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.