Jan. 21, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma freshman Teyon Ware dominated the competition at the Cliff Keen/NWCA National Duals in Columbus, Ohio, to take the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week honors for Jan. 13-19. Ware, an Edmond, Okla., native, was ranked 16th nationally at 141-pounds entering the duals. Despite leaving his redshirt season at the beginning of January, he currently holds a 10-1 overall record and a 1-0 Big 12 record.
"It feels really good to get get this award," said Ware. "This is the first honor that I have received in college and it just makes me want to work harder and have the opportunity to do more."
Ware showed his talent with an outstanding upset of top-ranked defending NCAA champion Aaron Holker of Iowa State in a 3-1 decision. Among Ware's feats of the weekend was a double overtime win over second-ranked Zack Esposito of Oklahoma State, 5-5. Also falling to the true freshman were West Virginia's 12th ranked Shane Cunanan, 7-4, and Iowa's Luke Moffitt by fall at 6:48.
Ware helped the Sooners (9-4) to a 3-1 record at the National Duals. Oklahoma defeated No. 6 West Virginia (20-18), Iowa State (19-15) and No. 2 Iowa (18-18) by an 11-0 near fall criteria. The Sooners finally lost a tough battle to bedlam rival Oklahoma State (27-6) in the finals, in which two weight classes were decided by one point.
Ware and the Sooners will next compete against Oregon and Oregon State Friday. Oklahoma will grapple Oregon State at noon at Harrah High School and Oregon at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House. OU will then host conference foe Missouri on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House.