Wrestling Hosts A Pair Of Duals
Jan. 21, 2002
RECENTLY Eugene Harris, Brian Watson and Eric Webb picked up Oregon's three victories versus No. 4 Michigan Jan. 11. Harris improved to 18-2 overall with the win and is 5-1 in duals. The Ducks finished in a tie for the second time this season, a 24-24 deadlock versus No. 16 Nebraska Jan. 3. Oregon went on to win based on critera b, which awards the win to the team with the most victories by fall -- Oregon had three and Nebraska had one. Against No. 11 Northern Iowa, Oregon lost 26-16, with Eugene Harris (165), Eric Webb (Hwt.) and Brian Watson (141) picking up the Ducks' three victories. Senior Shaun Williams (125) was sidelined with an ankle injury and Oregon was forced to forfeit at 125 pounds in two duals (Nebraska, Northern Iowa). Oregon still managed to defeat the Cornhuskers despite giving up six points at 125. Also out with injuries recently week were: Jason Harless (133), Tony Overstake (157) and Shane Webster (174).
A LOOK AT PACIFIC The Boxers (9-8 overall) broke a four match losing streak with victories over Simon Fraser (32-18) and Pacific Lutheran (40-6) last week. Pacific is a member of the Northwest Conference and is a division III school. The Boxers are led by Troy Hall at 157 pounds. Hall is 26-3 overall and 18-0 in duals.
A LOOK AT CENTRAL WASHINGTON The Wildcats claimed six individual titles at their own tournament two weeks ago. Last week, the Wildcats competed at the Cliff Keen Division II duals. Cental Washington is led by Cole Denison (141), Shaine Jaime (149) and Jared Novac (157).
THE SERIES Oregon leads the series with Pacific, 7-2, and has won the last four competitions. The Ducks last defeated the Boxers 35-9 in the 1999-2000 season. Pacific's last victory was a 20-17 win in the 1985-86 season. Against Central Washington, Oregon holds an 18-7 advantage and has won two straight. Oregon won 40-4 last season and 38-10 two years ago. Prior to that, the two teams had not wrestled since 1984-85 when Central Washington won 18-15.