Harris Finishes Fourth At NCAA Wrestling Tournament

March 23, 2002

ALBANY, NEW YORK - Oregon senior Eugene Harris finished fourth at the NCAA Tournament to become an All-American for the first time in his career. He finished the season an incredible 33-5 overall en route to a No. 4 national ranking at the end of the regular season and a No. 7 seed at the national tournament.

'I'm proud of Eugene and what he has done this year,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'To have only five losses with the type of schedule we had is a testament to what kind of wrestler he is.'

After a loss in the championship quarterfinals, Harris won twice in the consolation bracket, including a dominating 18-9 win over Mark Fee of Appalachian State Saturday morning that advanced him to the third place match. Harris met a familiar foe in the third place match - third seeded Tyrone Lewis of Oklahoma State, who handed Harris one of his three losses during the regular season. Following his loss to Lewis, a 3-2 setback, on Dec. 16, Harris rallied to win 19 consecutive matches.

On Saturday, Lewis once again prevailed, defeating Harris 8-2 to finish third.

DAY 3 FINAL RESULTS

165 CONSOLATION ROUND 4Eugene Harris (UO) MAJ DEC Mark Fee (Appalachian St.), 18-9

165 THIRD PLACE MATCH(3)Tyrone Lewis (Oklahoma St.) DEC (7)Eugene Harris (UO), 8-2

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