No. 10 Oregon Falls 36-9 To No. 3 Iowa

Jan. 6, 2001

Eugene - The University of Oregon wrestling team (3-3 overall, 3-0 Pac-10) took on the No. 3 Iowa Hawkeyes (6-1) for the first time in school history and after a week in which the Ducks faced No. 6 Oklahomoa and No. 2 Oklahoma State, Oregon's 36-9 loss to the Hawkeyes was the final installment of a tough learning experience. Despite the loss, the Ducks gave the 1,261 fans moments of excitement.

'We got what we wanted out of wrestling these top programs,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'Iowa controlled us mentally today and just wore us down. That's what we want our wrestlers to do and now that they've seen it up close, I think it will help down the road.'

Oregon was behind from the start after forfeiting the 174 match, giving the Hawkeyes a 6-0 lead before any wrestling started. No. 6 Doug Lee took on No. 9 Jessman Smith at 184 and lost a close 7-5 decision. Lee fell behind 5-1 in the second period, but scored a two-point takedown in the third period that tied the bout at five. An escape by Smith with 47 seconds remaining plus the additional point for riding time gave Iowa a 9-0 lead heading into the 197 bout.

Senior all-American Chael Sonnen came in at 197 and wasted little time pinning Ryan Fulsaas. After just 11 seconds, Sonnen put Fulsaas on the mat with a ' monkey flip' move that put Oregon within three points, 9-6, and inspired the fans. Sonnen has nine pins this season and 41 career pins, which is second behind Don Brown (53).

'If Chael can get in your head as well as dominate you physically, he is tough to beat,' Kearney said. 'He's capable of beating anyone if he wrestles up to his potential.'

Sophomore heavyweight Eric Webb, who is ranked No. 7 this week, continued to be a force for Oregon in his second season. The Eugene native improved to 16-4 overall and 5-1 in dual meets after winning a 7-2 decision against Iowa's Josh Liddle. Webb's victory tied the score 9-9 after four matches. Webb has won four duals by pin and his only loss was against Oklahoma State due to an eye injury.

'Eric Webb continued to progress today,' Kearney said. 'He is making a name for himself and improving with every match.'

Webb scored Oregon's final points of the day, as Iowa went on to win the final six matches of the afternoon.

The Ducks travel to Portland Jan. 12 to participate in the Oregon Classic duals. Oregon will face Southern Oregon, Portland State, Central Washington and Pacific University beginning at 10 a.m.


174 Gabe McMahan (UI) wins by forfeit UI 6, UO 0

184 Jessman Smith (UI) dec. Doug Lee (UO), 7-5 UI 9, UO 0

197 Chael Sonnen (UO) fall Ryan Fulsaas (UI), :11 UI 9, UO 6

Hwt.: Eric Webb (UO) dec. Josh Liddle (UI), 7-2 UI 9, UO 9

125 Jody Srittmatter (UI) maj. dec. Shaun Williams (UO), 16-2 UI 13, UO 9

133 Eric Juergens (UI) maj. dec. Brian Watson (UO), 26-10 UI 17, UO 9

141 Doug Schwab (UI) fall Casey Hunt (UO), 3:58 UI 23, UO 9

149 Mike Zadick (UI) fall Tony Overstake (UO), 3:42 UI 29, UO 9

157 T.J. Williams (UI) maj. dec. Eugene Harris (UO), 11-3 UI 33, UO 9

165 Ben Shirk (UI) dec. Leif Williams (UO), 10-5 UI 36, UO 9

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