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Sam Hazewinkel Named Big 12 Wrestler Of The Week
January 31, 2005

AMMES, Iowa 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 holds a perfect 27-0 record at 125 pounds, 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 only allowed four takedowns in dual meets, while compiling 41 against his opponents, this season.

Last week 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.

Hazewinkel will wrestle Eric Stevenson and Joey Lucas when OU plays host to Oregon State and Oregon Friday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center.

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