Wrestling Hosts Portland State In Final Pac-10 Dual
Feb. 18, 2002
OREGON THIS WEEK The Ducks(8-7, 4-3) host Portland State in their final regular season dual of the season. Oregon will then prepare for the Pac-10 Championships in Corvallis, March 2-3.
PROBABLE OREGON LINE UP125 No. 12 Shaun Williams (8-4 overall, 6-3 duals)133 Jason Harless (13-5, 5-3)141 No. 20 Brian Watson (20-9, 11-4)149 Casey Hunt (9-8, 7-6)157 Tony Overstake (20-7, 9-2)165 No. 5 Eugene Harris (26-3, 13-2)174 Shane Webster (12-8, 6-5)184 Elias Soto (2-14, 2-10)197 Jake Leair (9-10, 6-8)Hwt. No. 19 Eric Webb (16-8, 7-4)*Rankings: Intermat
RECENTLY Oregon fell behind 11-0 to Oregon State last week, losing the first three matches of the dual. The Ducks responded by winning the next six competitions to take an 18-11 lead. The Beavers closed the dual with a win at 174 pounds, but it wasn't enough and the Ducks held on to win 18-14. Eugene Harris improved to 26-3 on the season while Brian Watson (141) and Tony Overstake (157) picked up their 20th wins of the season. The win avenged an earlier 16-16 tie, which the Beavers won based on criteria g.
A LOOK AT PORTLAND STATE The Vikings went 1-1 last weekend, defeating San Francisco, 25-16, and falling, 28-9, to Stanford. Portland State is 9-12 overall, 3-5 Pac-10 heading into the regular season finale. Quinn Collett (174) is 20-8 on the season and has won five straight competitions.
CLOSE TO HOME After hosting the Pac-10 Championships at McArthur Court last season, the Ducks will remain close to home for the 2002 championships. Oregon State plays host to the competition, which is a prelude to the national tournament. The top four finishers in each weight class automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Oregon finished fourth at the Pac-10 Championships in 2001 and six wrestlers advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
ON A ROLL Senior Eugene Harris moved up from 157 to wrestle at 165 this season and has lost just three times, including a 2-1 setback versus Davis' Burt Pierson and a 3-2 loss to No. 2 Tyrone Lewis of Oklahoma State. Harris is 25-3 overall and has won by major decison eight times en route to scoring a team-high 85 points for the Ducks thus far.
THE SERIES Oregon leads the overall series, 46-23-6, and has won 19 straight, including a 43-3 victory last season. Portland State's last victory came in the 1986-87 season -- a 24-21 setback at McArthur Court.
HEAD COACH CHUCK KEARNEY The fourth year Oregon head coach has a 32-29 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.