Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, January 12, 1990, Page 13, Image 13

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

Rissone excels as Duck wrestler
B\ Mike Maloney
Emerald ( ontrilnitor
II von wanted In < ongrntulnte
|oe Kissone tut being n.mieil In
the \i• \.i<i.i prep football
Team ill llie I)e( .nil' v mi
would ha\i' to i .il< h him .il
prai tii e
Hut il wouldn't im toulb.ill
prai lii c
Kissone. who led hi-, high
si liool gridiron squad to .1 i-l 11
season and .1 state title, is now
the starling I'll) ponndei on ()i
1‘gun's n.ilion.ilh ranked wres
tling squad
After high si liool. I dei ided
I wasn't big enough to play
lineman in college football.'
Kissone said "And I pisl liked
wrestling more
Not that his credentials in his
"second'' sport were am less
impressive As .1 senior
Kissone wrestled to .1 t i ll mark
en route to an individual slate
title and prep All Amerii an
"|oe pretty mui h dominated
the high school wrestling
scene." Oregon wrestling head
coat h Ron Finley said "He
pinned the majority ot his op
Kissone began Ins ()regon on
reel' in the tall ot l()Hr>. posting
a ti I mark in Ins freshman
campaign belore being side
lined when he blew out his
knee during a prai tn e session
"|oe was prettv impressive
until the injury." Finley said
"We didn't know it he 1 mild
make il I)<k k
Kissont! had major surgerv
during llic oil-season ami c.mie
h,u k his sophomore veai his
rnoltiiit\ limited In an over
bearing knee brae e
"I couldn't move or shoot
u 1111 that mi." Kissone said
I le u as hetallen by bar I I in k
again his junior se.ison litis
time separating Ins collarbone
tie sat out that vear on redsliirt
status anil lime again started
on lire road ul rehabilitation'
"Sometimes I wondered il it
was worth it Kissone said I
didn't know it tin- retiabilila
tion would pay oft
tie was .tbit: to U resile a i out
plete season last year, vet never
quite got on tret k and finished
with it 10-10 rer ord
"Until tills v ear I think |oe
was real wan of re-injuring
himself.' I inlev said I le
came reach to wrestle tins
fall "
t his v\ ill be Kissone s last
season in an Oregon wrestling
uniform, and alreadv it looks as
it It W ill he Ills best
I le has jumped out to a 10 I
record, including two victories
over Stanford All American
Kent I’errv
Kissone pinned I’errv in their
11rst meeting one ot tiis team
leading four tails blit Oregon
wrestling assistant < oat h
Chut k hearnev said the second
win was tin* biggest
")oe dominated Kerry on
points in their sec ontl meet
nig." he said It proved that
the first win wasn't a fluke
He also look second place at
tins year's prestigious Oregon
Classic Ins only loss c oming at
the hands of Oklahoma State
All A meric an Kandy (ioullure
hearnev said the coaching
stall knew he was t apaltle of
sue It outstanding performances
all along
"He's the toughest wrestler
ill the practice room.” hearnev
said "But now he’s believing
In KmIjii « .illr
for Kissii/ir's itrrstlmii suit t’ss /i.is v.trncil him ihr •J.irlim;
l!H)-l>ouiul slut on Ihr I niirrsilx nrrstlinv •miii.iiI
In himself during competition
more III.in lie has in tile pusl
We knew u ll.it lie u.is i apahle
ol .ill along
Both coach anil wrestler
agree that this new louiul i on
lideni e stems trom a le\el ol
conditioning that Rissone did
not ai hieve in the past
"Injuries interrupted |oe's
training in the past." Finley
s.iul Now he is in In tai the
best shape ot his i areer
Till linallv wresiling a lull
m.ill h," Rissone s.tul hast
season Id he tired attei one
round "
linlev said Rissone s mi
provemenl should slum m this
season's l’at III tournament
a toiirnainenl he lias vet to
plat e in
It |no keeps impinging lie
i ould tpialily tor the \i \ A s
and even plat e there I inlay
said, noting the inn pound
weight division is 'wide
Regardless nl whcthci hr
achieves All Ami'iu .in status
|or Kissoiif has li.nl .111 impres
sive i arecr .it tlif I niversitv of
Oregon llowovot when asked
about the highlight "I Ins 11.11 f
dei ade m thf green .iml gold
In* (lot's mil speak ol ,i heron
liikf (lown or pm
I think niv highlight is lif
ini’ .i |i.trl ol thf fttoil il took to
i>o from tlif tr.im» van ai i ideul
a vi'.ir lifloif I i ami1 here to
whore we arf tmlav In' said
kills spring Kissone will
graduate with a degree in sin i
nlogy Although lif has liffii
wrestling suin' hi* was H vears
old Ilf's not sad about si'fing
his career < ome to an f ml
I vc lieen hi thf w resiling
room an awful long time he
said 'I've had two knee sur
gerics a numlifi ol rotator i nit
injuries and generally bffii
heal up fver\ da\ It s an aitia/
trig rclifl lo almost tie done
I If has imilied the ri'sl
Ducks face Bulldogs, Beavs
The Oregon wrestling
Icim hosts I-resno State «it
Mi Art hill Court tonight .it
7: 50 |) 111 before traveling to
Corvallis to meet Oregon
State .it (oil (loliseum Satur
da\ .1! 7 til |> in
Tin- I)m ks .in- ranked
2 till in the nation in the hit
est edit ion ol \m.limit 11 re>
tling Vim s ll.ni V'idl.ik
u bt> w resiles ■ t! the I 1H
pound i Ins-. In,ids llic te.im
v\ ilh .1 r.ilinjj ol sixth m tIn
( trefoil In.ids llu- .ill limn
series with l li'siui SI.lit- .it
till I In- I )ui ks .tlso In.id
tin- serins with llm Ih-iivers
"j7 I t 1 Tim ilulldo){s urn
in I this season. .uni Orison
St,iln has posted .1 -11
Announcing...More for Your Car.
J *' »*• * . 3' A
i : • • • • you
.. • jt ' : : '3
Car Care with a Conscience
Audi • Volkswagen • Porsche • BMW • Alfa Borneo
..jt- • 6*7-0040
U f repair w/f/> care
* Factory Parts *
ompetttive rat< ■ • p npt
Mon I ii.
960 W. 7th Eugene
I stimates
Is student health
insurance cutting
into your budget?
Call the Garr\ I I ida\ Corporation aiul 11ml
out how vou can save hundreds o! dollars
Insurance Broker
linestment Broker
k.d. lang
and the reclines
\\ 11 II SIM < I \l. (,t I STS
I AM ARY 18 • 8 pm
$17.50 S, $15.50
lirkrts usuiluhlr .it the Mull Center Box Ollier uml nil Hull Cenlrr
millets or charge Its phone 6X7-5000.
\ t i.m D9 phi >i)i (i ids
I’afti* 1.1