Webster Named Team's Most Outstanding Wrestler

April 13, 2003

EUGENE - Five wrestlers were honored at the 2003 Oregon wrestling team banquet, held at the Wild Duck Banquet Hall Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Shane Webster, who earned an All-America citation at 174 with his sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Other wrestlers recognized at the banquet were Jason Harless with the Johnny Miller Award, Tony Overstake as the recipient of the Dave Abraham Award, Branson Phillips with the Jed Kesey/Lorenzo West Award for the most improved wrestler and Tony Rolen as the Most Outstanding Freshman.

Webster finished the season with a record of 31-8 at 174, including his All-American finish at the NCAA Championships. He narrowly missed a chance at the NCAA title, losing in the semifinals by one point. It was Webster's first All-America citation of his collegiate career.

It was the second straight season Harless was honored with the Johnny Miller Award, annually given to the wrestler who gives 100 percent in academics, athletics and citizenship. Harless, a junior from Bonanza, Ore., battled through late-season injuries to qualify for the NCAA Championships. He finished the season with a record of 17-15.

It was also the second straight season Overstake, a senior from Medford, Ore., won the Dave Abraham Award, given to the wrestler exhibiting tremendous passion for the sport. Overstake finished the season with a record of 22-12 at 149, one year removed from his Pac-10 Championship at 157. Overstake finished his collegiate career with a record of 89-48.

Phillips, a junior from Broken Arrow, Okla., competed at the 157 weight class, beginning around the New Year. Phillips came on towards the end of the season, eventually finishing in fifth place at the Pac-10 Championships. Phillips' most impressive victories of the season included defeating Jeremy Larson of Oregon State twice by major decision, and a victory against Boise State's Ben Cherrington.

Rolen, a native of The Dalles, Ore., took over at 184 midway through the season, becoming Oregon's only true freshman in the lineup. Rolen earned a record of 6-15 in his inaugural season, including a season-high winning streak of three matches.

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