Oregon Wrestling Results - Day 2
March 22, 2002
ALBANY, New York - Oregon senior Eugene Harris (165) is an All-American after a senior season in which he won the Pac-10 Conference title, won 19 consecutive matches before falling to second-seeded Matt Lackey of Illinois in the championship quarterfinals and saw his ranking soar as high as No. 4. Harris' loss to Lackey at the NCAA Championships was his first defeat since a 3-2 loss to No. 2 Tyrone Lewis of Oklahoma State Dec. 16, but he got back to his winning ways in the consolation bracket, upsetting sixth-seeded Chris Vitale of Lehigh, 7-5, and then defeating 11th-seeded Doc Vecchio of Penn State, 8-5, to advance to Session V Saturday morning. Harris will face unseeded Mark Fee of Appalachian State, who was pinned at 5:24 in the championship semifinals.
'There's nothing to do but go all the way and finish third,' Harris said. 'I feel like the pressure of becoming an All-American is off so now I can just focus on winning.'
At worst, Harris will finish sixth. A win over Fee will advance him to the third place match while a loss would put him in the fifth-place match. Oregon's last All-American was Doug Lee (184), who finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in 1999. With his four wins in the tournament, Harris improves to 33-4 this season.
'Eugene has made a great run at the tournament and had a great season,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'We knew he was capable of this and we know he can go all the way and finish third. That's what the goal is.'
Senior Shaun Williams was seemingly also assuring himself of All-America honors when he led unseeded Chris Rodrigues, 8-5 with seven seconds remaining. Within the blink of an eye, Williams, the No. 8 seed at 125, found himself on his back and with just one second remaining, Rodrigues notched the pin and dashed any hopes of Williams finishing in the top eight.
Williams fell to the consolation bracket Friday morning after he faced No. 1 seed Steven Abas of Fresno State. Abas defeated Williams 11-1 to remain perfect this season.
Day 2 Results
125 Championship Quarterfinals(1)Steven Abas (Fresno St.) MAJ DEC (8)Shaun Williams (UO), 11-1
125 Round 4Chris Rodrigues (North Carolina) FALL (8)Shaun Williams (UO), 6:59
141 Consolation Round 2Shane Cunanan (West Virginia) DEC Brian Watson (UO), 3-2
157 Consolation RoundDoug Cieleski (Oklahoma) DEC Tony Overstake (UO), 7-5
165 Championship Quarterfinal(2)Matt Lackey DEC Eugene Harris (UO), 3-1
165 Consolation Round 4(7)Eugene Harris (UO) DEC (11)Doc Vecchio (Penn St.), 8-5