Wrestling Takes Down Bakersfield, 35-9

Feb. 8, 2002

EUGENE - Amidst a flurry of forfeits, the Oregon wrestling team pressed Cal State Bakersfield in the six matches that did occur and rolled to a 35-9 victory in the first of two dual meets Friday afternoon. The Ducks improve to 6-6 overall, 3-3 Pacific-10 Conference heading into their match with No. 21 Fresno State at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. With the loss, Bakersfield falls to 2-6, 0-4.

'This was a good opportunity to gain confidence and momentum heading into a tough dual with Fresno State,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'Our guys competed hard and had a chance to see how they can dominate when they wrestle hard.'

The dual was slated to begin at 197 pounds, but no matches occurred until the 133 match up between Oregon's Jason Harless and Bakersfield's Efren Ceballos. At 197 and heavyweight, the Roadrunners were forced to forfeit, giving the Ducks an early 12-0 lead. Oregon put Bakersfield within six points, 12-6, with its own forfeit at 125 pounds.

Harless secured Oregon's first true victory, a 12-8 decision over Ceballos, that gave the Ducks a 15-6 advantage. No. 20 Brian Watson (141) continued to build on Oregon's lead with a 4-1 decision over Ryan Meloche. Heading into the 149 pound match, Oregon led 18-6, but Bakersfield narrowed the gap, 18-9, when Thomas Juarez scored a two point takedown in overtime to defeat Casey Hunt, 5-3.

At 165, No. 5 Eugene Harris defeated Bryan Busby, 21-6, for Oregon's biggest win of the day. Harris' win put the Ducks ahead comfortably, 26-9. The lead expanded again when Bakersfield forfeited at 174 pounds to give the Ducks a 32-9 lead heading into the final match of the day.

At 184, freshman Elias Soto defeated Scott O'Rear, 15-6, to secure his first victory by major decision.

Oregon 35, Bakersfield 9197: Jake Leair (UO) FORFEIT Robbie Odell (CSB), 6-0Hwt: Eric Webb (UO) FORFEIT Bakersfield, 12-0125: Bakersfield FORFEIT Shaun Williams (UO), 12-6133: Jason Harless (UO) DEC Efren Ceballos (CSB) 12-8 15-6141: Brian Watson (UO) DEC Ryan Meloche (CSB), 4-1 18-6149: Thomas Juarez (CSB) DEC Casey Hunt (UO), 5-3 OT 18-9157: Tony Overstake (UO) DEC Brian Cobb (CSB), 10-4 21-9165: Eugene Harris (UO) TECH FALL Bryan Busby (CSB), 21-6  26-9174: Shane Webster (UO) FORFEIT Bryan Travers (CSB) 32-9184: Elias Soto (UO) MAJ DEC Scott O'Rear (CSB) 15-6 35-9
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