March 20, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team is in fourth place after one round of competition at the 2003 NCAA Championships in Kansas City, Mo., today at Kemper Arena. Oklahoma trails third place Illinois by a half point. The Sooners will have five wrestlers in the championship brackets in the second round.

Seniors Witt Durden and Josh Lambrecht both received pigtail matches prior to the first round of competition. Durden, the fourth seed at 133 pounds, defeated Rene Hernandez of Purdue in a 13-2 major decision and Lambrecht, the 184-pound sixth seed, defeated Ralph DeNisco of Wisconsin, 10-6.

Senior Bo Maynes, seeded sixth, advanced to the winners bracket in the second round at 125 pounds with a 5-3 decision over Penn State's Adam Smith. Maynes will face North Carolina's Chris Rodriguez, who he defeated at the NWCA All-Star Classic by a score of 8-0, in the next round. Durden was unable to move past North Carolina's Evan Sola in the first round. Durden fell to Sola in a 6-2 decision at 133 pounds. Durden will move to the 133-pound consolation bracket, where he will face Joe Cristaldi of Drexel.

Top-seeded freshman Teyon Ware recorded a technical fall at 7:00 over Juan Mora of Cal State Fullerton by a score of 18-3 in the first match at 141 pounds. Ware recorded six takedowns in victory to advance to the second round, where he will face Mike Messina of Sacred Heart. Junior Rafael Maturino lost his opening 157-pound match to fourth seeded Scott Owen of Northern Illinois, 19-7. Maturino will move to the consolation bracket, where to take on the winner of the Andrew Shuler (Wyoming)-Amir Khan (Rutgers) match.

Senior Robbie Waller claimed the victory in his opening 174-pound match. Waller defeated Eddy Gifford of Fresno State, 2-1, and will face Rashad Evans of Michigan State in the second round. Lambrecht came back after his pigtail victory to pin Duquesne's Brian Neuman at 4:17. Lambrecht will face Illinois' Pete Friedl in the 184-pound second round.

Senior Tom Grossman, the Sooners' only wildcard entry, recorded the 8-3 victory over Appalachian State's Josh Carroll. Grossman has a second round match against Nebraska's third-seeded Justin Ruiz.

The Sooners will begin second-round competition at 6:30 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo., at Kemper Arena.

Team Scores
1.Oklahoma State19.5
2.Lehigh        16
3.Illinois15
4.Oklahoma14
5.Iowa        12.5
5.      Michigan State  12.5
5.      Minnesota       12.5
8.      Pittsburgh      12
8.      West Virginia   12
10.     Missouri        11
10.     Penn State      11
10.     Purdue          11

First Round Results 125 Pounds: Bo Maynes, Oklahoma dec. Adam Smith, Penn State, 5-3 133 Pounds: Witt Durden, Oklahoma maj. dec. Rene Hernandez, Purdue, 13-2 133 Pounds: Evan Sola, North Carolina dec. Witt Durden, Oklahoma, 6-2 141 Pounds:Teyon Ware, Oklahoma tech. fall Juan Mora, Cal State-Fullerton, 18-3, 7:00 157 Pounds:Scott Owen, Northern Illinois maj. dec. Rafael Maturino, Oklahoma, 19-7 174 Pounds: Robbie Waller, Oklahoma dec. Eddy Gifford, Fresno State, 2-1 184 Pounds:Josh Lambrecht, Oklahoma dec. Ralph DeNisco, Wisconsin, 10-6 184 Pounds: Josh Lambrecht, Oklahoma fall Brian Neuman, Duquesne, 4:17 197 Pounds:Tom Grossman, Oklahoma dec. Josh Carroll, Appalachian State, 8-3