Wrestling 2-0 After Dominating Davis

Nov. 10, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - It was a perfect start to the Pacific-10 Conference season for the Oregon wrestling team as it defeated UC Davis, 39-9 in the nightcap of an opening day doubleheader, in which the Ducks also defeated Stanford, 29-4.

In all, Oregon won 17 of 20 matches in its first two Pac-10 duals to improve to 2-0 overall, 2-0 Pac-10. Freshman Shane Webster, starting at 174, finished the day with two victories to start his first collegiate season 2-0. Oregon's other newcomer, Elias Soto, finished the day 1-1, falling 14-5 to Stanford's Harold Penson, before defeating Bret Hallenbeck of Davis, 9-2.

Oregon senior Eugene Harris made the switch to 165 this season and easily defeated John Garfinkel of Stanford by major decision, 16-5. Harris then lost a close double overtime decision, 2-1 to Burt Pierson of Davis.

'We wrestled hard in all areas tonight and I'm pleased with that,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'We gave up only three takedowns against Davis and earlier we had 27 more takedowns against Stanford, wo we're dominating on our feet.'

Senior Shaun Williams is 2-0 after a 23-7 major decision over Tommy Schurkamp and Jason Harless (133) picked up the Ducks' other major decision against Davis' Urijah Faber, 13-3.

Other wrestlers that are perfect following Oregon's opening day are: Brian Watson (141), Jake Leair (197) and heavyweight Eric Webb.

'If we are able to continue to improve and wrestle well, we're going to put ourselves in a position where we can attain our goals,' Kearney said.

Oregon 31, Davis 9125: Shaun Williams (UO) maj. dec. Tommy Schurkamp, 23-7133: Jason Harless (UO) maj. dec. Urijah Faber (UCD), 13-3141: Brian Watson (UO) dec. Cooper Fouch (UCD), 9-3149: Tony Overstake (UO) dec. Matt Gentry (STAN), 6-4157: Jerimiah Jarvis (UCD) pinned Branson Phillips (UO), 6:12165: Burt Pierson dec. Eugene Harris (UO), 2-1 OT, TB174: Shane Webster (UO) dec. Stuart Young (UCD), 18-12184: Elias Soto (UO) dec. Bret Hallenbeck (UCD), 9-2197: Jake Leair (UO) dec. Ronnie Silva (UCD), 8-2Hwt.: Eric Webb (UO) dec. Jason Paul (UCD), 11-4 
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