Boise State Beats Oregon, 27-9

Jan. 31, 2003

EUGENE - The Oregon wrestling team lost its first Pac-10 match of the season Friday to No. 12 Boise State, 27-9. The Ducks (5-7, 4-1) were only able to win three matches on the night, all by decision.

'We had some good individual performances out there tonight,' head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'But overall, Boise State out-toughed us. Our guys have got to get tougher. This is a real wake-up call for us.'

Jason Harless defeated Boise State's Jesse Brock at 133, 3-2, to register Oregon's first points. Harless used a first period takedown to get the lead, then held off a late takedown attempt by Brock for the win.

Oregon's second win of the night came at 157, with Branson Phillips defeating Ben Cherrington, 7-0. Phillips was held scoreless in the final period and was not able to pick up a major decision.

No. 7-ranked Shane Webster improved his record to 20-3 with an 8-3 decision against Pat Owens. Webster led throughout the match, scoring three takedowns and earning the riding bonus point.

The Ducks had three matches that were narrow defeats, starting off with Casey Hunt's 3-1 loss to No. 10 Gabe Vigil at 141. Vigil scored a takedown at the buzzer of the second period that proved to be the difference in the match. Luke Larwin lost his match 1-0 at 165, despite a valiant effort for a late takedown. Elias Soto lost at 184, 5-2, but his opponent scored two points on a takedown at the final buzzer as Soto was attempting a move.

The Ducks will face the No. 6-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils Sunday at 2 p.m. at McArthur Court. It will be Oregon's final home match of the season.

FINAL RESULTS
125 No. 4 Ben VomBaur (BSU) tech.fall w/ near fall Jacob Boyles (UO), 23-8
133 Jason Harless (UO) dec. Jesse Brock (BSU), 3-2
141 No. 10 Gabe Vigil (BSU) dec. Casey Hunt (UO, 3-1
149 No. 8 Collin Robertson (BSU) major Tony Overstake (UO), 15-4
157 Branson Phillips (UO) dec. Ben Cherrington (BSU), 7-0
165 Nathan Ploehn (BSU) dec. Luke Larwin (UO), 1-0
174 No. 7 Shane Webster (UO) dec. Pat Owens (BSU), 8-3
184 Tony D'Amico (BSU) fall Tony Rolen (UO), 5:40
197 K.C. Walsh (BSU) dec. Elias Soto (UO), 5-2
HWT. No. 10 Boe Rushton (BSU) dec. Neil Phillips (UO), 5-2

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