Eight Oregon Wrestlers Headed For NCAA Tournament

March 18, 2002

OREGON THIS WEEK Eight Oregon wrestlers - the most since 1981 - qualified for the NCAA Tournament to be held this weekend in Albany, New York. The wrestlers qualified after placing fourth or higher at the Pacific-10 Conference. The Ducks, who finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, finished the season ranked No. 18 by Intermat. Oregon finished the season 9-7 overall, 5-4 Pac-10.

OREGON LINE UP125	No. 7 Shaun Williams (13-4 - 1st Pac-10 Championships)133	Jason Harless (16-7 - 5th Pac-10 Championships - Wild Card selection)141	No. 17 Brian Watson (24-9 - 2nd Pac-10 Championships)149	Casey Hunt (12-10 - 4th Pac-10 Championships)157	No. 16 Tony Overstake (25-7 - 1st Pac-10 Championships)165	No. 4 Eugene Harris (29-3 - 1st Pac-10 Championships)174	Shane Webster (16-9 - 3rd Pac-10 Championships)Hwt.	No. 17 Eric Webb (20-9 - 3rd Pac-10 Championships)*Rankings: Intermat

SCHEDULESession I, Thu., 11 a.m. - 3:30 pm.Session II, Thu., 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.	(Wrestle-back prelims, wrestle-back first rounds)Session III, Fri., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Quarterfinals, Wrestle-back second and third rounds)Session IV, Fri., 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Semifinals, Wrestle-back fourth and fifth rounds)Session V, Sat., 8 a.m. (Wrestle-back semifinals, 7th and 8th medal rounds, 3rd-6th medal rounds)

BRACKETS The brackets were released Monday afternoon. Two Oregon wrestlers - Shaun Williams (8th, 125) and Eugene Harris (7th, 165) are seeded. Here's how the Ducks will open the NCAA Tournament:

125	(8)Shaun Williams vs. Heath McKim (Air Force) OR Marlon Felton (N. Illinois)133	Jason Harless vs. (10)Phil Mansueto (Cleveland St.)141	Brian Watson vs. (3)Sean Gray OR Clinton Frease (Brown)149	Casey Hunt vs. (8)Jake Percival (Ohio)157	Tony Overstake vs. Frank DeFillippis (E. Illinois)165	(7)Eugene Harris vs. Bill Boeh (Duquesne)174	Shane Webster vs. Ralph Everett (Hofstra)Hwt.	Eric Webb vs. (5) John Lockhart (Illinois)

FOLLOW THE ACTION The NCAA reserves exclusive rights to conduct live broadcasts on the Internet. Therefore, NO web site other than www.ncaachampionships.com will be permitted to produce live data. Brackets will also be updated throughout the tournament www.intermatwrestle.com.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS Three Oregon wrestlers were crowned Pacific-10 Conference Champions as the Ducks finished second with 115.5 team points. It is the most individual conference champions and the highest finish for Oregon since 1989. Along with Oregon State, who also had three champions, Oregon won the most individual titles, but it was Boise State who took home the title with 123 points. Shaun Williams (125), Tony Overstake (157) and Eugene Harris (165) all won titles for the first time in their careers and will advance to the NCAA Tournament along with second place finisher Brian Watson (141), third place finishers Shane Webster (174), Eric Webb (Hwt.) and fourth place finisher Casey Hunt (149). Sophomore Jason Harless (133), who finished fifth as the second seed, earned one of the four wild card bids to the NCAA Tournament. The eight wrestler contingent will be the largest traveling to the national tournament for Oregon since taking nine wrestlers in 1981 under coach Ron Finely.

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