Oregon Wrestling Opens Season With A Pair Of Duals At Stanford And UC Davis

Nov. 7, 2001

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OREGON THIS WEEK The 2001-02 season gets underway with a pair of dual meets in California. Oregon will take on Stanford at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 and will then face UC Davis at 7 p.m.

PAC-10 PRESEASON RANKINGS Oregon is picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 this season and here's how the Ducks' individual wrestlers are ranked heading into the season: Shaun Williams, 125, 2nd, Brian Watson, 141, 3rd, Tony Overstake, 149, 3rd, Eugene Harris, 165, 3rd, Eric Webb, Hwt., 2nd. Intermat does not have Oregon in the preseason Top 25.

THE SCHEDULE Once again Oregon will face some of the top teams in the nation this season. Oregon hosts No. 2 Oklahoma State, Dec. 16 and No. 4 Michigan, Jan. 11. The Ducks travel to No. 10 Nebraska, Jan. 3 and No. 13 Northern Iowa, Jan. 5. Three Pac-10 teams are among Intermat's preseason Top 25: No. 12 Arizona State, No. 20 Boise State and No. 23 Oregon State.

A LOOK AT STANFORD The Cardinal will be led by first-year head coach Steve Buddie, a former Stanford All-American. Stanford was 4-9 overall last season and finished 0-6 in Pac-10 competition. The Cardinal return all 10 starters from a year ago and will look to build on a ninth place finish at the Pac-10 Championships.

A LOOK AT DAVIS The Aggies opened the season with an upset of Bakersfield, Nov. 2. It was the first time in school history that Davis defeated Bakersfield and it was key pins by Jason Paul (Hwt.) and Kevin Jones (141) that led the way.

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