Eight Oregon Wrestlers Headed For NCAA Tournament
March 18, 2002
OREGON THIS WEEK Eight Oregon wrestlers - the most since 1981 - qualified for the NCAA Tournament to be held this weekend in Albany, New York. The wrestlers qualified after placing fourth or higher at the Pacific-10 Conference. The Ducks, who finished second at the Pac-10 Championships, finished the season ranked No. 18 by Intermat. Oregon finished the season 9-7 overall, 5-4 Pac-10.
OREGON LINE UP125 No. 7 Shaun Williams (13-4 - 1st Pac-10 Championships)133 Jason Harless (16-7 - 5th Pac-10 Championships - Wild Card selection)141 No. 17 Brian Watson (24-9 - 2nd Pac-10 Championships)149 Casey Hunt (12-10 - 4th Pac-10 Championships)157 No. 16 Tony Overstake (25-7 - 1st Pac-10 Championships)165 No. 4 Eugene Harris (29-3 - 1st Pac-10 Championships)174 Shane Webster (16-9 - 3rd Pac-10 Championships)Hwt. No. 17 Eric Webb (20-9 - 3rd Pac-10 Championships)*Rankings: Intermat
SCHEDULESession I, Thu., 11 a.m. - 3:30 pm.Session II, Thu., 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Wrestle-back prelims, wrestle-back first rounds)Session III, Fri., 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Quarterfinals, Wrestle-back second and third rounds)Session IV, Fri., 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (Semifinals, Wrestle-back fourth and fifth rounds)Session V, Sat., 8 a.m. (Wrestle-back semifinals, 7th and 8th medal rounds, 3rd-6th medal rounds)
125 (8)Shaun Williams vs. Heath McKim (Air Force) OR Marlon Felton (N. Illinois)133 Jason Harless vs. (10)Phil Mansueto (Cleveland St.)141 Brian Watson vs. (3)Sean Gray OR Clinton Frease (Brown)149 Casey Hunt vs. (8)Jake Percival (Ohio)157 Tony Overstake vs. Frank DeFillippis (E. Illinois)165 (7)Eugene Harris vs. Bill Boeh (Duquesne)174 Shane Webster vs. Ralph Everett (Hofstra)Hwt. Eric Webb vs. (5) John Lockhart (Illinois)
FOLLOW THE ACTION The NCAA reserves exclusive rights to conduct live broadcasts on the Internet. Therefore, NO web site other than www.ncaachampionships.com will be permitted to produce live data. Brackets will also be updated throughout the tournament www.intermatwrestle.com.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS Three Oregon wrestlers were crowned Pacific-10 Conference Champions as the Ducks finished second with 115.5 team points. It is the most individual conference champions and the highest finish for Oregon since 1989. Along with Oregon State, who also had three champions, Oregon won the most individual titles, but it was Boise State who took home the title with 123 points. Shaun Williams (125), Tony Overstake (157) and Eugene Harris (165) all won titles for the first time in their careers and will advance to the NCAA Tournament along with second place finisher Brian Watson (141), third place finishers Shane Webster (174), Eric Webb (Hwt.) and fourth place finisher Casey Hunt (149). Sophomore Jason Harless (133), who finished fifth as the second seed, earned one of the four wild card bids to the NCAA Tournament. The eight wrestler contingent will be the largest traveling to the national tournament for Oregon since taking nine wrestlers in 1981 under coach Ron Finely.