Webster Wins 174 Championship at Mat-Town USA Invitational

Nov. 30, 2002

Lock Haven, Pa. - Shane Webster's championship at 174 highlighted the performance by Oregon's wrestling team Saturday at the Mat-Town USA Invitational in Lock Haven, Pa. The Ducks, competing in their second tournament of the season, finished eighth at the tournament with 64 points.

'We wanted to get good, tough competition,' head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'We wanted to put the team in an adverse situation to see how the team would adjust to the adversity.'

Webster's run to the title included wins over Nebraska's Travis Pascoe, the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the nation, and Purdue's Ryan Lange, the No. 6-ranked wrestler. In the finals against Lange, Webster outlasted the highly-ranked wrestler, winning a close decision, 9-7. Webster was up for Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, but that honor went to a wrestler from Penn State.

'[Webster] put in the kind of performance that would warrant him getting it,' Kearney said.

Martin Mitchell (125), Tony Overstake (149) and Luke Larwin (165) all placed for the Ducks. Mitchell took home fourth place, Overstake placed sixth and Larwin placed seventh to provide points for Oregon.

Oregon was without the services of senior heavyweight Eric Webb, who was with the team but did not compete. Webb rested after suffering an injury in last week's Body Bar Invitational.

Overall, Kearney was pleased with the way the team performed at the tournament. He was not as concerned with how well the team placed, but more with how the team will perform in the future.

'We just got to fix the little things,' Kearney said. 'We need to get home and start preparing for Oregon State.'

The Ducks wrestle against the Beavers at McArthur Court Fri., Dec. 13. The meet will be Oregon's first dual of the season, with Nebraska facing off against Oregon the next night.

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