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OU Wrestling Travels To Michigan State
February 23, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma wrestling team (15-6, 1-4 Big 12) will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to compete in its last season dual against No. 19 Michigan State (7-5-1, 4-3-1 Big 10) on Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Jenison Field House.

The Sooners are coming off a tough 18-13 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma State last week. The Spartans are also returning to the mat after a tough conference loss to No. 5 Michigan, 34-8.

Michigan State History
Oklahoma has faced Michigan State 40 times and holds the advantage in the series, 33-7.

Under head coach Jack Spates (168-66-5) Oklahoma is 9-2 against the Spartans and head coach Ton Minkel.

A Win Over MSU Would...
End the Sooners first two match lossing streak of the season. OU lost to Oklahoma State, 18-13 and Nebraska, 16-15 in its last two appearances on the mat.

Be OU’s ninth win against a top 25 ranked opponent this season. This season Oklahoma defeated No. 23 Army (19-12), No. 21 Navy (29-12), No. 15 Cornell (23-12), No. 20 Arizona State (20-17), No. 13 Penn State (27-13), No. 5 Michigan (24-12), No. 8 Central Michigan (20-19), No. 16 Missouri (18-14).

Last Time Against The Spartans
Last season the eighth ranked Sooners hosted Michigan State and won by a score of 29-6.  Oklahoma won eight matches with three major decisions and one fall.

After being out of the line-up for several weeks junior Randy Sulaver jumped into action at 165 pounds after Rafael Maturino moved to 157 pounds.  Sulaver impressed the crowd and rolled off 11 consecutive points to win the match by a major decision, 11-2.  The win gives Sulaver his first win in dual competition.

Also scoring points for the Sooners were Sam Hazewinkel (125) with a major decision, 10-2, while E.K. Waldhaus (174) and Justin Dyer (184) won their matches by decisions, 7-2 and 3-1 respectively. 

OU 29, MSU 6
Weight-By-Weight Results
197:
Clemens (MSU) dec. David (OU) 6-4
HWT: Crump (OU) fall Keenan (MSU) 2:05
125: Hazewinkel (OU) maj. dec. Trombly (MSU) 10-2
133: Miller (OU) maj. dec. Greathouse (MSU) 11-3
141: Simmons (MSU) dec. Kidd (OU) 3-0
149: Ecklof (OU) dec. L’Amoreaux (MSU) 7-4
157: Maturino (OU) dec. Aleksanyan (MSU) 2-1
165: Sulaver (OU) maj. dec. Escobedo (MSU) 11-2
174: Waldhaus (OU) dec. Hall (MSU) 7-2
184: Dyer (OU) dec. Mesyn (MSU) 3-1

Up Next For The Sooners
The Sooners will travel to Omaha, Neb., for the Big 12 Conference Championships on Saturday, March 5 at the Qwest Center. The University of Nebraska will serve as the host institution for this year’s event, but this will mark to the first time in Big 12 history that a wrestling championship will take place at a neutral site.

Cowoys Defeat Sooners, 18-13
The University of Oklahoma wrestling team was defeated by top-ranked Oklahoma State, 18-13, in front of 8,697 people in Stillwater, Okla., in the Gallagher-Ida Arena, last week. OU won four out of 10 matches and earned the only major decision of the dual.

At 125 pounds Sam Hazewinkel (32-0) started the Sooners out with a triumph over No. 17 Coleman Scott by decision, 6-2.  The Cowboys retaliated with a win by decision, 8-4, at 133 pounds to tie the team score 3-3. Second-ranked Teyon Ware regained control for OU and defeated Ronnie Delk by decision, 7-3. Again OSU counteracted and tied the score 6-6 with a win at 149 pounds and took a 12-6 led with wins at 157 and 165 pounds.

At 174 pounds OSU’s Chris Pendleton looked for revenge against OU’s E.K. Waldhaus. Top-ranked Pendleton lost his only regular season match to Waldhaus by decision, 11-10, in the first Bedlam series in Norman, Okla. This time Pendleton defeated Waldhaus by an 8-3 decision.

As the Sooners entered the 184-pound match the Cowboys had the led, 15-6. After a slow first period, Justin Dyer scored the first points with an escape in the beginning of the second period and a takedown at the end. In the third period Dyer gave up an escape, but counteracted with a takedown and a three-point nearfall. With 2:01 of riding time Dyer earned the only major decision of the day and his fourth of the season to put the Sooners back in the match, 15-10.

At 197 pounds Joel Flaggert came out strong and scored the first takedown to lead 2-1 at the end of the second period. With 1:56 riding time No. 18 Flaggert defeated Rusty Blackmon by decision, 3-1.

The dual came down to the heavyweight match. Senior Joel Tapler (3-1) fought top-ranked Steve Mocco (30-0), but fell short and lost by decision, 10-3.

Final Score: OSU 18, OU 13
Weight-By-Weight Results

125: Hazewinkel (OU) dec. Scott (OSU) 6-2
133: Porter (OSU) dec. Comparin (OU) 8-4
141: Ware (OU) dec. Delk (OSU) 7-3
149: Esposito (OSU) dec. Storniolo (OU) 11-6
157: Ward (OSU) dec. Jones (OU) 6-2
165: Hendricks (OSU) dec. Roberts (OU) 4-0
174: Pendelton (OSU) dec. Waldhaus (OU) 8-3
184: Dyer (OU) maj. dec Jensen (OSU) 9-1
197: Flaggert (OU) dec.Blackmon (OSU) 3-1
HWT: Mocco (OSU) dec. Tapler (OU) 10-3

Storniolo Surpasses Teammates
After returning from injury, Matt Storniolo (29-3) pinned Orlando Perez of Oregon State, Nate Gipson of Oregon and No. 15 Cody Greene of Missouri. 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 only 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, two 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 32-0 overall record, 21-0 in duals and 5-0 against Big 12. Junior Teyon Ware leads at 141 pounds with a 28-2 overall, 19-2 in dual and 3-2 against Big 12. 

After Matt Storniolo’s (149) stellar three-for-three performance 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 54. Ware is seventh with 44.

If The Season Ended Today...
If the season ended today Matt Storniolo (149) would move into 17th place on OU’s single-season fall percentage with 13-of-29 and 44.8 percent. Storniolo surpassed former Sooner Josh Lambrecht (2001) and now trails Duwayne Miller (1961) with 6-of-13 and 46.1 percent.

If the season ended today Sam Hazewinkel (125) would end with a perfect 32-0 season record and place third on OU’s single-season victory percentage with 100 percent. Hazewinkel is currently two wins short of tying for second place with former Sooner Byron Tucker (34-0,100 percent). Hazewinkel is only five wins shy of first place held by former Sooner and national champion Michael Lightner (37-0). Hazewinkel will have chance with duals against Oklahoma State and Michigan State, the Big 12 Conference Championships and the NCAA Championships left in competition.

Moving On Up
At 125 pounds Sam Hazewinkel has far surpassed his dual points scored at the end of last season. Last season Hazewinkel ended with 143 points scored in dual competition. This season, with a dual against Michigan State, Big 12 Conference Championships and NCAA Championships left in competition, Hazewinkel has already acquired 187 points, while only giving up 52 points and only eight points from takedowns.

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 32 times and has an undefeated 32-0 overall record and is 21-0 in duals. Currently, Hazewinkel has earned eight falls, two technical falls and nine major decisions with a dual against Michigan State, 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. 

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 (32-0)
133: Joe Comparin (12-12
141: Teyon Ware (28-2)
149: Matt Storniolo (29-3)
157: Charles Jones (12-11)
165: Wes Roberts (6-2) or Randy Sulaver (10-18)
174: E.K. Waldhaus (25-7)
184: Justin Dyer (27-9)
197: Joel Flaggert (15-6)
Heavyweight: Jake Hager (20-7)

Michigan State’s Probable Lineup
125:
Nick Simmons (24-1)
133: Ryan Froese (11-12)
141: Andy Simmons (27-2)
149: Darren McKnight (28-10)
157: Matt McCarty (13-13)
165: Bryan Harney (13-14)
174: R.J. Boudro (15-5)
184: Joe Williams (22-8)
197: Jeff Clemans (13-15)
Heavyweight: Max Lossen (14-18)
 

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