Jan. 19, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of Oklahoma wrestling team (9-4) lost to Oklahoma State tonight by a score of 27-2 in the finals of the National Duals in Columbus, Ohio. The Sooners, who were unseeded in the duals, finished with a 3-1 record and the runner-up title. The Sooners defeated West Virginia (20-18) in the first round, Iowa State (19-15) in the second round and defeated Iowa 18-18 by criteria.

"I am extremely proud of this team," said head coach Jack Spates. "Tonight it wasn't about wins and losses, it was about how we wrestled. Bo Maynes was outstanding and what can I say about Teyon Ware. When we had two All-Americans at home and guys injured, we did what we needed to do. I am very proud of the way that this team battled through."

Oklahoma senior Bo Maynes began the match with an explosive overtime takedown to take the 125-pound weight class, 6-4, over Skyler Holman. Maynes has a 2-0 record against Holman. Oklahoma State tied the dual, 3-3, in the 133-pound contest when OSU's third-ranked Johnny Thompson defeated Oklahoma's second-ranked Witt Durden.

The 141-pound match-up proved to be one of the most anticipated contests of the night when Oklahoma's true freshman Teyon Ware took on Oklahoma State's freshman, Zack Esposito. Ware, who defeated Iowa's top-ranked Aaron Holker last night, held the second-ranked Esposito to a second overtime and denied him an escape to take the victory. The Cowboys once again tied up the dual at 6 with a 10-5 decision over Sooner Danny Rubenstein by Jerrod Sanders at 149 pounds.

Oklahoma's 157-pounder Rafael Maturino fell by a 7-3 decision to fourth-ranked Shane Roller, while 165 pounder Wes Roberts lost a close 3-2 decision to OSU's Tyrone Lewis to give the Cowboys the lead for good, 12-6. Oklahoma's Robbie Waller led the 174-pound battle entering the final period, but was unable to stop Oklahoma State's second-ranked Chris Pendleton from scoring a near fall in the final minute to take the 6-4 decision.

The Sooners forfeited the 184-pound match-up to increase the Cowboy's lead and bring the score to 6-21. Oklahoma senior Tom Grossman lost to top-ranked Muhammed Lawal by a 12-7 decision and heavyweight Jake Hager lost a very close battle to OSU's Willie Gruenwald, 6-5.

Oklahoma will host Oregon and Oregon State on Jan. 24. Oklahoma will wrestle Oregon State at Harrah High School at noon and Oregon State in the Howard McCasland Field House at 7 p.m.

Individual Scores
125 Pounds:  Bo Maynes, OU dec. Skyler Holman, OSU, 6-4
133 Pounds:  Johnny Thompson, OSU dec. Witt Durden, OU, 6-1
141 Pounds:  Teyon Ware, OU def. Zack Esposito, OSU, 5-5, 2OT
149 Pounds:  Jerrod Sanders, OSU dec. Danny Rubenstein, OU, 10-5
157 Pounds:  Shane Roller, OSU dec. Rafael Maturino, OU,7-3
165 Pounds:  Tyrone Lewis, OSU dec. Wes Roberts, OU, 3-2
174 Pounds:  Chris Pendleton, OSU dec. Robbie Waller, OU, 6-4
184 Pounds:  Jake Rosholt, OSU forfeit
197 Pounds:  Muhammed Lawal, OSU dec. Tom Grossman, OU, 12-7
Heavyweight:  Willie Gruenwald, OSU dec. Jake Hager, OU, 6-5