Oct. 29, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team will hold the annual Red/White Classic on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House. This will be the final ranking match for the Sooners before the dual season begins. Oklahoma, who's first match is against Oklahoma State on Dec. 8, will use this opportunity to help determine starters for the upcoming season.
"This is an exciting time for our program. This is an exciting event that will give fans a chance to see some of the nation's premier talent," said head coach Jack Spates. "Several weights will have exciting matchups."
The matchup at 125 pounds should prove to be a very exciting weight. Eighth-ranked Bo Maynes looks to claim the starting spot after serving as back-up last season. Maynes, a four-time undefeated Kansas state champion, will battle against freshman Sam Hazewinkel who has two national titles under his belt. Returning All-American Witt Durden will defend the 133 pound starting position against three-time Kansas state champion Luke Metzler. Third-ranked Durden was the 2002 Big 12 runner-up and placed third at the NCAA championships.
Oklahoma will have an explosive match at 141 pounds with senior Nate Parker and freshman Teyon Ware. Parker, a returning All-American, is ranked second in the preseason. Parker ended last season with a fifth place finish at the national tournament. His opponent will be the freshman phenom Ware. Ware ended his prep career with an undefeated record and four state championships to his name and three National High School Championships. Sophomore Matt Grice and redshirt freshman Beau DeArmon will highlight the 149 weight class that was vacated by All-American Jared Frayer. Both Grice and DeArmon are coming off redshirt seasons and will look to make an immediate impact.
Oklahoma will pit 15th ranked Mark Worthy against junior college transfer Rafael Maturino at 157 pounds. Worthy, a three-time New Jersey state champion, looks to finish the season without injury and be a strong competitor for the Sooners. Sophomore Wes Roberts will look to gain the starting spot at 165 pounds against Randy Sulaver. A three-time Oklahoma state champions, Roberts saw limited dual action last season behind All-American Robbie Waller.
The Sooners will have a battle of newcomers at 174 pounds. Wyoming transfer E.K. Waldhaus will take on freshman Matt Steel for the starting job. Waldhaus was a two-time Colorado state champion recorded a 16-16 record for the Cowboys. Steel garnered three Oklahoma state championships en route to a 130-13 prep record.
NCAA runner-up and Big 12 champion Josh Lambrecht will defend the 184 pound starting position against freshman Justin Dyer. Dyer will make is first appearance as a Sooner after receiving high school All-American honors. Three-time NCAA qualifier Tom Grossman will defend his starting spot at 197 pounds against sophomore Joel Tapler. Oklahoma's heavyweight match will be determined between between fourth ranked Leonce Crump and either junior Erin Helvy or freshman Tom Ward.
125 Pounds: #8/#8 Bo Maynes vs. Sam Hazewinkel
133 Pounds: #3/#3 Witt Durden vs. Luke Metzler
141 Pounds: #2/#2 Nate Parker vs. Teyon Ware
149 Pounds: Matt Grice vs. Beau DeArmon
157 Pounds: #15/NR Mark Worthy vs. Rafael Maturino
165 Pounds: NR/#18 Wes Roberts vs. Randy Sulaver
174 Pounds: E.K. Waldhaus vs. Matt Steel
184 Pounds: #1/#1 Josh Lambrecht vs. Justin Dyer
197 Pounds: #15/#12 Tom Grossman vs. Joel Tapler
Heavyweight: #4/#4 Leonce Crump vs. Erin Helvy or Tom Ward
Rankings are based on Amateur Wrestling News/Intermat polls.