Webster Falls in Semifinals in Close Match

March 21, 2003

KANSAS CITY - Shane Webster finally lost a match at the NCAA Championships, 3-2, in the semifinals at 174 Friday evening in Kansas City. Carl Fronhofer of Pittsburgh, who is ranked No. 14 but is unseeded at the tournament, held off a late takedown attempt by No. 12 Webster to advance to the finals.

'The match just as easily could have fell the other direction,' head coach Chuck Kearney said. 'Shane went out and wrestled hard.'

Fronhofer took a 3-0 lead in the second period with an escape and takedown, but Webster escaped to make the score 3-1 entering the third period. Webster scored another escape to draw within one point, but was unable to complete a late takedown attempt.

In Webster's quarterfinal match, he scored a takedown with less than 30 seconds remaining and held off a late try by No. 4 Ryan Lange of Purdue. It was the second time this season Webster has defeated Lange.

Webster drops to the wrestleback bracket, where he will face the winner of the match between No. 2 Chris Pendelton and No. 11 Mark Fee Saturday morning. If Webster wins his first match, he will then wrestle for third place. If he loses, he will wrestle for fifth place.

Webster defeated the No. 5 and No. 4 seeds on his way to the semifinals and will need to win two more matches against seeded wrestlers to take third place.

'He's beaten some real good people so far,' Kearney said. 'We want him to finish strong tomorrow so he can feel good about this tournament.'

Saturday's first session begins at 7 a.m. PST, with results being updated at www.ncaasports.com/wrestling/mens.


No. 12 Shane Webster (Oregon) def. Tyler Baier (Cornell), 3-2
No. 12 Shane Webster (Oregon) def. No. 5 Tyler Nixt (Iowa), 7-4
No. 12 Shane Webster (Oregon) def. No. 4 Ryan Lange (Purdue), 3-2
Carl Fronhofer (Pittsburgh) def. No. 12 Shane Webster (Oregon), 3-2

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