Despite 16-16 Tie With No. 24 Oregon State, Ducks Come Out With Loss

Dec. 12, 2001

CORVALLIS - It was by the narrowest of margins that the No. 24 Oregon State wrestling team managed to walk away with a 16-16 win versus in-state rival Oregon at Gill Coliseum Wednesday evening.

Although the teams were tied following the match, a rule implemented for the 2001-02 season states no dual meet shall end in a tie, a list of criteria shall be used to break the tie.

Officials at Oregon State went through six criteria with no tiebreaker established. Finally, it was criteria g -- stating that the team with the most near fall points wins the meet. Oregon State had two near fall points and the Ducks had zero.

Heading into the heavyweight competition, Oregon had a 16-13 lead over the Beavers and had led the meet throughout. Oregon junior Eric Webb went up against Andy Bowlby and the two wrestled to a 1-1 tie through one tiebreaker. In the second, 30-second- overtime, Webb chose the down position and wasn't able to escape in the allotted time, thus it was Bowlby who was awarded the three points to give the Beavers a 16-16 tie.

'The most positive thing about tonight is that our guys feel like we lost even when we thought it was a tie,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'They have set a standard to have success and a tie isn't necessarily a win. This is going to help us focus on our goals and get better for the next contest.'

The match began at 125 pounds with No.10 Shaun Williams defeating Michael Delaney, 7-5, to give the Ducks an early 3-0 lead. With sophomore Jason Harless sidelined with an ankle injury, freshman Martin Mitchell stepped in at 133 pounds and picked up his first Pac-10 victory, an 8-2 decision over Tim Norman that extended Oregon's lead to 6-0.

'For Martin to step up in a big dual meet on short notice is huge,' Kearney said. 'He showed the promise of what we saw in him when we brought him here and what he did tonight wasn't easy, especially as a freshman.'

At 141, Oregon State was able to narrow the Ducks' lead with Casey Horn defeating Oregon's Brian Watson, 6-4. Junior Tony Overstake quickly expanded the Ducks' lead with a win at 157, but it was No. 16 Eugene Harris' major decision win over Jed Pennell at 165 that gave the Ducks the bonus points they needed to stay in the meet.

'Eugene wrestled like a national caliber wrestler tonight,' Kearney said. 'He dominated their guy and I was pleased with the way he competed.'

But at 174 pounds, No. 6 Nathan Coy countered with a major decision win over Oregon freshman Shane Webster, which, in turn, kept the Beavers in the hunt as well. Oregon State went on to pick up decision wins at 184 and 197 to give itself a chance to win the meet at heavyweight.

125 No. 10 Shaun Williams (UO) DEC  Michael Delaney (OSU), 7-5133 Martin Mitchell (UO) DEC Tim Norman (OSU), 8-2141 Casey Horn DEC  Brian Watson (UO), 6-4157 Tony Overstake (UO) DEC Micah Houston (OSU), 15-8165 No. 16 Eugene Harris (UO) MAJ DEC.  Jed Pennell (OSU), 20-7174 No. 6 Nathan Coy (OSU) MAJ DEC. Shane Webster (UO), (10-1)184 No. 19 Isaac Weber (OSU) DEC Elias Soto (UO), 4-0197 Jason Lovell (OSU) DEC  Jake Leair (UO), 6-0Hwt. Andy Bowlby DEC No. 12 Eric Webb (UO), 1-1 2OT
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