No. 17/21 Oregon Wrestling Travels To Iowa City For NCAA Tournament
March 12, 2001
OREGON THIS WEEK No. 17/21 Oregon (Intermat/NWCA) will travel seven wrestlers to the NCAA Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.
THE LINE UP Four of Oregon's seven competitors have NCAA experience. Oregon's line up is as follows: No. 14 Shaun Williams (125), No.14 Brian Watson (133), Tony Overstake (149), No. 19 Eugene Harris (157), Luke Larwin (164), No. 6 Doug Lee (184) and No. 6 Chael Sonnen (197). Lee finished first at the Pac-10 Championships followed by Watson and Sonnen, who finished second in their respective weight classes. Overstake, Larwin and Harris all finished fourth to automaticall qualify for the tournament.
KEEPING UP WITH THE ACTION Fans can get updated information from the NCAA Championships at www.ncaawrestling.com.
TV INFO ESPN2 will televise the 2001 championships at 3 p.m. PST on Saturday, Mar. 17. It will mark the first time the tournament is televised on the same day the action takes place.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Each day will consist of two sessions. The following is a detailed timeline of how the meet will run. All times PST.
Thursday Mar. 15
9 a.m. First Session - Eight mats (Est. completion time: 1-1:30 p.m.)4:30 p.m. Second Session -Eight mats (Preliminaries, Wrestle-back preliminaries, as needed: wrestle-back first rounds. Est. completion time: 8:30 - 9p.m.)
Friday Mar. 16
8 a.m. Third Session - Eight mats (Quarterfinals on middle four mats, Wrestle-back second and third rounds on outside four mats. Est. completion time: 11:30 -12 p.m.)3:30 p.m. Fourth session - Six mats (Semi-finals on inside two mats and wrestle-back fourth round on outside four mats, Wrestle- back fifth round on all six mats. Est. completion time: 7-7:30 p.m.
Saturday Mar. 17
6 a.m. Fifth Session - Six mats. 7th and 8th Medal round on all six mats, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Medal round on all six mats. Est. completion time: 8:30 a.m.10:30 a.m. Sixth Session - One mat. Grand March and ceremonies.
OREGON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT Oregon finished 28th at the NCAA Tournament last season, but qualified just three wrestlers. Doug Lee was Oregon's top-finisher, placing fourth at the 184 weight class. Oregon's highest-ever finish was 10th place in 1980.
All-American Boys Both Sonnen and 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 three-time Pac-10 Champion and finished fourth at the NCAA Tournament last season to earn his first All-America honor. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Sonnen is fifth all-time with 105 career victories and needs just one win to move into fourth. Lee is tied for sixth with 101 career victories.
Head Coach Chuck Kearney The third year Oregon head coach has a 23-23 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.