The Sooner wreslting team will compete in Norman for the first time in the new year this weekend. Oklahoma will host No. 24 Cal Poly and No. 25 Fresno State on Saturday, at 5 and 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House.
Oklahoma Shines In Lone Star Duals
The Oklahoma wreslting team competed for the first time after Christmas break in the Lone Star Duals winning two out of their three matches. The Sooners first wrestled Cornell in the second session of the tournament defeating them, 21-14. In the fourth session, the Sooners defeated Navy, 21-13. In Oklahoma’s third and final dual of the night, the Sooners wrestled Michigan in the seventh session, losing 22-16.
The Sooners had five multiple winners in the tournament. Sam Hazewinkel, Teyon Ware, E.K. Waldhaus and Justin Dyer won all three of their matches and Leonce Crump won both of his matches on the night.
Hazewinkel kept his undefeated streak alive picking up three more wins. This moves the sixth rankes wreslter’s record to 17-0 after starting the season unranked and battling for a starting position against Mimi Miller.
Sooner Wrestling Signs New Talent
After recruiting individuals from across the nation, the Oklahoma Sooners head coach Jack Spates named four new members to their 2005 recruiting class. The class includes top ranked individuals from Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas.
The following is a list of the Sooner’s new talent.
Blake Allen, Vinita High School, Vinita, Okla.
Jerome Featherstone, Boys’ Latin School of Maryland, Joppa, Md.
Jake Jackson, Hebron High School, Carrolton, Texas
Jarrod King, Connellsville High School, Connellsville, Pa.
Hazewinkel Continues Winning Streak
Red-shirt freshman Sam Hazewinkel kept his undefeated streak alive after three wins at the Lone Star Duals. Hazewinkel defeated Mike Mormile of Cornell by an 11-9 decision in his first match. In Hazewinkel’s second match he decisioned Sam Gray of Navy, 11-2. Hazewinkel’s third and final match was a decision over Jim Shutich of Michigan, 12-3.
Hazewinkel moves his undefeated streak to 17 and is currently ranked No. 6 in both polls.
Crump Moving Up Career Pin List
Leonce Crump added one more pin to the list against Dillion Ward of Bacone College on Dec. 11 to remain in eighth place on the all-time pin list. Crump currently has 32 pins, 26 short of Dan Chaid who is first on the list with 58.
Ware To Defend Championships
Teyon Ware returns for his sophomore campaign after becoming the first true freshman since 1990 to win an individual NCAA championship. Ware also claimed a Big 12 title at the 141 weight class and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Big 12 Championships. He brings a 20-match winning streak into the 2003-04 season.
This year’s freshman class is ranked No. 3 in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News.
Oklahoma adds 13 newcomers to its team this season, including 11 freshmen. The freshman class includes a host of proven winners, including five two-time state champions and one three-time state champion.
Schedule Includes Nation’s Best
Oklahoma’s schedule includes seven duals against ranked opponents. The Sooners face No. 1 Oklahoma State December 7 in Stillwater and February 8 in Norman. All five Big 12 teams are ranked in the top 20 by both the Intermat and Amateur Wrestling News polls. Other ranked opponents for the Sooners include Cal Poly (No. 20-Amateur Wrestling News) and Arizona State (No. 17-Amateur Wrestling News, No. 20-Intermat).
Spates Closing In On Evans
Sooner coach Jack Spates moved past former coach Tommy Evans for second place on the Sooners’ list of all-time coaching wins after two victories over Bacone College and Central Oklahoma on Thursday, Dec. 11. After two more wins at the Lone Star Duals on Jan. 3 against Cornell and Navy, Spates sits comfortably in second place. Spates, with 144 career wins, is currently No. 2 on the list behind Stan Abel, who compiled 274 wins during his 21-year Sooner career.