Dec. 31, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team will host North Carolina State Thursday at noon at Westmoore High School in Moore, Okla. The fourth-ranked Sooners lead the all-time series 4-0. Oklahoma defeated the Wolfpack 40-7 last season. This will be the first dual match-up this season for North Carolina State. Oklahoma is coming off a 23-16 loss to Oklahoma State in the first Bedlam match-up of the season.

The Sooners will bring three undefeated wrestlers into Thursday's competition. Senior Witt Durden has compiled a 6-0 record and top-ranked senior Josh Lambrecht has recorded an 8-0 mark this season.

Oklahoma will face North Carolina State's only ranked wrestler at 165 pounds, when OU's Wes Roberts faces NC State's 15th ranked Dustin Kawa (ranked at 174 pounds).

Oklahoma's Bo Maynes (18-2) will take on NC State's 125-pound wrestler George Cintron (3-3), while Senior Witt Durden will grapple against sophomore transfer Daniel Pacitti at 133 pounds. The Sooners will send All-American Nate Parker (11-4) up against the Wolfpack's Ryan McCallum (5-5) at 141 pounds and sophomore Beau DeArmon (1-3) or Danny Rubenstein will grapple NC State's Jake Giamoni (5-3) at 149 pounds.

Junior Rafael Maturino (8-7) will wrestle the Wolfpack's undefeated Scott Garren (5-0) in the 157 pounds weight class, while 174 pounds will match fourth-ranked Robbie Waller (12-2) or E.K. Waldhaus against NC State's freshman Michael Waite (0-0). All-American Josh Lambrecht (8-0) will battle at 184 pounds for the Sooners against junior Jon Godwin (2-4) of the Wolfpack. NC State will place freshman Daniel Humphries (3-4) up against Oklahoma senior Tom Grossman (11-2) or sophomore Joel Tapler and move 197 pounds wrestler Bill Churchwell up to heavyweight to compensate for injuries. Churchwell will wrestle either Tapler or junior Erin Helvey for the Sooners.

Sooner's Lineup

125 Pounds: No. 11/11 Bo Maynes 133 Pounds: No. 2/2 Witt Durden 141 Pounds: Teyon Ware 149 Pounds: Danny Rubenstein 157 Pounds: Rafael Maturino 165 Pounds: Wes Roberts 174 Pounds: No. 8/4 Robbie Waller OR E.K. Waldhaus 184 Pounds: No. 1/1 Josh Lambrecht 197 Pounds: No. 12/11 Tom Grossman OR Joel Tapler Heavyweight: Joel Tapler OR Erin Helvey

Rankings are based on Amateur Wrestling News/Intermat polls.

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