No. 7 Michigan Up Next For Oregon Wrestling

Jan. 2, 2003

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The Oregon wrestling team will compete in its first road dual meet of the season against No. 7 Michigan at Cliff Keen Arena Saturday at 4 p.m. PST. The Ducks face the Wolverines for only the third time, with Michigan leading the all-time series, 2-0.

The Wolverines should provide a strong test for the Ducks, who are coming off an impressive sixth-place showing at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Senior Casey Hunt (141) and No. 20-ranked Tony Overstake (149) led the Ducks with second-place finishes at the tournament. Sophomore Shane Webster, currently ranked No. 10 at 174, placed third at the event. Luke Larwin (165), also a sophomore, placed fourth for the Ducks.

The last time the two teams competed, Michigan defeated Oregon a season ago, 30-9. The Ducks managed three wins, all by decision, against the Wolverines, but Michigan had too much depth in its lineup for Oregon to handle. Eugene Harris, Brian Watson and Eric Webb were the three Ducks to register wins on the night.

Michigan will have seven wrestlers on its roster ranked by at least one publication, led by 157-pounder Ryan Bertin. Oregon counters with three ranked wrestlers, with only two competing this weekend. Senior Eric Webb, Intermat's No. 10-ranked heavyweight, remains sidelined by injury. Webster and Overstake are the other ranked wrestlers for the Ducks.

The dual meet will be Oregon's third of the year, with the Ducks currently holding a 1-1 record. Oregon began its season with a come-from-behind victory against Oregon State, 18-5, but lost the next night to Nebraska, 30-3.

Oregon will return home the following week to compete in the Oregon Classic, Friday, Jan. 10. Oregon's next dual meets will take place Jan. 17 at home against Pac-10 foes Stanford and UC Davis.

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