Oregon Takes Sixth Place at Reno Tournament

Dec. 19, 2002

RENO, Nev. - Oregon bounced back from a disappointing loss to No. 12 Nebraska with a solid sixth-place finish at the Reno Tournament of Champions Thursday. Oregon had two wrestlers finish in second place, one wrestler finish in third and one wrestler finish in fourth.

'As a group, it was the first competition that we performed at a competitive level,' head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'We're pleased with how we did. At the same time, there are so many little things that we can get better at that will help our team.'

The Ducks got their most points from their two senior leaders, Casey Hunt and Tony Overstake. Hunt took second place at 141, while No. 20-ranked Overstake matched the feat at 149. Both wrestlers lost in the championship matches to wrestlers ranked in the top 10 and on teams the Ducks will face in the future.

'[Hunt's] doing the things it takes to be successful,' Kearney said. 'He's just beginning to scratch the surface of what he's capable of doing this year.'

No. 10-ranked Shane Webster (174) and Luke Larwin (165) were the other Ducks that picked up places. Webster lost a narrow decision to No. 9-ranked Mark Fee of Appalachian State, but came back to win the third-place match against No. 17-ranked Carl Fronhofer. Larwin, who was coming off two consecutive losses over the weekend, bounced back himself to take fourth at the event.

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