This Week
The Sooners were off the mat last week but return to action to host their first scheduled home dual against University of Central Oklahoma on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. The dual will be held at Norman High School.

Oklahoma will continue with a home dual on Sunday, Dec. 12, against defending national champion Oklahoma State in the Lloyd Noble Center at 2 p.m.
  
Last Time Against Central Oklahoma
Oklahoma beat Central Oklahoma 33-9 by winning seven out of 10 matches last year.

Redshirt-freshman Sam Hazewinkel scored big for the Sooners with a fall in 3:24 against Jared Henning at 125 pounds, as well as freshman Charles Jones with a fall in 4:09 against Shea Timothy at 157 pounds.

At 184 pounds freshman Justin Dyer defeated Bryan Tapley by major decision, 13-2, and junior E.K. Waldhaus defeated Jared Hess by major decision, 10-2, at 174 pounds.

Sophomore Teyon Ware defeated Wade Bramlitt at 141 pounds by a decision of 10-4.

Last Year Against Oklahoma State
The Sooners had a 0-3 record against the Cowboys’ last season. At the first meeting of the 2003 season the Sooners lost 23-12 in Stillwater. Red-shirt freshman Sam Hazewinkel (125), sophomore Teyon Ware (141) and freshman Joel Flaggert (197) won matches for the Sooners.

Oklahoma was again defeated by Oklahoma State last year at National Duals in Cleveland, Ohio. The Sooners started out strong and won three out of four matches, but lost by a score of 29-10. Scoring for the Sooners was Hazewinkel (125) with a decision over Derek Stevens, 4-2, and Ware (141) with a decision over Ronnie Delk, 4-0.

At the third Bedlam match of the season, Oklahoma was defeated by the Cowboys 26-10. Hazewinkel defeated Cody Stites at 125 pounds by major decision, 10-1.


Sooners First Bedlam
At 149 pounds Matt Storniolo will compete in his first Bedlam on Sunday. Storniolo a sophomore transfer from Penn State will take on top-ranked Zack Esposito for the first time in his college career.    

Storniolo will be the only Oklahoma starter who has never competed in a Bedlam series

Up Next
The Sooners will return to the mat to host their third home dual against Army on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The dual will be held at Midwest City High School.
  
Sooners Place Nine At Oklahoma Open

The Oklahoma wrestling team won six individual championships and placed a total of nine at the 34th annual Oklahoma Open at the Howard McCasland Field House two weeks ago. Sophomore Sam Hazewinkel (125), sophomore Matt Storniolo (149), senior E.K. Waldhaus (174), sophomore Justin Dyer (184), sophomore Joel Flaggert (197) and junior Jake Hager (HWT) all won individual championships.

Hazewinkel and Storniolo won their third consecutive individual tournament title of the year. Hazewinkel defeated Brandon Strong of Air Force by a 9-4 decision to win the title at 125 pounds. Storniolo won the 149 pound title by defeating teammate Will Rowe, 9-2.

Flaggert pinned Brenden McClean of Air Force in an impressive 34 second fall to win the title at 197 pounds.

Freshman Travis West placed second at 174 pounds, losing to Waldhaus. Junior Austin David placed fourth at 197 pounds after pinning Jesse Forbes of Pima in 40 seconds.

Oklahoma Wrestlers Win At All-Star Classic
Oklahoma wrestlers Sam Hazewinkel and Teyon Ware won two matches at the 39th annual Marines/NWCA All-Star Classic at the campus of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville two weeks ago.

Top-ranked Hazewinkel scored first with an early takedown against third-ranked Nick Simmons of Michigan State. Hazewinkel, a sophomore, defeated Simmons by a 2-0 decision.

Ware, ranked third, was the second Sooner to take the mat, facing fourth-ranked Cory Cooperman of Lehigh at 141 pounds. The match was a tight, low-scoring event with no takedowns. Ware got an escape in the second period and gave up an escape in the third to tie the match. The match went into double overtime, and with 14 second left, Ware was able to escape to claim the title with a 2-1 victory.

Competition Between Teammates
Matt Storniolo (149), Sam Hazewinkel (125) and E.K. Waldhaus (174) lead the Sooners in falls. Storniolo is in first place with eight, Hazewinkel comes in second with six and Waldhaus is close behind with five.

Storniolo is two falls short of tying Danny Hodge, Frank DeAngelis and Mark Tatum for the twentith spot, with 10 single-season pins.

Hazewinkel Tops Competition
Sam Hazewinkel has already defeated two ranked opponents. No. 3 Nick Simmons of Michigan State by a 2-0 decision at the All Star Classic and No. 7 Mark McKnight of Buffalo by a 6-1 decision at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic.

Last season Hazewinkel had a 10-4 record against top 20 ranked opponents, including defeating top-ranked Jason Powell of Nebraska in the Big 12 finals, 5-2.

Hazewinkel Repeats
Sam Hazewinkel won individual championships at 125 pounds for the second consecutive year at the Oklahoma Open, Missouri Open and Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic.

Flaggert Shows Strength
Joel Flaggert was named Outstanding Wrestler at the 34th annual Oklahoma Open last week. Flaggert placed first at 197 pounds and pinned an impressive three out of four wrestlers in 3:46, two pins were under 40 seconds.

In his two years competing in the Oklahoma Open Flaggert has compilied an 8-0 record and two consecutive individual titles at 197 pounds.

Sooners Improve Pin Record
Last week at the Oklahoma Open the Sooners accumulated 22 pins with 15 competitors. The Sooners’ pin record was double what it was last year with four less competitors.

As a team the Sooners have accumulated 44 falls in open competition for the season. This is 11 more falls than the Sooners had during this time last season.

Strength In Schedule
As usual the Sooners face a challenging schedule, but this year the team is facing an added difficulty. Their home dual facility will be under renovation during season, causing the team to hold dual meets in foreign facilities.

In addition to their facility issues, the Sooners will face some of the nation's best talent at the National Duals in Cleveland, Ohio, but the most challenging portion of their schedule will be the conference matchups. They will host conference rivals Nebraska, who is ranked No. 3 by both Intermat and Amateur Wrestling News, No. 11 Missouri and two-time defending national champion Oklahoma State. Oklahoma will face No. 1 Oklahoma State twice during regular season. The Sooners also travel to Iowa State, who are ranked No. 3 in both polls and to Stillwater for a re-match with the Cowboys.

The conference schedule will culminate with the Big 12 Championships in Omaha, Neb.