Wrestling Hosts No. 4 Michigan
Jan. 10, 2002
Recently The Ducks finished in a tie for the second time this season, a 24-24 deadlock versus No. 16 Nebraska. Oregon went on to win based on critera b, which awards the win to the team with the most victories by fall -- Oregon had three and Nebraska had one. Against No. 11 Northern Iowa, Oregon lost 26-16, with Eugene Harris (165), Eric Webb (Hwt.) and Brian Watson (141) picking up the Ducks' three victories. Senior Shaun Williams (125) has been sidelined with an ankle injury and Oregon has been forced to forfeit at 125 pounds in its last two duals. Oregon still managed to defeat the Cornhuskers despite giving up six points at 125. Also out with injuries last week were: Jason Harless (133), Tony Overstake (157) and Shane Webster (174). Oregon finished 14th at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite. Eugene Harris was the Ducks' top finisher, placing third at 165 pounds. Heavyweight Eric Webb and 133-pounder Jason Harless finished seventh while Brian Watson finished eighth at 141 pounds. 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.
A look at No. 4 Michigan The Wolverines (4-0 overall, 0-0 Big Ten) continue their non-conference competition this week. Last week, Michigan defeated Lehigh, 21-16 and Cleveland State, 29-9 to remain perfect on the season. All 10 of Michigan's starting wrestlers are ranked in Intermat's Top 25 this week, including No. 2 Otto Olson (174) and No. 3 Andy Hrovat (184).
The Series Michigan leads the series 1-0, defeating Oregon in the only meeting on Feb. 8, 1992 at the Cliff Keen National Duals.
Head Coach Chuck Kearney The fourth year Oregon head coach has a 26-25 overall record at Oregon. Kearney is a former Oregon wrestler (177) who earned All-America honors and was the team's Most Valuable Wrestler in 1988 after leading the squad to a 34-8-1 record. Kearney is a former Pac-10 Champion and his 34 wins in 1988 rank seventh all-time at Oregon for wins in a season. Kearney's assistants are Rick Stewart (Oklahoma State, 1982) and Jeremy Ensrud (Oregon 1998). Stewart, who wrestled at Oklahoma State, is a two-time NCAA Champion and four-time All-American. Ensrud is a two-time All-American and compiled a 106-29 record at Oregon.