NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling team (15-5, 1-3 Big 12) looks to avenge its Bedlam loss as it travels to Stillwater, Okla., to battle top-ranked Oklahoma State (20-0, 4-0 Big 12) on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. inside the Gallagher-Iba Arena.
OU is coming off a heartbreaking 16-15 loss to No. 6 Nebraska last week. OSU returns from an impressive 3-0 week against Nebraska (19-18), Hofstra (30-10) and Lehigh (24-9).
The history between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State dates back to 1920 with OSU holding the advantage in the series, 115-24-9. OSU is undefeated in its last 21 matches against OU with a tie in 2000 (19-19). The last time the Sooners walked away with a victory was in 1996, when they edged out OSU, 19-18.
Under head coach Jack Spates (168-65-5) Oklahoma is 3-23-2 against the Cowboys and head coach John Smith (199-25-3).
Last Time Against The Cowboys
Early this season, the eighth-ranked Sooners were defeated by top-ranked Oklahoma State in the Lloyd Noble Center, 21-16. Oklahoma won four matches on the night with senior E.K. Waldhaus upsetting first-ranked and defending national champion, Chris Pendleton, by an 11-10 decision. Also scoring for the Sooners were Sam Hazewinkel (125), Joe Comparin (133), Teyon Ware (141) and Justin Dyer (184).
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Oklahoma won the first three matches and led with a team score of 10-0. Hazewinkel started the Sooners out strong with a major decision over Derrick Fleenor, 13-2. Comparin kept up the pace with a win over Justin Porter in overtime, 4-2 and Ware defeated Ronnie Delk, 9-6.
In front of 2,871 people, Waldhaus (174), ranked seventh, defeated top-ranked Pendelton by decision, 11-10 and tied the team score at 13.
With the score tied 17-16 the dual came down to the heavyweight match. Oklahoma State’s top-ranked Steve Mocco defeated Oklahoma’s Jake Hager by a major decision; 13-2, giving OSU the win.
125: Sam Hazewinkel (OU) maj. dec. Derrick Fleenor (OSU) 13-3
133: Joe Comparin (OU) dec. Justin Porter (OSU) 4-2
141: Teyon Ware (OU) dec. Ronnie Delk (OSU ) 9-6
149: Zack Esposito (OSU) dec. Matt Storniolo (OU) 5-2
157: Kevin Ward (OSU) maj. dec. Charles Jones (OU) 13-2
165: Johny Hendricks (OSU ) fall Randy Sulaver (OU) 1:19
174: E.K. Waldhaus (OU) dec. Chris Pendelton (OSU) 11-10
184: Justin Dyer (OU) dec. Clay Kehrer (OSU) 10-7
197: Jake Rosholt (OSU) maj. dec Joel Flaggert (OU) 14-4
HWT: Steve Mocco (OSU) maj. dec. Jake Hager (OU) 13-2
Up Next For The Sooners
The Sooners travel to East Lansing, Mich., to compete in their last season dual against No. 12 Michigan State on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Jenison Field House.
Cornhuskers Defeat Sooners, 16-15
Last week the University of Oklahoma wrestling team, ranked seventh, lost to No. 6 Nebraska, 16-15 at Norman High. The loss moved the Sooners to 15-5 on the season and 1-3 against Big 12 teams. Scoring points for OU were Matt Storniolo (141), E.K. Waldhaus (174), Justin Dyer (184), Joel Tapler (HWT) and Sam Hazewinkel in the last match of the night at 125 pounds.
No. 2 Teyon Ware (141) suffered his second lose of the season as he was upset by No. 6 Matt Murray by a 3-1 decision in overtime. Ware is currently 27-2 on the season and 2-2 versus Big 12 competition.
Also losing a tough match for the Sooners was senior Wes Roberts at 165 pounds who returned to the match after suffering a knee injury in November. Roberts faced No. 9 Jacob Klein and was defeated by decision, 8-2.
At 184 pounds, No. 14 Dyer upset fourth-ranked Travis Pascoe in overtime. At the end of the third period the score was tied at 11. In overtime, Dyer scored the winning takedown with 48 seconds left to win by decision, 13-11.
For the second week in a row, his third dual match of the season, heavyweight Tapler came through for the Sooners. Oklahoma was down 16-9 going in to the heavyweight match. Tapler fought hard to defeat Mitch Manstedt by decision, 2-0, and made the score 16-12 going into the last match of the night.
At 125 pounds top-ranked Hazewinkel fought No. 8 Matt Keller for the win. Hazewinkel defeated Keller by decision, 4-2, but it was not enough to give the Sooners the win. The night ended with Nebraska defeating OU, 16-15.
Final Score: NU 16, OU 15
133: Dominick Moyer (NU) maj. dec. Trey Blakely (OU) 12-0
141: #6 Matt Murray (NU) dec. # 2 Teyon Ware (OU) 3-1
149: #4 Matt Storniolo (OU) dec. David Ingalls (NU) 4-1
157: #12 B.J. Wright (NU) dec. Charles Jones (OU) 7-5
165: #9 Jacob Klein (NU) dec. Wes Roberts (OU) 8-2
174: #9 E.K. Waldhaus (OU) dec. Marc Harwood (NU) 6-1
184: #14 Justin Dyer (OU) dec. #4 Travis Pascoe (NU) 13-11
197: #18 B.J. Padden (NU) dec. #14 Joel Flaggert (OU) 3-0
HWT: Joel Tapler (OU) dec. Mitch Manstedt (NU) 3-0
125: #1 Sam Hazewinkel (OU) dec. #8 Matt Keller (NU) 4-2
Rankings by NWCA
If The Season Ended Today...
If the season ended today Matt Storniolo (149) would move into 17th place on OU’s single-season fall percentage with 13-of-29 and 44.8 percent. Storniolo surpassed former Sooner Josh Lambrecht (2001) and now trails Duwayne Miller (1961) with 6-of-13 and 46.1 percent.
If the season ended today Sam Hazewinkel (125) would end with a perfect 31-0 season record and place third on OU’s single-season victory percentage with 100 percent. Hazewinkel is currently three wins short of tying for second place with former Sooner Byron Tucker (34-0,100 percent). Hazewinkel is only six wins shy of first place held by former Sooner and national champion Michael Lightner (37-0). Hazewinkel will have chance with duals against Oklahoma State and Michigan State, the Big 12 Conference Championships and the NCAA Championships left in competition.
Moving on Up
At 125 pounds Sam Hazewinkel has far surpassed his dual points scored at the end of last season. Last season Hazewinkel ended with 143 points scored in dual competition. This season, with duals against Oklahoma State and Michigan State, Big 12 Conference Championships and NCAA Championships left in competition, Hazewinkel has already acquired 181 points, while only giving up 50 points and only eight points from takedowns.
Storniolo Surpasses Teammates
After returning from injury, Matt Storniolo (28-2) pinned Orlando Perez of Oregon State, Nate Gipson of Oregon and No. 15 Cody Greene of Missouri. Storniolo leads the Sooners in single-season falls with 13, and is currently tied for sixth place on the OU single-season fall list with former Sooners Leonce Crump, Jared Frayer, Dan Chaid and Joe Melchiore.
Against Missouri, Storniolo was one of five Sooners who walked away with a win and helped Oklahoma edge out Missouri, 18-14, to earn its first Big 12 win of the season
Storniolo is the first Sooner to log three consecutive pins in dual competition since Josh Lambrecht’s senior campaign during the 2002-03 season.
Two Sooners are tied with Danny Hodge, Frank DeAngelis and Mark Tatum for the 20th spot on the OU’s single-season pin list, with 10. Sam Hazewinkel (125) has eight pins and two tech falls and Justin Dyer (184) has seven pins and three technical falls on the season.
At 125 pounds, top-ranked Sam Hazewinkel has made impressive improvements since last season. At the end of his 2003-04 campaign, Hazewinkel had competed 40 times, acquired an overall record of 35-5 and was 17-4 in duals. During that time, Hazewinkel earned six falls, one technical fall and seven major decisions.
This season Hazewinkel has competed 31 times and has an undefeated 31-0 overall record and is 20-0 in duals. Currently, Hazewinkel has earned eight falls, two technical falls and nine major decisions with two duals, the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Championship left in competition.
Hazewinkel Named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week
University of Oklahoma sophomore Sam Hazewinkel was named Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for his performance during the week of January 25-31. A 2004 NCAA All-American, Hazewinkel was perfect 27-0 at 125 pounds at the time of the award, with nine of his victories coming against ranked opponents.
Ranked No. 1 in the nation, Hazewinkel defeated No. 8 Grant Nakamura of third-ranked Iowa State by decision, 7-4. Hazewinkel controlled the match, only allowing one takedown and led, 7-1, at the end of the second period.
Hazewinkel has allowed only four takedowns in dual meets, while compiling 41 against his opponents this season.
At the 2005 Cliff/NCWA National Duals, Hazewinkel came full circle during his six matches. Hazewinkel beat Adam Smith of Penn State by decision, 7-2; Luke Smith of Central Michigan by major decision, 12-4; Andrew Rizzi of Lehigh by a technical fall, 16-0; Joe Wornoff of Cleveland State by fall at the 1:20 mark; Kyle Ott of Illinois by overtime decision, 4-2; and won by forfeit against Michigan.
A Sooner had not been selected for Big 12 Wrestler of the Week since Teyon Ware’s selection in his freshman campaign during the 2002-03 season.
2005 NCAA Championships
The 75th NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships take place March 17-19, 2005, at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Mo. The Gateway City becomes the first city to host the tournament in back-to-back years. For information on the 2005 Championships, call the OU ticket office at 1-800-456-4668 or visit www.SoonerSports.com to download an order form. .
Good seats are still available for the 2005 Championships. Fans can order tickets by calling the OU ticket office at 1-800-456-4668 or by downloading the official ticket application online at www.SoonerSports.com. All-session mezzanine level tickets are $100 and provide admittance to all six sessions of the tournament.
Vote For the 75th Anniversary Team
The 2005 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis will feature a special 75th anniversary celebration, marking 75 years of college wrestling’s biggest and most exciting event. The 75th anniversary celebration will take place in between sessions three and four on Friday, March 18.
Leading up to the championships, fans are encouraged to cast their votes for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships 75th anniversary team. That team - which will include 15 of the greatest wrestlers in collegiate wrestling history-will be introduced and honored at the celebration in St. Louis.
You can vote now for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships 75th anniversary team by visiting www.nwcaonline.com or by accessing the link at www.ncaasports.com.
Oklahoma’s Probable Lineup
125: Sam Hazewinkel (31-0)
133: Joe Comparin (12-11) or Trey Blakely (3-5)
141: Teyon Ware (27-2)
149: Matt Storniolo (29-2)
157: Charles Jones (12-10) or Jerome Featherstone (3-3)
165: Randy Sulaver (10-18)
174: E.K. Waldhaus (25-6)
184: Justin Dyer (26-9)
197: Joel Flaggert (14-6) or Austin David (6-9)
Heavyweight: Jake Hager (20-7) or Joel Tapler (7-2)
Oklahoma State’s Probable Lineup
125:125- Coleman Scott (23-6)
133: Nathan Morgan (27-4)
141: Daniel Frishkorn (12-4) or Ronnie Delk (13-7)
149: Zack Esposito (28-1)
157: Kevin Ward (16-9)
165: Johny Hendricks (19-4)
174: Chris Pendleton (28-1)
184: Clay Kehrer (15-13)
197:Jake Rosholt (27-2)
Heavyweight: Steve Mocco (29-0)