No. 17 Oregon Wrestling Hosts No. 14 Oregon State

Dec. 8, 2000

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Dec. 8, 2000

OREGON vs. OREGON STATE The Ducks will be looking for revenge after falling to the Beavers twice last season. Oregon State edged the Ducks by five points last week at the Las Vegas Invitational to finish fifth. Oregon finished seventh.

TV TIME The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Norhtwest.

THE LAST TIME Then-No. 21 Oregon State defeated Oregon 24-13 in the first meeting last season. Oregon State also won the second match 27-12 Feb. 18.

RANKINGS The Ducks broke into the polls after their seventh place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational. Oregon debuted at No. 20 on the Intermat poll and No. 17 on the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll. Oregon has four wrestlers ranked in the top 20 in their respective weight classes according to Intermat: Shaun Williams (125, 4th), Doug Lee (184, 5th), Chael Sonnen (197, 6th) and Brian Watson (133, 13th). Oregon State has six wrestlers ranked in the top 20 according to Intermat: Nathan Navarro (125, 17th), Shane Cunanan (141, 20th), Eric Joregensen (157, 7th), Nathan Coy (174, 15th), Isaac Weber (184, 16th), Jason Cooley (Hwt., 2nd).

ALL-AMERICAN BOYS Both Sonnen and Lee will be looking to become two-time All-Americans this season. Sonnen was an All-American in 1998 after finishing with a 30-13 record, including 14 pins. Lee is a two-time Pac-10 Champion and finished fourth at the NCAA Tournament last season to earn his first All-America honor.

HOME SWEET HOME The nation's best come to McArthur Court this season. Oregon hosts No. 3 Iowa Jan. 6, No. 14 Boise State Jan. 19, No. 12 Arizona State Feb. 2 and No. 13 Oregon State Dec. 13. The Pit is also the site of the 2001 Pac-10 Championships.

Head Coach Chuck Kearney The third year Oregon head coach has an 18-15 overall record at Oregon. Kearney is a former Oregon wrestler (177) who earned All-America honors and was the team's Most Valuable Wrestler in 1988 after leading the squad to a 34-8-1 record. Kearney is a former Pac-10 Champion and his 34 wins in 1988 rank seventh all-time at Oregon for wins in a season. Kearney's assistants are Rick Stewart (Oklahoma State, 1982) and Jeremy Ensrud (Oregon 1998) and Dave Abraham. Stewart, who wrestled at Oklahoma State, is a two-time NCAA Champion and four-time All-American. Ensrud is a two-time All-American and compiled a 106-29 record at Oregon.

Probable Oregon Starters125: Shaun Williams, Jr., Pretoria, South Africa133: Brian Watson, So., Canby, Ore.141: Casey Hunt, So., Pendleton, Ore.149: Tony Overstake, So., Medford, Ore.157: Eugene Harris, Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.165: Leif Williams, Jr., Pleasant Hill, Ore.174: Luke Larwin, Fr., Bend, Ore.184: Doug Lee, Sr., Central Point, Ore.197: Chael Sonnen, Sr., Lake Oswego, Ore.HWT: Eric Webb, So., Eugene, Ore.Probable Oregon State Starters125: Nathan Navarro, Jr., Ontario, Ore.133: Ben Richards, Sr., Salem, Ore.141: Shane Cunanan, So., Spokane, Wash.149: Paul Barron, Sr., Myrtle Point, Ore.157: Eric Joregensen, Sr., La Grande, Ore.165: Jed Pennell, Fr., Cave Junction, Ore.174: Nathan Coy, Jr., Oregon City, Ore.184: Isaac Weber, Jr., Newberg, Ore.197: Jason Lovell, So., Turner, Ore.HWT: Jason Cooley, Jr., Anchorage, Alaska

125 Shaun Williams is 12-1 after a third place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational. Williams' only loss came to Fresno State's Stephen Abas, who is ranked No. 1 this week. Williams is ranked No. 4 according to Intermat this week -- the highest ranking of any Oregon athlete right now. He defeated Stanford's Nathan Peterson (10-8) Nov. 26 and in Oregon's first dual meet of the season, Williams defeated UC Davis' Tommy Schurkamp by major decision (17-9). He then went on to win the championship at the Southern Oregon Open Nov 18. Williams recorded a pin, a technical fall and two major decsions and then defeated Boise States' Ben Bombaur, 6-5, in the championship match.Williams is a transfer from North Idaho junior college and was a national junior college champion. He also competed for South Africa on the 1996 Olympic team.

133 NCAA Qualifier Brian Watson is ranked No. 13 this week and is 11-1 after a second place finish at the Las Vegas Invitational. Watson scored Oregon's first points of the day against Stanford when he scored a two-point takedown with one second remaining to defeat Justin Walker 4-3. He defeated Urijah Faber 3-2 at Oregon's opener against UC Davis. Watson defeated Charlie Griggs, 3-1, of Boise State to take home the championship in this weight class at the Southern Oregon Open.

141 Sophomore Casey Hunt is 6-3 after going 1-2 at the Las Vegas Invitational. Hunt won by forfeit against Stanford Nov. 26. Previously, Hunt won an 8-3 decision over Kevin Jones in Oregon's opener against UC Davis. Hunt finished second at the Southern Oregon Open, falling to then-No. 12 Gabe Vigil in the championship match.

149 Sophomore Tony Overstake is 6-2 after falling twice at the Las Vegas Invitational. Overstake defeated Stanford's Isaiah Camp 17-10 Nov. 26 and won an 8-3 decision over Josh Sternberg at the UC Davis dual. At the Southern Oregon Open, Overstake defeated Collin Robertson of Boise State to clinch one of four Oregon championships.

157 NCAA Qualifier Eugene Harris is 7-2 heading into this week. Harris went 4-2 in Las Vegas and won by major decision (18-6) against Stanford's Shawn Harmon Nov. 26. In the season opener, Harris won a 4-3 decision against UC Davis' Burt Pierson. Harris won three bouts at the Southern Oregon Open before withdrawing from the tournament.

165 Freshman Luke Larwin (2-1) started at this weight class for Oregon against UC Davis Nov. 10 and got his first collegiate win, a 6-4 decision against Jeremiah Jarvis. At the Southern Oregon Open, Larwin defeated Southern Oregon's John Sills, 12-7, before injury defaulting in the second match. Leif Williams started at this weight class against Stanford and defeated John Garfinkel, 6-5. Williams was the only wrestler for Oregon in this weight class at the Las Vegas Invitational and lost his only two bouts.

174 Leif Williams (2-5) weighed in at 165 pounds prior to the UC Davis match, but wrestled up a weight. Williams lost a 6-2 decision to UC Davis' top wrestler, Adrian Garcia. Williams wrestled at the 165 weight class at the Southern Oregon Open and defeated Steve Grayson by major decision (17-0), before falling to Chris Huntley in the second round. No wrestlers competed for Oregon in this weight class at the Las Vegas Invitational.

184 Lee (6-1) finished third at the Las Vegas Invitational, going 6-1 at the tournament. Lee was unable to compete at the UC Davis meet and the Southern Oregon Open because of injury. Against Stanford, Lee returned in prime fashion, pinning Harold Penson at 6:38.

197 Sonnen won a silver medal at the World University Greco-Roman Championships in Tokyo, Japan Nov. 8. Sonnen qualified for the gold medal match by pinning Serkan ozden of Turkey in 1:42. Sonnen lost in a heated battle, 6-5, to Toomas Proovel of Estonia in the championship match. Sonnen was 4-1 at the Las Vegas Invite before withdrawing with a minor injury. On Nov. 26, Sonnen (9-2) got his second pin in dual competition against Stanford's Fred Luminoso (5:53). In his first meet back at Oregon, Sonnen pinned UC Davis' Brandon Arsenault at 1:47. At the Southern Oregon Open, Sonnen had three pins and one major decision before defeating No. 7 Rusty Cook, 5-3, in the championship match.

HWT Webb was 2-1 at the Las Vegas Invitational to improve to 5-2 overall. Webb pinned Stanford's Brad Selby at 3:14 Nov. 26 to get his second dual pin of the season. Previously, Webb pinned Mike Maber of UC Davis (1:16). Webb won two bouts at the Southern Oregon Open.

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