk (OSU), 3-2 149: Jerrod Sanders (OSU) DEC Casey Hunt (UO), 4-1 157: Shane Roller (OSU) MAJ DEC Tony Overstake (UO), 11-2 165: Tyrone Lewis (OSU) DEC Eugene Harris (UO), 3-2 174: Chad Reid (OSU) DEC Shane Webster (UO), 7-6 184: Pat Popolizio (OSU) MAJ DEC Elias Soto (UO), 13-2 197: Willie Gruenwald (OSU) MAJ DEC Jake Leair (UO), 12-3