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OU Wrestling Hosts Nebraska
February 09, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. --  The University of Oklahoma wrestling team, ranked seventh, will wrestle at home for the last time this season as the Sooners play host to Big 12 Conference opponent Nebraska on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The dual will be at Norman High School. The Sooners are currently 15-4 and 1-2 against Big 12 competition.

Nebraska is currently 16-1-1 and 1-0 against Big 12. Before wrestling the Sooners, the Huskers will wrestle top-ranked Oklahoma State on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at the NU Coliseum in Lincoln, Neb.

Last Time Against Nebraska
Last season, the 10th ranked Oklahoma wrestling team fell to second ranked Nebraska, 25-12. The loss put the Sooners’ record at 14-7 and 0-5 in the Big 12 Conference and snapped a five-match dual wining streak over Nebraska. 

Freshman Justin Dyer recorded an amazing upset of Nebraska’s third ranked Travis Pascoe with a pin at the 5:49 mark. Sophomore Teyon Ware and junior E.K. Waldhaus were both out of competition with injuries. 

Weight-By-Weight Results
133:
Keller (NU) fall Miller (OU) 5:24
141: Murry (NU) maj. dec. Kidd (OU) 14-3
149: Ecklof (OU) dec. Shufelt (NU) 11-8 
157: Wright (NU) dec. Maturino (OU) 5-3
165: Klein (NU) dec. Jones (OU) 3-0
174: Pummel (NU) dec.Sulaver (OU) 5-2
184: Dyer (OU) fall  Pascoe (NU) 5:49
197: Padden (NU) dec. Tapler (OU) 10-3
HWT: Crump (OU) dec.McClain (NU) 7-3
125: Powell (NU) dec. Hazewinkel (OU) 3-1

Up Next For The Sooners
The Sooners will wrestle top-ranked Oklahoma State for Bedlam part two on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla.

Oklahoma Edges Missouri
The University of Oklahoma wrestling team defeated Big 12 Conference rival Missouri, 18-14, at Norman High School on Saturday. The Sooners improved to 15-4 on the season and 1-2 against Big 12 opponents.

With a double forfeit at 125 pounds, undefeated Sam Hazewinkel (30-0) moved to 133 pounds and started the Sooners out strong by defeating Tyler McCormick by decision, 5-2. At 141 pounds, Teyon Ware (27-1) continued the pace and beat Josh Wagner by decision, 8-5.

Entering 149 pounds, OU was up 6-0. Matt Storniolo continued his weekend pinning streak with a fall against No. 15 Cody Greene at the 2:12 mark. Storniolo has pinned his last three opponents and currently leads the OU pin list with 13.

Missouri made a strong comeback with wins at 157, 165, 174 and 184 pounds and took the lead, 14-12. At 197 pounds, Joel Flaggert (15-4) fought to defeat No. 17 Jeff Foust by decision, 6-2, to take back the lead, 15-14.

The dual came down to the heavyweight match with senior Joel Tapler (6-2) filling in for No. 12 Jake Hager. Tapler, who competed in and won his first dual of the season against Oregon State, was down 2-0 at the end of the second period. With 1:40 left in the third, Tapler escaped, to move the score to 2-1. Tapler ended the match with a takedown with 35 seconds left and riding time to win by decision, 4-2.

Final Score: OU 18, MU 14
133: #1 Sam Hazewinkel (OU)
dec. Tyler McCormick (MU) 5-2
141: # 2 Teyon Ware (OU) dec. Josh Wagner (MU) 8-5
149: #4 Matt Storniolo (OU) fall #15 Cody Greene (MU) 2:12
157: #19 Brad Cieleski (MU) maj. dec. Charles Jones (OU) 10-1
165: #8 Tyron Woodley (MU) dec. Randy Sulaver (OU) 9-3
174: #2 Ben Askren (MU) dec. #10 E.K. Waldhaus (OU) 8-4
184: #13 Matt Pell (MU) maj dec #10 Justin Dyer (OU) 12-3
197: #11 Joel Flaggert (OU) dec #17 Jeff Foust (MU) 6-2
HWT: Joel Tapler (OU) dec Chase Wetenkamp (MU) 4-2
125: (OU) double forfeit (MU)

Sooners Defeat Oregon & Oregon State
The University of Oklahoma wrestling team, ranked sixth, defeated Oregon State, 35-6 and Oregon State, 30-22, last Friday. During the back-to-back duals, the Sooners won 14 of 20 matches.

Oklahoma faced Oregon State in the first dual of the night. Teyon Ware (141) and Matt Storniolo (149) set the pace with two falls, while Sam Hazewinkel (125) and Joel Flaggert (197) dominated their opponents and won by major decisions.

Senior Joel Tapler made his first dual appearance of the season and defeated Jamie Rakevich of Oregon State by scoring a takedown with 10 seconds left in the third period to win by decision, 3-1.

Storniolo earned his second pin of the night against Stephen Johnson of Oregon at the 1:49 mark, while Charles Jones recorded his sixth career fall against Oregon’s Stewart Bogart at the 1:57 mark.

Hazewinkel remained undefeated (29-0), while freshman Trey Blakely (133) and Jerome Featherstone (157) increased their mat time.

Junior heavyweight Jake Hager’s match was ended early by injury default in the first period.

Final Score: OU 35, OSU 6
141: # 2 Teyon Ware (OU)
fall Tim Norman (OSU) 2:53
149: #4 Matt Storniolo (OU) fall Orlando Perez (OSU) 6:47
157: Tony Hook (OSU) dec. Jerome Featherstone (OU) 7-3
165: #14 Matt Ellis (OSU) dec. Randy Sulaver (OU) 2-1
174: #10 E.K. Waldhaus (OU) dec. Jeremy Larson (OSU) 9-6
184: #10 Justin Dyer (OU) dec. Dan Pitsch (OSU) 8-6
197: #11 Joel Flaggert (OU) maj. dec. Travis Gardner (OSU) 13-4
HWT: Joel Tapler (OU) dec. Jamie Rakevich (OSU) 3-1
125: #1 Sam Hazewinkel (OU) maj. dec. Eric Stevenson (OSU) 13-4
133: Trey Blakely (OU) Forfeit
Rankings by NWCA

Final Score: OU 30, OR 22
141: # 2 Teyon Ware (OU)
maj. dec. Skyler Woods (OR) 17-7
149: #4 Matt Storniolo (OU) fall Nate Gipson (OR) 1:49
157: Charles Jones (OU) fall Stephan Johnson (OR) 3:57
165: No. 17 Joey Bracamonte (OR) fall Randy Sulaver (OU) 1:29
174: #10 E.K. Waldhaus (OU) maj. dec. Chet McBee (OR) 12-3
184: #10 Justin Dyer (OU) injury default Tony Rolen (OR)
197: No. 5 Scott Baker (OR) maj. dec. Austin David (OU) 8-0
HWT: Chris Dearmon (OR) injury default #12 Jake Hager (OU)
125: #1 Sam Hazewinkel (OU) maj. dec. Joey Lucas (OR) 18-5
133: Martin Mitchell (OR) fall Trey Blakely (OU) 3:42
Rankings by NWCA

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, last week. 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 Big 12 Conference opponent 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 Sooners 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.

Oklahoma Leads The Big 12
In Big 12 Conference competition, three Sooners lead the pack in wins in overall, dual and against Big 12 records. At 125 pounds, top-ranked Sam Hazewinkel leads with a perfect 30-0 overall record, 19-0 in duals and 3-0 against Big 12. Junior Teyon Ware leads at 141 pounds with a 27-1 overall, 18-1 in dual and 2-1 against Big 12. Transfer from Penn State Matt Storniolo (149) leads with a 28-2 overall, 14-2 in dual and 1-1 against Big 12.

After Storniolo’s steller three-for-three performance last week against Oregon, Oregon State and Missouri, he moved up the list of Big 12 overall fall leaders to tie for fifth with Jake Rosholt of Oklahoma State with 13.

In fifth place on the dual takedown leader’s list, is Hazewinkel with 51. Ware is sixth with 43.

Sooner Improvement
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 30 times and has an undefeated 30-0 overall record and is 19-0 in duals. Currently, Hazewinkel has earned eight falls, two technical falls and nine major decisions with three 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.  To ensure consideration for tickets, your completed application (including credit card information) must be received in the ticket office by Friday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m.

Championship Tickets
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 (30-0)
133: Joe Comparin (12-11) or Trey Blakely (3-4)
141: Teyon Ware (27-1)
149: Matt Storniolo (28-2)
157: Charles Jones (12-9) or Jerome Featherstone (3-3)
165: Randy Sulaver (10-18)
174: E.K. Waldhaus (24-6)
184: Justin Dyer (25-9)
197: Joel Flaggert (14-5) or Austin David (6-9)
Heavyweight: Jake Hager (20-7) or Joel Tapler (6-2)

Nebraska’s Probable Lineup
125: Matt Keller (16-4) or Jeremy Emerson (5-9)
133: Dominick Moyer (11-11) or Derek Pirner (4-4) or Dusty Spaulding (4-3)
141: Matt Murray (20-2)
149: Chris Nedens (14-14) or David Ingalls (11-5) 
157: B.J. Wright (21-7)
165: Jacob Klein (21-3)
174: Marc Harwood (19-7) or Kyle Gubbels (3-3)
184: Travis Pascoe (21-1)
197: B.J. Padden (22-7) 
Heavyweight: Mitch Manstedt (15-7) or Jon May (21-7)

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