Wrestling Tops Oregon State, 18-14

Feb. 13, 2002

EUGENE - The University of Oregon wrestling team won six consecutive matches to put away the visiting Beavers, 18-14, in front of 1,289 fans at McArthur Court Wednesday evening. Oregon improves to 8-7 overall, 4-4 Pacific-10 Conference, while Oregon State drops to 11-8, 6-2.

The match began at 184 pounds with the Beavers picking up the win and following with a victory at 197. At heavyweight - a match up between No. 7 Jason Cooley of Oregon State and No. 18 Eric Webb that is anything but civil - Cooley jawed his way to a 3-2 decision to give the Beavers an 11-0 lead heading into the 125 pound match.

'Initially we looked like a team that wanted to win,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'Emotionally we just needed to settle down a little bit and once we did that, we were fine.'

Shaun Williams won the first of six matches for Oregon, a 12-7 decision over Michael Delaney that put Oregon on the board and chipped away at the Beaver advantage. At 133, Oregon sophomore Jason Harless dominated No. 19 Nathan Navarro, scoring near fall points and an advantage point, en route to a 9-3 victory.

Brian Watson (141) and Casey Hunt (149) each held on to win narrow decision victories and by the 157 pound match, the Ducks were leading 12-11. At 157, Tony Overstake did his part to build on the lead, defeating Micah Houston, 9-3.

Senior Eugene Harris improved to 26-3 on the season with a 9-4 decision over Jed Pennell, which guaranteed the Oregon victory.

The win avenged an earlier loss to the Beavers, in which the dual was tied at16 following the final weight class. Oregon State went on to win based on criteria g.

184: Isaac Weber (OSU) Tech Fall Elias Soto (UO), 19-4 5-0197: Jason Lovell (OSU) DEC Jake Leair (UO), 4-0 8-0Hwt:  Jason Cooley (OSU) DEC Eric Webb (UO), 3-2 11-0125: Shaun Williams (UO) DEC Michael Delaney (OSU), 12-7 11-3133: Jason Harless (UO) DEC Nathan Navarro (OSU), 9-3 11-6141: Brian Watson (UO) DEC Peter Zamora (OSU), 3-2 11-9149: Casey Hunt (UO) DEC Jordan Barich (OSU), 5-4 12-11157: Tony Overstake (UO) DEC Micah Houston (OSU), 9-3 15-11165: Eugene Harris (UO) DEC Jed Pennell (OSU), 9-4 18-11174: Nathan Coy (OSU) DEC  Shane Webster (UO), 3-0 18-14
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