Jan. 18, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team fought until the end to defeat the Cyclones of Iowa State, 19-15, today at the National Duals in Columbus, Ohio. Oklahoma entered the 197-pound match-up with only a one point lead. The Sooners (8-3) defeated the Cyclones (5-5) with the help of bonus points from seniors Josh Lambrecht and Tom Grossman.

"This was a huge win for the Sooners," said head coach Jack Spates. "Iowa is the team that just upset the defending NCAA champions. There were a lot of tough match-ups here today. Bo Maynes got put on his back today at 125 pounds, but he fought back. Tom Grossman came up with a key pin for us. This was just a big win because the team kept digging deeper."

Oklahoma's true freshman, Teyon Ware, knocked off defending NCAA champion Aaron Holker. Ware decisioned the top-ranked Holker, 3-1.

"I came out against Aaron Holker and really just wrestled conservatively," said Ware. "It feels really good, but you can't let it give you a big head. I just need to come out and wrestle like that all the time."

Oklahoma's win was decided at 197 pounds, when Tom Grossman pinned Iowa State's Woodley Milford at 1:35. Oklahoma also received bonus points from senior Josh Lambrecht, who had an 8-0 decision over Matt McCarty. Oklahoma's Bo Maynes decisioned 125-pounder Grant Nakamura, 5-7, while senior Robbie Waller provided the Sooners other victory at 174 pounds over Ken Cook.

Senior Witt Durden compiled a 13-match winning streak at 133 pounds before finally falling to seventh-ranked Zach Roberson, 6-1. Sophomore Matt Grice lost by decision to Iowa State's Nate Gallick by a score of 7-6 at 149 pounds. Oklahoma was defeated at 157 pounds, when junior Rafael Maturino lost to Nathan Meyer, 8-4 and also at 165 pounds, when sophomore Wes Roberts lost a close, 3-2, match to Nick Passolano. Oklahoma's Jacob Hagar was defeated in his first collegiate match by Iowa State's Scott Coleman, 8-1.

Oklahoma will wrestle second seeded Iowa tonight in the semifinals in Columbus, Ohio, at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Individual Scores
125 Pounds:  Bo Maynes, OU dec. Grant Nakamura, Iowa State, 7-5
133 Pounds:  Zach Roberson, Iowa State dec. Witt Durden, OU, 6-1
141 Pounds:  Teyon Ware, OU dec. Aaron Holker, Iowa State, 3-1
149 Pounds:  Nate Gallick, Iowa State dec. Matt Grice, OU, 7-6
157 Pounds:  Nathan Meyer, Iowa State dec. Rafael Maturino, OU, 8-4
165 Pounds:  Nick Passolano, Iowa State dec. Wes Roberts, OU, 3-2
174 Pounds:  Robbie Waller, OU dec. Ken Cook, Iowa State, 5-3
184 Pounds:  Josh Lambrecht, OU maj. dec. Matt McCarty, Iowa State, 8-0
197 Pounds:  Tom Grossman, OU fall Woodley Milford, Iowa State, 1:35
Heavyweight:  Scott Coleman, Iowa State dec. Jacob Hagar, OU, 8-1