Oregon Wrestling Ends Run At NCAA Tournament

March 16, 2001

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The No. 17 University of Oregon wrestling team ended its NCAA Tournament run Friday, losing four matches in the wrestlebacks in front of 12,960 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

'We're obviously disappointed,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'Doug had an outstanding season and career and we hate to see him end his career this way. Our returners have now seen what it takes to compete at this level.'

At 157, Eugene Harris won Oregon's lone match of the day, a 9-5 decision over Edinboro's Shaun Shapert. Harris led the entire match, taking a 5-1 lead with a takedown and a three-point near fall in the first period. Harris then scored an escape in the second period to extend his lead to 6-1. Shapert scored an escape to narrow the gap, 6-2, but In the third period, Harris tallied two takedowns and an escape to secure the win. In his second match of the session, Harris faced fifth-seeded Kirk White of Boise State and fell 5-3 to finish the tournament.

Senior All-American Doug Lee's quest for a second All-America nod came to an end against unseeded Kyle Hanson of Northern Iowa in the 184 wrestlebacks. Lee had a 4-1 lead in the first period, but with five seconds remaining in the first period Hanson scored a two-point takedown and a three-point near fall to go ahead 6-4. The match was tied at seven in the second period, but a two-point reversal by Hanson gave him a 9-7 lead. Hanson scored a two-point takedown with 58 seconds left in the bout and gave up an escape point to Lee to make the score 12-8. Lee managed to pull within two points, 12-10 with 36 seconds remaining. An escape by Hanson eight seconds later secured the win 13-10.

Shaun Williams' (125) run in the wrestlebacks was stalled by Josh Moore of Penn State. Moore defeated Williams 10-3 to advance to Session IV. Williams jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a takedown in the first period, but scored only once more on an escape late in the final period. Moore tied the bout at two with a takedown in the first period and extended his lead with a three-point near fall at the end of the first period. Moore scored a takedown in the second and third periods and added a point for riding time.

At 165, freshman Luke Larwin couldn't get a handle on 11th-seeded Ben Boozer of Edinboro. Boozer took an early 5-0 lead in the first period and went on to win by technical fall, 17-0 at 6:04.

Tournament action continues tonight at 3:30 p.m. Consolation semi-finals and medal matches begin at 6 a.m.Saturday and the championship finals begin at 11 a.m. PST.

Oregon Session III Results, March 16, 2001
125: Josh Moore (Penn St.) dec. Shaun Williams (UO), 10-3
157: Eugene Harris (UO) dec. Shaun Shapert (Edinboro), 9-5
157: Kirk White (BSU) dec. Eugene Harris (UO), 5-3
165: Ben Boozer (Edinboro) Tech. Fall Luke Larwin (UO), 17-0, 6:04
184: Kyle Hanson (N. Iowa) dec. Doug Lee (UO), 13-10

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