NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners will travel to the NCAA Championships on March 18-20 at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Mo. Oklahoma qualified seven wrestlers with three of those being wildcards.
Freshman Sam Hazewinkel, freshman Mimi Miller, sophomore Teyon Ware, freshman Jeff Ecklof, junior E.K. Waldhaus, freshman Justin Dyer and senior Leonce Crump will battle for championships at 125, 133, 141, 149, 174, 184 and HWT respectively.
The Big 12 had only six wildcard spots available and the Sooners claimed three of those.
OKLAHOMA CLAIMS FIFTH PLACE AT BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The ninth ranked Oklahoma wrestling team placed fifth at the Big 12 Championships at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa on March 6. The Sooners walked away with two individual championships. Senior Leonce Crump captured his third title
in his four-year career defeating the defending Big 12 Champ, Will Gruenwald of Oklahoma State, 6-1. The win marked the third time this season Crump defeated Gruenwald. Freshman Sam Hazewinkel picked up his first championship defeating top ranked Jason Powell of Nebraska, 5-2.
SOONERS BREAK SCORING RECORD
The Oklahoma wrestling team beat Bacone College by a score of 53-0, posting the highest point total in school history. The Sooners recorded six falls, two from forfeits, one technical fall and three major decisions. The previous record stood at 52 set in 1922 against Kansas.
CRUMP MOVES UP PIN LIST AND CRACKS 100 WINS
Leonce Crump passed the century mark against Mike Whitehead of Missouri on Feb. 22. Crump picked up his 100th career win, 2-0, in the last dual of the season. Crump added his last pin of the regular season on Feb. 6 over Mike Keenan of Michigan State to move into a three way tie for sixth place with Danny Hodge and Josh Lambrecht. Crump started the season in 11th place with 26 pins. After recording 10 falls and moving up five spots, Crump currently has 36 pins, 22 short of Dan Chaid who is first on the list with 58.
Career Pin Leaders
1. Dan Chaid, 1983-86 58
2. Jared Frayer, 1999-02 47
3. Jeff Callard, 1972-75 40
4. Andre Metzger, 1979-82 39
5. Edcar Thomas, 1979-82 38
6. Leonce Crump, 2001- 36
Danny Hodge, 1955-57 36
Josh Lambrecht, 2000-03 36
This year’s freshmen class was preseason ranked third in the nation by Amateur Wrestling News. Currently five freshman start for the Sooners; Sam Hazewinkel, Mimi Miller, Jeff Ecklof, Charles Jones and Justin Dyer. Hazewinkel, the Big 12 Champion, is currently 30-4 overall and is ranked fifth nationally. Miller, ranked 14th, upset third-ranked and two time defending national champion Johnny Thompson of Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Series. Ecklof, ranked 10th, is tied for first on the team in overall falls with 10 and tied for first in dual falls with five, with Leonce Crump. Jones moved up to 165 pounds with two duals left in the season. Jones upset 10th ranked Tyrone Woodley in the first round of the Big 12 tournament, 3-2, to advance to the semi-finals. Dyer, ranked ninth, upset third ranked Tarvis Pascoe of Nebraska with a fall at 5:49.
WARE BATTLES IN NWCA ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Teyon Ware wrestled in the 2004 NWCA All-Star Classic presented by United States Marines Corps at the University of Northern Iowa. Ware lost to second ranked Scott Moore of Virginia in the 141 pound weight class, 11-7. The All-Star Classic puts the nation’s top wrestlers against each other in matches that are often a preview of the upcoming NCAA championships.
OU WINS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE BROCKPORT/OKLAHOMA GOLD CLASSIC
The Oklahoma wrestling team captured its fifth consecutive team title at the Brockport/Oklahoma Gold Classic with a score of 178.5. Sam Hazewinkel (125) and Brandon Hardy (133) won individual championships in their respective weight classes. In addition to the two individual titles and four runner-ups, Oklahoma also placed 11 wrestlers in nine different weight classes.
The Sooners took fifth place at the 2004 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals presented by Ice Breakers. Oklahoma won four out of six duals losing only to No. 1 Oklahoma State and No. 6 Penn State. The Sooners moved through the consolation bracket, past Central Michigan and Minnesota only to lose to Penn State, 20-14, in the closing seconds of the heavy weight match sending them to wrestle No. 11 Hofstra for fifth place. Oklahoma jumped out to a 16-0 lead against Hofstra and never looked back claiming the dual and fifth place in the tournament with a 28-15 victory.
OKLAHOMA WINS FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT OKLAHOMA OPEN
The Oklahoma wrestling team won five individual championships and placed seven more at the Oklahoma Open. Redshirt freshman Sam Hazewinkel, freshman Charles Jones, junior E.K. Waldhaus, freshman Joel Flaggert and senior Leonce Crump won individual championships at 125, 157, 174, 197 and HWT, respectively.
SOONER WRESTLING SIGNS NEW TALENT
After recruiting individuals from across the nation, the Oklahoma Sooners head wrestling coach Jack Spates has 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.
SOONERS IN THE RANKINGS: As of March 9
125 Pounds: Sam Hazewinkel, Fr, 5. 125 Pounds: Sam Hazewinkel, Fr, 6.
133 Pounds: Mimi Miller, Fr, 16. 133 Pounds: Mimi Miller, Fr, 20.
141 Pounds: Teyon Ware, So, 5. 141 Pounds: Teyon Ware, So, 3.
149 Pounds: Jeff Ecklof, Fr, 10. 149 Pounds: Jeff Ecklof, Fr, 10.
174 Pounds: E.K. Waldhaus, Jr, 12. 174 Pounds: E.K. Waldhaus, Jr, 14.
184 Pounds: Justin Dyer, Fr, 9. 184 Pounds: Justin Dyer, Fr, 12.
Heavyweight:: Leonce Crump, Sr, 3. Heavyweight: Leonce Crump, Sr, 3
125 Pounds: Sam Hazewinkel, Fr, 5.
133 Pounds: Mimi Miller, Fr, 14.
141 Pounds: Teyon Ware, So, 5.
149 Pounds: Jeff Ecklof, Fr, 10.
174 Pounds: E.K. Waldhaus, Jr, 13.
184 Pounds: Justin Dyer, Fr, 10.
Heavyweight:: Leonce Crump, Sr, 3.