NORMAN, Okla. -- This week the Sooners will travel to Brockport, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 13, to compete in the sixth annual Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic. Oklahoma will compete against SUNY Brockport, Cleveland State University, Kent State College, Ohio State University, Rutgers, SUNY Buffalo, United States Military Academy, University of Pennsylvania, Wagner College and Bloomsburg University.
Wrestling preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. and finals are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Last Time At Brockport
Oklahoma has claimed the team title at each of the five previous classics. The Sooners finished the classic with an overall team score of 178.5 and placed 11 wrestlers in nine different weight classes. At 125 pounds redshirt freshman Sam Hazewinkel beat true freshman Mimi Miller by a 3-2 decision for the title.
Junior E.K. Waldhaus placed second at 174 pounds; junior Joel Tapler placed third at 197 pounds; redshirt freshman Justin Dyer placed fourth at 184 pounds; sophomore heavyweight Jake Hager placed fourth and junior Randy Sulaver placed fifth at 165 pounds.
The Sooners will next be in action on Sunday, Nov. 21, when they travel to Columbia, Mo. for the Missouri Open.
Sooners In The Rankings
In the preseason rankings the Sooners are ranked at No. 6 by Intermat and No. 8 by Amateur Wrestling News. The Sooners are the fourth-highest ranked Big 12 Conference school, following Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Iowa State.
In individual rankings, sophomore and defending Big 12 Conference champion Sam Hazewinkel is ranked No. 1 at 125 pounds by both polls. Former NCAA champion junior Teyon Ware is ranked No. 3 at 141 pounds by both polls and Penn State transfer, sophomore Matt Storniolo, is ranked No. 6 at 149 pounds by both polls.
Senior E.K. Waldhaus is ranked No. 11 at 174 pounds by Intermat. Sophomore Justin Dyer is ranked No. 13 at 184 pounds by both polls. Sophomore Charles Jones at 157 pounds and heavyweight Tyler Rhodes are both ranked No. 20 by Intermat.
The Sooners return seven starters from last season’s squad that placed ninth at the NCAA Championships. OU also returns two All-Americans.
Two-time All-American Teyon Ware finished last season with a 53-9 record and placed sixth at the NCAA Championships. First time All-American Sam Hazewinkel finished last season with a 35-5 record while placing first in the Big 12 Conference championship and third at the NCAA Championships.
Along with Ware and Hazewinkel Oklahoma’s returning group includes three with NCAA Championship experience: Mimi Miller, E.K. Waldhaus and Justin Dyer.
Miller returns to the team after being asked by the coaching staff to move up from 125 to 133 pounds. Miller proved he could succeed at the higher weight by leading the team in dual takedowns with 36 and winning two matches at the NCAA Championships.
Waldhaus returns after his first year as a Sooner. This transfer from the University of Wyoming finished the season with a record of 28-10 and placed third at the Big 12 Championships.
Dyer returns after making a big mark as a true freshman last season. He finished the season with a record of 21-14 and placed fifth at the Big 12 Championships.
At 165 pounds, senior Wes Roberts is looking to make an impact after having his last three seasons ended by injury.
Penn State transfer Storniolo is the favorite to replace Jeff Eckloff at 149 pounds. At Penn State he posted a record of 34-10, was named Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year and was the Big Ten runner-up.
With the graduation of Leonce Crump, Northwest Wyoming transfer, junior Tyler Rhodes will fill the position for the Sooners’ heavyweight. Rhodes won two national titles and enters the upcoming season with a career record of 66-10.
Oklahoma added 20 newcomers to its team this season, including 19 freshman. The freshman class includes a host of proven winners, including 10 one-time state champions and five two-time state champions.
Strength In Schedule
As usual the Sooners face a challenging schedule, but this year the team is facing an added difficulty. Their home dual facility will be under renovation during season, causing the team to hold dual meets in foreign facilities.
A portion of their schedule will be the conference matchups. They will host conference rivals Nebraska, who are ranked No. 3 by both Intermat and Amateur Wrestling News, No. 11 Missouri and two-time defending national champion Oklahoma State. Oklahoma will face No. 1 Oklahoma State twice during regular season. The Sooners also travel to Iowa State, who are ranked No. 3 in both polls and to Stillwater for a re-match with the Cowboys.
The conference schedule will culminate with the Big 12 Championships in Omaha, Neb.
OU Wrestlers Accept All Star Invitation
Oklahoma wrestlers Sam Hazewinkel and Teyon Ware accepted invitations to the 39th annual Marines All Star Classic. The event will be held on the campus of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville at the Vadalabene Center on Monday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.
At 125 pounds OU sophomore and defending Big 12 Conference champion Hazewinkel finished the 2003-04 season with a record of 35-5 and is currently ranked No. 1 by both Amateur Wrestling and Intermat.
Returning to the All Star Classic Ware hopes to improve on last year’s performance. At 141 pounds, former NCAA champion, Ware finished the season with a record of 21-5 and is currently ranked No. 3 in both polls.
Red Defeats White 22-13 At Red/White Classic
The Red team defeated the White team in Wednesday night’s Red/White Classic by a score of 22-13 in the Hamilton Field House at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. Twenty Oklahoma wrestlers competed in 10 matches during the evening to determine starting positions for the upcoming season.
Scoring big for the Red team was Sam Hazewinkle and Justin Dyer. At 125 pounds, sophomore Sam Hazewinkel won by major decision over 141 pound wrestler, Erik Ford. At 184 pounds, sophomore Justin Dyer recorded a fall at the 2:22 overall mark over true freshman Tyler Garrett.
Also putting up points for the Red team was Mimi Miller (133), Matt Storniolo (149), Wes Roberts (165) and Jake Hager (HWT).
On the White team former national champion Teyon Ware defeated sophomore Chas Skelly by major decision at 141 pounds.