No. 10 Oregon Wrestling Takes On No. 2 Oklahmoa State, Hosts No. 3 Iowa

Jan. 4, 2001

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OREGON THIS WEEK No. 10 Oregon (Intermat) is in the midst of its toughest week of the season. The Ducks nearly upset No. 6 Oklahoma Tuesday, falling 24-21. Oregon fell behind 24-0 before staging a comeback that started with Doug Lee at 184. Oregon must rebound against No. 2 Oklahoma State Thursday. When Oregon returns to Eugene, it will face another challenge in No. 3 Iowa.

Air Time Fox Northwest will air parts of Oregon's dual with Iowa Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. Fans can also visit and follow the Oklahoma State dual as the action takes place.

THE LAST TIME Oregon fell 33-9 to then-No. 4 Oklahoma State last season. Oklahoma State leads the series 8-0. This will be Oregon's first meeting with Iowa.

A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA STATE The Cowyboys are perfect this season, with dual wins over Missouri (29-6), Iowa (21-14), Oklahoma (22-13), Cal Poly (36-3) and Fresno State (38-7). Oklahoma State also won the Reno Tournament of Champions with 192.5 team points. The Cowboys have a ranked wrestler in nine of the 10 weight classes, including No. 2 Mark Munoz (197), No. 3 Charles Walker (133) and No. 2 Reggie White (149).

A LOOK AT IOWA The Hawkeyes are 4-1 with victories over Luther College (43-6), Loras College (54-0), Iowa State (23-17) and Northern Iowa (32-16). Head coach Jim Zalesky has led Iowa to three consecutive national titles (1998-00) and two Big Ten titles (1998, 2000).

LAST WEEK The Ducks finished tied for 10th at the Midlands Tournament with 53 points. Oregon's top-finishers were: Chael Sonnen (3rd, 197), Doug Lee (5th, 184) and Eric Webb (7th, Hwt.)

RANKINGS Oregon's climb in the polls continued this week. The Ducks are No. 10 on the Intermat poll this week and No. 16 on the NWCA poll. Individually, five wrestlers are ranked according to Intermat: Shaun Williams (125,12th), Doug Lee (184, 6th), Chael Sonnen (197, 5th), Brian Watson (133, 12th) and Eric Webb (Hwt., 7th).

FALLING RECORDS Senior All-American Chael Sonnen's (197) eight pins so far this season has vaulted him to second on Oregon's career chart for career pins. Sonnen's 40 career pins is 13 shy of Don Brown's (1977-80) record of 53. Sonnen is currently tied for third for most falls in a season (14) and needs just two more to break into the top 10 for the 2000-01 season. Sophomore Eric Webb (Heavyweight) is also making a run at the record books. Webb has six pins this season and needs four more to move into the top 10 for pins in a season.

ALL AMERICAN BOYS Both Sonnen and Doug 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. 13 Boise State Jan. 19 and No. 12 Arizona State Feb. 2. (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 19-16 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), 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.

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