No. 17 Oregon Can't Hold Off No. 15 Arizona State

Feb. 2, 2001

The University of Oregon wrestling team couldn't hold off a late Arizona State run and lost 22-19 to the 17th ranked Sun Devils in front of 589 fans at McArthur Court Friday. The Ducks lead 16-4 after the first five matches and were seeking their first win against Arizona State since the 1974-75 season.

'We want this match to be a motivator for us,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'Our main goal for the season is to win the Pac-10 Championship and we're right where we want to be.'

The Ducks (7-7 overall, 3-3 Pac-10) seemed to have the Sun Devils ( 8-3, 3-0) where they wanted them following the 125 pound match. After No. 20 Curtis Owen defeated Oregon freshman Luke Larwin 13-2 in the opening match (174), the Ducks responded with four straight wins.

No. 7 Doug Lee improved to 23-7 overall with an 8-5 decision over R.D. Pursell in the 185 pound match to bring the Ducks within a point, 4-3. Senior All-American Chael Sonnen gave Oregon the lead with his 13th pin of the season against Mike Marshall (:52). Sonnen is second on Oregon's career pin chart with 45 career pins.

Sophomore Eric Webb won his 13th dual of the season, defeating Hector Torres 5-3. Webb's win gave the Ducks a 12-4 lead heading into the 125 pound match. No. 11 Shaun Williams built on Oregon's lead with a 19-6 win against Chris Knox.

The Sun Devils began the comeback at 133 with David Douglas' 4-0 win over Brian Watson. No. 3 Eric Larkin put the Sun Devils within three points, 16-13, with his pin of Casey Hunt at 141.

Oregon was unable to win in the final two matches and Arizona State's pin in the final bout secured their 14th consecutive victory against Oregon.

Oregon travels to Oregon State Feb. 14 for its final dual of the season. The Ducks then host the 2001 Pac-10 Championships Feb. 25-26.

174: No. 20 Curtis Owen (ASU) maj. dec. Luke Larwin (UO), 13-3

184: No. 7 Doug Lee (UO) dec. No. 13 R.D. Pursell (ASU), 8-5

197: No. 6 Chael Sonnen (UO) fall Mike Marshall (ASU), :52

Hwt.: No. 4 Eric Webb (UO) dec. Hector Torres (ASU), 5-3

125: No. 11 Shaun Williams (UO) maj. dec. Chris Knox (ASU), 19-6

133: No. 15 David Douglas (ASU) dec. No. 17 Brian Watson (UO), 4-0

141: No. 3 Eric Larkin (ASU) fall Casey Hunt (UO), 1:45

149: Tony Overstake (UO) dec. Dana Holland (ASU), 11-5

157: No. 13 Rocky Smart (ASU) dec. No. 20 Eugene Harris (UO), 6-4 ot

165: No. 4 Steve Blackford (ASU) fall Leif Williams (UO), 3:33

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