No. 23 Wrestling Stays Close To Home For 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Feb. 26, 2002
OREGON LINE UP 125 No. 10 Shaun Williams (9-4 overall, 7-3 duals)133 Jason Harless (14-5, 6-3)141 No. 17 Brian Watson (21-9, 12-4)149 Casey Hunt (10-8, 8-6)157 Tony Overstake (21-7, 10-2)165 No. 4 Eugene Harris (26-3, 13-2)174 Shane Webster (13-8, 7-5)184 Elias Soto (2-17, 2-11)197 Jake Leair (9-11, 6-9)Hwt. No. 20 Eric Webb (17-8, 8-4)*Rankings: Intermat
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULESession I, Sat., 11 a.m. -4 p.m. (Champ. preliminaries, Champ. quarterfinals)Session II, Sat., 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (Champ. semifinals)Session III, Sun., 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Wrestleback semifinals, third-place finals, fifth-place finals)Session IV, Sun., 6 p.m. (Parade of Champions, Championship finals)
RECENTLY Oregon won four of its last five duals and did so in impressive form. On Feb. 8, Oregon defeatd Bakersfield, 35-9, and later that evening upset No. 21 Fresno State, 20-16. Oregon freshman Shane Webster nearly pinned Britt Mooney in the 174 pound match and went on to win by technical fall to put the Ducks up by eight points heading into the final match against the Bulldogs, securing the victory. The follwoing day, Oregon narrowly fell 18-14 to Cal Poly after forfeiting the 125 pound match. Oregon rebounded against Oregon State Feb. 13, winning six of the 10 weight classes to defeat the Beavers 18-14. The Ducks fell behind 11-0 and then won six consecutive weight classes to secure the win. Oregon concluded the season with a solid 38-7 win over visiting Portland State, winning six weight classes with bonus points.
HEAD COACH CHUCK KEARNEY The fourth year Oregon head coach has a 33-29 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.
WHAT'S AT STAKE The top four finishers in each weight class will earn automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament in Albany, New York, March 21-23. The top eight finishers in each weight class at the national tournament earn All-America status.
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