Wrestling Upends No. 21 Fresno State

Feb. 8, 2002

EUGENE - Oregon freshman Shane Webster made sure there was no way the 21st ranked Fresno State Bulldogs could leave McArthur Court with a victory Friday evening. Webster nearly pinned Britt Mooney in the 174 pound match and went on to win by technical fall to put the Ducks up by eight points heading into the final match of the evening. Oregon went on to defeat Fresno State, 20-16, in front of 402 fans at McArthur Court Friday evening.

With their victory over Pac-10 foe Bakersfield earlier this afternoon, the Ducks improve to 7-6 overall, 3-3 Pacific-10 Conference. Fresno State drops to 10-7 overall. Oregon now leads the overall series 19-13-1 over Fresno State.

'This was a big win for us and I'm proud of the guys for wrestling tough,' Oregon head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'It didn't matter if we were winning or losing, every guy wrestled for seven minutes. We didn't wrestle as crisp as I would have liked in some instances, but if we stay tough like we did tonight, we can be successful.'

Tony Overstake won a pivotal match for Oregon, outwrestling Fresno State's Ben Baca in the 157 pound match. Oregon trailed by three points heading into the Overstake's match, and Baca seemed to have the early advantage. But with 1:55 remaining in the second period, Overstake made a critical escape and tied the match at two. Then, in the third period, Overstake took control, riding Baca and earning 1 minute and 53 seconds of advantage time. Overstake's persistence was the deciding factor as he went on to win 3-2 because of his riding time. The win put the Ducks in a position to win the dual with three matches remaining.

In the following match, No. 5 Eugene Harris put the Ducks in an even better position by defeating senior Darrick Duran, 12-5. The Ducks led 15-12 heading into the 174 pound match and Webster's dominance over Mooney secured the win. Fresno State won the 184 pound match by major decision, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit produced by Webster and Harris.

Oregon got on the board early when Jake Leair held on to defeat freshman Marcio Botelho, 5-3. The Ducks took a 6-0 lead after heavyweight Eric Webb won a 3-1 decision over Grant Harrington, but the lead was short-lived as Oregon forfeited at 125 pounds, which tied the dual at six.

Fresno State took its first lead of the dual after No. 16 Darrick Hayes defeated Jason Harless, 12-5, at 133 pounds. The Bulldogs carried a 9-6 advantage heading into the 141 pound match. No. 20 Brian Watson trailed Fresno State's Ralph Lopez 1-0 heading into the third period. With 1:37 left, Watson escaped to force the match into overtime where he scored another escape to win 2-1 and tie the dual, 9-9.

Jim Medeiros put Fresno State in the lead, 12-9, after a 6-4 decision over Oregon's Casey Hunt at 149 pounds. Hunt scored a two point takedown with two seconds remaining in the match, but with time expiring and Medeiros' riding time, he couldn't get any closer.

No matter, as Oregon got strong performances throughout the line up Friday evening. Not even a forfeit at 125 pounds could stop the Ducks from rallying down the stretch.

197: Jake Leair (UO) DEC Marcio Botelho (FS), 5-3 3-0Hwt: Eric Webb (UO) DEC Grant Harrington (FS), 3-1 6-0125: Stephan Abas (FS) FORFEIT Shaun Willliams (UO), 6-6133: Derrick Hayes (FS) DEC Jason Harless (UO), 12-5 6-9141: Brian Watson (UO) DEC Ralph Lopez (FS), 2-1 OT 9-9149: Zhon Kuraspediani (FS) DEC Casey Hunt (UO), 6-4 9-12157: Tony Overstake (UO) DEC Ben Baca (FS), 3-2 12-12165: Eugene Harris (UO) DEC Darrick Duran (FS), 12-5 15-12174: Shane Webster (UO) TECH FALL Britt Mooney (FS), 21-6  20-12184: Eddie Gifford (FS) MAJ DEC  Elias Soto (UO), 12-3 
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