Oregon Wrestling Wins First Bout Of 2000 Season, 31-9

Nov. 10, 2000

The University of Oregon wrestling team started the 2000-01 season with a 31-9 victory over UC Davis at Crater High School in Central Point. Oregon (1-0) won eight of the 10 weight classes, including wins by newcomers Shaun Williams (125) and Luke Larwin (165).

'For our opening match we wrestled well,' head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'UC Davis had already wrestled in a match this season and that made a difference, but I thought our kids competed well. We need to open up and be more opportunistic, but that will come as the season goes along.'

All-American and two-time Pac-10 Champion Doug Lee (184) did not wrestle because of injury, and the Ducks forfeited that weight class. Oregon's other All-American, Chael Sonnen won his first collegiate bout in over a year after taking last season as an Olympic redshirt year, winning by fall (1:47).

Sophomore Eric Webb (HWT) also won by fall, defeating Mike Maber at 1:16. At 125, Williams won 17-9 by major decision over Tommy Schurkamp, to record his first Division I victory.

'Shaun wrestled extremely well,' Kearney said. 'He went out and scored eight takedowns and showed signs of what he's going to be capable of.'

Brian Watson (133), Casey Hunt (141), Tony Overstake (149), Eugene Harris (157) and Larwin all won by decision to help lead Oregon to its first victory of the season. Leif Williams weighed in at 165, but wrestled at 175 and fell, 6-2 to Adrian Garcia.

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