The No. 13 Sooners traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for the 2004 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals presented by Ice Breakers this weekend. Oklahoma won three out of four matches losing only to No. 1 Oklahoma State. The Sooners moved through the consolation bracket, past Central Michigan and Minnesota on their way to challenge for third place tomorrow.
“It’s a war,” head coach Jack Spates said. “We have done a pretty good job overall. We dominated Ohio State, got beat pretty soundly by a great Oklahoma State team. We rebounded strong with a win over a tough Central Michigan team, which was a hair away from being in the semi-finals. At this point it is survival of the fittest and we just have to get out and fight. This is where character is revealed so we will see how hard we want it.”
No. 8 seeded Oklahoma battled No. 14 Ohio State during the first dual for both teams at 9:00 a.m. in the Convocation Center at Cleveland State University winning 30-12. The Sooners shot out to a 21-0 lead winning their first five matches. No. 8 freshman Sam Hazewinkel, freshman Mimi Miller, No. 1 sophomore Teyon Ware, No. 14 freshman Jeff Ecklof and freshman Charles Jones all won their matches to jump start the Sooner attack.
Hazewinkel started things off with a decision over Jermaine Jones, 10-5. Miller followed with a decision of his own over Jesse Lang, 4-2. Next Ware and Ecklof scored falls against their opponents, Theo Dotson at the 3:16 mark and No. 8 Jeff Ratliff at 1:28, respectively. No. 11 junior E.K. Waldhaus and No. 15 freshman Justin Dyer won both of their matches to round out the dual. Waldhaus scored a fall by default over Anthony Magistrelli and Dyer won by decision against No. 4 Blake Kaplan, 5-2.
The Sooners second dual of the tournament was a Bedlam part two against No. 1 Oklahoma State. Oklahoma started off well winning two out of the first three matches, but ended up losing 29-10. Hazewinkel started things off like he always does with a decision over Derek Stevens, 4-2 and defending national champion Ware won by decision over Ronnie Delk, 4-0.
The Sooners lost the next six matches with five of those losses coming from ranked opponents. The only other win the Sooners picked up was from senior Leonce Crump. Crump won by a 10-2 major decision against Michael Christian. The loss moves the Sooners into the consolation bracket. This forces them to fight to stay alive, allowing them to only lose one more dual.
“At this stage of the game it is who wants it most,” Spates said. “Every match is going to be tough.”
Oklahoma fought a tough dual in the consolation bracket to stay alive in the tournament winning 19-13. The Sooners faced No. 17 Central Michigan in a dual that came down to the last match. Oklahoma started off the dual with another Hazewinkel win. He defeated No. 19 Kyle Stoffer, 12-5, after jumping out to a 6-2 first period score never looking back.
The Sooners dropped the next match in overtime 10-8 to knot things up. The next match, turned out to be the best match of the dual with Ware and No. 3 ranked Jason Mester. It went back and forth the whole match. Mester struck first with a takedown, but Ware was right behind him with a reverse. The two battled back and forth, matching point-for-point. The decision came down to the third period after the score was tied, 5-5, Ware scored a takedown with 23 seconds left to win the match, 7-5. Ecklof wrestled next, winning by major decision, 12-4, over Adam Cunningham. That made the team score, Oklahoma 10, Central Michigan 3.
This is where the fun started.
The Chippewas won the next two matches evening out the score at 10-10. Waldhaus and Dyer won the next two matches by decision over Kevin Carr and Alex Lammers, 9-3 and 7-2, respectively. The Sooners lost their next match, which made the score 16-13.
The dual came down to the heavyweight match. It was Crump against No. 15 Bill Stouffer to decide who moves on and who goes home. It was a slow match with no action in the first period. Stouffer scored the only point of the second period by and escape. The start of the third period saw Crump escape to even the score at 1-1. The final score came when Crump was awarded a point after a warning to Stouffer.
The match would be decided that warning, which sent the Chippewas fans into an uproar, but let Oklahoma slide into the next round to take on Minnesota.
“Leonce has been in that position a lot of times,” Spates said. “He just needed to take control of the match. He needs to dictate the action and control the tie-ups.”
The Sooners last dual of the night was a blowout of No. 9 Minnesota, 37-9. Oklahoma started out winning their first five matches and barley losing the sixth in the final seconds. Hazewinkel, senior Rafael Maturino and Ecklof all pinned their opponents for victories over Bobbe Lowe, Casey Flaherty and Thomas McAlpine, respectively.
Miller scored a decision over Quincey Osborn, 12-6 and Ware won by major decision against Tommy Owen, 10-1. Waldhaus and Dyer both won by decision over their opponents Jon Duncombe, 6-2 and Josh McLay, 8-4, respectively.
“It was a big time win against a program which has won two out of the last three NCAA championships and last year they were runner-ups,” Spates said. I am real proud of our young kids, they wrestled hard and we were aggressive and tough. We have got to come back and face another day.”
The Sooners will wrestle next tomorrow against No. 6 Penn State at 9:00 a.m.
Oklahoma 30, Ohio State 12
125 Sam Hazewinkel (OU) dec Jermaine Jones (OS) 10-5
133 Mimi Miller (OU) dec Jesse Lang (OS) 4-2
141 Teyon Ware (OU) fall Theo Dotson (OS) 3:16
149 Jeff Ecklof (OU) fall Jeff Ratliff (OS) 1:28
157 Charles Jones (OU) dec Nick Harpster (OS) 9-4
165 Johnny Clark (OS) dec Rafael Maturino (OU) 11-3
174 E.K. Waldhaus (OU) fall Anthony Magistrelli
184 Justin Dyer (OU) dec Blake Kaplan (OS) 5-2
197 JD Bergman (OS) dec Austin David (OU) 6-0
285 Tommy Rowlands (OS) tf Jake Hager (OU) 23-8 6:07
Oklahoma State 29, Oklahoma 10
125 Sam Hazewinkel (OU) dec Derek Stevens (OSU) 4-2
133 Johnny Thompson (OSU) dec Mimi Miller (OU) 5-3
141 Teyon Ware (OU) dec Ronnie Delk (OSU) 4-0
149 Zack Esposito (OSU) dec Jeff Ecklof (OU) 10-1
157 Johnny Hendricks (OSU) fall Matt Grice (OU) 4:00
165 Tyrone Lewis (OSU) fall Rafael Maturino (OU) 0:17
174 Chris Pendleton (OSU) dec E.K. Waldhaus (OU) 10-5
184 Jake Rosholt (OSU) dec Justin Dyer (OU) 12-7
197 Rusty Blackmon (OSU) dec Joel Tapler (OU) 13-3
285 Leonce Crump (OU) dec Michael Christian (OSU) 10-2
Oklahoma 19, Central Michigan 13
125 Sam Hazewinkel (OU) dec Kyle Stouffer (CM) 12-5
133 Jordan Webster (CM) dec Mimi Miller (OU) 10-8 ot
141 Teyon Ware (OU) dec Jason Mester (CM) 7-5
149 Jeff Ecklof (OU) dec Adam Cunningham (CM) 12-4
157 Ty Morgan (CM) dec Charles Jones (OU) 2-1 ot
165 David Bolyard (CM) dec Rafael Maturino (OU) 15-2
174 E.K. Waldhaus (OU) dec Kevin Carr (CM) 9-3
184 Justin Dyer (OU) dec Alex Lammers (CM) 7-2
197 Joe Yager (CM) dec David Austin (OU) 4-0
285 Leonce Crump (OU) dec Bill Stouffer (CM) 2-1
Oklahoma 37, Minnesota 9
125 Sam Hazewinkel (OU) fall Bobbe Lowe (MN) F 0:54
133 Mimi Miller (OU) dec Quincy Osborne (MN) D 13-6
141 Teyon Ware (OU) dec Tommy Owen (MN) M 10-1
149 Jeff Ecklof (OU) fall Jeremy Anderson (MN) F 0:15
157 Matt Nagel (MN) dec Charles Jones (OU) D 3-2
165 Rafael Maturino (OU) fall Casey Flaherty (MN) F 0:36
174 E.K. Waldhaus (OU) dec Jon Duncombe (MN) D 6-2
184 Justin Dyer (OU) dec Josh McLay (MN) 8-4
197 Joel Tapler (OU) forfeit
285 Cole Konrad (MN) fall Jake Hager (OU) 5:59