Oregon Wrestling Advances Six Wrestlers At Las Vegas Invite

Nov. 30, 2001

A solid performance by the Oregon wrestling team has six wrestlers still competing heading into the second day of action at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Primm, Nevada. Oregon resumes action Saturday when the competition concludes.

'I really think we are continuing to gain confidence and continuing to wrestle better,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'This is a chance to gain experience and prepare for the rest of the season and I'm pleased with how we performed.'

At 133 pounds, No. 14 ranked Jason Harless began the tournament with three-straight victories, including two by major decision. Harless was defeated by major decision (13-6) by No. 8 Foley Dowd of Michigan in the final round to finish the day 3-1 heading into tomorrow's round.

Junior Tony Overstake also picked up three wins and fell only to No. 10 Ryan Bertin of Michigan.

Heavyweight Eric Webb picked up his first pin of the season against Jon Small of Pacific (1:45). Webb also defeated Charles Halstead of the Colorado School of Mines (5-3) and Josh Pierce of Edinboro (6-5) to advance to Saturday's rouund.

The Ducks did not have wrestlers compete at 125, 149 or 197 in order to recover from minor injuries.

133 No. 14 Jason Harless (UO) maj. dec. Armando Orozco (San Francisco St.), 11-1133 No. 14 Jason Harless (UO) maj. dec. Bruce Heptner (Dickinson St.), 18-5133 No. 14 Jason Harless (UO) dec. Joe Malia (Nebraska), 7-4133 No. 8 Foley Dowd (Michigan) dec. No. 14 Jason Harless (UO), 13-6

141 No. 19 Brian Watson (UO) dec. Brad Byers (North Carolina St.), 3-1141 No. 19 Brian Watson (UO) maj. dec. Tommy Rohn (Lehigh), 10-3141 No. 8 Cedric Haynon (Cal Poly) dec. No. 19 Brian Watson (UO), 2-1

157 Tony Overstake (UO) dec. Jim Terry (Clarion), 12-8157 No. 10 Ryan Bertin (Michigan) maj. dec. Tony Overstake (UO), 16-8157 Tony Overstake (UO) dec. Cooper (Buffalo), 12-5157 Tony Overstake (UO) maj. dec. Travis Koptenhafer (Adams St.), 9-1

165 No. 16 Eugene Harris (UO) dec. Scott Roth (Cornell), 10-5165 No. 16 Eugene Harris (UO) maj. dec. John Garfinkel (Stanford), 22-8165 No. 16 Eugene Harris (UO) dec. Brody Barrios (Cal Poly), 7-2

174 Shane Webster (UO) maj. dec. Brian Muir (Virginia), 11-2174 No. 12 Matt Erwin (VMI) defeat Shane Webster (UO)174 Shane Webster (UO) maj. dec. Stuart Young (Davis), 12-3174 Shane Webster (UO) maj. dec. Zach Gilliot (Fullerton), 13-4

184 Elias Soto (UO)184 Elias Soto (UO)

Hwt. No. 8 Eric Webb (UO) pin John Small (Pacific), 1:45Hwt. No. 8 Eric Webb (UO) dec. Charles Halstead (Colorado School of Mines), 5-3Hwt. No. 8 Eric Webb (UO) dec. Josh Pierce (Edinboro), 6-5

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