Oregon Wrestling Ready for Reno Tournament

Dec. 18, 2002

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For the second year in a row, the Oregon Ducks will head to Reno, Nev., for the Reno Tournament of Champions. The prestigious tourney, which takes place Thursday, will feature four ranked teams, including No. 1 Oklahoma State.

Shane Webster, the No. 10-ranked wrestler at 174, is aiming for his second tournament championship of the season. Webster previously won the Mat-Town USA Invitational and currently has a 7-1 record on the season. Tony Overstake, No. 20 at 149, will be the only other ranked Duck at this week's competition. Senior Eric Webb, No. 9 in Intermat's rankings at heavyweight, will not wrestle this week due to injury.

The Ducks will meet up with wrestlers from several other Pac-10 schools, including No. 16 Arizona State, No. 21 Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal Bakersfield, Cal State Fullerton, Portland State and UC Davis. In all, 23 schools from all regions of the country will compete.

At last year's event, Oregon placed seventh, led by All-American Eugene Harris and his individual championship at 165. Overstake, then competing at 157, took third place. Brian Watson, Eric Webb and Shaun Williams were Oregon's other wrestlers who placed at the tournament.

The tournament will take place throughout the day Thursday, with the finals beginning at 5 p.m.

Oregon is coming off its first weekend of the dual meet season. On Friday night, the Ducks came back to defeat rival Oregon State, 18-15, at McArthur Court. Martin Mitchell got the ball rolling for the Ducks, pinning his opponent at 125 to win the first of four straight matches by Oregon. Unfortunately, Oregon could not carry the momentum into the next night, as No. 12 Nebraska won in Eugene, 30-3.

Following the Reno tournament, the Ducks will then have two weeks off from competition before wrestling at Michigan in a dual meet. The Ducks and Wolverines faced off last season in Eugene, with Michigan coming out on top, 30-9.

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