No. 14 Oregon Wrestling Finishes Sixth At Reno Tournament Of Champions
Dec. 20, 2000
The University of Oregon wrestling team (3-0, 3-0) finished tied for sixth place with 74 points at the Reno Tournament of Champions Wednesday. Top-ranked Oklahoma State dominated the tournament, finishing in first place with 192.5 points. Arizona State was second with 120.5 points.
'As a group we need to be mentally tougher,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'We felt we could of had four or five guys in the finals and we didn't. Overall we're not pleased and we know that we have two months to put ourselves in the position we want to be.'
Sophomore Eric Webb, who is ranked 17th this week, continued his strong season by defeating Jack Lefflen in the semifinals to move onto the championship match. Webb lost a 6-3 decision to Arizona State's Kellen Fluckiger in the finals to finish second. Webb had a pin, a major decison and a decision on his way to the finals.
'Eric Webb wrestled really well for us today,' Kearney said. 'He really took charge in some matches and unfortunately he didn't capitalize on scoring opportunities. But he wrestled tough and he is making great strides.'
Eugene Harris (157) posted Oregon's biggest upset of the day when he defeated No. 14 Shane Roller of Oklahoma State to finish third. Harris pinned Brett Friend at 3:33 in the quarterfinals then lost a 5-2 decision to Kirk White of Boise State in the semifinals before rebounding with an 8-3 decision over Roller.
At 125, No. 4 Shaun Williams lost a 13-6 decision to John Fasana of Portland State in the third-place match and went on to defeat Jeff Charlebois of Arizona State in the consolation round.
'Eugene lost to a two-time All-American, but he came back and wrestled the best he ever has against Roller,' Kearney said.
Senior All-American Chael Sonnen recorded two pins on the day en route to a fifth place finish at 197. All-American Doug Lee lost a close 9-6 decision to No. 8 Daniel Cromier of Oklahoma State in the semifinals and went on to finish sixth at 184.
The Ducks were without No. 13 Brian Watson at 133, who sat out with a minor injury. Watson may have helped edge the Ducks past Cal Poly, which finished fifth with 75 team points.
FINAL RESULTS125ROUND 1Shaun Williams (Oregon) t.f. Tommy Schurkamp (Cal Davis), 17-2QUARTERFINALSWilliams dec. Jamie Garza (Cal Poly), 8-5THIRD PLACEJohn Fasana (Portland State) dec. Williams, 13-6CONSOLATIONSWilliams dec. Jeff Charlebois (Arizona State), 11-7
141ROUND 1Kenny Cox (Oregon) dec. Aaron Gharst (Cal Poly), 6-3Casey Hunt (Oregon) dec. Zhon Karaspendiani (Bakersfield), 14-13QUARTERFINALSJerrod Sanders (Oklahoma State) dec. Cox, 8-3Nate Parker (Penn State) dec. Hunt, 8-2CONSOLATIONSJason Hester (C. Michigan) pins Hunt, 1:24Cox maj. dec. Paul Gross (unatt), 14-5
149ROUND 1Dana Holland (Arizona State) pins Tony Overstake (Oregon), 5:49CONSOLATIONSNick Davis (Cal Davis) dec. Overstake, 9-7
157ROUND1Eugene Harris (Oregon) dec. Al Daniels (Lassen CC), 3-1QUARTERFINALSHarris pins Brett Friend (unatt), 3:33SEMIFINALSKirk White (Boise State) dec. Harris, 5-2THIRD PLACEHarris dec. Shane Roller (Oklahoma State), 8-3
165PigtailDean Schuler (unatt.) dec. Luke Larwin (unatt.), 11-6Leif Williams (Oregon) dec. Mitch Hancock (C. Michigan), 14-12QUARTERFINALSTy Wilcox (Oklahoma State) pins Williams, 1:53CONSOLATIONSWilliams dec. Casey Eager (unatt.), 11-5
184ROUND 1Doug Lee (Oregon) BYEQUARTERFINALSLee maj. dec. Chuck Sandlin (Cal Poly), 18-5SEMIFINALSDaniel Cromier dec. Lee, 9-6FIFTH PLACER.D. Purcell (Arizona State) inj. def. LeeCONSOLATIONSPat Popolizio (unatt.) dec. Lee, 13-11
197ROUND 1Chael Sonnen (Oregon) pins Andy Swanson (Arizona State), 2:12QUARTERFINALSSonnen t.f. Pete Mielnik (Penn State), 17-1SEMIFINALSRusty Cook (Boise State) dec. Sonnen, 6-4 svFIFTH PLACESonnen pins Brett Becks, 2:33
HEAVYWEIGHTROUND 1Eric Webb (Oregon) maj. dec. Pat Cummins (Portland State), 13-5QUARTERFINALSWebb pins David Neal (unatt.), 4:33SEMIFINALSWebb dec. Jack Lefflen (C. Michigan), 7-1FINALSKellen Fluckiger (Arizona State) dec. Webb, 6-3