Feb. 7, 2003
NORMAN, Okla. - The 12th-ranked Oklahoma wrestling team defeated conference foe Nebraska, 20-15, tonight in the Howard McCasland Field House in front of a crowd of 568. The Sooners bounced back from losses to Michigan State (24-14) and Missouri (25-20) to defeat the Huskers for their second conference win. Oklahoma extended its all-time series win streak to 34-11-1.
"I couldn't be more impressed and proud of this team," said Head Coach Jack Spates. "This was a huge win for senior night and our last home dual of the season. I am proudest of this team and the way they wrestled and battled back."
Oklahoma began the dual with a win at 125 pounds when senior Bo Maynes defeated All-American Jason Powell by a 7-3 decision. Maynes broke Powell's eight-match win streak. Oklahoma also landed a huge victory at 133 pounds when senior Witt Durden scored a major decison over Nebraska's No. 18 Joey Malia, 10-2. Oklahoma's Teyon Ware shut-out Dusty Spaulding at 141 pounds with a 7-0 decision.
The Sooners gave up their first points of the dual in the 149-pound battle when sophomore Danny Rubenstein lost a close 10-7 decision to Travis Shufelt. OU's Rafael Maturino brought the Sooner score to 13-3 with a win at 157 pounds. Maturino decisioned Nate McMillin, 10-5.
The Huskers came back at 165 pounds when OU sophomore Wes Roberts fell to Jacob Klein, 6-3. Oklahoma received a big win when No. 5 Robbie Waller defeated No. 10 Travis Pascoe in a 6-2 decision. Senior Josh Lambrecht, who hasn't wrestled since the National Duals, scored the 8-0 major decision over B.J. Padden at 184-pounds. Nebraska received bonus points at 197 pounds when No. 3 Justin Ruiz pinned Oklahoma's unranked Derrick Brown at 3:25. Nebraska also claimed a hard fought heavyweight match, when Oklahoma's Jake Hager was defeated by Mitch Manstedt, 7-2
Oklahoma will return to the mat when they travel to Ames, Iowa, to take on Iowa State on Feb. 16, at 2 p.m.
Individual Scores 125 Pounds:No. 11/8 Bo Maynes (32-5), OU dec. Jason Powell (23-4), Nebraska, 7-3 133 Pounds:No. 5/6 Witt Durden (18-4), OU maj. dec. Joey Malia (17-7), Nebraska, 10-2 141 Pounds:No. 4/6 Teyon Ware (23-4), OU dec. Dusty Spaulding (3-5), Nebraska, 7-0 149 Pounds:No. 8 Travis Shufelt (24-8), Nebraska dec. Danny Rubenstein (3-9), OU, 10-7 157 Pounds:Rafael Maturino (16-15), OU, dec. Nate McMillin (17-17), Nebraska, 10-5 165 Pounds:Jacob Klein (17-9), Nebraska dec. Wes Roberts (16-14), OU, 6-3 174 Pounds:No. 5/3 Robbie Waller (25-5), OU dec. Travis Pascoe (17-10), Nebraska, 6-2 184 Pounds:No. 3/3 Josh Lambrecht (16-2), OU maj. dec. No. 14 B.J. Padden (17-10), Nebraska, 8-0 197 Pounds:No. 3 Justin Ruiz (6-1), Nebraska fall Derrick Brown (3-7), OU, 3:25 Heavyweight:Mitch Manstedt (13-2), Nebraska dec. Jake Hager (1-5), OU, 7-2