Oregon Wrestling Comes Close to Upsetting No. 6 Oklahoma

Jan. 24, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oregon wrestling team lost to No. 6 Oklahoma, 21-13, Friday night in Norman, Okla. The meet was even closer than the final score would indicate, with the Sooners winning six of their seven matches by a combined nine points.

'We're at a point where we're wrestling with the best people in the country,' head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'We have just got to find a way to get it done.'

Freshman Tony Rolen (184), senior Tony Overstake (149) and sophomore Luke Larwin (165) were the winners for Oregon. Rolen pinned his opponent in the second period to pick up six valuable points for the Ducks. Overstake dominated in the third period to score a major decision in his match. Five of Overstake's last six wins have come by major decision. Larwin used an early outburst and held off his opponent to score Oregon's other three points.

Unfortunately, most of the close matches went the Sooners' way. The Ducks lost the first three matches by a combined five points and they were never able to fully recover. Oregon did come within two points at 15-13 following Rolen's pin, but was unable to complete the upset.

'We're proud of the way the kids competed and we're excited about the kids' talent,' Kearney said. 'We're just making little mistakes that are keeping us from getting to that level.'

The Ducks will have little time to recover as they will take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the No. 1-ranked team in the country, on Sunday at 2 p.m. Oklahoma State features ranked wrestlers at every weight class.

125 No. 8 Bo Maynes def. Martin Mitchell, decision 9-8
133 No. 6 Witt Durden def. Jason Harless, decision 4-2
141 No. 6 Teyon Ware def. Casey Hunt, decision 4-2
149 Tony Overstake def. Daniel Rubenstein, major decision 16-5
157 Raf Maturino def. Branson Phillips, decision 2-1
165 Luke Larwin def. Wes Roberts, decision 6-4
174 No. 3 Robbie Waller def. No. 7 Shane Webster, decision 4-2
184 Tony Rolen def. Derek Brown, fall 3:51
197 No. 15 Tom Grossman def. Elias Soto, decision 7-3
285 Jake Hager def. Neil Phillips, decision 3-2

The meet began at 125, with Oregon's Martin Mitchell taking on No. 8 Bo Maynes, who came in to the meet with a record of 28-4. The first period was all Mitchell, as he stormed out to a 5-0 lead. Maynes came back within one point after the second and had a takedown and a two-point near fall in the third period to win the match, 9-8.

At 133, No. 6 Witt Durden defeated Jason Harless by decision, 4-2. Harless was unable to score a takedown against Durden, while Durden had the riding advantage to score the win and give the Sooners a 6-0 lead.

In another close match, the Ducks' Casey Hunt could not quite knock off No. 6 Teyon Ware. Hunt took a 1-0 lead after one period, but could only score one more point the rest of the match, losing 4-2, just like Harless.

Tony Overstake got the scoring going for the Ducks at 149, taking a major decision against Danny Rubenstein, 16-5. Overstake dominated the third period, outscoring Rubenstein 9-1. The victory narrowed the overall score to 9-4.

At 157, Branson Phillips returned to his home state and came very close to winning his match, but eventually lost, 2-1. Rafael Maturino used a takedown with only 42 seconds remaining in the match to win and give the Sooners an eight-point lead.

Luke Larwin brought the lead back to five points by defeating Wes Roberts at 165, 6-4. Larwin scored five points in the first period and then held on for the victory.

In one of the more highly anticipated matchups of the evening, No. 3 Robbie Waller defeated No. 7 Shane Webster at 174, 4-2. Webster struck first in the match with a takedown, but Waller held Webster scoreless for the final two periods, giving the Sooners a 15-7 lead.

Freshman Tony Rolen continued his impressive wrestling at 184, winning by fall in the second period. Oklahoma's Derrick Brown led 4-1 after the first period, but Rolen pinned Brown at 3:51 in the match to make the overall score 15-13.

Sophomore Elias Soto also wrestled well against No. 15 Tom Grossman at 197, but eventually fell by decision, 7-3. Soto tied the score in the second period, 2-2, but Grossman used two more takedowns and had the riding advantage to score his final five points.

Neil Phillips, a redshirt freshman, was unable to knock off Jake Hager at the heavyweight position. Phillips took a 1-0 lead into the third period, but Hager scored a takedown with only 35 seconds remaining to pick up the win.

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