Oklahoma To Host Oklahoma Open

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 25, 2003

Oklahoma will host its annual Oklahoma Open in the Howard McCasland Field House on Saturday, Nov. 29, all day.  The Sooners will enter the open after an impressive win over Missouri Valley on Nov. 20 in the first duals match of the season.  The Sooners also wrestled in the Missouri Open on Nov. 23 and placed five wrestlers at the tournament. 

Sooners Defeat Missouri Valley
 The No. 15 ranked Oklahoma wrestling team defeated Missouri Valley 34-6 Thursday night in the Howard McCasland Field House.  The Sooners recorded three falls, two major decisions and three decisions, with only two losing decisions in the victory.  The falls were scored by Leonce Crump (HWT), Shane Kidd (141) and E.K. Waldhaus (174).

Oklahoma Places Five Wrestlers At Missouri Open
 The Oklahoma wrestling team placed five wrestlers at the Missouri Open on Sunday.  Red-shirt freshman Sam Hazewinkel defeated fellow Sooner freshman Mimi Miller by a 2-1 decision for the title.  This is the second consecutive time this year Hazewinkel and Miller have met in the finals of the 125-pound weight class.

Hazewinkel and Miller Meet in Finals Once Again
 Red-shirt Freshman Sam Hazewinkel and Freshman Mimi Miller met in the finals for the second time this year in the 125 pound weight class.  Hazewinkel defeated Miller by decision, 2-1 in a close finals match.  Hazewinkel won three of his four matches by decisions, with one fall in his first match after a bye.  Miller won two matches by decision and one by major decision in route to the finals. 

OU Ranked No. 15  by Amateur Wrestling News No. 17 by InterMat
 Polls by Amateur Wrestling News and InterMat rank the Sooners No. 15 and No. 17 respectively. All five Big 12 Conference schools with wrestling programs are ranked in the top-20 by both polls.
 Defending NCAA Champion Oklahoma State is ranked No. 1 in both polls, while Iowa State is No. 6 in the InterMat poll and No. 5 in the Amateur Wrestling News poll. Nebraska is ranked No. 8 by InterMat and No. 9 by Amateur Wrestling News, and Missouri is No. 9 in the InterMat poll and No. 12 in the Amateur Wrestling News poll.

Ware Tops Individual Preseason Polls
 Defending 141-pound NCAA champion Teyon Ware is ranked No. 1 by both the Amateur Wrestling News and Intermat polls. Senior Leonce Crump is ranked No. 3 among heavyweights in the Amateur Wrestling News poll and fourth in the Intermat poll. At 174-pounds, junior E.K. Waldhaus is ranked No. 13 by Amateur Wrestling News and 14th by Intermat. Redshirt freshman Justin Dyer sits at No. 14 at 184 pounds in the Intermat poll.

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.

Crump, Grice Return
 Senior Leonce Crump (Hwt.), a former All-American and NCAA qualifier, returns to the Sooners this season after being declared academically ineligible in January and sitting out the spring meets. Junior Matt Grice (149) also returns for the Sooners after missing most of last season with a shoulder injury.

Fantastic Freshmen
 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).

Crump Moving Up Career Pin List
 Leonce Crump moved into the lone spot for eighth place on the all-time pin list with one pin at the Missouri Valley match and one at the Missouri Open. Crump currently has 30 pins, 28 short of Dan Chaid who is first on the list.

Spates Closing In On Evans
 Sooner coach Jack Spates ties former coach Tommy Evans for second place on the Sooners’ list of all-time coaching wins after a victory over Missouri Valley on Thursday, Nov. 20. Spates, with 140 career wins, is currently tied with Evans at No. 2 on the list behind Stan Abel, who compiled 274 wins during his 21-year Sooner career.




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