No. 14 Oregon Wrestling Competing At Tournament Of Champions In Reno

Dec. 19, 2000

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No. 14 OREGON THIS WEEK Oregon hits the road for its third tournament of the season. The Ducks are coming off a 22-16 win over then-No. 14 Oregon State and are 3-0 in dual meet competition. There will be 13 teams competing, including No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Arizona State and No. 12 Boise State.

THE LAST TIME Oregon finished eighth with 53.5 points at last season's tournament. Eugene Harris was the Ducks' top finisher, placing fifth in the 157 weight class.

LAST WEEK The Ducks won an exicting Civil War matchup, 22-16, in front of 1,310 fans at McArthur Court. Sophomore Eric Webb set the tone when he defeated then-No. 2 Jason Cooley in the first bout of the day. The Ducks then won at 125 and 133 to go ahead 12-0. The Beavers took the lead 16-15 after the 174 match. But All-Americans Doug Lee and Chael Sonnen won at their weight classes to secure the victory.

RANKINGS Oregon's climb in the polls continued after it defeated then-No. 14 Oregon State at McArthur Court. The Ducks are No. 14 on the Intermat poll this week. Individually, five wrestlers are ranked according to Intermat: Shaun Williams (125, 4th), Doug Lee (184, 5th), Chael Sonnen (197, 6th), Brian Watson (133, 13th) and Eric Webb (Hwt., 17th).

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. (Intermat rankings) The Pit is also the site of the 2001 Pac-10 Championships.

HEAD COACH CHUCK KEARNEY The third year Oregon head coach has a 19-15 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 Starters

125: Shaun Williams, Jr., Pretoria, South Africa

133: 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.

125 No. 4 Shaun Williams is 13-1 after defeating Oregon State's Nathan Navarro last week. Previously, Williams finished third at the Las Vegas Invitational. Williams' only loss came to Fresno State's Stephen Abas, who is ranked No. 1 this week. 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 defeated Boise States' Ben Bombaur, 6-5, in the championship match.

133 NCAA Qualifier Brian Watson is ranked No. 13 this week and is 12-1 after defeating Ben Richards in Oregon's victory over Oregon State. Watson finished second at the Las Vegas Invitational three weeks ago. 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 6-4 after No. 20 Shane Cunanan pinned him last week. Hunt was 1-2 at the Las Vegas Invitational. He 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 7-2 after a victory over Oregon State's Casey Horn. 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 7-3 heading into this week. Harris lost a 5-0 decision to then-No. 7 Eric Jorgensen of Oregon State. 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 (2-2) started at this weight class for Oregon against Oregon State and fell 3-1 to Jed Pennell. He also wrestled for the Ducks 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 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.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 (2-6) weighed in at 165 pounds prior to the Oregon State match, but wrestled up a weight. He lost 23-13 against No. 15 Nathan Coy. Williams lost a 6-2 decision to UC Davis' top wrestler, Adrian Garcia in the Ducks' first dual.

184 No. 5 Doug Lee (7-1) won a 6-1 decison over No. 16 Isaac Weber to secure the Ducks' victory against Oregon State. He 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 No. 6 Chael Sonnen (10-2) 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. Last week, Sonnen won 14-2 against Oregon State's Jason Lovell. Sonnen was 4-1 at the Las Vegas Invite before withdrawing with a minor injury. On Nov. 26, Sonnen 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 No. 17 Eric Webb is 3-0 in dual meet competition after pinning then-No. 2 Jason Cooley of Oregon State. All three of Webb's dual wins were by pin. Webb was 2-1 at the Las Vegas Invitational and he 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).

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