Eugene Harris Named Outstanding Wrestler At Annual Awards Banquet
April 15, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon senior Eugene Harris (Las Vegas, Nev.) was named Outstanding Wrestler at the annual banquet Sunday afternoon and four other wrestlers earned individual honors as well. Freshman Shane Webster was named Outstanding Newcomer, Jason Harless earned the John Miller Award, Tony Overstake was given the David Abraham Award and Casey Hunt was touted as the most improved wrestler.
Harris finished the season 33-5 en route to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Tournament to become an All-American for the first time in his career. Harris' ranking soared to as high as fourth during the season and with just three losses heading into the national tournament, he earned a seven seed in the 165 pound bracket.
Webster, who also advanced to the NCAA Tournament after finishing third at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships, finished his first collegiate season 17-11, including a 13-4 major decision win over Boise State's Pat Owens at the conference championships.
The Dr. John Miller Award is given to a wrestler who gives 100 percent in both wrestling and academics. Harless earned a wild-card bid to the NCAA Tournament and concluded his season with a 17-9 overall record, including eight wins with bonus points. Harless currently has a 3.73 grade point average.
Overstake, who battled through injuries a year ago, returned healthy in 2002 and was the Pac-10 Champion at 157 pounds and finished 1-2 at the national tournament. The Dave Abraham Award honors a student athlete that demonstrates a true passion for the sport of wrestling.
Hunt, who had not qualified for the national tournament in his first two seasons at Oregon, earned an automatic bid with a fourth place finish at the Pac-10 tournament. He finished the season 12-12 in the 149 pound weight class and won by fall in five of his matches.
As a team, Oregon finished second at the conference championships - its highest finish since 1989 - and took eight wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament.