After an outstanding performance at the Lone Star Duals, Oklahoma will wrestle again on Wednesday, Jan. 12, as it travels to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State.
The Sooners will then continue on to San Luis Obispo and Fresno, Calif., to compete against Cal Poly and Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 15.
Last Time Against Arizona State
Last season, the ninth-ranked Oklahoma wrestling team defeated No. 13 Arizona State, 22-18.
The Sooners started the match at 165 pounds and jumped out to an early 13-0 lead by winning the first three matches by two major decisions and a tech fall. At 197 pounds, Austin David was defeated by Arizona States’ Ryan Bader by a 4-0 decision and, at 157 pounds, OU’s Charles Jones was pinned by Brian Stith at the 6:13 mark.
Last Year Against Cal Poly and Fresno State
Last year, the 13th-ranked Sooners defeated No. 24 Cal Poly, 34-9, and No. 25 Fresno State, 30-3.
The Sooners fell behind 6-0 early to Cal Poly, with Vic Moreno defeating OU’s Sam Hazewinkel by 5-3 decision.
Oklahoma answered with three consecutive falls and Teyon Ware (141) pinned Steve Esparza of Cal Poly at the 5:27 mark. At 174 pounds, E.K. Waldhaus defeated Sam Temko by a 18-3 tech fall. Justin Dyer, at 184 pounds, defeated Ryan Halsey by decision, 9-2.
In the second dual of the night the Sooners wrestled Fresno State to a 30-3 score. The pace was set by Hazewinkel, who defeated Christian Bowerman by a 9-2 decision at 125 pounds, and Dyer defeated Chris Gifford by a 3-1 decision.
Oklahoma Shines At The Lone Star Duals
The Oklahoma wrestling team defeated Cornell, Navy and Purdue at the Lone Star Duals in Arlington, Texas, last week.
The Sooners handled Cornell in the second session of the tournament, 23-12. In the sixth session, the Sooners beat Navy, 29-12, and in Oklahoma’s final dual of the night, the Sooners cruised past Purdue, 30-6.
The Sooners had five multiple winners in the tournament. Sam Hazewinkel (125), Teyon Ware (141) and Matt Storniolo (149) all won three matches and Randy Sulaver (165), E.K. Waldhaus (174), Justin Dyer (184) and Jake Hager (HWT) won two matches on the night.
Hazewinkel (17-0) and Ware (15-0) maintained their undefeated records.
Scoring big for the Sooners against No. 11 Cornell were Ware (141) and Storniolo (149) with major decisions, and sophomore Charles Jones (157) with a fall at the 2:31 mark.
No. 4 Storniolo defeated No. 2 Dustin Manotti by a major decision after trailing in the match 4-1 at the end of the first period. Storniolo picked up six points in the second period and added a takedown and a nearfall in the third to win the match 12-4. Hazewinkel also defeated a ranked opponent, No. 17 Michael Mormile, by an 8-2 decision.
Against No. 23 Navy, Oklahoma held strong while Hazewinkel set the tone and pinned Brad Canterbury at the 1:33 mark. The Sooners won seven out of 10 matches against Navy. Dyer (184) and Flaggert (197) defeated their opponents by tech fall, while Waldhaus (174) won by a major decision.
The Sooners dominated Purdue in the final session of the night. Three Sooners faced ranked competition: Ware, Dyer and Hager. Second-ranked Ware defeated No. 20 Rene Hernandez by a major decision, 12-3. No. 17 Dyer defeated No. 11 Ben Wissel in overtime, 10-8. Heavyweight Hager dominated No. 13 Jake O’Brian, 8-0, with 3:36 in riding time.
Oklahoma controlled the pace of the match and won eight out of 10 matches against the Boilermakers. Hazewinkel, Ware and Hager all defeated their opponent by major decision and freshman Jerome Featherstone (157) had a last-second takedown to defeat Colton Salazar, 3-1.
The Sooners ended the weekend with a 5-1 team record and a 3-1 mark against top- 20 teams.
Hazewinkel And Ware Continue Streaks
Sam Hazewinkel (125) and Teyon Ware (141) maintained their undefeated record while gaining three more wins at the Lone Star Duals last week. This is the second consecutive year both Hazewinkel and Ware finished the Lone Star Duals with undefeated season records.
Hazewinkel To Face Streak Breaker
Last season, Sam Hazewinkel (17-0) was defeated for the first time in his college career by Vic Moreno of Cal Poly by a 5-3 decision. Hazewinkel, currently 17-0, will face Moreno for the second time in his career on Saturday, Jan. 15, when Oklahoma takes on Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., at 11 a.m. pacific standard time.
Storniolo Upsets No. 2
After a tough loss to third-ranked Phillip Simpson of Army last week, No. 4 Matt Storniolo upset No. 2 Dustin Manotti of Cornell by a major decision at the Lone Star Duals on Saturday. After trailing in the match 4-1 at the end of the first period, Storniolo picked up six points in the second period and added a takedown and a nearfall in the third to win the match 12-4.
It was Storniolo’s second major decision of the season and his first win against a top-20 opponent.
Storniolo moved up Wrestling Mall’s rankings after defeating Manotti. He moved from fifth to third, while Manotti dropped from second to fourth.
Competition Between Teammates
Matt Storniolo (149), Sam Hazewinkel (125), E.K. Waldhaus (174) and Justin Dyer (184) lead the Sooners in falls. Storniolo is in first place with eight, Hazewinkel is in second with seven and Waldhaus and Dyer tie for third with six.
Storniolo is two falls short of tying Danny Hodge, Frank DeAngelis and Mark Tatum for the 20th spot on OU’s single-season pins list, with 10.
Defeating Top Competition
Sam Hazewinkel (125) and Teyon Ware (141) have already each defeated three ranked opponents. Hazewinkel defeated No. 3 Nick Simmons of Michigan State by a 2-0 decision at the All Star Classic, No. 7 Mark McKnight of Buffalo by a 6-1 decision at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic and No. 17 Michael Mormile of Cornell by decision, 8-2.
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.
Ware defeated No. 13 Chris McCormick of Missouri by an 11-6 decision at the Missouri Open, No. 20 Rene Hernandez of Purdue by a major decision, 12-3, and No. 10 Jordan Gulosh of Navy by a decision, 9-5, at the Lone Star Duals.
Ware ended last season with a 5-5 record against top-20 ranked opponents.
Both Hazewinkel and Ware will face ranked opponents this week. Top-ranked Hazewinkel is scheduled to wrestle No. 10 Jeremy Medoza of Arizona State on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz. Second-ranked Ware is scheduled to wrestle No. 20 Garrett Spooner of Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m. in Fresno, Calif.