No. 18 Oregon Wrestling Takes On No. 15 Oregon State

Feb. 13, 2001

OREGON THIS WEEK No. 18/20 Oregon (NWCA/Intermat) will take on the Oregon State Beavers, ranked 15th in both polls in Corvallis. The Beavers are 10-7 overall, 6-2 Pacific-10 Conference and Oregon is 7-7 overall, 4-3 Pac-10.

THE SERIESOregon State leads the series 69-22-2. The Ducks won the first meeting this season 22-16 at McArthur Court.

A LOOK AT OREGON STATE The Beavers have been ranked all season and have five individually ranked wrestlers -- Nathan Navarro (8th, 125), Ben Richards (18th, 133), Eric Jorgenson (7th, 157), Nathan Coy (9th, 174) and Jason Cooley (8th, Hwt.).

Previously Oregon came up just short of defeating then-No. 15 Arizona State two weeks ago. The Ducks fell 22-19 to the Sun Devils at McArthur Court.

RANKINGS Oregon is No. 18 on the coaches poll and No. 20 according to Intermat this week. Intermat also ranks: Shaun Williams (10th, 125), Brian Watson (17th, 133), Eugene Harris (20th, 157), Doug Lee (7th, 184), Chael Sonnen (6th, 197) and Eric Webb (4th, Hwt.).

FALLING RECORDSSenior All-American Chael Sonnen's (197) 13 pins so far this season has vaulted him to second on Oregon's career chart for career pins. Sonnen's 45 career pins is eight shy of Don Brown's (1977-80) record of 53. Sonnen is currently third for most falls in a season (13) and needs just five more to move to second for the 2001 season. Sonnen's 99 career victories also places him eighth on Oregon's career victories list. Sophomore Eric Webb (Heavyweight) is also making a run at the record books. Webb has seven pins this season and needs three more to move into the top 10 for pins in a season.

ALL-AMERICAN BOYSBoth 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 hosted No. 3 Iowa Jan. 6, No. 11 Boise State Jan. 19 and No. 14 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 23-22 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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