NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling team will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, for the 2005 Cliff/NWCA National Duals on Saturday, Jan. 22 through Sunday, Jan. 23, at the Cleveland State Convocation Center.
The No. 7 seed Sooners are scheduled to wrestle Penn State at 11 a.m. (EST) on Saturday. The complete brackets for the National Duals presented by Hershey’s SmartZone Bar were released on Tuesday evening. The brackets can be viewed at www.intermatwrestle.com, which will include all pairings and match times.
The Sooners will travel to Ames, Iowa, to wrestle against Iowa State on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. (CST).
Last Year At National Duals
Last season, the 13th-ranked Oklahoma wrestling team defeated Ohio State, 30-12, Central Michigan, 19-13, Minnesota, 37-9 and Hofstra, 28-15 to claim fifth place at the 2004 Cliff/NWCA National Duals. The Sooners lost to conference opponent Oklahoma State, 29-10 and Penn State, 20-14.
On the first day of competition of the day No. 8 seeded Oklahoma beat No. 14 Ohio State for the first dual. The Sooners shot out to a 21-0 lead with wins in their first five matches. Sam Hazewinkel (125), Teyon Ware (141), Charles Jones (157), E.K. Waldhaus (174) and Justin Dyer (184) all won at their respective weight. Waldhaus scored a fall by default over Anthony Magistrelli to round out the dual, 30-12.
The Sooners second dual of the tournament was a Bedlam, take two, matchup against the Cowboys. Hazewinkel earned a decision over Derek Stevens, 4-2 and Ware won by decision over Ronnie Delk, 4-0. The Sooners lost the next six matches, five of them against ranked opponents, and ended the dual, 29-10. The loss moved the Sooners into the consolation bracket.
In the consolation bracket the Sooners overcame No. 17 Central Michigan, 19-13. Hazewinkel defeated Kyle Stoffer, 12-5 and Dyer beat Alex Lammers by decision, 7-2.
In the Sooners last dual of the night they overpowered No. 9 Minnesota, 37-9. Ware won by major decision against Tommy Owen, 10-1, and Waldhaus and Dyer again won by decision. Waldhaus defeated Jon Duncombe, 6-2 and Dyer beat Josh McLay, 8-4.
Oklahoma started the second day in the consolation bracket with a loss against Penn State, 20-14. At 125 pounds, Hazewinkel uncharacteristically lost to Adam Smith by decision, 7-5. At 141 pounds, Ware scored a major decision over DeWitt Driscoll, 10-2, and at 174 pounds Waldhaus scored a major decision over James Yonushanis, 12-4.
The fight for fifth place between Oklahoma and Hofstra began at 125 pounds where Hazewinkel won by decision, 6-4, scoring a takedown with three seconds left to break a 4-4 tie. Ware recorded a decision against John Manarte, 4-1 and Dyer lead the Sooners to victory with the pin at the 1:22 mark.
Sooners Triumph On The Road
The Oklahoma wrestling team hit the road last week and defeated No. 18 Arizona State, 20-17, Cal Poly, 26-6, and Fresno State, 26-10.
Adding points to the board for the Sooners against Arizona State were undefeated Sam Hazewinkel and Teyon Ware who earned major decisions over their opponents. After losing at 133, 157 and 165 pounds, Oklahoma led by four points going into the 174 pound match. E.K. Waldhaus (174) beat Rick Renzi by a 13-7 decision, which raised the team score 17-10. At 184 pounds, Justin Dyer scored the defining points for the Sooners. No. 14 Dyer escaladed Oklahoma to a 20-10 lead after upsetting eighth-ranked C.B. Dollaway in overtime, 9-7.
Against Cal Poly, Hazewinkel and Teyon Ware remained undefeated, while Justin Dyer upset his third ranked opponent of the week. Last season, Hazewinkel lost for the first time in his college career to Vic Moreno of Cal Poly by a 5-3 decision. This season, No. 1 Hazewinkel avenged the lost from last year and defeated No. 5 Moreno by decision, 5-3. This marks Hazewinkel longest winning streak of his college career, 20-0. At 184 pounds, No. 16 Dyer fought hard to upset 11th-ranked Ryan Halsey by a 7-2 decision.
The Oklahoma wrestling team extended its on the road winning streak to six straight victories after defeating Fresno State during the last dual of the week. Maintaining their undefeated season recorders were Sam Hazewinkel (20-0) and Teyon Ware (18-0). Unranked Charles Jones (157) shocked the Bulldogs by upsetting No. 13 Jim Medeiros by decision, 5-3. Earning big points for the Sooners were Matt Storniolo (149) with a pin at the 5:27 mark, and Ware (141) and Justin Dyer (184) with major decisions over their opponents.
Hazewinkel And Ware Continue Streaks
Sam Hazewinkel (125) and Teyon Ware (141) maintained their undefeated records while gaining wins against Arizona State, Cal Poly and Fresno State.
Hazewinkel currently holds the longest winning streak of his college career, 20-0, while Ware (18-0) is 17 wins short of his 35 match winning streak last season.
Dyer Upsets Three Ranked Opponents
In the last week of competition Justin Dyer (184) upset three ranked opponents from Cal Poly, Arizona State and Purdue.
Against Cal Poly, No. 16 Dyer fought hard to upset 11th-ranked Ryan Halsey by a 7-2 decision. Against Arizona State, Dyer upset eighth-ranked C.B. Dollaway by decision, 9-3, and at the Lone Star Duals he upset Purdue’s No. 11 Ben Wissel by a 10-8 decision.
Dyer moved up in the NWCA rankings after defeating Halsey, Dollaway and Wissel. Dyer elevated from 14th to ninth, while Halsey stayed at 11th , Dolloway dropped from eighth to tenth and Wissel fell from 11th to 19th.
This brings Dyer’s career wins against a top-20 opponent to eight and with four this season.
Hazewinkel Ties Personal Record
Last week, against Arizona State, Sam Hazewinkel tied his major decision record of seven from last season by overpowering No. 9 Jeremy Mendoza, 13-1. Hazewinkel will enter the 2005 Cliff/NWCA National Duals with four more major decisions on his record then this time last year.
Competition Between Teammates
Matt Storniolo (149), Sam Hazewinkel (125), Justin Dyer (184) and Joel Flaggert (197) lead the Sooners in overall falls. Storniolo is in first place with nine, Hazewinkel and Dyer are in second with eight and Flaggert is third with seven. Storniolo is one fall short of tying Danny Hodge, Frank DeAngelis and Mark Tatum for the 20th spot on OU’s single-season pins list, with 10.